Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Just Joan

Joan Carey's Blog

Be inspired, encouraged, and entertained by Joan Carey’s weekly blogs entitled “Just Joan.”

  • The Birthday Party

    The last eight years of my life have been full of grand babies. I had gone almost twenty years without endless crying in the house (unless the Packers lost), th

  • God Lenses

    My husband asked me to go with him last weekend to pick out new eye glasses. That’s considered a date for us old married couples.  Something new and exciting

  • Soul Density

    I’ve been taking good care of myself lately. I had my yearly checkup, my annual mammogram, and a trip to the dentist, all in one week. Woohoo! I did have to a

  • Ball Bearings and Baguettes

    Have you ever gone to the hardware store for a loaf of bread? “Of course not” you say, but I bet you have. I know I have, figuratively speaking that is. I f

  • The Not So Merry, Go-Round

    Whew, I made it through the summer with minimal time spent at the Midway with the grandkids. I wasn’t meant for amusement park rides. It’s an inner ear thin

  • First What?

    People often ask “What does ‘Firstfruits’ mean?” “Why did you pick that name?” “Shouldn’t it be spelled ‘First Fruits’?” I’ve even gotte

  • When the Cloud Moves

    When the Cloud Moves Last summer was a busy one for me. Our youngest daughter got married at the same time we were remodeling the space for Firstfruits in Elm G

  • Become a Clutter Buster: Free Up Your Life, Find Your Stuff, Find Yourself!-Guest Blog by Claire Hoffmeyer

    Meet Mary, an original Clutter Buster. Mary spent the first year of retirement working her way through stuff in her house. She felt empowered by the decisions s

  • Clutter Busters – Guest Blog by Claire Hoffmeyer

    “The kitchen ‘catch-all’ drawer is missing! Claire?” Even as a pre-adolescent I liked tidiness, efficacy in my every day habits and helping others. Our

  • Encountering Rest – Guest Blog By Claire Hoffmeyer

    Rest. Currently, the clock in the upper right-hand corner of this computer screen reads ten to four–in the morning! Rest. The anticipation (of an early st

  • Never on a Sunday – Guest Blog by Mary Matestic

    My memories of Sundays as a child are quiet ones. Stores were closed for the most part; but there were two that stayed open until noon. The corner IGA store, wh

  • A Different Kind of Rest

    So I’m resting with God this summer. How about you? How’s it going? I’m realizing His idea of resting and mine are very different. My idea of rest is feet

  • Sabbath Rest – Guest Blog by Mary Matestic

    I was convicted! It’s a strong word, applied to criminals deemed guilty by a jury.  My crime?  I am a workaholic and lost sight of how to slow down the mach

  • Summer Sabbath Rest

    Do you think God ever takes a break from us? Come summer he decides he needs a few months off from the busyness and pressure of maintaining his relationship wit

  • This Little Light of Mine

    Well here we are at Pentecost Weekend. Fifty days after Easter commemorating the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles as promised by Jesus. We’ve been ta

  • Surprise, Surprise!

    Have you ever bought some gifts, put them in a hiding place and then forgot where you put them? Come on, be honest. I did that last Christmas. I even went so fa

  • Soda Scandal

    I need you to weigh in on a long-standing debate my husband and I have had. When you go to a fast food restaurant and you are really thirsty, is it ok to order

  • Better Than Botox

    The mirror is no longer my friend. I feel like there is a fault line running vertically from the top of my head to the tips of my toes and every day something h

  • Powder Room Prayers

    Last week I said that for the next few weeks leading up to Pentecost I was going to share with you my experience of “stirring up” the Holy Spirit in my own

  • Stirring Up the Holy Spirit

    I told you last week that Easter was my favorite day of the church year. A close second is Pentecost because I’m a big fan of the Holy Spirit. I feel like the

  • Easter Everyday

    The bunny wreath is off the door. The Swiffer discovered the last of the runaway jelly beans under the couch. The Easter bonnets are in the dress up bin. Oh wai

  • You Are Loved

    Here we go, we’ve arrived at Holy Week. There’s a light at the end of the Lenten tunnel. Pretty soon we can stop feeling guilty that our Lenten resolve diss

  • Martha’s Fan Club

    My blog last week generated a lot of comments. Well three really, but that’s a lot as far as I’m concerned. I wasn’t sure three people even read my blogs!

  • The Martha Syndrome

    Sunday nights I usually sit down and write the Firstfruits blogs. I was on a roll there for weeks. I couldn’t type fast enough. In fact, I had to see my chiro

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    I’m a big fan of Mr. Rogers. When the kids were little, our daily routine was lunch at noon, Mr. Rogers at 12:30, then down for a nap. I remember for a while,

  • A Fairy Tale

    Once upon a time in Wauwatosa, a land not so far away, there lived a stay at home mom named Joan. Joan and her Prince Charming decided that it was time for her

  • Our Real Valentine

    Valentine’s Day carries with it a mixed bag of emotions for me. I remember the excitement when I was in grade school and I traded valentines with my classmate

  • A Lent to Remember

    Lent conjures up many memories for me. I remember in grade school during Lent we brought in all our spare change and dropped it in this can labeled Pagan Babies

  • It’s All Going According to Plan

    I haven’t always been this deep, theological, well-spring of knowledge and wisdom. Before that I was a microbiologist. Instead of spreading the good news of G

  • Too Many Golf Shirts

    My blog this week is late because I was waiting on the OK from my husband. Why you ask? Because it involves me making fun of him, one of my favorite pastimes. H

  • The Lesson of the Geranium

    I wouldn’t say I have a green thumb exactly but I like to think I do, so I plant tulip bulbs in fall to watch the green leaves push through the spring ground

  • A Real Resolution

    The new year is off to a crazy start for me. First it was a biopsy for a spot on my nose. The results came back negative for skin cancer. It’s just a red remi

  • A Christmas Rhyme

    The gifts are wrapped, the cards are mailed, the cookies are baked and eaten. The halls are decked, the malls are checked, the sales couldn’t be beaten. But a

  • The Two Weeks of Advent

    If you looked at our 30+ year old family Advent wreath you would swear there are only two weeks to this season leading up to Christmas. Even after all these yea

  • Shoes Off!

    It’s a strange feeling the first time your children teach YOU something rather than the other way around. Like how to work the DVD player, how to pick the win

  • I Dare You

    I’m doing something different this Christmas season. You could argue I’m just lazy or getting more “Scroogesque” in my old age. I like to think I’m ge

  • Uncle Lee

    Thanksgiving must be right around the corner, the Christmas decorations are up in the stores. That’s a topic for another day…. Two random thoughts cross

  • The Raining Tree

    I saw the weirdest thing this week. I was stopped in my car at the end of my block waiting for traffic to clear so I could pull out when a tree in the front yar

  • Me and Ruth

    I once knew a woman named Ruth. She was a very close friend of my friend Deb. I’ll never forget the first time I met Ruth. We were at a party and Deb introduc

  • I Quit the Gym

    I’ve ended an 18-year membership at a local health club this week. No fanfare, no pleading for me to rethink my decision, just a signature, and a thank you. I

  • Bad Ice Cream

    As Executive Director of Firstfruits, I have had to wear many hats, some that don’t exactly fit really well. For the last five months, I have been wearing the