September 2020. Just like everything else in 2020, our retreat looked a little different this year. But we still had great teaching and much needed break and lots of laughter. Thank you Tabitha Deller for the wonderful message! We also had a surprise visitor and made a new four-legged friend.
August 2020. We really look forward to this annual event! This year included a talent show and Lindsey shared her moving testimony.
August 2020. So much fun! We took over Main Street for a fun game that was safe and family-friendly. Teams were given a photo sheet with clues and took off to find as many as possible before the air horn signaled “Times up!” We’re already planning next year’s hunt. Be sure to plan to come!
July 2020. It was so good to see each other in person after the shutdown. We wore hoop skirts to encourage social distancing and enjoyed delicious desserts and snacks that were individual and safe. Our friend, Angela Sutsakhan visited and shared an encouraging message.
April 2020. What a strange time! We were in “lockdown” and needed masks to go out to pick up essentials. At that time, no one knew where to get masks. Some of our ladies began producing masks to donate to hospital workers, as well as, our ladies. One day we had a drive-up/pick-up at our Home for free masks.
Writers’ Workshop 2.0
February 2020. Back by popular demand! We learned sooo much from instructor, Bella Morganthal — again! Are you interested in networking with other writers? Join our FB writers’ group HERE.
January 2020. Our dream came true! Back in 2016 when The Connection began, God gave us the vision of having our own space to gather, grow and love on each other, as well as, our community. God provided! We are extremely thankful to God and the MANY people that worked to remodel and gave time and money to make this reality.
January 2020. Speakers. Vendors. Healthy snacks & breakfast bar. Gifts. Door prizes. Fun! Fun! Fun! Thank you Maisha, Kathy, Kellie, Marcy and Jen for sharing your knowledge with us! Great job! (Find the recipe for the Coffee Sugar Scrub HERE.)
November 2019. Wow! So much great information! So many new friends joined us! Even a couple of men were brave enough to come. Thank you Bella Morganthal for sharing what you’ve learned!
Day Retreat 2019
September 2019. A super fun morning! Time with friends, both old & new. Hot breakfast buffet. Coffee bar. Great teaching from our new friend Carol Cool.
Christmas with The Connection
We had a blast! Amazing food! Christmas Jeopardy! And a great devo on keeping your JOY through the holidays! We took a love offering to send to World Vision for our Kenyan friends & raised nearly $400! What a blessing!
Fall 2018 serving projects
Oh my! Our ladies love to serve others! In the fall, we…
- Made candy to benefit Brooke’s House, a home for women recovering from substance abuse.
- Made prayer squares & prayer shawls to comfort others.
- Collected 30+ Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
- Took a love offering to send to World Vision to help a community in Kenya.
- Gathered items to bless the residents at The Leland personal care home.
Scavenger Hunt on Main Street fundraiser
Nearly 100 people came out to explore downtown Waynesboro. They had a blast & are begging us to do it again!
Embrace @ Brio Coffeehouse
A monthly gathering with a laid back vibe, great coffee & a relatable devo/discussion. Check out our Events page for dates.
August’s Potluck Dinner & Campfire
Oh my! We had the BEST food! Teresa led us in a fun icebreaker. Steph C shared another awesome devo.
Embrace in July
Have you Embrace’d yet? Monthly at Brio Coffeehouse. Generally the 4th Monday. Check the Events page for dates.
Annual Garden Party
So much fun! About 55 ladies attended. Lots of laughter, amazing food & new friends.
43 Ladies joined us for a fun Christmas party! Special guest speaker, Diane Swan, shared her story with us. Just love her!
What a night! 40 shoeboxes were donated for Operation Christmas Child! Our friend, Diane Haupt shared a wonderful devo on prayer. You can read the blogitized version HERE. And we made prayer journals. So much fun!
PRAYER TEAM MEETING
Our Prayer Team met. We celebrated all that God has done in the first year of The Connection and we prayed for YOU! Please let us know if you have specific prayer requests.
Our second annual potluck dinner & campfire. Awesome message from devo girl, Stephanie!
ICE CREAM NITE
Lots of fun at with family at Misty Meadows Farm Creamery!
Our first ever garden party! So much fun! Check out the slideshow…
We met at our friend Pat Gorski’s home and enjoyed a craft, snacks and friends. Devo diva, Stephanie, shared a message about not letting the bad seeds take root in our hearts because they choke out the good seeds.
BREAKFAST at CHRISTINE’S CAFE
What a great evening! Nine new ladies joined us for the first time. We played a fun game, enjoyed birthday cake in honor of it being one year since the idea for The Connection was begun. We talked about how T.C. and the formation process has influenced us. Our friend Susan shared her story of how she went from being in a horrific car accident (hip replacement and re-built leg and ankle) to running a half marathon. To God be the glory!
WEEKEND GETAWAY RETREAT
We spent the weekend at a gorgeous farm in Sabillasville, MD – complete with chickens, goats, sheep and a donkey! Guest speaker, Laura Acuña, shared the message “Clean Slate – Your past does not define your future”. What a wonderful weekend – learning, letting go, spending time with old friends and making new ones. The ladies are ready to register for next year’s retreat already! Special thanks to Heather Corbin for taking these awesome photos!
DARE TO DREAM WORKSHOP
Guest speaker, Lori Wriston, taught us the importance of setting goals in achieving our God-given dreams. Then each of us made a vision board to help us remember our goals. What a fun morning!
We had a great time making tissue paper flowers and Valentines to give to the residents at Hearthstone Retirement Home and guests at New Hope Shelter. They turned out sooo cute! Then, our devo girl, Steph, shared a wonderful message with us. Nice job Steph!
ROADTRIP TO GIRLS’ DAY OUT
We had a great time together at this one day women’s conference to benefit Pregnancy Ministries. Our own Diane Haupt sang and Mandy Hood hosted. TT Williford manned our very first display table. She met lots of new ladies that were interested in learning more about The Connection.
NOV. PRAYER TEAM MEETING
Did you know that The Connection has a devoted group of prayer warriors that pray over the ministry and the women in our community? We would love to pray for your needs. Just drop us an email HERE.
On November 11 & 12, a group from the The Connection went to the Women of Purpose conference held in Hershey, PA. Attended by 3,600 Jesus girls. What an awesome time! Liz Curtis Higgs, Tammy Trent, Lauren Daigle and… Chewbacca Mom, Candace Payne.
Of course, our Connection mugs traveled with us. #muglove
We held our first regular meeting in October. We are grateful to our host, ReMax Realty, for allowing us to meet in their awesome space. There is room for LOTS of ladies!
We had a great evening – snacks, fun icebreaker and a great devotion on remembering to make time for relationships. Our October Challenge – make time to connect with a friend – write her a note or give her a call or go for a cup of coffee.
Karen Atherton shared about The Way Station and the important work they do there to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The ladies brought items to donate to The Way Station and New Hope Shelter.
September 2016 – Campfire Kickoff
What a beautiful evening God gifted us for our opening night! Approximately 40 ladies attended our Kickoff event. We talked about our vision for The Connection. Diane Haupt shared a devotion from “Lies Women Believe” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. We talked, laughed and enjoyed the campfire and snacks.