Women Growing in Faith
We invite women of southeastern Wisconsin and beyond to nurture their faith through Firstfruits spiritual experiences, programs and events. Our goal: to assist each woman in deepening her personal relationship with God. Firstfruits also helps women awaken to their giftedness and purpose – all done in community with other women.
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Be inspired, encouraged, and entertained by Joan Carey's weekly blogs.
One of my favorite movies is Jerry Maguire. There is one scene that the hopeless romantic in me couldn’t get enough of. Toward the end of the movie, Tom Cruis
Over the years I have given up many different things for Lent. There was the usual chocolate, ice cream, or Carmel deLites. (Funny how the Girl Scout cookies al
I remember how excited my parents got when I would come home from college to visit, especially my mom. I still have pangs of guilt when I think about it all the
Reflections of modern day parables to help you discover our extraordinary God at work in our ordinary lives.
Snorkeling in Hawaii. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? I was on the vacation of a lifetime. Everyone else was going snorkeling, so I said: “What the heck.” W
Did you ever stop and think about the similarities between the Wizard of Oz story and Christian discipleship? Look, – an unfulfilled farm girl is looking
It was bedtime for little Danny. Danny’s mom hoisted him into bed, said a prayer, kissed him on his sweaty six year old forehead and tiptoed out of the room.
Resources, Reflections and Recommended Reading
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Between visits to Firstfruits, feed your spiritual hunger with reflections and find resources to go deeper into topics presented at Firstfruits. You never need to go hungry again!
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Read what women are saying about their time at Firstfruits. See why they keep coming back!
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The peace of the settings and the power of the presentations. The feeling of the Spirit through the day. I always like the diversity of the presentations. It makes it hard to decide which one to attend but also keeps me coming to attend another one I was unable to attend at a prior Firstfruits!
Seeing friends and meeting new ones. Wonderful selections for break-out sessions. Wish I could have gone for the whole day.
It was nice for me to be able to spend a day in prayer and reflection with other women. I almost never get a chance to do something like that. Many of us cannot afford the time or money to get away on retreats, so this is a more accessible and realistic way to meet our spiritual needs. Really lovely.
A day to reflect, interact with other women , learn, pray - love this so much!!
Variety of topics offered, excellent speakers; very Spirit driven!
The Firstfruits experience matched or exceeded my expectations on so many levels. Your team's attention to so many details was awesome - from the moment I arrived and easily spotted the outdoor sign, the sign inside pointing the way once in the door, the great care taken with the greeting area and the color palate, the same and more in the cozy yet contemporary Kiwi Cafe area and delicious foods/drinks, the variety of high-quality, in-depth topics and the high-quality presenters. Even the name tags that were easily read across the lunch table. Everything was just as "promised" on your website, and so well thought out. I really appreciated the "nourishing" care and attention!
The flexibility of not having to commit for the whole weekend was wonderful. The meals and the fellowship, the graciousness all fed my body and my soul. Such a wonderful array of excellent topics. The staff and participants were so wonderful. It was a great way for me to meet people (I am new to the area) and I love to celebrate my faith with women - so welcoming and comforting!
The thing that touched me the most about my first time at FF was the feeling from everyone of being accepted just as you are. It felt like everyone there just took me in, like joining a sisterhood. It was so amazing.
Firstfruits provides women with three basic spiritual needs.
Experience of God’s Tender Love
Firstfruits isn’t just a program, it is an experience of God’s tender love and deep desire for an intimate relationship with us. Giving God the gift of our time at Firstfruits always results in blessing.
Friendship with Other Godly Women
Women thrive on encouragement, validation and affirmation from one another. Firstfruits builds community grounded on women’s love for God and our need for relationships.
Discernment of Giftedness and Purpose
Recognizing giftedness and finding purpose in life brings great joy. Firstfruits helps women do just that. We are all unique and gifted for a purpose.