by Sarah Craven
My passion over the last 12 years has become the hearts of women. I am Sarah – mom of three: Beth 13, Cindy 10, and Howie 8. I have been married to my best friend Jeff for 20 years this month. We made Grants Pass our home in 2014, and haven’t looked back. Raised in Oregon, I left for California and then later Arizona in the mid 90s to attend college and follow Jeff to San Diego where he served in the Navy. We were blessed when given the opportunity to move back to Oregon after being away for 16 years.
My passion for women’s hearts developed out of becoming a mom, and seeing how incredibly hard the mundane parts of life can be. Faced with becoming a stay at home mom, after teaching High School Language Arts for 7 years, I found myself lonely and isolated. Confused as to how I fit into this new role, my world turned upside down. Teaching was full of collaboration, encouragement, and suggestions. Stay at home mommy-ing was full of questions with no one to answer, silence, and wondering if there was a better or a different way. A friend reached out and invited me into a Christ centered moms group called Mops. This is where we pulled off all the facades and realized we were just a bunch of moms, struggling in the everyday, loved Jesus, and had a heart for each other and passion for sharing his word.
Leaning on other believers, and always having them point me back to His Word is what radically changed me, and led me from simply believing in Christ to having a relationship with Him. When we moved to Oregon, I prepared and prayed daily for this type of community. Within 5 days of being in Oregon, God led to me a local women’s group where Jeannette Webber was speaking. I knew from simply listening to her for 30 minutes, that she was rooted in Christ, had a heart for women, and had so much wisdom to share. That next Sunday we attended Parkway and have been here ever since.
Drawing closer to God, He led me to this new season at Parkway. All this busy mom of 3 has to offer is a deep love for her Lord, and that all women are given the chance to experience the depth of love. As I prepare this next season, my heart is that we all feel we have a place. That we all belong. That we all are welcome, and we all grow in Christ together. Loneliness is one of the most effective tools of the enemy, because God created us to fellowship together.
Look for Connect – Parkway Women’s events in the months to come that serve to unite us. When I agreed to take over this volunteer position, it was simply because I love the Lord, and this church He brought me to. Life is so much more fulfilling when we have someone to walk through it with. We will have several times where we can connect over dinner, movies, or games. We have two weekly Bible studies to help us connect to the Word and each other. If you have ideas, or a willingness to help serve please reach out. I am here to serve, and want to plan events that women want to attend. Our first big event will take place on May 12, at our Women’s Tea and Talent Luncheon: Beautiful Together
I believe that we are Beautiful Together, and want to celebrate all ages of women and girls. I hope that you will plan to attend. It will be a great opportunity to learn something new, meet new friends, strengthen relationships, and laugh!
If you have a talent you want to share please sign up at the church office, or online at www.parkwaycc.com/tea-talent. We are looking for all ages, all instruments, funny, serious, skits, dances, groups, or individuals.
To read the full newsletter this article appeared in, go to www.parkwaycc.com/newsletter, April 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 4.