Suzy Shepherd Named to New Position at Stonecroft
Congratulations to staff member Suzy Shepherd, who recently was named Stonecroft’s Catalysts Director. In this new position, Suzy creates ministry-wide projects designed to spark Stonecroft’s ability to sustainably reach 1 million women with the Gospel by 2025. She also serves on the Staff Leadership Team and works closely with Stonecroft’s Stewardship and Transformation teams.
During her first year in this new assignment, Suzy will focus on creating campaigns and coalitions of volunteer leaders and exploring different forms of conferences for Stonecroft women. She currently is preparing to launch Stonecroft’s Catalyst Coalition. This group of volunteers will lend their experience, giftings, and passion to co-create pathways of growth for Stonecroft, working with staff and Board members.
Suzy joined our staff in 2016 as Central Divisional Field Director, serving volunteers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. She also is the creator of Where Love Lives, Stonecroft’s new small-group experience begun in February.
Before her service with Stonecroft, Suzy created and led a women’s ministry organization and taught elementary school. She and her husband have nine children and live in Tyler, Texas.
Prayer Emphasis Planned for September
Prayer is central to everything we’re about at Stonecroft, but this year we’re planning a special emphasis on prayer throughout September. In past years, we have encouraged volunteers to participate in Stonecroft’s annual Prays Walk held on a specific day in September. But this September, we suggest you and your group do a Prays Walk whenever God leads you during the month.
Start with taking prayer to your neighborhood or the broader community, going to places where you can meet people in need of prayer. Let God use you to love others by offering prayer and sharing the Good News as you walk. Watch for more details about Prays Walk in upcoming communication from Stonecroft.
If you don’t feel led to do a Prays Walk, consider planning your own creative gathering focused on evangelistic prayer. Also, you might want to ask family, friends, and others for prayer requests and then pray for these throughout the month.
Join our Fall Fundraiser Calls
We’re cooking up some creative ideas to help you plan a fun and fruitful Fall Fundraiser, focused on the theme of Recipe for Success. Fall Fundraisers are Stonecroft events that offer excellent opportunities to introduce women to the Gospel, have some fun, and generate financial gifts for local Stonecroft groups and the overall ministry.
Join Stonecroft staff and some surprise guests for our next Fall Fundraiser Conference Calls on Aug. 20 and Sept. 26. During these calls, you’ll hear tips, stories, and inspiration from other Stonecroft volunteers who have successfully led Fall Fundraisers. Don’t miss this opportunity to exchange ideas and share ways to make your fundraiser the best ever! Join one or both calls:
- Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT
- Thursday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT
From your computer, tablet, or smartphone:
or dial in using your phone, +1 (571) 317-3117
Access Code: 501-572-253
To learn more about Fall Fundraisers, visit
Fall Fundraiser Apron Giveaway
Be one of the first 100 groups to register your Fall Fundraiser goal! Each one of these groups will receive one free Recipe for Success apron. Register at stonecroft.org/fall-fundraiser.
Additional aprons are available for purchase for your group. Click HERE to order. Cost is $15 per apron. Get a 20% discount if you order five or more!
You can encourage your group members to wear their aprons during your Fall Fundraiser event. You can also use the aprons in your social media photos to stir up interest. Get ready to whip up some fun!
Get Your Stonecroft Rally Cap!
Have you heard Dr. Naomi Cramer Overton, President and CEO, share her vision for Stonecroft? God is calling Stonecroft to a rally!
Join us by getting your very own rally cap. Traditionally, a rally cap is worn inside out and backward. But wear it however you want! Click HERE to order your rally cap. You can even have one sent to a friend!
We are so blessed to partner with you in this rally year!
New Large-Print Scripture Reference Guide Available
Our popular Stonecroft Bible Study Christ in the Psalms now has a reference guide available with Scriptures keyed to page numbers in the large-print edition of the Abundant Life Bible (New Living Translation).
To download this free reference guide, visit stonecroft.org/bible-studies and scroll to the section called “Large Print NLT Page Reference Guides.” The large–print version of this Bible is available in softcover at stonecroft.org/store or call 888.819.5218.
Create a Facebook Fundraiser for Stonecroft!
Did you know that Stonecroft now accepts financial contributions through Facebook? That means you can set up your own Facebook fundraiser to invite your friends to help expand the Gospel in your community and across the nation by giving financially to Stonecroft. It’s a great way to promote Stonecroft among your Facebook friends and to involve them immediately in a cause you care about.
It takes $137 to support and resource one Stonecroft woman to share Jesus in her community. One small gift of $1 from each of your Facebook friends could quickly make it possible for yet another Stonecroft volunteer to get the valuable training she needs. You can plan a Stonecroft Facebook fundraiser as a celebration of your birthday – or at any other time. Learn how to create your Facebook fundraiser for Stonecroft at facebook.com/fund/wearestonecroft/.
Thank you for all you do to participate in the purpose of Stonecroft – seeing women reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
Support Stonecroft’s Mission, Receive Cash Back
Want to do something good and get something good back?
Fund a gift annuity with us, and we send payments back to you at attractive, fixed rates for life. Your payment stays the same no matter how long you live or what happens with the economy. The rates are based on your age at the time of funding.
You also have the peace of mind knowing after a lifetime of payments to you, the remainder supports our mission. Call or email us to receive your illustration showing your payment rate and tax benefits. There is never an obligation for you to see what your benefits will be.
For more information on planned giving, visit stonecroft.org/donate and click on Lifetime Giving. Or contact Joan Johnson, Stewardship Manager, by phone at 800.525.8627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Loving People who Love Their Dogs
Enjoy reading this fun story about two beagle breeders (one a Stonecroft Speaker) who use their passion as a platform to share and show the Gospel. You can find it HERE.