Monday, July 30, 2012

A few Blog Tips and a further Introduction

Hi Ladies!

Thanks to all of you who so quickly found us and commented here on Connecting.  I know this is new to many of you so I thought it would be good to start off with a few tips to make your visits a little less frustrating.

It would be great if you chose to subscribe by e-mail.  In the right column, outside this text box, you will see a space for you to enter your e-mail address.  Once you hit submit, you will need to go through a verification by typing in the wonky words given.  When you finsh the process, you will automatically receive an e-mail each time I make a new post.  You won't have to check in to see if there is something new, it will come to you!

Secondly, you can stop being anonymous by adding your name in the little box beside Comment as: click on the box and then click on name/url.  Type in your name and forget about the url unless you have one.  When you finish the process, your name will appear beside your comment instead of Anonymous.

It was good to stand in front of the congregation yesterday and be introduced by Morgan as part of the leadership team for the Ministry to Women.  However, I realized that there are a lot of you who have no idea who any of us are beyond that.  Over the next few posts, each of us will tell you a little more about ourselves.  Today, it is my turn.

My name is Suzanne Russell, I have been married to Mark for almost 38 years.  We have two adult children.  Our daughter Wesley, married to Tyler Choate, is the mother of Hudson, our only grand child.  Our son, Mark Stephen will graduate in December with a Masters in Community Counseling from Denver Seminary.  We are one of the founding families of Lake Valley, which means we have been around since 1993!  I enjoy paper-crafting and blogging about it as a hobby, as well as the occasional golf game with my husband.  I spend most of my days managing our household, grand-mothering, mentoring, working out at the gym, and now, writing this blog.  I have had a variety of roles at Lake Valley over the years, but being part of this Women's Ministry team is my new favorite!

For a while, I have felt somewhat detached from the body of women in my church.  Along with that, there has been a lack of direction, a sense that I just didn't belong any more.  Surely after all these years, I still have a place in my own church!  I believe God led me to feel that way because a lot of other women are experiencing similar feelings.  I am grateful to say that He has given me real hope, a sense of freedom and calling as I have never felt before.  I want to be part of a Women's Liberation Movement.  Not the bra-burning, man-bashing kind that led so many of my generation to despair, but real freedom to be who I was created to be.  The one and only Suzanne Russell that God loves and called to walk along side Him as His kingdom expands in this world.  I believe He created me for a ministry of presence.  As the Holy Spirit hovered over the unformed earth (see Genesis1), I feel called to hover over the women of our church in a way that encourages you to grow and be the one and only you for whom God has a unique plan; a destiny.  I want to share my experience, hope and victories with you.

Feel free to leave a comment, ask a question, or tell us more about yourself.  That's how this Connecting thing will succeed!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, July 20, 2012


Hello and welcome to the very first post of Connecting.

This is a brand new blog created just for the women of Lake Valley Community Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Are you feeling special yet?  I hope so, because you have been on the hearts and minds of a group of women serving as the Lake Valley Ministry to Women leadership team.  I am talking about Dian Glover, Suzanne Russell, Karen Stuckey, and Karen Wright.  You will be hearing more about this team and the future for the Ministry to Women during the church service on July 29th.  Until then, I hope you will begin to think about your questions, thoughts, hopes, and dreams for yourself and all of the women in our church.

Did you know that the word "blog" is a contraction of 'web log'?  It simply describes an online discussion or information site. This blog is designed to be a great place for us to begin to talk about what is on our minds.  You will see some regular features, some guest bloggers, some "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" ideas, and who knows what else may evolve!  Our hope is that you will read it and respond to it by leaving your comments at the end of each post.  You will be able to see comments left by others allowing you to join the conversation.

In case you have little (or no) experience with participating in a blog conversation, feel free to contact me by e-mail with your questions and I will try to help.  Or better yet, leave your question or thoughts in the comment box below and start a conversation!

I am truly looking forward to hearing from YOU!

Thanks for stopping by,