Charis Women’s Summer Event

Hello Ladies!

I hope you are all surviving the heat! I’m up at my sister’s right now in Washington avoiding it! Ha! 🙂

It’s been a while since we as women have all been together and I’m missing all of you! So it’s a perfect time for our summer event! We’re wanting to beat the heat and have a great time all at once!

I want to invite all of you to our “Movie at the Pool” Night. It will be July 15th at 7pm at Erica Wiggenhorn’s home. We’re asking everyone to bring your favorite snack to share along with your swimsuit and a towel!


Many of you are participating in the War Room Bible Study. It’s been a great way to stay connected to God, to each other and grow our prayer lives. We want to celebrate all that you have learned and also challenge the rest of us to live the prayer principles of the War Room so we will be watching the War Room Movie on a huge outdoor screen! You can choose to watch the movie from the pool, or from the deck.

I really want to challenge everyone to bring a friend to this event! I’m especially burdened for those who have just moved to Phoenix recently. This is a great time to go meet some new neighbors or someone you’ve never seen at church and invite them to this fun event!

I’m also excited to introduce a new ministry, which we will tell you about at our event. It’s called “Just Moved,” and will be starting in August! This ministry is all about helping women that have had to uproot their lives and move to a new city. There are so many women in that circumstance in our area!

So the next thing you need to do is go here to sign up:  The tickets are $10 and you can also get a ticket for that friend you plan to bring! 🙂

I can’t wait to see all of you and meet your new friends!

See you soon!



Get Ready for Women’s Bible Study!!

Hello Ladies!!

I know so many of you have been anxiously awaiting the start of Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study so I’m happy to let you know that we are just about there!! September 16th is the day to mark your calendars and set your alarms to make sure you don’t miss Opening Day!! 

If you haven’t heard, we are studying 1 & 2 Thessalonians, a study called “Children of the Day” by Beth Moore. These two little Epistles written by Paul have so much for us to learn about things to come and how we are to live as we wait with anticipation for Christ’s return. I hope you come ready to dig into the Scriptures and with a great openness for change to take place in your life! 

Beth-Moore-COTD-Final-Cover-005600950I’ve experienced some life-change recently and realize it comes in many forms. Sometimes we are forced into it by circumstances, such as dropping my youngest child off at college. (Steve & I are officially in the Empty-nesting Stage) Sometimes it comes as a long awaited goal is reached like retirement or college graduation, or becoming a Grandma. Other times, it’s something we intentionally pursue for the purpose of growth or self-improvement. The greatest change I have ever experienced in my life is when I’ve come to God humbly asking Him to change me, to change the way I think, to change my focus and my perspective, my values, my heart!! God has never once failed to answer that prayer and studying His Word has played a huge part in that process. I hope we can all come with this prayer in our hearts and excitement in our minds for what God is going to do in our lives over the course of the nine weeks we have together.

I so look forward to see all your familiar faces and I’m even more excited about the new faces you will be bringing with you!! It is my prayer and Beth Moore’s prayer that we ask God to show us who He wants us to bring with us. This is a great chance to invite someone from your OIKOS. I’m becoming more and more aware that there are many lonely women in our community, as we all pray and reach out, we can be-friend and bring them to a place where connection with God and each other happens. We will make sure that you and your friend will be seated together and do everything we can to make them feel welcome and comfortable. 

Registration is happening right now online at and will also be happening on the patio at DSCC between all services this weekend and next.

I know this is very last minute, but we still have a few available rooms for Our Women’s Get-Away next week, September 11-13th. You can register for this online as well at! This Get-Away is designed to help us Navigate Life. When I think of that, I often think of the course God has charted for me and the goals I personally want to reach for myself, but this is different. This is more about how we stay the course God has charted for us and yet learn how to deal with the obstacles in our way, the flawed thinking we need to change, the tools to equip us on how to handle the people and relationships we all live with along our journey. Our Pastor has been talking so much about us living intentionally, and this will help every one of us do that better! I hope and pray you can join us!! 

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon! 



P.S. If you haven’t checked out Merlynn Bergen’s feature on the blog, click here!

Coming THIS Fall!!

Hello Everyone!

Even though I’ve lived in AZ for 30 plus years, it’s hard to believe that “Fall” is here when it’s over 100 degrees outside! As I’ve been running around from store to store gathering all the things my daughter’s college dorm list suggested, the reality of schools starting, learning becoming a priority again, and a steady routine began to sink in!

As “disciples” or “followers” of Christ, we are life-long learners! I’ve been working through different Women’s Bible Study materials and I’ve been getting very excited about this next year of studies I believe God has led us to participate in! We will be challenged to live as Children of the Light and to be overcomers and see our weaknesses as a gift!

005538485Get ready, Ladies!!! Right around the corner on Sunday Evenings starting Sunday the 17th of August we will be gathering at 6:00 in the Youth Room to learn more about one of the most famous character’s of our Old Testament Sunday School stories we’ve heard since childhood!! As stated by Priscilla Shirer, the author of this study, “Gideon’s story involves far more than a wet fleece and a battle won with 300 soldiers. His epic victory actually tells of one man’s struggle with his own weakness-and the One True God who transformed it into triumph.” Join us as we learn from Priscilla how to open our eyes to a brand new perspective on ourselves, our God and Gideon! Register for our Gideon study here. (You must preregister for this study)

Beth-Moore-COTD-Final-Cover-005600950On Tuesday Mornings, starting September 16th, we will be diving into the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians with Beth Moore teaching us by video in her new study, Children of the Day. “These books shed light on the relationship shared by those of us that comprise the church. Together we stand shoulder-to-shoulder as we look outward, living in obedience to God’s Word and in anticipation of Christ’s coming.” As we wait with anticipation, just like the church in Thessalonica, we will be challenged to live holy lives and be mobilized to minister the grace of the Gospel of Christ, to grow more in-love with God’s truth and to understand what the days ahead will look like. Register for our Tuesday study here.

Many of you have made your plans and are all registered for our Get-Away to Scottsdale! September 11-13th are some red-letter days on the calendar for us as women of DSCC! If you haven’t registered to join us, it’s not too late!! You can go online today to reserve your spot here.


My personal excitement for all these opportunities to grow in my relationship with God and to grow to know each other as women of Desert Springs is sky-rocketing!! I hope everyone one of you can find an area of ministry to our Women where you can plug in and live together in community.

I’m looking forward to getting us all back together!!

LOVE, Tami

That’s Pinteresting!

It’s getting “Pinteresting” at Desert Springs!! With the changing seasons and the holidays coming quickly, it’s time to start thinking crafty. Invite a friend and come to West Campus on October 24th at 6:30PM for FOOD, FELLOWSHIP and fun PINTEREST PROJECTS (NOTE: Pinterest is an online pin board to display and exchange ideas.) PLUS, when you buy raffle tickets to win cute crafts to take home, you will supporting a local ministry in our community (NOTE: Ministry will be announced at the event). It’s a great way to meet new people at Desert Springs and share in the fun of making something creative to take home with you.

Pinterest Event 2013

Where to Register

Cost is $10.00 per person

Register on Sunday Mornings at the West Campus and Tuesday Morning at Women’s Bible Study.

Advance tickets are required.

What to Bring

Your favorite Pinterest Inspired Dessert to Share.

What to Expect

You choose the two holiday crafts you would like to make. If time permits, you may even make a third craft. Demonstrators will be available to walk you through the steps to complete your project.  Check out a couple of the crafts available to make below:

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For Additional Information 

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Silvester:

Call, text 602-481-7269

The Backyard Carnival

Come one, come all!

Bring your entire family to Jen Silvester’s Backyard Carnival Party sponsored by MOMS Ministry. The aroma of fresh buttery popcorn, the sounds of excited giggles from the carnival games out back, and the sight of true fellowship will be sure to draw you in. This is your opportunity to make memories with your family, as well as meet new friends.

MOMS (Making Other Moms Savvy) Ministry is a way for moms to connect with other moms and share words of wisdom, pray, laugh, and fellowship. The hope is that meaningful relationships can be built as we encourage each other in the exciting role God has placed us in. And this is the very first event of many to come!!

The Backyard Carnival opens at 10am. Drinks and snacks will be served. Games will be played & new friendships formed. Check out the flier below for all the details. And make sure to RSVP!!


Coming Soon to Oasis

Have you ever felt uncomfortable sharing your faith? Do you feel like you can’t communicate your answers to those who ask? Do you ever ask yourself “Why do I believe this” ? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should check out the new Oasis study starting this semester on September 8th.

“Why Do You Believe That?” is a video based series that focuses on apologetics and answering the many questions that people may have about Christianity. Mary Jo Sharp was once an atheist, but the Lord opened her eyes and now she is passionate about giving women the confidence and answers they need to share their faith with others.


So come join us!!

Cost: $20 (includes the book)

When: September 8th, 2013 at 5:30PM

Where: The Blend Room at East Campus (right behind the Impact Center)

How: Register Here!! 

Women’s Bible Study ~ Fall 2013 Preview

263025_10150257461984883_1873889_nThis semester we have the awesome opportunity of having a wonderful live speaker…and she has a familiar face. That’s right!! Our very own Erica Wiggenhorn will be back with us, and she will be sharing her brand new study: Moses: Every Life Proof of God’s Promises. 

We got to ask her a few questions about the study, and we wanted to give you the chance to hear her heart before the semester gets under way.

Question: What inspired you to write this study/why Moses?

Answer: Unlike Ezekiel, which God continually prompted me to open and read for a reason totally unbeknownst to me, Moses came from a personal search. One of our children began exhibiting some heart attitudes and behaviors that were concerning to Jonathan & I. Because our children are adopted, I went to Scripture’s first mention of adoption, which is Moses, begging God to give me insight into the hearts and minds of my children. While I always thought the story of Moses was about a great and powerful leader that God used to accomplish glorious tasks, what God showed me during my time with Him in this portion of Scripture is that there is a back story to Moses that is more amazing and breathtaking than the parting of the Red Sea or the arrival to the Promised Land…A love story that needed to be told.

God began to reveal to me that Moses was actually not a fearless leader as I had always assumed.  Rather, he was a flawed man, gripped and paralyzed by fear. He was a broken man, marred by lack of identity,  broken relationships, fear of abandonment, trapped in the shame of past failure, and void of purpose. The incredible thing about Moses’ life is not so much the incredible ways he was used by God as it is about the amazing way in which he experienced friendship with God. Over and over again, God invited Moses to be His friend; to bring Him his hurt and his struggles and allow God to bring healing and perspective that Moses would never gain without God’s tender touch.

Question: What would you like to see the women of DSCC take away from this study?

Answer: God offers that same relationship to us. He longs to show us what it means to have our identity in Him, bring restoration to our relationships, remove the shackles of fear and insecurity that trap us from moving forward in our faith journey, and fill our lives with great purpose. He longs to offer His healing touch and His friendship. The question is: will we come? Will we bring Him all of that brokenness and allow Him to transform it into something radiant? Moses: Every Life Proof of God’s Promises is a challenge to step out in faith and come. Come and receive the promises that God has for us and live a life transformed by His healing power.


We hope that you will be praying about joining us for Women’s Bible Study this semester starting September 10th, 2013. Be checking SOON on the website, Facebook, and Twitter for the link to register.