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How do you make time for friendships?

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Work deadlines, school projects, doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, taking care of elderly parents or grandchildren, dates with your husband (or least attempting!), shuttling kids to extracurriculars, job /grad school interviews, carving out time for girlfriends...

Our lives are SO busy, and no doubt many of you have been waiting for the dust to settle on February before you can determine if you'll be able to attend this year's Women's Conference at the end of the month--under 2 weeks away!

Well,  we can't help you with much of the above list (and the 562 additional items you have on your to-do), but we CAN help with the last one!  We've designed a weekend Women's Conference called Girlfriend Revolution on February 26 & 27, and it's a great opportunity to plan a girls' weekend.

Doesn't carving out time for girlfriends often get shoved to the bottom of our priority lists? We know how much we crave that time and how refreshed we feel afterward, but it's hard to make time to invest in friendships when life is overwhelming! The Women's Ministry is  here to help.

We want you to walk away more inspired to invest in friendships and with practical ideas for making it happen.

We've created the opportunity and taken care of the details. All you have to do is be intentional: make a few arrangements, be really productive between now and then, and invite a friend (or several!) to do the same. 

Go ahead! Pull out (or up) your calendar. Look at Friday evening, February 26 and Saturday morning, February 27. What's there? Can it move or can someone else take care of those responsibilities? If not, we totally get it. But if you can create the space, we encourage you to! Because friendships are really important and need to be up there on our priority lists. 

Counselor and author Susan Thomas will be joining us as our guest speaker to talk about friendships, plus we'll have two break-out sessions to dig deeper. We want you to walk away more inspired to invest in friendships and with practical ideas for making it happen.

We're also providing dinner Friday night (no need to cook--sweet!), a full, hot breakfast Saturday morning (that's incentive to get up and out on a Saturday morning!), and we'll finish around lunch time so you can enjoy a lunch date with your friends (and hopefully a girls' afternoon!)--or get back to the tasks we're so grateful you rearranged to be with us. 

Take the plunge! Mark off February 26 & 27 as a GIRLS' WEEKEND and hop over here to register. It's just $25 for all that we mentioned above--a pretty sweet deal for a girls' weekend, we think!


Watch this special invitation from Susan Thomas and Amy Petersen: 


Yes! I'm going to make the time to invest in friendships.

(Hint: When you click on the button above, you can also share the event via social media or email for an easy way to invite some friends!)

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Vote for "The Tree"!

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Here's a riddle for you...

What is 28 feet high, has 55,000 lights and makes music?? 

That’s right… LAST year's The Singing Christmas Tree

How about this one...

What is 28 + 23 + 23 feet high with 80,000+ lights, makes music and tells the Christmas story

Right again!  This year's 25th anniversary celebration of The Singing Christmas Tree featuring THREE trees with 400+ performers, including over 200 singers! 

The program this year will feature many of the great Christmas songs from recent years and a medley of wonderful songs that were part of "The Tree" back in the '80s and '90s.  As always, you will feel God’s presence as we worship at the manger with Silent Night.  

The Singing Christmas Tree has been selected to be in a contest sponsored by The State newspaper!  We have made it from the sweet 16 all the way to the “championship” round.  Please vote for us!  It would be quite a testimony to be able to say that The Singing Christmas Tree is the #1 Must See Holiday Event in Columbia!

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It seems that every Sunday I walk away from church so grateful that God allows my family to be part of Shandon!  Our family's involvement ramps up even more so as we move into the season of Christmas.  Over the past weekend we had nearly 100 volunteers spend all weekend building the special set for the 25th anniversary!  The music will be incredible and you will experience the lights and sounds of the season--all giving support to the most important part of Christmas: Jesus’ birth! 

Construction of the 3 Trees, photo by Giles Phillips

Get your tickets as soon as possible by visiting or stopping by the Gathering Place on Sunday before and after your worship service.  We anticipate capacity crowds again this year, so don’t wait! 

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