Recap & Reflection

For those of you who have been asking how the event went, here’s a quick summary. From my perspective, it could not have been better! This is something I have been working on and praying about for months. Yes, months. But I think it was worth it.

Women's Event | Moving Peaces

For those of you who weren’t yet aware, I coordinated this year’s women’s event/retreat at our church. After hearing so many good things about the IF:Gathering, I thought it might be nice to host it ourselves, albeit a bit later than the rest of the world who participated in the live simulcast. IF asks the question, “If God is real, then what?” There were speakers like Jennie Allen, Christine Caine, Jen Hatmaker, Bianca Olthoff, Rebekah Lyons and Ann Voskamp, and they all had incredibly strong messages to share with women.

Speaker - Jen Hatmaker | Moving Peaces

As I shared earlier, I had a few dreams for what a women’s event could one day look like. When I learned about IF, I found they had carried out so many similar dreams and was struck by it.

IF Table | Moving Peaces

When it comes right down to it, there are amazing women out in the world. They are doing big things and they are doing small things, but they all matter. One of the things I wanted, was to bring the amazing women in our church all under one roof so we could learn from each other and build lasting relationships. So we could learn what it meant to live a life for God.

I’m so glad this weekend was about that.

Emcee | Moving Peaces


I had the unique pleasure of not only coordinating the event, but also being the emcee as we transitioned from different sessions. I almost never knew 100% of what I was about to say before I said it, which was completely unnerving but it basically meant I was praying for the words the whole way through.

Lunch Outside | Moving Peaces

We got to hang out together and chat Friday night at the bonfire, eat lunch on a gorgeous sunny Saturday under tents on the lawn and talk to each other around the table all weekend long. A few women shared and we really just had time to enjoy each other’s company.

Women from Church | Moving Peaces

IF Gathering Event | Moving Peaces

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11 thoughts on “Recap & Reflection

  • October 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    This post made my night so much sweeter, Samantha! What a blessing that you had an opportunity to use your leadership skills this way. It looks like a wonderful retreat weekend. I would have loved to be there.

    • October 31, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Thank you! I’m glad you were encouraged by it. It was a great event to be a part of and I really enjoyed it.

    • October 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      Thank you! I miss spending time with you! I feel like in a small way, we had this in our little small group years ago as the four of us gathered around the table each Tuesday and simply talked about life. I’ll always cherish that time in my friendships with each of you.

  • October 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Sounds like a great time of fellowship and opportunity! I’m glad you were able to do this and have such a great time.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    I’m sad I missed it! Heard it was awesome!! Thanks for all that you do!

    • October 31, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      I was just catching up on your blog a few hours ago! Thanks for your kind words!

  • May 20, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    When will 2015’s IF gathering be 🙂
    I’d love to help, it was an awsome weekend!!!

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