Bible study kicks off with missionary program

WATERMAN – Women of the Word, an interdenominational Bible study, will kick off its 15th year with a Growing in Godliness program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Waterman Presbyterian Church, 250 N. Cedar St. in Waterman.

All are welcome to the kickoff regardless of whether they intend to join the study group. Missionary and author Paula Jarot will be the featured speaker. She and her husband have served with tribes in Papua, New Guinea and Thailand since 1986, while raising their biological family and adopting two daughters from Cambodia. In her presentation, Jarot will talk about using her own weakness as a key to receiving God’s strength.

Listeners will also learn about human trafficking and how they can help end this practice.

Women of the Word, or WOW, includes weekly small-group interaction, large-group worship and teaching. Registration for this year’s Bible study will be taken from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. the day of the program. This year’s group will explore the Old Testament account of Gideon through a video study by Priscilla Shirer, a Christian author and speaker who focuses on teaching the Bible to women.

WOW offers morning and evening sessions, and begins Thursday, Sept. 19. New members can join at any time. The morning session includes a children’s program for children preschool age and younger. The $25 registration fee includes lessons and handouts; scholarships are available.

For more information, or if you cannot attend the registration sessions, contact Sue Hipple at 815-264-3979 or or Julie Ness at 815-286-7144 or

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