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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

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Please prayerfully consider joining us in just NINE days!

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Sisterhood

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Your Financial Future

Why is it hard to talk to a group of widows about their financial future?  Perhaps it’s because everyone has a different set of circumstances, and we don’t want to pry about anyone’s finances. But isn’t this one of the biggest worries for a widow? Whether you were left with a load of debt with no life insurance, or you’ve been put in charge of a large estate, the enormity of considering your financial future by yourself can worsen the stress of grieving. That’s why we’ve set aside some time before the conference for those of you who are wanting advice. Mark Thomas, a well respected financial advisor, will hold a preconference work session and be a sounding board for questions, ideas, and concerns. He will answer some of those tough questions that many of us have when we’re faced with fending for ourselves and planning for our future. While we can’t possibly give you a detailed financial road map taylored for you in the one hour workshop time, Mark can answer questions that plague us all.  Questions like:

  • Can I make it on my own financially?
  • Where do I start and how do I get organized?
  • How do I know when my house has gotten too expensive for me and I need to move?
  • How much do I have to earn on my money to make it?
  • Do I need to have a plan for my family in case something happens to me?
  • What are some do’s and don’ts to consider with my money?
  • How can I avoid getting taken advantage of financially?
  • Will inflation take away my nest egg?

We would love to have you join us this month, February 26-28 in Dallas to not only sit in on this session but to be loved on by other widows that have gone before you in this journey. For more information, click HERE! We are praying for each one of you in advance of seeing you face-to-face!   Learn more and register by clicking right here. register here   For more information, watch this video, and see you in February! confvid2

We Conferenced

We heard about the conference on the website.  A lady at church told us about it.  We came across a video on Facebook that said a bunch of Christian widows were about to meet.

We wrestled with the idea of going. We jumped at it. We first said, no way–can’t afford it!

We started to read more about it. We pushed the thought from our minds.  We couldn’t shake it, the loneliness of trying to walk this widow’s journey as a Christian without other Christian widows who get it just drove us crazy.

We prayed about the cost. We thanked God we were blessed already. A church friend answered our prayer with a donation. We registered. We helped another widow who couldn’t afford to register.

We never hesitated from the start. We had been at one of aNew Season’s events before, and we knew how incredible it would be.conference worship

We packed our bags. We boarded airplanes. We made new friendships with ladies willing to carpool across state lines.  We showed up nervous. We burst onto the scene. We quietly prayed in our hotel rooms while waiting for the conference to start.

We walked into the ballroom. We lingered in the lobby. We stood as the worship started. We sat quietly and listened. We raised our hands in praise! We felt lifted. We felt free to cry.  We felt not-alone for the first time in a long time.conference journal

We stayed up all night sharing stories. We hit the hay early. We journaled and had quiet time.

We woke early to sunrise stretching with our certified fitness instructor. We gave up the exerciconference stretchse and had coffee and pastries with new friends. We slept in.

We learned about dating. We skipped the dating session because we have no desire to date. We joined a worksession on forgiveness and found out we weren’t the only ones trying to forgive our in-laws! We gathered in a quiet private meeting with a few other ladies who lost their husbands in similar circumstances. We found out someone else gets how we feel.  We learned about finances and living without that husband to handle repairs. We already knew how to handle the traditional man jobs, so we joined the ladies learning about early grief.conference fellowship

We had some laughs with women who were now our friends. We met the worship team and let them pray over us. We had our books signed by the writers. We found some cool fashionable tops from the ministry. We got a massage. We relaxed. We got energized. We allowed ourselves to breathe and cry.conference comfort

We cried when it was over. We laughed when it was done. We couldn’t wait to hug our kids again. We could wait to hug our kids again. We wanted to stay and hug our new friends some more!

We got home and got on Facebook to connect with these friends.  We got home and sat in our living rooms and took it all in. We went to our pastor and church friends to tell them, “finally–a group of widows who get me!”

We decided to do it again.

We are coming to Dallas– February 26, 27 and 28.  We hope you’ll join us. It’s pretty amazing!

Learn more and register by clicking right here.

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For more information, watch this video, and see you in February!

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Dating- Do I or Don’t I?

Are you excited about the upcoming Widow’s Conference in Dallas?  We are!  Each of our team members are busy praying over and for the conference.

One of the workshops offered in February will be “Dating God’s Way”.  This will be a very practical, fun time for those who participate in this session. We – Sherry and Erika – have been “dabbling” in the dating pool and are prepared to share war stories, as well as heart stories during our time together; but mostly we will be sharing God’s continuing story in our lives.

We will cover the practical tips – personal safety, fashion, who pays for what, etc.  We will also share the lessons we have learned about ourselves as we have navigated this aspect of our lives.  We will talk about how to know when you’re ready to dive in to the dating pool, or if you are being asked to sit on the side of the pool, or leave the pool area altogether, so to speak.  We will share funny stories of dates gone wrong and sweet stories of dates gone right.  We will cover when is it the right time to talk about marriage and how do you handle break ups?

This session won’t just be about our stories; rather we will use our stories to start a casual discussion together.  We want you to leave this session knowing God’s will for your life in this area and feeling content and at peace following that plan.  Whether you feel called to date or called to remain single; this session is for you.  Let’s share life together!

Won’t you join us February in Dallas?  Please take a moment and register here.

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We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Love,

Sherry & Erika

For more information, watch this video, and see you in February!

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The Blessing of Community

 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.

                                                                Proverbs  14:32

 This …is…so…hard!

I must have muttered that sentence a million times since my husband’s death. It’s been three years now and sometimes I still find myself struggling with how hard it is to walk this journey. But I walk in victory.

Picture if you will, a movie scene of an ancient Roman battle, but there is no sound. Everyone is dirty and covered with blood. Can you tell which side was victorious in the battle? Although the winners may be filthy and covered in blood, they are the ones who are gathered together, standing tall, interacting with each other, some even smiling, despite what they have endured. They walk together in victory.

As widows, we have endured a terrible battle with death. We have endured unspeakable pain and heartache. To us, nothing will ever be the same again. But as Christians, we walk together in victory. We have a refuge; our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We have Eternal life. We know that our suffering is only for a little while. We cannot be destroyed or brought down. We are the ones gathered together, standing tall, interacting with each other, maybe even smiling, despite what we have endured. We walk together in victory.

On February 26th – 28th we will be gathering for our conference in the Dallas area. Please don’t miss this opportunity to experience the blessing of being with other Christian women who are on the same journey. You will be strengthened, encouraged, loved, accepted, and refreshed by the Spirit.

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I will never forget how blessed I was when I attended our retreat last March. It seemed strange at first to fly half way across the U.S. to meet with a group of women I didn’t know. It was even a little overwhelming traveling for the first time without my husband. But I am extremely glad that I went. What I remember most is feeling loved, accepted and understood from the moment I walked into the group. I realized later, it was the first time I felt “normal” again. I didn’t have to work at helping people understand what I’d been through and what I needed. They all got it. They understood the pain. They encouraged me with their stories of His faithfulness. They listened as I shared His story of what He’s doing in my life. Together, we glorified Him. We were refreshed. It was the blessing of community.

Join us February 26 -28th in Dallas and share in the blessing of community with us! Be encouraged by hearing stories of God’s faithfulness. Get wise counsel on various topics that we have to deal with as widows. Experience the love and acceptance from others. Feel “normal” again.

 Register here: http://anewseason.net/?p=12963

 

 

 

 

aNew Season Ministry Widows Conference

What Season Are You In?

Thursday, February 26 – Saturday, February 28, 2015

Crossroads Bible Church – 8101 Justin Road, Double Oak, TX 75077

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  aNew Season Ministry is thrilled to be able to offer a widows conference February 26-28, 2015 at Crossroads Bible Church in the Dallas/Forth Worth area.  Our writing team members are looking forward to meeting you in person, sharing our insights and practical advice, worshiping together and building a stronger community amongst widows.  Both the team and participants have found it incredibly valuable to gather as widows, to share wisdom and encourage one another to continually focus on Christ during our journey.  Here are just  a few comments we received from our participants at the November conference in Myrtle Beach…

“I hated the word Widow, it did not fit me. When I thought of widow, I thought of a deadly spider, or a very old woman dressed in black with a black veil covering her face. I rarely spoke the word, and never used it to reference my status. Then I went to Myrtle Beach where I met a group of incredible women. What did they all have in common? They were women who were grieving, and heartbroken, but they were also strong, resilient, faithful, surviving, and yes widows! I was so anxious about this weekend, and not every moment was easy. However, I walked away knowing I had an army of women who had walked this walk before me, and that they were cheering and praying me forward. I still do not like the word widow, but now when I think of this word, I have thoughts and images of amazing women who are beside me as we walk down a path not of our choosing.”  ~Yolanda Mordue  

“Saturday night as we worshipped, I was reflecting on the journey of grief and the pain. I could hear His voice speaking to my heart very loudly this statement,” My love for you is greater than your pain.”  A powerful statement considering how great my pain is. I need to remind myself of His GREAT love on those days my heart aches. The struggle IS real, but so is God’s never failing love for me.” ~Carol Davis

Registration is currently open, so please register on our website – www.anewseason.net –  to make sure you reserve your seat. aNew Season Widows Conference is an event where our writing and speaking team will share the healing heart of Christ. We will come together as a community of women who have experienced loss and who understand and can minister to each other in a way that no one else can. The conference will be offering many topics designed to meet you in whatever season of this journey you may be in:

  • Managing early grief
  • Raising healthy children
  • Practical advice
  • Healing negative emotions
  • Physical and spiritual needs
  • Dating God’s way
  • Learning to forgive
  • Courage

We are very excited for a special event on Friday, our Love Lights – Because Love Remains service. We will share in a beautiful service of light and hope. Special commemorative votive candles can be ordered during the registration process, if you are interested in purchasing a keepsake. Registration for aNew Season Widows Conference includes the following:

Thursday:    Optional Preconference Sessions, Conference Opening Keynote Session and worship time, Small Group Sessions  (Registration begins at 2PM. Preconference Additional Worksession at 3PM)  

Friday:        Keynote addresses, small group sessions, worship time, Complimentary banquet dinner and Love Lights Votive Service 

Saturday:    Morning worship, opportunity to meet with aNew Season Team members, and closing session ending before lunch (12:30 PM).  Cost of registration is $379.

Accommodations and meals (other than the complimentary banquet) are NOT included as part of the registration cost. We have arranged for discounted hotel rates (link available on registration page) and we will have hostesses coordinating groups for dining together for additional fellowship opportunities. We anticipate that there will be many who will want to participate in this great conference so please make your arrangements early – space is limited.  We can’t wait to see you!

A Season of Sisterhood: Help Spread the Word!

Our team of writers and speakers just returned from A Widow’s Might Conference in Myrtle Beach where God brought healing and unity.

Do YOU know a widow; maybe someone in your church or community?  We don’t want the widows you know to miss the opportunity to experience fellowship and learning.  That’s why we are thrilled to announce that we are headed to DALLAS in FEBRUARY! We’re holding another conference for widows on February 26-28, 2015.

Would you be willing to pass this information on to them or potentially even help fund their registration fees?

You can click here to register them or to find more information:

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Here are a few comments from women who attended last week’s conference:

“I hated the word Widow, it did not fit me. When I thought of widow, I thought of a deadly spider, or a very old woman dressed in black with a black veil covering her face. I rarely spoke the word, and never used it to reference my status. Then I went to Myrtle Beach where I met a group of incredible women. What did they all have in common? They were women who were grieving, and heartbroken, but they were also strong, resilient, faithful, surviving, and yes widows! I was so anxious about this weekend, and not every moment was easy. However, I walked away knowing I had an army of women who had walked this walk before me, and that they were cheering and praying me forward. I still do not like the word widow, but now when I think of this word, I have thoughts and images of amazing women who are beside me as we walk down a path not of our choosing.”  ~Yolanda Murdue  

“Saturday night as we worshipped, I was reflecting on the journey of grief and the pain. I could hear His voice speaking to my heart very loudly this statement,” My love for you is greater than your pain.”  A powerful statement considering how great my pain is. I need to remind myself of His GREAT love on those days my heart aches. The struggle IS real, but so is God’s never failing love for me.” ~Carol Davis

What is A Widow’s Might Conference?

This is a conference put on BY widows FOR widows!  Each member of our writing and speaking team is walking this journey of widowhood.  We are here to share insights on a Christ-filled approach to healing from loss.

Who is A Widow’s Might Conference for?

Our conferences are for widows in any stage of grief and/or healing, regardless of age. We have found the ability to fellowship with many widows who have been exactly where you are in your season, transforms women’s hearts.

When/Where is the next A Widow’s Might Conference?

February 26-28, 2015 in Dallas, Texas

Please spread the word.  Early Bird Registrants receive a $20 discount through December 1, 2014.

https://anewseason.net/dallas-conference-2015-registration-information/

Early Bird Special for November Conference Ends Wednesday

Just a reminder to everyone that the Early Bird registration discount for aNew Season Ministries November Widows Conference will end on Wednesday, July 9th.

We still have spaces available and want to encourage you to sign up now, so that you can receive the special discount.

The conference will be November 7th – 9th, 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC.  We will be offering many topics designed to meet you in whatever season you may be in:

  • Managing early grief
  • Raising healthy children
  • Practical advice
  • Healing negative emotions
  • Physical and spiritual needs
  • Dating God’s way
  • Learning to forgive
  • Courage

We are very excited for a special event on Saturday, our Love Lights – Because Love Remains service.  This is a fundraiser for the ministry where votive candles can be purchased to honor your husband.  We will share in a beautiful service of light and hope.

If you have any questions or concerns about the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact us.   Prayerfully consider joining us at the conference.  It will be a time of healing, fellowship and praise!

Click here to go to the registration form.