Faith · Speaker

We Showed Up

You never know what to expect when you throw a party or host an event. You hope people show up and are terrified nobody will. You are hyper-aware of every word spoken, wondering how this person or that is going to receive it, if there will be offense taken or hearts opened. You see it through an outsider’s eyes and listen with an outsider’s ear, praying that God will show up even if only a few people do.
You have to make yourself slow down, look away, and be fully present.
Each of us came with expectation, anticipation, and maybe even a little bit of fear. But we showed up. We talked to people we didn’t know, raised our hands in worship, added new Facebook friends, experienced a deep, new truth, and made meaningful connections with strangers. Even more importantly, God showed up. In a different way to each one of us, in just the way we needed him to.
Some of us needed to allow ourselves a voice to stand up to misogyny. Others of us needed to hear that everything will be okay even if we don’t have answers right now. Still more of us needed to be told, again, that we are loved, seen, and heard. A few of us needed to be safe enough in our discomfort to ask what is stirring our hearts with unease.
We received good feedback from our attendees and speakers. Here are two examples:
“Thank you for a wondering evening with Deeply Rooted. The speakers affirmed in me that my voice as a single woman is valid and my story is worth telling. I have been making a lot of art about my journey—these women gave voice to all women who need to encouragement to stand rooted in their faith and rooted in their womanhood.”
Rev. Dr. Velda Love had this to say: “Thank you for the invitation to speak. I just did what you asked and look at God . . . always doing amazingly more than we could ever expect or imagine. The women were lovely, beautiful, ready, receptive, and very present. I had an opportunity to hug and talk with young women and more seasoned women. There is so much work to be done in our lives, so anytime you need me just call.”
Many women were challenged and moved by our speakers, and encouraged by our worship. We want to be available to you in between events, so please keep in touch. Let us know how God used our speakers to speak to your heart. Give us some ideas for future events, workshops, gatherings, etc. Tell us how we can pray for you.
Community · Faith · Poetry · Worship

THREE WEEKS TIL DEEPLY ROOTED!

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Deeply Rooted is coming up close. We’re exploring Wonder through poetry, worship, teaching, and fellowship and we have fantastic speakers who love to bring the Word. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you. In November, when we met for the first time, we decided Deeply Rooted needed to keep going. Connections were made. Truth was spoken. Community happened.

We want you to experience that too. All over the internet, in churches and small groups, families and friendships, we are seeing that women are lonely. We’re afraid of initiating friendship. We’re terrified of going deep, getting close, and being known. We’re comparing ourselves to other women: their bodies, their families, their successes, their relationship with God. And we always come up wanting.

We’re in want and wanting at the same time. We long for healthy friendship. We are craving connection. We’re killing our desires because they frighten us and aren’t being met. There is hope. There is possibility.

We created Deeply Rooted because we, (Joy & Tammy) discovered a shared felt need. We needed to know and be known. And we wanted to invite others into the longing.

So many of us don’t have the time, energy, or money to attend Christian women’s conferences that offer community and encouragement. So we made our own, especially for local Chicagoland women.

We want to meet you. Please consider joining us and bringing a friend.

Rooted in Him,
Tammy & Joy

Faith · Speaker

New Speaker! Meet Juni Felix

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Sandra Van Opstal had an event come up for her new book. She couldn’t miss it and tried to make her schedule fit us in but it didn’t work and had to step down. Hopefully we will see her at a future Deeply Rooted! As I (Tammy) thought of a replacement I went through our list of potential speakers and one name jumped out at me. June Felix. We met at a Rooted Chicago (no relation) brunch last year. I can’t remember if she spoke or not, but my friend Courtney told me about her, insisted I needed to meet her.

After the brunch I went up to Juni and introduced myself. After some small talk we got deeper and we shared some hard stuff with each other and I just knew I needed this woman to be my friend. We exchanged numbers and we kept up with each other a bit.

Juni is a serious gamer and science fiction and fantasy geek. Who better to share how wonder has shaped her spiritual life and imagination?

Juni is half of the Moody morning radio show Karl & June. From her Moody bio: June is a woman of prayer. As an author, speaker, international radio drama scriptwriter, C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow and host, she has a heart for women’s ministry, discipleship, and encouraging all ages with a passionate faith and a warm smile. In her spare time, she’s an avid blogger, gamer and sci-fi movie buff who loves to spend time with her husband and two children. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Faith · Poetry · Prayer · Speaker

Flashback: Anita Scott, Spoken-Word Performer

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Anita Scott performed three breathtakingly beautiful poems for us, and you can watch them here!

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Faith

Are You Rooted?

Deeply Rooted is gathering 3 weeks from today!!! We want you to be there with us. We have some cool ideas in the works for you and can’t wait to share them! Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. Bring a friend or three, or your whole small group. There will be incredible worship, a guest performer who will be introduced this week, and a message on living out our faith every day in the spirit of the Beatitudes. Share our page and let us know you are coming!

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Community · Faith · Prayer

Introducing Deeply Rooted

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Saturday, November 7

7:00 p.m.

Wilson Abbey

935 W. Wilson Ave. 60640

Uptown, Chicago

FREE

Deeply Rooted is a free one-night event for women and girls 6th grade and up. We have a gifted worship band to call us together and Anita Scott, poetry slam competitor at this year’s Justice Conference, is traveling from Dallas to perform spoken-word poetry for us. Sandy Ramsey, director of Cornerstone Community Outreach, a shelter for homeless women, children, and families, will be reminding us of our commitment to the poor, and a former CCO client, Denise, will be sharing her testimony of God’s protection and providence.

Katherine Williams is a lifelong learner—a seminary student who spent a year at Oxford, a gifted speaker and writer—who will be sharing about the eight blessings in the Beatitudes and how we need a deeper understanding of what being blessed really means.