Announcing our September Conference


Yes, come September we’re having a Strengthening Women conference!  

We are pleased to have as a speaker Mary Mohler, wife of Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Seminary.  

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We’d love for you all to come!  What a great opportunity to meet Mary, learn from her, and fellowship with one another!  

You can get all the details, here.  And we sure hope to see you all there!!  

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Happy 2013!

Ladies, we hope that your new year has already started off great. It has been quiet around here with the Strengthening Women blog. With the Christmas season, New Year, entertaining of family, and new babies being born, it’s been quite the busy season for our team. 




Congratulations to our Missions Coordinator, Holli, on the birth of their fourth child, Peter Marshall. He was born December 27th.









Another fresh congratulations to our Event Coordinator, Angie, on the birth of their fourth child (and FIRST boy), Clark Jacob. He was born, yesterday, January 9th.


We could not be more thrilled for them both.





We wrapped up our 2012 year with a ladies advent event in December. We had some delicious food and drinks, and continued the evening with songs of worship and advent readings from the wonderful book, Behold, the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey. I hope you enjoy the photo recap, photos taken by Nicole Henry.

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Behold, the Lamb of God **Registration Now Open**

This holiday season we want to invite you to share an evening with us where we come together to anticipate the joy of Christmas and the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ; we invite you to ‘The Advent’.

Advent is traditionally a time where one prepares their heart and home for the celebration of the nativity story. In the chaos of Christmas time, we know this season can be bombarded with anything but the actual gospel, but this year we would love for you to join us in taking time to behold, the Lamb of God.

Join us on Friday, December 14th at Missio Dei Fellowship, beginning at 7pm. The evening will include appetizers, soup, desserts and beverages. The gospel will be read and sung.

Tickets are on sale now ($2) for you and your family and friends to purchase. The proceeds will be donated to (an organization created to minister to women and their families in poverty). You can purchase your tickets online at or in the lobby of Missio Dei Fellowship (5214 47th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144)


Click HERE to register now.

Ice Cream Social Success!

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31

During this very hot summer, we decided to take this verse and show how an ice cream social can be done to the glory of God. It was an absolute joy to set up missional socials around the city, with the goal of meeting and befriending our neighbors. It was an opportunity to bless those in our mission fields, if you will. While it can be uncomfortable sharing life with people that we don’t share much in common with, it is the least we can do for our Savior and King.

After a few hours of some sugary treats and lots of laughter, I was amazed at the work God had done in such a short time. One neighbor asked if she could visit Missio Dei, another asked to help host in the next social, while another stayed and talked for hours after the social had ended. There is nothing sweeter than knowing your work is for the Kingdom and delighting in making His name known, and is fruitfully rewarded by the very One you seek to honor; thank you Heavenly Father!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

As our mission statement communicates, “Strengthening Women exist to reach out to women for Christ, nurture them in their faith, involve them in ministry by using their spiritual gifts and talents, engage the next generation, and support our local church as we serve and promote its vision and values.”

With that vision in mind, Strengthening Women wanted to provide small neighborhood socials in which the women of our church could proactively meet, earn trust, and ultimately proclaim the good news of the gospel to our friends and neighbors. We are very excited to announce that our first set of neighborhood socials will be on FRIDAY, JULY 27TH! Spread out around the Kenosha area, four groups of ladies from MDF will be opening their homes and welcoming their neighbors for the fame of His name, in the form of an ice cream social.

We are eager to be about the work of the Lord and ask that you would join us in praying for this event. It is our desire that the love of Christ would be reflected through our hospitality and that the lost would experience the grace of Christ.

If you would like to attend one of these socials (and we highly recommend you do), or have a question on how you can support this outreach, please contact Holli via

“…whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

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3rd Annual Cookie Exchange

Ladies, please join us for the 3nd Annual Cookie Exchange at Missio Dei Fellowship.  The past two years have a been a great time of fun, fellowship, and encouragement…and we can’t forget that we all got to leave with all those amazing cookies to take home.  Encourage your friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to participate with you, or even buddy up and split all the cookies at the exchange.

There will be some amazing prizes from ThirtyOne. Two great products to give away to the top two best packaged cookie winners, and two door prizes that everyone is eligible for.

So, open up your recipe box, book, or browser, and start looking for that perfect cookie recipe and packaging ideas.
Don’t wait, RSVP TODAY! Be sure to RSVP by e-mail or Facebook message!  Deadline is November 26th. Further info will be emailed after that with how many cookies to bake.
Have fun! and looking forward to seeing you ladies in a few weeks!

By Kendal Barriere

A Glimpse Into our Retreat

Having been given the opportunity to take pictures at the retreat was a great blessing to me, and I hope the pictures and this video will be a blessing to you as well. Enjoy!


Thank you for your acts of service!

With our first ever SW retreat behind me, getting some much needed rest, and jumping back into my mommy clothes, I was able to sit down and take some time to note a few key people that helped us pull this event together.  It was truly a joint effort and act of service.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a lot of limitations. In this ministry, my limitations become all the more magnified whenever I set out to plan a large event.  I simply cannot do or think of everything there is to do.  So I surround myself with ladies whose creativity and strengths are different than mine. When I had the green light to go ahead and put the pieces of this puzzle together, I wasted no time in asking some very reliable women to help me.

Angie Arthur was the woman with the design.  I gave her my vision and my theme; she got to work and came up with our color scheme and logo design for this event.  It was no easy task because we were taking two ministry logos and combining them. But, Angie rose to the task and delivered a nice design.  The beauty of working with Angie is that she is willing to work until she gets it right.  She doesn’t take it personally when I say no, or when I ask for more changes.  She was also the woman behind all of those bathroom & s’more treats you all enjoyed in your rooms.  I love Angie’s resourcefulness, creativity, and easy going personality!

Jody Lokken was the woman with the computer savvyness needed to set up our online payment options.  She also ran our PowerPoint and videos the day of the conf. (just a small detail). Jody is super reliable and prompt in any task you give her.  I never had to worry about Jody; she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work.

Sandy Lamb was the woman behind the warmth and decor throughout the venue.  Sandy’s heart of service was evident till the end.  She had just undergone knee surgery, and with pain and crutches, she came to the venue early, and ran her crew of ladies to bring us a warm and welcoming experience in the dining room and throughout.

Judy Love was our room/registration coordinator.  She had the difficult task of organizing our sleeping arrangements.  She gave thought and consideration to the many requests she received, and did her very best to accommodate everyone’s needs and wants.  She and her crew of ladies also ran our registration table the day of the retreat and can I say – it went without a glitch.

Sherri Stocker has an eye for details, and it showed.  The notebooks she creatively decorated were truly an item of welcome when you first stepped into the conference room.  Her labor of love brought smiles to many faces.

Kristi Hamilton ran the music.  She, Denni Kraus, Leana Mueller, and Sherri Stocker devoted a great deal of time to deliver a sweet time of worship in song.  Kristi is young, but she is learning a great deal of leadership skills through these opportunities.  She has an ear for music and she strives to do it well.  Her grace and skills served us all well as she and her group filled our retreat with great music to express our emotions to our Lord and Savior.

Our prayer team included Holli O’Keefe, Sherri Stocker,  Sandy Lamb, Shelly Smith, Vicki Anderson, and Judy Love.  Their commitment to pray was truly an act of worship and humble reliance upon God for all our needs.  Amidst the busyness of the summer months these ladies committed their time and energy to meeting every week and bow down before the Lord in prayer.  We dared to pray boldly, simply, and with great expectation that the Lord would hear and act on our behalf.

David Hamilton worked tirelessly to set up and ran our sound.

Nicole Julius was on duty capturing some moments with her camera all throughout the retreat (on another day we’ll post some pictures).

Char Baumann gifted the ladies bookmarks as a small token of her appreciation for them.

And of course, Liz & Jaz were my partners in crime.  They graciously followed suit with their tasks as well down to the very end.  Their God-given strengths and love for the gospel was always a great source of encouragement not only for me but for those they so faithfully served.


At the risk of leaving out names, I really wanted to especially thank all those who put in an incredible amount of hours helping us pull this together.  For the rest, I trust you know God saw your humble service and know He will reward you in the Day to come.  But please know all of us are grateful for your service whether great or seemingly small. I’ve received many e-mails and words of appreciation for the work you all did —- obviously it showed!


Again, my most sincere thanks for serving in this retreat, and let’s not forget, for putting up with me…


For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen. (Rom 11:36)