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Forgiveness: The Experience

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As women of Christ, we are called to forgive those who hurt us. Reading about forgiveness in the Bible seems simple enough, but when faced with real situations where we need to extend it, forgiveness is TOUGH.

If you’ve ever struggled with forgiveness, join us Tuesday, August 24th for our Soul Food event- an evening of worshipping and hearing testimonies from women about how forgiveness has impacted their lives. 

Jamie Boorum and Cristen Gregorius from Women’s Ministry share below some of their favorite memories of past Soul Food events and their excitement for August.

Q: What is Soul Food? 

Jamie: Soul Food is a Women’s Ministry Event where women can come together to feed their souls with a message, feed their bellies with some good food, and feed their hearts with fellowship.

Cristen: Soul Food is a one night event meant to give women a chance to connect with each other and fill their souls with good biblical teaching. It is a great way to invite a friend who might not be familiar with Appleton Alliance. It’s low commitment and high impact!

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Q: What’s your favorite memory from a past Soul Food?

Jamie: My favorite memory was from our last Soul Food in May. It was the first time we’ve gotten together as a large group of women since pre-COVID. I loved seeing women whom I’ve been missing. I loved seeing friends catch up after a long dry season. It warmed my heart to see women comforting one another once again.

Cristen: My favorite memories are from our 2019 Soul Foods. We did two events based on tackling anxiety. Our speakers were amazing and we had over 600 women in attendance at each. The messages were so powerful and helped women see their anxiety differently. There is real healing in being vulnerable about our struggles and knowing that we are never alone! 

Also, having 600 women in the hub to socialize and share with each other was amazing. The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone! Time of connection over some good food always does my heart good.

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Q: What’s something you’ve seen God do at a past Soul Food?

Jamie: God works in BIG ways at our Soul Food Events. He shows up and speaks directly to women who need to hear the message. I’ve seen womens leave and then come back to be prayed over because God was speaking to them so clearly. I’ve heard follow up stories from women who have used the message to make a dramatic change in their lives.

Cristen: God often uses Soul Food as a doorway. Women invite friends who may have been away from the church or never had good Bible teaching. When they hear the Word of God spoken in a loving environment, it can be a stepping stone into coming back for worship services or Bible studies. I love to hear the stories of how God can use a short event like Soul Food to change the course of a life. 

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Q: What are you most excited about for this upcoming Soul Food?

Jamie: Wow, this Soul Food is going to be different, and who doesn’t love change?! I don’t know about you, but I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit move in me during corporate worship. I think that by hearing fellow sisters in Christ speak their stories and then adding worship, the Spirit is going to move big!

Cristen: I am really excited to have women back in the building for this Soul Food. To have an evening of worship and fellowship will be so powerful. If you like Evening of Worship here at Alliance, you will love this event.

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Q: Is there a cost to Soul Food? Do I need to register?

Cristen: Soul Food is always free. It is such a great outreach event, we don’t want anyone to miss it! We ask women to register so that we know how many snacks to prepare. 

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

Jamie:  Come! Invite a friend!  If you’ve been thinking about attending a Women’s event this a great opportunity to come see what we are all about.

Click here for more information or to register for August’s Soul Food.

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About the Author: Rebecca Fulcer

After graduating from UW Oshkosh with her literature teaching degree, Becca felt a call to pursue international missions. In January 2017, Becca left the United States and joined the World Race mission and discipleship program where she traveled to eleven countries in eleven months to serve in various ministries.

Upon returning home, Becca heard about Appleton Alliance’s residency program and felt confident it was the next step. She is currently working with the Women’s Ministry department while pursuing her master’s in Theology and hopes to someday work in ministry full-time.

When not doing schoolwork, Becca enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, running, and snuggling with her dogs.

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