• Protestant women begin fall Bible studies

  • Nearly 200 women gathered for the Fort Leavenworth Protestant Women of the Chapel fall Bible studies kick-off event Aug. 20 at Frontier Chapel.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Nearly 200 women gathered for the Fort Leavenworth Protestant Women of the Chapel fall Bible studies kick-off event Aug. 20 at Frontier Chapel.
    “(PWOC) keeps me connected with the young Army wives who are coming here to find grounding in our Lord,” said Jenifer Young, seven-year PWOC member. “I like hearing their perspective as well as sharing my perspective with them. It is a good place for communicating with other women of faith. This semester, I hope to connect with other women who I haven’t connected with and to reconnect with those I already know and have spent time with so that we can grow in our faith together.”
    The theme for the semester is “Divinely Chosen: Unified with Christ to Love and Glorify God.”
    “We chose the theme this year based off of what we felt was the need here at PWOC at Fort Leavenworth,” said Julie Keller, PWOC president. “We wanted to build on last year.”
    The theme, and its accompanying scripture verses, Colossians 3:12-17, were the basis of remarks made by guest speaker Trinity Mangum, PWOC vice president of programs.
    Mangum said many things stood out to her when reading the verses from Colossians. First, being beloved.
    “What does it mean to be beloved?” Mangum asked. “It is a verb which means to love unconditionally and sacrificially as God himself loves sinful women, and the way he loves his son. This quality of love, it is not an emotion, but is an action.”
    Second, being unified with Christ.
    “We are unified through prayer and meditation. You are to marinate in his word all day long,” she said. “Don’t leave it in your chair, at the church pew or your desk. Dwell in his words all day long.”
    Third, being called to love and glorify God as followers.
    “Encouraging each other is loving our God,” Mangum said. “For me, glorifying God is using the gifts God has given me to glorify him and show others his love. Our abilities should be faithfully used in serving others.”
    Finally, Mangum said that overall, the passage is a message of hope.
    “I am not talking about the feeling hope. I am talking about the hope that is tangible — the hope you can hold onto firmly,” Mangum said. “Our hope is secure and immoveable, anchored in God, just as ship anchor holds firmly to the seabed.
    “Here at this post, we are constantly wondering where we are going next, putting our hope in one place or another. Some of us are stuck; we don’t know where to go or where to turn. We stress about the unknown, and we don’t generally turn to God first, but when we put our hope in the Lord, the tangible hope, he anchors us and won’t let us drift,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The truth is that we can cling to the hope we have in the promises of God. Like grasping onto a strong rope, our hope is tangible and secure. Nevertheless, we must wait for their fulfillment and not grow weary that hope is rooted in waiting. ‘Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14).’”
    Karenn Voorhees said she thought Mangum’s message was affirming and encouraging.
    “We need to be reminded that we are loved by God, and we can put our hope in him and that hope is an anchor for our soul,” she said.
    Voorhees is leading one of the 10 studies for the semester, “Enhancing Your Marriage: A Women’s Bible Study” by Judy Rossi. The other nine studies include “Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle” by Barb Roose; “The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith Through Fasting One Meal at a Time” by Sally Clarkson; “Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better” by Brant Hansen; “Why Do You Believe That? A Faith Conversation” by Mary Jo Sharp; “Living a Praying Life” by Jennifer Kennedy Dean; “In the Dust of the Rabbi” and “The Early Church” by Ray Van Der Laan; “Faithful, Abundant, True: Three Lives Going Deeper Still” by Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore; “1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ” by Jen Wilkin; and “Intentional Living,” which will primarily use the Bible.
    Each of the Bible studies will be offered from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Frontier Chapel. “Unoffendable” will also be offered from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the chapel. Child care is available for all timeslots.
    Emily Dean, PWOC board member, said she wasn’t sure what Bible study she was going to participate in yet, but she’s never been disappointed in the studies she’s chosen in the past.
    “(Intentional Living) is really good. It is great for whatever walk you are in spiritually,” she said. “I’ve always been happy with all the studies I’ve taken. They’ve always been very fulfilling.”
    PWOC member Jennifer Johnke said she hopes her study “Faithful, Abundant and True” will help her grow spiritually.
    “That’s one thing about Bible study. You get on a routine and you get back in the word,” she said. “Summer throws me off when the kids are home and you get off your routine, so it keeps you intentional and accountable when you come (to PWOC).”
    To register for PWOC, pick up a form at Frontier Chapel or find the link on the PWOC Fort Leavenworth Facebook page.
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