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_MG_6224“What are we going to do now?”

The Johnson County, Kansas, Christian Women’s Club (CWC) learned it would lose its event facility and the Planning Team searched for an answer.

Jan Smith, Chair, and her team were determined to keep the Group going. They started with prayer and created a list of 18 potential meeting places. Then they divided up the list and visited the facilities in groups of two, looking for specific features such as handicapped accessibility, parking, and affordability.

The executive committee narrowed the list to three sites. Then two of the facilities suddenly withdrew their interest. The remaining facility – Lakeview Villages – is an active retirement community.


Jan Smith, Johnson County, Kansas Christian Women’s Club Chair

“Having to move was a blessing in disguise,” Jan said. Their new venue offers a beautiful view of the lake, and the group can now provide a wonderful lunch instead of a continental brunch. Even the facility staff is excited that Stonecroft moved in.

And, here’s the best part – the Group, which previously had an average attendance of 35 – added 30 attendees in just its first month at the new location! The leaders anticipate continued growth.

The Johnson County CWC decided this retirement community is now its mission field. “We can see God working,” Jan said. “We’re making lemonade out of lemons and our Group is getting new life.”

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