Launching SheLoves Church

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When a virus isolates us, we lean in to the opposite spirit.
 Here on SheLoves, even more than before, we’re leaning in to safe online community.

COVID-19 days feel scary and uncertain, yes. Yesterday, our family restaurant closed—for how long we don’t know. And yet, I hope and trust in a God who looks after the smallest sparrow and cares for the lilies in the field. Like the widow of Zarephath, I know that when we nourish those God sends our way, there is enough.

This past week, we’ve sense the deep need for connecting, belonging, messages of strength and Hope, sharing in the sacraments together and praying together. 

It started with our Dangerous Women.

Last Saturday we hosted a check-in on Zoom for our Dangerous Women. It was beautiful. One of our leaders, Shaley Hoogendoorn commented afterwards: We came heavy; we left light.

Then, as we wrapped up, Erin Thomas, one of our Dangerous Women said, Let’s do it again next week, and let’s bring communion.

We took her words to heart, prayed, connected and wondered: Is it time for us to serve our SheLoves community in this deeper way?

This is not a new idea. To be honest, this idea of a regular type of gathering has been on our hearts for a good few years. Then, when the time came to action, we were ready.

So, we are launching SheLoves Church for a trial period of 4 weeks, starting this Saturday, March 21 at 9am PST / 12pm EST.

 

HERE’S THE PLAN FOR EVERYONE AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO JOIN:

  1. 9am PST: Our SheLoves Church service starts (You can check your timezone here.)
  2. The Zoom link to the webinar is at the bottom of the post.
  3. Anyone is welcome, but we can only have 100 participants at one time in the webinar.
  4. The service will also be livestreamed to our SheLoves Facebook page, so you can also watch it there.
  5. This is a trial period for the next four Saturdays: March 21, March 28, April 4 and April 11.
  6. The service is free for anyone with the Zoom link (up to 100 people.) Plus those watching it on the Facebook livestream. The livestream will be available for a few days after for anyone to watch on our Facebook page.

THEN, FOR DANGEROUS WOMEN ONLY:

  1. Recording. The service will be recorded, but will only be available to Dangerous Women to watch at any time.
  2. Deeper discussion time. At 9:45am PST, we’ll open a Zoom link for Dangerous Women  to join us for a deeper discussion time. Plus, the discussion can continue in the Dangerous Women private Facebook Group.
  3. You will need to be a member of Dangerous Women to enjoy these benefits.

AFTER THE FOUR WEEKS?

After the four weeks, we’ll assess whether we are meeting a real need in our community and whether we need to continue, how we need to continue or whether this is a COVID-19 response only.

THIS WEEK’S SERVICE: March 21, 2020

Kelley Nikondeha will bring the first message this Saturday on “Unorthodox Partnerships: Eyes to See Our Partners in Liberation and Community Survival.”

Kelley is a liberation theologian and community development practitioner. She lives between Burundi and the United States. She has authored ADOPTED: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World and DEFIANT: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us about Freedom.

If you feel comfortable to do so, please bring your own communion to share with everyone, while at your own screen.

 

ZOOM LINK TO JOIN THE WEBINAR:

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 21, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: SheLoves Church

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/759603788

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,759603788# or +16699006833,,759603788#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 759 603 788
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adCAweUGZJ

JOIN US IN DANGEROUS WOMEN

If you’d like to join the Dangerous Women community at this time, we’d love that. We have a robust Facebook group and weekly newsletters (from me), plus other benefits. It’s $12 a month and we’d love for you to join in the discussion time after SheLoves Church.

You can also give a membership as a gift. And if you are in financial hardship, but would benefit from community like this, please email us at shelovesmagazine at gmail.com

We hope to see you online on Saturday at 9am PST and in the weeks to follow.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR SHELOVES NEWSLETTER

Be sure not to miss any of these kinds of announcements and valuable information by subscribing to our SheLoves Newsletter.Truthfully, it has been in hibernation for a long time, but now it has a fresh look and fresh energy. So, subscribe today, so you can keep updated on all the ways we long to serve and love you, as we all serve and love our world.

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Idelette McVicker
If you only know one thing about me, I'd love for you to know this: I love Jesus, justice and living juicy. I also happen to drive a minivan and drink my lattes plain. (My life is exciting enough!) Nineteen years ago, I moved from Taiwan to Canada to marry Scott. We have two teenagers, a preteen, a Bernese Mountain dog and a restaurant. (Ask Scott to tell you our love story.) In 2010, I founded SheLovesmagazine.com and it has now grown to include a Dangerous Women membership community, a Red Couch Bookclub, events and gatherings. I'd like to think of it as curating transformational spaces for women in community. I long for women to be strong in our faith and voice, so we can be advocates for God’s heart for justice here on earth. As an Afrikaner woman, born and raised in South Africa during Apartheid, my story humbly compels me to step out for justice and everyday peacemaking. I have also seen firsthand the impact injustice has had on the lives and stories of women around the world. I refuse to stay silent. I am anti-racist and also a recovering racist. I am a Seven on the Enneagram, an INFP and I mostly wear black, with a dash of animal print or faux fur.
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