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2017 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions
Choose three sessions to attend and one alternate.    
           

1. “Be Still and Know”
Christ’s Approach to Coping with Fear and Anxiety
Fear and anxiety can be a very natural response to various stressors and events in the lives of believers. However, at times this fear and anxiety can hinder our daily walk and become a barrier in our everyday lives. God intentionally designed us with an incredible mind, body, and spirit that are interconnected. God has much to say about how to approach everyday fear and anxiety from a holistic standpoint ? one that allows us to work through these emotions and further become rooted in him. Come and see how to “Be Still and Know” through practical coping tools stemming from the foundation of God’s remedy to our fear and anxiety, as well as how to further honor God through these emotions.

 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

 Presenter: Jessica Landini, MA, LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor serving through Christian Family Counseling, aiding in the healing and helping of those coping with anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse through the work of Christ Jesus.  


2.  Is God Really in Control?
Protests shutting down streets or turning into riots. Another mass shooting taking life. Suburban pre-teens overdosing. Child sex trafficking and kidnapping on the rise. Cancer spreading at an ever rapid pace. Teens and young adults abandoning the faith. And let’s not forget the national political tinderbox in which we are living. Is God really in control? If he is, why is he allowing all this? When these questions fester they create anxiety and despair, leading us away from our heavenly Father. Yes, God is in control and he equips us to fight the war that is waging around us. In this breakout we will look at finding God’s peace in the midst of the storms and wars around us.

John 16:1 All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.

 Presenter:  Pastor Kelly Huet serves as resident missionary at St. Andrew Lutheran in Middleton, WI. His passion is equipping others to follow Jesus and live as missionaries in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and families.

 
3.  How Long, Lord?
Our path toward heaven may be filled with obstacles that are painful in many ways, and this pain can distract and numb us if it never seems to end. Whatever we are facing, God promises an eternity that is painless when we reach our journey’s end, and he also provides us with many blessings along the way. The devil is trying to use the pain-filled moments to cloud our sight of the blessings right in front of us. Committed focus on God’s presence in our lives gives us the ability to see beyond the pain so we can remain hopeful as we wonder, “How long, Lord?”

Isaiah 43:1-2 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

 Presenters:  Mark and Beth Leverence have been married for 36 years and are proud parents and grandparents of 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Mark serves as a teacher at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and Beth is an IT professional at Northwestern Mutual. They are members at St. Paul’s in Cudahy.

 
4.  Hope Always Answers!
We’ve heard it said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Life is tough and full of potholes, detours, surprises and more...how do we as believers get going...and better yet keep going? What is the source of our hope? What fuels us? Motivates us? Comforts us? How can we model and share our hope with those around us? During this breakout, we’ll share our experiences, encourage one another and discuss some practical ways to share our hope!

I Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for this hope that you have.

 Presenter:  Sharon Buck is a national director with Mary Kay which connects her with thousands of women with all kinds of backgrounds and circumstances...across the nation! She is a wife, a mom and a nana.


5.  Who’s your BFF (Best Friend Forever)?
Do you have a Best Friend Forever? Someone to confide in, talk to, and celebrate with? God cares about every aspect of our lives and wants us to trust him completely. We can talk to God in prayer about everything, without any retribution or shame. He doesn’t care if we come to him exhausted, angry, scared, or confused. He just wants us to come to him.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Presenter:  Gail Lumsden is a wife, mother of 2 young adults, daughter, sister, employee, friend, and too blessed to be stressed.


6.  Once a Mom, Always a Mom
Though the blessings and responsibilities of being a parent change over time, you never stop being a mom. As we look into God’s Word, there is much to learn about what it means to be a godly mother whether changing diapers, juggling multiple events, sending the kids off to college or watching them raise their own children. You’re still their mom and God always has a plan for you in their life.

Isaiah 55:8-9  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 Presenter:  Becky Kemnitz is a mother of two, navigating the new season of one in college. She is a member of the Time Out for Mom’s steering committee at Good Shepherd in West Bend. As once read on Vicki Courtney’s blog, I “mess up, fess up and rediscover God’s grace on a daily basis.”



7.  Moving from being “Forgiven Much” to a “Merciful Forgiver”
“Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.” If you haven’t heard that quote from C.S. Lewis, I imagine you have lived it. I know I have. When you lick your wounds or hold a grudge, they are heavy to carry and have no handles. These ways are so instinctive to our sinful nature when we are truly wronged. “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven ? as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47) From these penetrating words of Jesus, we want to re-affirm what it means to be among the “forgiven much” in him. We will also explore God’s wisdom for forgiving, as God in Christ Jesus has forgiven us. Forgiveness from God and
for others ? what a gift! Come learn with me to live in the flow of it.


Presenter:  Pastor Timothy Soukup has served in Africa and Texas, and now Wisconsin; he is uniquely qualified to say, “I can sin with the best of them, anywhere, anytime!”

                                                                                                                                

 

 

 

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