We’re Moving!

Hello friends! We’re excited to share the news…Sister Sojourners is moving!

We’re merging our blog with the new First Free blog! There you’ll be able to find not only women’s ministry info, but posts from other First Free ministries, as well. You can find the Sister Sojourner archives at this current website for awhile. Future posts can be found at the new blogsite: http://www.firstfreewichita.org/blog.

Many blessings to you, sweet sisters!


Gala in the Garden

Gala Save the DateJoin First Free women and girls for a lovely evening at Botanica, Wednesday, June 26, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. The evening will include time in the gardens, a delicious dinner, special music, and sharing by Lori Day. Tickets are available now. This event usually sells out so get your tickets early! Visit the Women’s Ministry Table for tickets or more information.

Sojourning Sister: Jeri Paden

Take a look into the life of one of our dear First Free sisters, Jeri Paden!

For those of us who do not know you:

How long have you attended First Free?

I’ve been attending First Free since the fall of 2001, and serve periodically on the worship team.
Tell us a little about your family (spouse, children, siblings, parents, etc), where you grew up, and what you do these days (work? ministry? hobbies? etc?).
My husband Paul is an engineer, and he has worked at Spirit Aerosystems for about a year and a half.  We moved here from the Dallas area in 2001 for him to take a job with Raytheon, and 8 weeks later he got hit by a layoff.  God quickly provided a contract position with Boeing, where he worked for 6 years before going to Hawker Beechcraft, and he was there for several years before another layoff.  That time it took 14 months for him to find a job, since he wanted to stay here in Wichita, and God again showed Himself so powerful & faithful.
We don’t have any children, and my only sibling, an older brother, died many years ago.  My mom still lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where I grew up listening to rocket tests for NASA’s space program on nearby Redstone Arsenal.  Paul & I now live on 80 acres near Towanda, most of which is farmed by someone else.  We have lots of animals, just none we are responsible to feed:  ducks, pheasants, turkeys, assorted other birds, coyotes, woodchucks, deer…
I think I have the best job possible:  I teach the daytime BSF class on the east side of Wichita, so I get to spend lots of hours in God’s Word, and work with a wonderful group of leaders.  When I find some spare time, I love to read, do assorted craft projects, and play in the dirt – I have an ongoing landscaping project that has kept me busy during the last couple of years.
Has there been a scripture reference/verse/passage that God has used to impact your life in a significant and lasting way? How and why did it speak to you so mightily? (this could include something recent, or one of those life-changing ah-ha moments)
It’s hard to choose only one Scripture passage, but one that has been an ongoing source of encouragement to me for years is Job 19:25, which may sound like an odd place to find a favorite verse.  In the midst of his questioning & discouragement, Job says “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end He will stand upon the earth.”  That puts absolutely everything else into perspective – no matter what happens in my life or in the world around me, He is in charge, is at work, and will return personally to claim His people.  It reminds me this is all so temporary, and my life needs to be all about Him, & preparing for that wonderful day when He “stands upon the earth.”
In Him, Jeri

Summer Reading List

books_4653cnSummer’s here! That means lots of spontaneous activity, rather than the regular weekly routines we settle into during the fall and winter months. With all the “free” time we have to “do as we please” during the summer, there is often room for a few new books to add to our reading lists. Here are several “top picks” to add to your summer reading list from the staff. Relax, find your favorite chair in the sun, and enjoy!!

Suggestions from Pastor Dick:

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert. “Have you ever wondered if what we’re doing is really helping? (This book)…guides you toward a true understanding of poverty and a plan to make a difference.

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman. “Are you a fan or a follower?…Jesus was never interested in having admirers. It’s not fans he is looking for.”

Comforts From The Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. “A month’s worth of celebrations…about Jesus Christ…celebrating the gospel.”

Suggestions from Pastor Curt:

Delighting in the Trinity by Tim Chester.  This helped me understand the Trinity and rejoice in it more than any book I’ve read.  It’s not extremely hard to read either, like some theology books.

Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living, and Speaking the Gospel by Mack Stiles.  It is about evangelism- why we do it, how to do it, how not to do it.  Solid all around and a great encouragement! (This book is available for check-out in the church library)

Suggestions from Pastor Dan:

What Happens After I Die by Michael Allen Rogers

Reaching Muslims by Nick Chatrath

Suggestions from Pastor Matt:

Desiring God by John Piper. A classic book on Christian living. (This book is available for check-out in the church library)

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis. A book of essays on what we were made for. (This book is available for check-out in the church library)

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. A classic spiritual allegory of the Christian life. (This book is available for check-out in the church library)

A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson. A book about prayer as modeled by Paul. (This book is available for check-out in the church library)

A Display of God’s Glory by Mark Dever. A great overview of what the church is and how we are to interact with one another.

Suggestions from Pastor Josh:

God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts

Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman