Cara Day Named Marketing and Communications Director
We extend a warm welcome to Cara Day, who joins our Home Office staff Sept. 1 as Director of Marketing and Communications (Marcom). Cara will oversee internal and external marketing and communications for Stonecroft and lead a team of four Marcom staff members.
Most recently, Cara served 10 years as Director of Programs and Communications at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary, a national organization for family members of U.S. military veterans. In that role, she worked at the VFW national headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, where she managed all programs, public relations, publications, and social media for the 500,000-member auxiliary.
Earlier, she served two years as editor and six years as editor-in-chief for the auxiliary’s national magazine. Cara has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She, her husband, and their two teenagers live in Olathe, Kansas. In their local church, Cara has served as an AWANA leader and on the worship team.
Cara looks forward to using her gifts and experience to serve in a ministry focused on women’s evangelism. “I asked God for a mission, a purpose. He gave me Stonecroft,” she says. “My prayer is that I can assist in positioning the organization to bring a sweeping revival to women everywhere through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May our storytelling point to His story and our place in it.”
Author Jan Mathers to Introduce New SBS, Every Season
Life changes quickly. We move in and out of seasons of our life – some expected and natural such as aging and some unexpected such as tragedy or illness. Often, we struggle to determine God’s purpose for us during these transitions.
During a season of transition in her own life, author Jan Mathers found the topic for her latest book, our newest Stonecroft Bible Study (SBS): Every Season: embracing a forever kind of purpose.
Join our national conference call Sept. 24 to hear Jan share the inspiration for this study and why it’s a timely topic for all of us. Jan is a Stonecroft Speaker Consultant and National Board member who is the author of several books, including Loving Your Neighbors and Ephesians: Made Complete in Christ, both recently published by Stonecroft. She will be joined on the call by Cheryl Lee Davis, Vice President of Women’s Connection. Here are the call details:
2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3131
Access Code: 559-082-565
And this just in: Watch our Facebook Live video with Jan and Cheryl Lee Davis, Vice President of Women’s Connection, around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Sept. 5! View it at facebook.com/wearestonecroft to learn even more about the book.
Join us for Prays Walk Sept. 29!
Join women across the U.S. and overseas in taking prayer to the streets of our communities during Stonecroft’s Prays Walk Sept. 29! Together, we’ll pray for revival in our cities, nations, and world. Gather some friends who like to pray, choose a time and place for your Walk, and register here.
Register by Sept. 18 to receive a Stonecroft 80th Anniversary logo notebook and free resources. Watch an announcement video about the event and access promotional materials at stonecroft.org/prayswalk. Prepare spiritually for the Walk by reading Loving Your Neighbors (available for purchase at stonecroft.org/store) and listening to a recording of The Story of Now evangelism training at stonecroft.org/resources/prays.
In Case You Missed It
Not Just for Pies and Lattes: These Pumpkins Show Appreciation Check out this article about decorating papier-mâché pumpkins to use as autumn thank-you gifts for volunteers. Visit: https://www.stonecroft.org/2017/10/31/not-just-pies-lattes-pumpkins-show-appreciation/.
Podcast Launches Series Called ‘Her Story Matters’
Co-hosts Maddison Berciunas and Jessica Leep Fick interview three inspiring women: 1) former Stonecroft staff member Rachel Fou, who grew up in a Buddhist family but unexpectedly found the love of Jesus; 2) Stonecroft Divisional Field Director Emma Reynolds, who shares how God gave her hope and a new life after a divorce; and 3) Seyko Groves, a singer, songwriter, and stay-at-home mom, who tells how Jesus delivered her from poverty, homelessness, and depression. We released all three episodes at once, so you can binge on them or listen to them individually as your schedule permits. Subscribe to the podcast at stonecroft.org/earstospeak.
Improve Relationship Skills through DISC Training
We’re all challenged from time to time by the differences we find in other people. And it’s not unusual for those differences to lead to misunderstandings.
DISCover the source of most of those misunderstandings and learn how to minimize them! Listen online as Shirley Vorhees, Administrative Coordinator for Women’s Connection, leads DISC 401, a training based on the DISC Model of Human Behavior, a program that helps us better understand ourselves and others. Shirley is a Certified Senior Master Trainer in DISC, having trained hundreds of people in relationship and communication techniques that produce powerful results
The DISC training builds a platform of understanding to help you in all your interactions with family, friends, co-workers, and fellow Stonecroft volunteers.
If you missed our three earlier DISC training sessions, listen to the recordings of those first so you can get the most benefit from DISC 401. Access all these training sessions at https://www.stonecroft.org/2018/08/24/disc-training-calls.
Speaker Training Presentation Available Online
“The power of your story is only due to the power of His story revealed through you,” says Janis Price, a Stonecroft Speaker, Speaker Consultant, and National Board member. Listen in as Janis, an educator and Speaker, offers an approximately 15-minute training session for current and potential Stonecroft Speakers, available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_cy4LDWqMU.
Called The Power of Your Story, the training includes helpful, practical tips for giving a good talk and effectively sharing your story and the Gospel at Stonecroft outreach events. For additional Stonecroft Speaker training resources, visit https://www.stonecroft.org/resources/speakers.
To learn about becoming a Stonecroft Speaker, contact your Regional Speaker Consultant through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Fundraisers Coming Soon!
Women’s Connection Groups across the nation are gearing up for their Fall Fundraisers focused this year on the theme of Generous Love. These fundraisers are Stonecroft events held in the autumn that offer excellent opportunities to introduce women to the Gospel, have some fun, and generate special gifts for local Women’s Connection Groups and the overall Stonecroft ministry.
If you haven’t yet made plans to host a Fall Fundraiser, it’s not too late to get involved! Go to stonecroft.org/resources/fall-fundraiser to find plenty of planning ideas and resources. Questions? We’re here to help. Contact our Ministry Support Team at 800.525.8627 or email@example.com.