A Place to Connect
More than 200 women gathered in the Activity Center to kick off the first Willow Women’s Summer Book Club. Joining together for a time of worship, a short message from Ashlee Eiland, and plenty of fun, they dove into Fervent by Priscilla Shirer.
“It was a fantastic first night,” says Kylee Pantanella, who oversees women’s ministries at WIllow Creek. “Some women came with friends, and many others just came by themselves. Everyone gathered around tables with table leaders, where they met new friends and engaged in conversation and prayer.”
One woman signed up for the book club last-minute, and almost didn’t come. “She’s caring for a friend who has cancer (taking her to appointments, etc.) and also caring for an elderly uncle,” says Kylee, “so she’s understandibly overwhelmed in this season. But she sensed God nudging her to fight through her exhaustion and show up—and she was so grateful she did. She met new friends at her table, and even though they’d just met, she felt like she had a safe place to share what she's going through.”
Her table group prayed for her that night, and they started a text thread to stay in touch and to pray for each other in the coming weeks. “This delightful woman went from exhausted to encouraged simply by following God’s prompting to show up for the book club,” Kylee says.
The book club also launched online for women who weren’t able to join in person.
Is it too late to join the book club?
Nope! “Each night is a stand-alone event,” says Kylee. “Pick up a copy of Fervent, begin reading, and register for the next book-club night on July 11—then join us and you can dive right in!”