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!



Charis Connections Fall 2013

Hi Everyone,
It’s so nice to feel the temperatures dropping a little, at least in the mornings and evenings! I hope you are all enjoying it as much as I am. With this great season, we have our Charis  Connection Groups forming as we speak!! Registration is still available to all of you online.

You may not be familiar with this great opportunity for the Women of DSCC, so let me give you a little background. Earlier this year, we started Charis Connection Groups as a pilot program that ran from January through May. Each small group of women met on the first Thursday of the month in a predetermined host home based on where they lived. Each month, a different doctrinal teaching segment and a practical tip segment was discussed in a conversational format so women of all ages could share life experience and godly wisdom with each other. The pilot proved profitable, so we are going to launch a new session of Charis Connections this month. Now is your chance to get involved.

This form of connection is distinct because its topics of discussion are based on the scripture in Titus 2:3-5 where God’s Design for Women to be discipled and to grow in Godliness is laid out for us. From that passage a few strategic components jump out at me.

1. It’s very clear that women need to be teaching and learning from other women that are more mature in their walk than themselves.

2. We need to discuss a certain criteria of learning that Paul says is based on what is good: how to live in loving household relationships, how to live wisely, grow in purity and goodness, how to minister in our homes and live in submission.

3. All these things are to be learned from one woman to the next which shows relationships as vital to the process of growth.

Charis Connections was born out of the desire to be intentionally obedient to these commands. The small group design is to try to intersect women’s lives so relationships will form, which us always the most influential way for learning to take place.

I am praying very much that God will lead you as you consider being involved in this ministry. I read a quote recently that I believe is so important to keep in mind as we prioritize our lives and seek to live intentionally:

“Consumption without contribution makes for a stuffed Christian, Contribution without consumption makes for a shallow Christian”

I hope you will consider contributing to those in the group that need your maturity and experience and at the same time open your heart to consume wisdom from those in the group further along life’s journey than yourself.

Register online at Also plan to come to our kickoff event this Thursday, October 3rd from 7-8:30pm at the West Campus.  If you have already registered you should be hearing from the team to get your home assignment early this week.

May God’s will be done and may He be glorified!

In Him,

Tami Engram

Good News: Retreat Extension!!

Hello Everyone!

I’m so excited about our great sign-up for the Charis Getaway!


August seems so far away, but I know it will be here before we know it! I was over at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort today working on finishing some details for our event, and it made me all the more anxious for August 22-24th to come. The Resort Staff is working hard to have some really nice improvements done to the grounds before we arrive.

While we were talking with our Conference Service Manager, he said we could actually have one more week for registration if we wanted it. Of course, I didn’t turn him down!

So, I’m sending out one more encouragement letter to all of you to spread the word and make sure everyone you know has been invited. There’s still a little time left to register! This coming Sunday, the 23rd of June, will be the official deadline.

If you are new to Desert Springs and just hearing about this opportunity, I really want to encourage you to join us. This is one of the very best ways to get connected and make new friends! And if you aren’t able to register in person, it’s very easy to go to our website and register on-line.

Here are some photos of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Isn’t it great?



I hope to see you all soon!

LOVE, Tami

PS. I also want to take this opportunity to invite ALL of you to our Charis Sleepover, this Friday and Saturday. All the details are on the website as well!

Seaside Sleepover: What You Don’t Want to Miss

Is this year your first Sleepover? Still debating whether you want to make an appearance at a stranger’s house to hang out with more strangers? Wondering if you’ll get lost and not know where to go? Contemplating whether it’s even worth it or not?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then we want to put your mind at ease. There are lots of ways for women to plug in at Desert Springs, but if you want to meet new people FAST the Sleepover is one of the best ways!! It’s designed to be a “come and go” event; though many women have so much fun, they stay the whole time.

This year, we have a wonderful new location, and we are sure that you will enjoy the activities and fellowship. Why not give it a shot?

Still debating? Check out the location!!







Now that you know where you’ll be if you come, we hope that you all can make it out for this year’s Sleepover. Don’t miss out on the gorgeous pool, tasty treats, fun activities, and great fellowship with your sisters in Christ at Desert Springs.

Not your first Sleepover? That’s awesome! We hope you’ll come back this year (and maybe even bring a friend or two). What a great time to re-connect with friends you’ve lost touch with or even develop some new relationships!! Who knows what the Lord has in store?

For more information, check out the website or see the previous post on the blog.