CHC Emerge Conference

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

chc emerge 4“I’ve never tried anything like this before,” she said. Three hours later she held up her mixed media piece and the class listened as she shared what had inspired her.

One woman broke into tears as she shared her art-story, “it’s been three years since my husband died, and . . . it’s been so hard.” The women in the class gathered around, enveloping her with hugs and encouragement. It was an unplanned moment of healing.
Each woman used the SAME supplies, the SAME silhouette of a woman (drawn by one of our members, Cindy Dalton), and every piece turned out completely different. It was amazing to see, and the enthusiasm of the group was very apparent.


Our recent event was held at Zion Fellowship in Canandaigua, NY. The morning began with worship, and teaching by Marji Stevens. Marji shared several Stories with Mimmy, and a brief video about the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. She shared about her own transition after the death of her husband and the explosion of creativity that came even in the midst of extreme heartache.

The key scripture verse was from 1 Corinthians 10:13. “Consider it a sheer gift, friends when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (the message)

It’s so easy to become ‘buried’ under things, but the hope of every believer is that God can turn even the darkest places into gifts of grace. It’s not our great faith that accomplishes this, it’s the greatness of the One we place our faith in.

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chc emerge 5“Each one of us have been created to make our own sound, just like the letters in the alphabet. ” said Marji. “This project is not about performance, it’s not to be judged, it’s meant to be exploratory and fun. Learning to make a new sound.”

The women were each given canvas board, paint, old credit cards, paper memorabilia, and a silhouette of a woman. Most of them did not consider themselves “artists”, but as Marji explained: “It’s not about talent, it’s about stepping out of the box, out of the past, to embrace new things.” Word choices were also provided for them to cut out and add to their pictures.

“What are some phrases that you have heard over and over in your life from the Lord? What has He whispered to your heart throughout the day?” said Stevens.

The women did an amazing job. As each canvas was completed, the artist shared the “heart” behind her painting.

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