The women of my life
by Cyneatha Millsaps

Creator God 
today I thank you for the many powerful women you have placed before me.

Women in scripture like Deborah and Jochebed.
Women in history like Maya Angelou and Mother Theresa.
Women in my community like Martha and Bonnie.
Women in my family, like Momma Mert and Granny.

I know these women and the lives they lead and have led, 
help me to be the woman you have created me to be. 
As I am made in your image, I am also made in theirs. 

Thank you for providing me with an array of powerful, gifted and loving women. Amen.

Cyneatha Millsaps is the new Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA (MW USA). Cyneatha pastored Community Mennonite Church in Markham, Il for 11 years prior to coming to MW USA. Before pastoring she was the CEO for Family Services of Elkhart Co. Cyneatha graduated from AMBS with a masters in Divinity. She currently lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, Steven.  Please feel free to contact Mennonite Women about having Cyneatha visit your community, women's group or church.
Volunteers needed

We need additional amazing women to serve on the Mennonite Women USA board for four-year terms beginning 1/1/19. Nominate yourself or a friend. We are praying for women who have:
  • served in leadership positions in the church
  • demonstrated ways to empower and embrace women's ministries
  • organizational skills and who can lead with insightful wisdom
  • faith and are ready to be active team players
  • insight for future creative initiatives
For questions or nominations, contact Kathy Bilderback, board chair:

Sister Care Enrichment

As women we rarely have the opportunity to reflect on our own life journey. Come join others as we go deeper with Sister Care core teachings. Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener lead these Level 2 retreats for past Sister Care attendees. (Prerequisite for women who have not attended a prior seminar is to read the Sister Care manual and view the DVD available from the MW USA office.) Sister Care Enrichment includes time for personal reflection, small group discussion, and a variety of learning and worship activities.

Join us for a Sister Care Enrichment Seminar:
  • Drift Creek Camp in Lincoln City, Oregon September 28-30, 2018.
  • Camp Menno Haven in Tiskelwa, Illinois on April 5-7, 2019.
Fall Timbrel: Faith and Feminism

We are thrilled to announce the theme for Fall Timbrel as Faith and Feminism! Hear from various women as they reflect on their personal experiences with feminism, womanism and feminism in the Mennonite church! 

If you missed this issue, be sure to subscribe before Winter Timbrel, "Intentional Intercultural Relationships."

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Every Day Worship now available!

Discover the rhythm of worship. Every day, every week, every year, there are ways to worship God. Every Day Worship inspires women to be worshipful people, not just people who worship. Using the elements of a worship service, author Carol Penner guides women invites women to dive deep into Scripture and faith through worship experiences.
Excellent for personal study, women's groups, retreat settings, and individual study and inspiration, this Bible study encourages women to worship every day.

Buy your copy of Every Day Worship here!

Equally Beloved

Hear from Rhoda Keener, Sister Care director, on how the Sister Care ministry has empowered women around the world to recognize their worth as God's beloved daughters.

Read the blog post at

Three Women, Three Windows: Working Towards Equality

Our Summer 2018 issue of Timbrel was all about Faith and Feminism! In this article, Melissa Martinez, Katherine Goerzen and Marathana Prothro reflect on how feminism has affected them and the church.

Read the full article at
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