We Are Not Alone

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

                                                                                         Revelation 3:20 NIV


We. Are. Not. Alone. can be words that elicit terror or jubilation. Which is it for you?

God has created us in His image, which means we were created to be in community just like Him: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we accept Him as Lord of our lives, we are given a seat at the table. It is a choice we can make that means we never have to dine alone again.

I hate eating alone. There’s no one to share the highs and lows of the day. No one to listen to, no one to laugh with. It doesn’t seem worth cooking a good meal just for me. My most common dinner companion is the television. Eating has become a task stripped of the beauty of companionship and community with others. I was not made to dine alone.

As widows, we can find ourselves feeling very cut off from others. Activities we once enjoyed becoming painful tasks, a mockery of the beautiful companionship that once was.

But we are not alone.

My heart is still so full from our conference a few weeks ago. Something so beautiful happens when we gather. I feel like God’s presence is magnified ten-fold when we are with others who are walking so closely with Him. An incredible joy bubbles up with seeing His faithfulness being demonstrated in each of the ladies’ lives. Every time we gather, I experience God’s love and provision in an intense way.

I am reminded of the difference between sharing a feast with others instead of dining on scraps alone.

It wasn’t easy for the women who came– choosing to go to the conference, working out many logistics including transportation, arranging childcare, etc. But for most, the biggest hurdle was overcoming the fear– “Do I have the emotional strength and energy to connect with new people?” They stepped out in faith, and God blessed them with everything they needed, plus so much more.

God’s word is clear from beginning to the end. We are not created to be alone. The world we live in sends the message the only way to fill the void in our lives is with a man. Having a spouse to share our lives with is just one of the ways God created for us to be with others. He created within us an intense need for being in community so that first and foremost, we would seek to satisfy our need with a relationship with Him. Nothing can or will ever fill the void, except being with Him. And as an extension of our relationship with Him, we are created to be in community with His church, the body of Christ.

Our call to action: 

So let us pray for one another to overcome our fears and the obstacles depriving us from gathering at the table. Let us pray for one another to first and foremost, fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May our fears, our anger, and our sadness decrease as we are continually filled with His love. May each of us let His love flow through us to build up and encourage others. Let us say “I hear you knocking at the door, Lord. Please come in and I will dine with you and you will dine with me!”

We are not alone.



Sheryl Pepple is an author and speaker for aNew Season/A Widow’s Might Ministries. She lives in Texas with her yellow lab, Super Duper Cooper, and spends time with her two daughters, her son-in-law, and her grandson. She is a seasoned traveler and loves to visit great snorkeling and diving areas. Her husband was killed by a drunk driver in September 2011 and she lost her brother, the victim of an unsolved murder, years ago. Sheryl feels blessed to be able to share how evident God’s grace and faithfulness is in her life.

If you are interested in having her speak, please contact her via email at: admin@anewseason.net.

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Conference Registration is Closing Soon


Our conference registration will be closing SOON.

Please join us for a “Living a Fruitful Life ” Conference for widows at Camp Copass, a hidden gem just 20 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth airport! April 25th- April 27th. This 3 day/2 night conference at a beautiful lakeside Christian Camp with hotel style accommodations will allow you to refresh and recharge spiritually. Experience the blessing of being with other Christian widows as you receive uplifting teaching and practical tips for everyday life. Be renewed through deep, meaningful worship. Leave the conference feeling equipped to impact God’s kingdom by living a life that bears much fruit!

Register online here: 2016 Dallas Conference Registration

We look forward to communing together at in this beautiful location. 

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 Here are some testimonials of previous conference attendees:

After my husband got upgraded to heaven, I was in desperate need of healing and understanding. I tried Grief Share and various counselors, both are great sources of help. However they weren’t a fit for me. In 2014, I took a leap faith and went to the Ruth Retreat for A Widow’s Might. I came in broken and desperate but left with hope. Hope came in the form of bonding with 22 widows who “got it”. The relationships I made with these sisters are priceless. We continue to support and encourage each other through social media two years later. I can honestly say that weekend was one of the best investments of time and money in my life.
Lisa M.- Georgia

I attended ANew Season conference just six weeks after my husband passed in February 2015. It took everything I had to get there, but I thank God I did. This ministry and these women started my journey to healing. Though everyone has a different story and may be in a different season of loss, being surrounded by other women who understand the pain of losing their husband, somehow, brought comfort and strength. I believe the Lord places people in our paths as His hands and heart here on earth. The ladies at ANew Season were His hands and heart for me during that time. I am forever grateful.
Jennifer S.- Texas

So I signed up for the widows conference that was held in Dallas mainly because I had been led by the Lord to get connect with women in my similar situation and my employer was flying me to Austin for a work conference. Total God’s work! On day 1 of the conference, as we were in worship, I clearly heard the Lord speaking to me, saying it’s time to move. I had no idea what, where or how He wanted me to move, but because I was hearing it so loud and clear, I began to pray and ask God for clarification. Through the time, the sessions, and just connecting with women in my current situation I learned so much about me and my purpose. I was hesitant at first to register for the conference because I was afraid I would maybe slip backwards in my grief, however once I got there and got to meet with the other ladies, we all began to feel an instant connection. Some I was able to give insight to and others, gave me encouragement. I will say this conference was life changing for myself and my children. In the end, I made a move, the children and I moved from CA back home to TN in August, it hasn’t been easy, I have questioned myself many times, however, I know that this is exactly what God had planned. We are closer to family, we are in a smaller town, and financially it is much easier. I have kept in touch, greatly thanks to Facebook, with a few of the ladies from the conference and I hope to reconnect with them soon.
Amber F.- Tennessee

Our video testimonial: Check out our conferences

Please prayerfully consider joining us in just NINE days!

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These words were shared by our precious sister, Karen Emberlin, who journeyed to heaven this fall. 

One of our favorite things about our Care Bear, was spending time with her at our conferences.  Her kind-hearted grace and sweet spirit were such a blessing to each of us.  She was there to serve all of us and to glorify God, wanting no attention for herself. 

She wrote these words over a year ago, right before our Dallas 2015 conference.  She found AWM when she was deep in grief and unsure she had any reason to continue on.  But, God did have plans.  She joined us in the spring of 2013 and her writings resonated every time she shared her journey and the things God was teaching her. 

We love and miss her each and every day.  We pray her words about our conferences bless you as much as they continue to bless us. 

Are you looking for “true friends”, a sisterhood, who will understand this unwanted journey you are on?  Someone who understands and can share your tears and grief, but can also have fun and laugh with you?

When I began my journey of widowhood, it was difficult to find someone who really understood what I was going through.  Friends and family were kind and tried to help, but sometimes I felt like they just “didn’t get it”.   How could they know – they had never been on this journey of widowhood!

Early in my journey I found this ministry and it became my “life line”!  The articles I read described exactly the feelings and situations I was facing – these ladies really did “get it”!  Their words of encouragement gave me the glimmer of hope I needed to know that God’s love was still there for me – always!

Then, I became a team member and had the privilege of participating in each of our conferences.  What a joy to be able to meet face to face with other sisters and share our stories, our hurts, our tears, new accomplishments and also the joy we have in Jesus.  It was like we had known each other all of our lives – friendships were made that will last a lifetime!

~ Karen

Testimonials from those who have attended previous conferences:

Melanie – For the first time in this widowhood journey I finally felt like I was in a place where others truly understood my pain, my being where I am in my grief was ok, there was no judgment or wanting me to move forward or past Greg’s death. It’s like I felt an immediate bond/connection with all of you and it felt safe.  It’s so nice to have people who just “get it”!

Donna –  I finally found a group of people who knew what I had been going thru since I’d entered the new life of grief, it’s like being in a whole different world and not being able to communicate because they don’t understand your language, And also have a group who at least some of you can’t sleep so we can comfort each other thru long nights!

Lisa –  This widow’s conference was such a wonderful shared experience among all of us ladies. Thx leaders for following THROUGH with God’s leading. The beautiful sky over the water was just one of our shared benefits. ALL praise to Almighty God.

Terri- Attending the aNew Season conference in Myrtle Beach was one of the best things I did for myself as a widow. It blessed me so much that I couldn’t wait to sign up for the conference in Dallas and took a widow friend with me! There is a precious bond between all the women attending these conferences that you will not find anywhere else…a “knowing” each other’s hearts in a way that others cannot share. Go! You will not regret it!

10 Important Facts about our Denton Conference in April.

1. Location is at Camp Copass in Denton Texas, just a short distance from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

2. Dates are: April 25-27, 2016

3. Conference sessions begin Monday early afternoon and close on Wednesday around noon.

4. It’s an all-inclusive place so food, lodging, and all conference fees are included.

5. Transportation to and from the airport is your responsibility. There are shuttles and taxis that are available.

6. You can walk to everything, so you will have no need for a car.

7. You can choose to room alone.  Single occupancy is $499. Or you can choose to room with someone.  Double occupancy is $399.

8.  Early bird registration only lasts until the end of March. Space is limited!

9. Camp Copass is a Christian retreat facility with hotel-like accommodations and is located on the serene and beautiful shoreline of Lake Lewisville.

10.You will be connected to a private facebook page for conference participants only.  That page will remain open once the conference concludes and that community will become your dear friends and confidants.


You can find out more information about the conference and register here: Register for our first conference of 2016


If you have any additional questions, please email us at: admin@anewseason.net



Our First Conference of 2016

 Save the date!

April 25th- April 27th at Camp Copass in Denton, Texas

We are so excited to announce our first widows’ conference of 2016 at Camp Copass in Denton, Texas, a hidden gem just twenty minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport!  This 3 day/2 night conference at a beautiful lakeside Christian Camp with hotel style accommodations will allow you to refresh and recharge spiritually. Experience the blessing of being with other widows as you receive uplifting teaching and practical tips for everyday life. Be renewed through deep, meaningful worship. Leave the conference feeling equipped to impact God’s kingdom by living a life that bears much fruit.

Imagine fellowship around a campfire with a beautiful lake view.

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We have reserved the Tally Retreat Center with hotel style accommodations.  There will be single and double occupancy rooms available. Your cost will include conference fees, as well as both lodging and meals.

Tally Retreat Center-Hotel Room

Space will be limited so please stay tuned for our registration to open at the end of this month.

We are looking forward to spending time together in this wonderful place.

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Just in case you’re not sure, or fearful of how you can step out and attend a conference for “widows”.  We want to encourage you with these wonderful previous conference attendee testimonials.

I left Ohio with a grief-laden, raw heart on a cold February morning 2015 – 9 months after suddenly losing my husband. I was leaving my 4 children behind to fly halfway across the country to attend a conference of strangers. Brave? Not really  Desperate? Yes, very. But more than anything I was surrendering, surrendering to this new journey that was suddenly cast upon me. Widowhood. How I hated that word.. I still do, but what I found was that I was not alone. The leaders of a New Season/Widow’s might embraced each one of us as if we were old friends. They truly want to help bring healing and hope to your brokenness – not just for one weekend, but for as long as you need them. No matter how you lost your beloved, THEY understand. More importantly, they know Who to point you to even in your hurt and anger. Jesus. I don’t regret for one second the sacrifice I made to attend. I left with a renewed purpose and a whole new circle of “social network” friends that are only a few keystrokes, and thought away.  I plan to attend again.
Michelle R- Ohio

I attended ANew Season conference just six weeks after my husband passed in February 2015. It took everything I had to get there, but I thank God I did. This ministry and these women started my journey to healing. Though everyone has a different story and may be in a different season of loss, being surrounded by other women who understand the pain of losing their husband, somehow, brought comfort and strength. I believe the Lord places people in our paths as His hands and heart here on earth. The ladies at ANew Season were His hands and heart for me during that time. I am forever grateful.
Jennifer S- Texas

Attending the aNew Season conference in Myrtle Beach was one of the best things I did for myself as a widow. It blessed me so much that I couldn’t wait to sign up for the conference in Dallas and took a widow friend with me! There is a precious bond between all the women attending these conferences that you will not find anywhere else…a “knowing” each other’s hearts in a way that others cannot share. Go! You will not regret it!
Terri S- Arkansas

Here’s a glimpse from our conference in November 2014 in Myrtle Beach: https://anewseason.net/videogallery/dallas-conference-promo/


If you’ve received this email and you’re not a widow, please prayerfully seek to share this with a widow in your life! 




Gathering Together

“Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:20 NIV

We believe Christ-centered conferences and retreats are such a vital part of the healing and growth for all widows.  We are extremely blessed that we have been able to hold three major conferences in the last two years.  Our first was, March of 2014, in Virginia Beach.  This was a retreat where we met with a small group of women and spent time healing, learning, and growing in Christ.  We met again in Myrtle Beach, in November of 2015, for a more traditional conference, where we spent time with a larger group of women growing, healing, and praising God together.  In February 2015, we were in Dallas, where a large group of women met in community to hear from our keynotes speaker and authors on topics and issues that many widows face.

Each time we met it was unique, yet each one was focused on the healing power of Christ Jesus.  He met us there and we found incredible blessings and healing.

We are excitedly beginning to pray over and plan a spring 2016 conference, as well as looking to the future of this ministry and how we can better serve each of you with conferences, retreats, and even starting smaller groups that would meet in specific areas throughout the country.

Please join us in praying God will direct our paths and make it clear what He wants us to do in this new year and in the future of our ministry.  Blessings to each of you!

July Camp Canceled in Favor of New Conferences

Dear Sisters in Christ,

With a full heart I’m writing to tell you that July’s retreat at the Lutheran Outdoor Christian Ministry in Oregon, Illinois has been cancelled. Contact us if you have questions about it.

We’ll be focusing our retreat energies on the kind of conferences and retreats we had over the past eighteen months in this ministry.

Each event brought with it changed lives, lifted hearts, and women responding to let us know they no longer feel alone in this journey we walk without our husbands.

If you have already paid, we have refunded those registration fees to you (if you don’t receive them let us know).

I will continue to hold you and yours in prayer and ask the same of you.

Peace and Blessings,




Summer Camp Retreat Registration Now Open

Thank you to all who are saving the date!  We have now opened registration for our summer camp to be held July 17-19 at the Lutheran Outdoors Ministries Center, 90 miles west of Chicago, Illinois.

Join us for a few days of rest, relaxation, and the outdoors. Let us encourage you and remind you what healing Christ can bring as you walk this grief journey.

aNew Season 2015 Widows Summer Camp Retreat is a two-night, three-day event where our writer and speaker team will help draw you closer to the healing heart of Christ. We will come together as a community of women who have experienced loss. We will minister to each other in a way that no one else can. We will offer our insights, grounded in biblical truth, combined with practical tips, to guide you through the difficult process of healing.

flashlightThose who register and make payment before May 15 will receive a batteryless waterproof Nightstar LED flashlight to use at the camp retreat ($19-29 retail value). Carry these to our evening bonfires or use them as you step out in the cool evening air!

Hear Kit and Worship Team Member Chris Cole Describe the Camp:

We started planning this camp in February, and had a chance to capture our first thoughts while together in Dallas at our Winter aNew Season Conference.  (Note that when we discuss free child care, we are referring to children five and older. Child care is available for ages five and up, and children four and under will stay with their mothers on site.)  Click on the video play button below to hear Kit and Chris talk about the plans!



The camp will be held at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, Illinois, ninety miles west of Chicago (complimentary transportation will be provided by the camp from Chicago O’Hare airport).  Camp location information can be found on their website at lomc.org.

Cost & Schedule:

Registration cost for aNew Season Widows Summer Camp Retreat is $199.00 for adults, $49 for teens (13-years-old and older), free for kids 12 and under and includes the following:
  • Friday Welcome Reception and Family Worship
  • Group Bonfires on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Keynote Addresses and Small Group Discussion
  • Teen and Preteen Group Discussions
  • An Opportunity to Fellowship with Team Writers and Other Widows
  • An Opportunity to Vacation Together with Other Families in Similar Circumstances

You may visit our Summer 2015 Widows Summer Camp Retreat Schedule for more details and specific session times here at aNew Season Summer Widows Camp Retreat Schedule.


Participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements with Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Camp (LOMC).

  • Step One: Register for the camp retreat program through A New Season Ministries, Inc..
  • Step Two: Receive a confirmation email which will also be sent to LOMC.
  • Step Three: Call LOMC. They will check that you are on their list. Then you can register your payment for accommodations and meals, and set up transportation from O’Hare, if needed. Contact information for LOMC can be found here.

The accommodation price is $130 for Adult Retreat Center, $110 for bunkhouse (13 –adult), $55 for 5-12 year olds. This price includes two nights stay and five meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday).  Accommodation  for children between five and twelve is half price. Children four and younger stay for free.

Activities and Child Care:

Zip lining is included in this program at no extra cost.  LOMC has trained counselors who will work with you and your kids and supervise your kids four and older while you hang out with the other widows and team writers and participate in group events.  Your child who is three or younger stays with you.

Family worship time and bonfire activities will be carried out together with the family.

Adult Retreat Lodges, Bunk Houses, and camping:

There are three types of accommodations available.

Adult Retreat Houses are similar to hotel rooms and hold three twin beds to each room.  There are thirty-six available spaces for widows to register for these rooms.

Bunk Houses house rooms of four bunk beds each (eight beds). Children and teens will stay in supervised rooms in the bunk houses.  These are air-conditioned rooms with bunk beds.  No linens are provided, so kids will need to come prepared with sleeping bags and pillows. There will be a counselor in each bunk house room. Mothers who bring children four and younger or moms who wish to stay with their children will be able to sleep in a bunk house room at night.

Camping is available to those participants wanting to bring their own tent or camper. Cost for camping is $4.00 per night per person. Cost for electrical hookup is $5.00 per night regardless of the number of people in the campsite.  Participants camping will need to purchase meals through lomc.org.

Announcing aNew Season Blessings Fund

Just in time for registration for our summer camp to be open soon, aNew Season Ministries is announcing aNew Season Blessing Fund.  Our way of helping those ladies who are having financial trouble along with their grief journeys.

It started with a precious widow last year (we will call her Marie) who had trouble gathering the funds to come to our conference.

We gathered up a few of the smaller contributions some of our readers had made and offered it to Marie as a way to lower the cost of registration.  She was thrilled, and raised the rest of the funds.  We did the same for a few more, and all were thrilled to come.

Her experience last November was life changing.  Soon after, Marie emailed us wanting to turn the blessing she had been given around and give it to another hurting widow so she could come.  Here is what she said, “The conference made a huge difference in my walk as a widow. Please thank whoever gave me that $100 donation.  Since my experience blessed me far more than the $100 gift, I now want to pay that gift forward to another widow, so she too can experience what I did.”

And so her gift was just used to send Sandra (name changed for privacy), another hurting widow to our Dallas conference.

Sandra had just lost her husband a few weeks before and was left with no life insurance.  To say she was marked by her experience in Dallas is an understatement!

Our Blessings Fund helps us sustain our grassroots effort!

Our ministry is built on a grass roots passion for women who have been left husbandless.

Our team of Christ-based missionaries understands the widow like no church leader can, because we are widows. We understand the needs of a widow might be financial and physical. But, we know there is always the emotional and spiritual walk of tender mercy that’s much more important.

Our ministry team works dedicated hours with sacrificial hearts. We give our time and finances to speak at conferences and minister personally.  For our attendants, it’s not just the knowledge and wisdom they are gaining by attending and hearing us.  It’s the immersion in the experience; spending a few days with so many women who just get it.  Who not only get what it’s like to lose your husband, but get how important it is to turn to Christ during this season.

Because the Christ-centered experiences at these events are life changing.

Not only do we shine the light of Christ, lift a widow from the depth of her sorrow, and help her heart sing for joy (Job 29:13) ; but we do so with an amazingly well-arranged environment.

The music is heartfelt and soul quenching.  The speakers are dynamic and each have plenty of energy and time in the conference schedule to personally minister and love on the participants.  The fellowship begins at registration and it continues well after the conference.  We have women who attended a conference almost a year ago still talking within the same online groups, and continuing to visit each other and travel together.

The connections made are for a lifetime.

Would you like to apply for a scholarship to come to an event?

Registrations for our July Summer Camp are opening soon.  We’ve already had some individuals step up to help sponsor widows.  Click here for our ℠ Blessing Fund Application” href=”https://anewseason.net/anew-season-blessing-fund-application/”>scholarship application page.

We pray this will help you as a reader get to a conference you couldn’t get to before. What a way each of us to enjoy giving or receiving blessings.


Save the Date-Summer Retreat

Imagine our aNew Season Worship Band players leading us in song around a campfire.

11955841-two-young-women-hiking-in-the-wild-natureImagine going on nature walks or hikes with your sisters in Christ while you share stories of your journey as a widow.

Imagine sleeping in comfortable quarters among other women, while your kids are supervised in a bunk house by Christian camp counselors.

Imagine, if your kids are launched, just loving on other widows and even their kids.  Or just spending time together healing and growing with others who get it.

Imagine encouraging talks and breakout sessions for you as a widow and for your middle or highschooler, where they can connect with other kids who have lost their fathers.

zip_line_tours_pic1Imagine fun activities like zip lining, archery, swimming and canoeing, or just relaxing in a camp setting.  All available to you and your kids to do as a group or individually; so you can either have bonding time with your kids or new friends who share this journey of widowhood with you.

Now stop imagining and save the date, because we are doing it!

We are planning a summer retreat in July!

We will first open a session from July 17-19, 2015.  (Arriving Friday, leaving Sunday)

Once that session fills up, we will then open a session from July 15-17, 2015. (Arriving Wednesday, leaving Friday)

If you wish to stay all four nights you can sign up first for the 17th-19th session, and when the 15th-17th session opens, you are welcome to extend your stay for the additional nights.

The location will be in Oregon, Illinois, about ninety minutes from O’Hare airport.  The camp will be providing free shuttle service to and from the airport.

Details like program fees for adults and children, meal plan fees, schedules of events, and accommodation costs will be coming soon. Our conference and retreat planning committee is hard at work. But, we can share with you that childcare is provided, FREE of charge!

If you are considering coming, please let us know by filling out the form below.  We will then send an email to you with more details, once they are available.

We are so excited and looking forward to this new and fun opportunity for us to gather in the Lord’s name and learn, heal, and grow in Him in such a wonderful location.



An Incredible Event

Ice and snow changed the logistics of our conference, but not the spirit of it.  Dallas 2015 will always be remembered for the snow that caused our participants and hostesses to huddle closely and continue to love on one another, moving our hearts toward glad worship and thankfulness for a God who heals.

Here are pictures and thoughts from those who were there. We hope you are able to join in on our next event. We will share more soon on our summer camp event coming this July!


“I was trying to wind down to fall asleep about 15 minutes ago when my 9 1/2 year old son came into my room crying about fearing death. We went and snuggled in the living room and as we talked and prayed I was able to share with him a little something all you wonderful ladies said this weekend. So thank you for ministering to me and to my children. Thank you just isn’t a good enough thing to say, but I truly mean it. Hugs to all.”



“Thank you to all of the wonderful hostesses from Tender Hearts for taking such care to make this a lovely conference, and to the writing team for the love and prayer that went into the presentations and classes. You are loved!”


“I was so blessed to have been a part of this wonderful weekend, and thank you for your wonderful efforts that made it happen! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! GOD IS SO GOOD, I am so thankful for each and every one of the ladies I met this weekend! The bond is almost unfathomable! I am looking so forward to future meetings with these special ladies!”



“What do you do when you’re snowed in at Spring Hill Suites? Stay up late like teenagers talking and laughing while getting to know all of these fabulous people God has just put in your life! Thank you Kit and ALL of you ANew Season and Tender Hearts angels for making this happen!
My heart is so full right now!”