-Ridgeline Women: A place to connect with other women
There are many opportunities to connect with other women at Ridgeline as you pursue a relationship with God. Our women's ministry is led by Cherie Leatherman. Cherie teaches two women's bible studies each week - Monday morning (Child Care is provided) and Monday evening (no childcare). See the the information on our current study below. If you would like to join us in our study in Genesis please email Cherie at Cherie@ridgeline.cc.
Personal Update from Cherie (Dec. 8, 2020)
Here we are mid-December in the year 2020. Christmas is right around the corner and we will soon be saying farewell to a year that has been unusual to say the least! Given the crisis that is ongoing in our country because of the pandemic and the governmental response, our normal ways of connecting and seeing one another have been tested. This is been a difficult space to navigate in for everyone! I want you to know that I miss seeing you and connecting with you on a regular basis.
I wanted to touch base with you to give you a personal update. Some of you are already aware of this, but on November 19 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even as I look at the words that I have just typed, it is still hard for me to reconcile that these words are about me! It still feels at times to be somewhat unreal. Other times...it’s very real. As I write this to you, there are still a number of things unknown about what lies ahead for me. What I do know: 1) The cancer was caught in early stages 2) I am scheduled to undergo surgery on December 22 to remove the cancer and the area around it along with a lymph node to check for spread. What I don’t know is what comes next. Whether I have chemo followed by radiation or just radiation depends on what is discovered in the surgery and any spread of cancer.
Navigating cancer in a covid world is extremely difficult. From being careful to minimize risk of exposure of covid that may delay my treatment, to living in relative isolation, to having to go through testing, and meetings with doctors, surgery, and treatment alone has been heart breaking and challenging to me on a deeply personal level. And yet each step of this journey, in the midst of my fear and many many tears, the LORD has proven Himself so faithful and so good to me. His Word has been a shelter for me that I’ve been clinging to in the last couple of months. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘do not fear; I will help you.’” God is faithful to His Word and He has shown me the truth of this Scripture in so many very specific ways as I’ve been walking this path. He has shown up holding my right hand through a woman in the elevator as I headed into the surgeon’s office alone to discuss my diagnosis and treatment plan. He has shown up through a kind technician who took care of me. He reminded me of His presence through specific texts from friends when I was feeling far from God reminding me that He is near. Over and over in little ways that may seem insignificant to others, He has shown up to remind me that He sees me, He knows me, He hears me, and He is holding my hand. He is the Lord my God who will not leave my side, therefore, I don’t need to be afraid.
Where do I go from here? I intend to keep moving forward as much as I am able to given all the unknowns. I continue to hold my role as Women’s Ministry Director as well as leading the Rooted Women’s Bible Study as a high priority. As God allows and I am physically able I plan to continue to work in discipling, mentoring, writing, and teaching as I have done in the past. I have already been working with a women’s ministry team who has been so helpful to me over the past couple of years. I am currently working on instituting a teaching team to assist me with teaching at Rooted.
I am so thankful for the love and support of my church family at a time like this. It has been such a gift of God’s grace to me! I appreciate your prayers for me and for Keith as we seek to glorify God as we walk this path He is calling us to. Would you pray that I would stay healthy so that surgery can proceed as scheduled on December 22. I, of course, would appreciate prayers for healing of my body, but I especially ask that you pray that my faith would be strengthened and deepened in the God who can be trusted.
You, too, are in my prayers. Know that you are loved, by me and by our Heavenly Father!
Grace and Peace,
Women’s Ministry Director
Ridgeline Community Church
At Ridgeline Women we love the Bible! And we love studying the Bible in community!
Spring 2021 Bible Study:
Beginning January 25, 20201 we will continue our study of In the Beginning God: A Study in Genesis 12-50!
Registration is open for this study...click here to be taken to the registration link.