Welcome to Women's Ministry

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt
His Name together | Psalm 34:3

Women's Events

Please join us for any (or all!) of these upcoming events:

  • Bible Study

    Tuesdays | Fall

    In-person and Zoom

    Studying the Old Testament, specifically Ezra and Nehemiah.

    Call the church office for more details.

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  • Book Club

    Thursday Evenings | Fall

    Home of Anna-Lisa Kelly

    Angie Pearson will be leading a discussion of The Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness Through Abiding in Christ by Stanley Gale.  Angie has books available for purchase for $5.  Call the church office with any questions.

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  • Friday Night Lites

    2nd Friday of each month | 7PM

    Join us for casual fellowship.  

    See the bulletin or Tab email for details as the location changes each month.

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  • Sunday Hikes

    Last Sunday of each month

    Join us for an easy hike after church for ladies who want to get out and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors together.  The bulletin/Tab email will include specific details.

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Meet our Leaders

Click each section to get acquainted with the women's ministry leadership:

  • Becky Elkins

    Director of Women's Ministry

    Becky was born and raised in Waynesboro.  She became a member of our Tab family in 2013 with her husband, Steve, and 4 children. Active for many years as a home-schooling mom, she originally served Tab for some years in Youth Ministry and still enjoys spending time sharing the love of Christ with our young members. 


    God called her officially to Women’s Ministry in 2018. Becky’s greatest joy is family but her family extends quite easily and naturally beyond the biological ties God has given her. In recent years, she has grown more enthusiastic about studying God’s holy and inspired Word, especially in communion with other Tab women, but you might also find her serving others on short-term mission trips or discovering Gospel truths in the garden or in the kitchen on any given day.  Indeed, her excitement for exploration and discovery includes scuba-diving and bee-keeping as well as intimate conversations with close friends and new acquaintances.


    Currently, Becky is studying Genesis using Jen Wilkins’ God of Covenant guide and audio commentary. She also has active bookmarks in Melissa Kruger’s Growing Together, Dane Ortlund’s Gentle and Lowly, Hannah Anderson’s All That’s Good, and Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. When she has time, she also tries to listen when God calls her to “mother” her now all nearly adult children and one lovely daughter-in-law. She is “Mom” to Sam (and Selena), Will, Max and Alice. Her husband is her best friend and trustworthy partner but she also considers herself blessed by the Lord with many close friends, mentors and prayer partners as she endeavors to glorify God in her life. 


    Often when she prays for the women at Tab, she prays this prayer: “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” Psalm 34:3

  • Daza Craig

    Daza grew up in Houston Texas in a Christian home. She made a profession of faith at the age of eight and was baptized. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack, and he served in both the Coast Guard and the Navy for over 20 years. During that time, she and her family moved 13 times and had three children born in Japan, Colorado and Russia. Trained as a librarian, she worked almost 30 years in medical, engineering, school and public libraries.  She has been a member of Tabernacle for 11 years.


    She has a great desire for women to grow in their Christian walk and in relationship with one another in the Body of Christ. This year she has had the privilege of participating in both the Hebrews and James Bible studies at Tabernacle. 


    Her hobbies include reading, traveling, gardening and cross stitching. She just finished reading The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby and recommends it highly for its survey of the history of the white and black church in America. Recently retired, she hopes soon to make some trips to Hawaii, Australia, and Iceland with her husband of fifty years. She and Jack live just outside of Waynesboro on thirty acres and enjoy growing their own vegetables and grapes. Her 93-year-old mother lives in a cottage nearby and shares in family life.  


    Her life verse is Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteous; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  • Linda Dickerson

    Linda thanks God every day for His Providence, mercy, and grace throughout her long, active life. Growing up as a Navy junior, Linda lived on several continents among many different cultures and religions.


    Having always lived on a coast, Linda was not enthusiastic about settling in the mountains but eventually she realized the decision to raise their family in this wonderful Valley was the result of the Providence of God. 


    Linda graduated from Mary Washington College in 1970 and taught English at Fort Defiance before her son and daughter were born. Then she was a full-time mom for 16 years, helping with church and community activities. For the last 26 years Linda’s passion for the gospel has inspired her to teach WRE (Weekday Religious Education) at Cassell and Clymore Elementary Schools, planting seeds among the children there, most of whom do not regularly attend a church. 


    She has been a member at Tab since 2003, making many wonderful friends and benefitting from the inspired preaching and teaching. In 2019, God blessed Linda with a beautiful granddaughter, Leah, the first child of her son Hank and his wife Lauren, who live in northern VA. When she is not visiting her loved ones in Centreville, teaching the Bible to public school children, or participating with the local Republican Party, she is diligently serving her Tab family in any number of other ways. We are blessed to have her on our team!


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  • Kim Richardson

    Kim and her husband joined our family at Tab in 2013. She has enthusiastically served on the Women’s Leadership Team since 2019, coordinating to make Bible Studies available for all women at Tab and helping in many other ways to keep our team organized.  Kim loves God’s Word and enjoys reading it in community with others.  She loves gathering to discuss God’s Word and learning ways to apply it to her life and she loves to spend time with God praying for her sisters at Tab.  She is currently reading A Vine-Ripened Life by Stanley D. Gale, which will also be offered as an evening study in the fall2021, Lord willing.


    Kim and David were married in 2013. They both work full-time at UVA hospital, but Kim’s duties are in Finance while David works directly with patients as a Respiratory Therapist.  Between them, they have four adult children and two grandchildren.  They especially enjoy it when the grandkids come to visit them on their small farm in Stuarts Draft. With horses, goats, sheep and chickens, Kim nurtures her love for God’s beautiful and marvelous creation and enjoys sharing the joy with most anyone who wants to visit.  


    She also enjoys gardening, reading, Christian music, cooking, fellowship time with family and her extended Tabernacle family.  


    She has many favorite Bible verses, however Exodus 14:14 is one she turns to often, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

  • Stephanie Whitehill

    Stephanie Whitehill is a wife, mother, and photographer living in downtown Waynesboro, the “Tree Streets”. She and her husband, David, are passionate about maintaining an open door at their house, affectionately called the “Pink Palace” for its lovely salmon hue. Most days Stephanie can be found at home taking care of their two young, energetic boys, Sam and Miles.  


    When not managing life at the “Pink Palace”, Stephanie loves hiking in the beautiful mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley, which often feature in her professional portrait photographs. Stephanie deeply enjoys fellowship with God in creation and reflects His creative nature in the kitchen too, baking (and eating) many things, but especially breads, scones, and muffins.  Together, she and David enjoy gathering people together in their home, loving them through food and fellowship and friendship. 


    Indeed, her role in Women’s Ministry at Tab focuses on the fellowship of the saints as she actively organizes “events” to gather us together.  They joined our church family in 2017.  An introvert at heart, Stephanie knows the value of building authentic community and friendships with those that God has placed in her life. After reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield, she is confident that God will give her rest when she needs it, and the strength to pursue those around her in love, with open arms. 


    Matthew 25:31-40 challenges her to rethink what Biblically loving others really means.

A Prayer for Advent...

Father, thank you for this unique season of remembrance and hope.  Help our hearts, O Lord, to remember the gift of Jesus and set our hope in Him alone.


When the Christmas story is familiar, open our minds to notice novelty in Your Word and grow in depth of appreciation for the humility, love, and sacrifice of Jesus.


When Christmas is lonely, lift our eyes to the One who makes all things new and create a sense of anticipation that can only come from You.


As the Christmas season moves, capture our attention with the little moments that You cultivate in our own stories that demonstrate Your Perfect Love.

Tis the season...

In this season of feasting, lists, lights, and giving,
consider these ways to share the joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior:

  • Decorate


    • Walk around your yard or local park to snip evergreen and berry cuttings
    • Make a wreath or arrangement to cheer your home
    • Even a few cuttings of boxwood or cedar in  vase can look festive


  • Gift Ideas


    • Birthday Gift for Jesus - Select a desperately needed item from a gift catalog (such as World Vision or Advancing Native Missions) to be given to a family suffering in another country  [Chickens, medicines, garden seeds, warm blankets, Bibles, and more can share the love of Jesus in a tangible and memorable way]
    • Helping Out Assist an elderly friend with their Christmas shopping
    • Share the Decor - Take a greenery arrangement to a friend who is unable to get out and about this year
    • Spare stocking(s) - Christmas can be a lonely time - keep an extra stocking or two on hand along with items to fill it, then be on the lookout for someone to whom to gift it (anonymously or not)
    • Random Calendar of Fun - Use a 2022 calendar to fill our random days with event-gifts for the recipient (kids, spouse, friend)  like You pick the movie-Movie Night, I take you for ice cream, You get to select the dinner menu, I will play a board game with you, etc.  Gifts could be given in the winter months only, once a month, or all throughout the year.
  • Christmas Light Tour

    Go for a drive to see the local lights with a friend or as a family.  

    • Load up the kids in their pajamas, pack popcorn and hot chocolate to snack on during the ride
    • Vote on your favorite light display
  • Reverse Christmas List

    Instead of listing items wanted, list items you already have that you are grateful for -- watch the mood change to gratitude in your home!

  • Christmas Recipe | Festive Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

    Shared by Susanne Derrick

    •  12 oz fresh, raw cranberries
    • 1/4 cup green onion
    • 1-2 fresh jalapeño peppers
    • 2 Tbsp. cilantro (optional)
    • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar (according to taste)
    • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • 16 oz. cream cheese (whipped)

    Instructions

    1. Use hand food chopper to chop cranberries. (It is best to not use a food processor to chop these as the cranberries liquefy too much.)


    2. Chop green onion, jalapeño peppers, and cilantro.


    3. In a medium-sized bowl, add chopped cranberries, green onion, cilantro and jalapeños.


    4. Add sugar, lemon juice and salt on top of cranberry mixture and stir gently until blended.


    Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.


    5. Take cranberry mixture out of the refrigerator and stir all ingredients together. Strain out all liquid using a colander with small holes.


    6. Whip softened cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth (about 2 minutes) and spread cream cheese over bottom of a pie plate or 9x9 dish.


    7. Pour cranberry mixture atop cream cheese and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.


    8. Use a spoon to spread over Ritz crackers and enjoy!!

From Becky's heart...


A Message from Director of the Women's Ministry


  

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Resources

The following resources have been an encouragement to women in our church. 
If you have books, Bible studies, podcasts, or other resources to recommend, please email Becky Elkins.

Several of the books are recommended as part of a special effort and training for shepherding women in the church. 
Contact the church office
for more information.

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  • The Discipline of
    Spiritual Discernment

    by Tim Challies

    *Available to borrow from church*

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  • The Christian Life

    by Sinclair Ferguson

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  • Is it My Fault?

    by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

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  • The Covenantal Life

    by Sarah Ivill

    *Available to borrow from church*

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  • How People Change

    by Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

    *Available to borrow from church*

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  • Church Discipline

    by Jonathan Leeman

    *Available to borrow from church*

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  • Habits of Grace

    by David Mathis

    *Available to borrow from church*

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  • The Peacemaker

    by Ken Sande

    *Available to borrow from church*

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  • Is it Abuse?

    by Darby Strickland

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  • Dangerous Calling

    by Paul David Tripp

    *Available to borrow from church*

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  • Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands

    by Paul David Tripp

    *Available to borrow from church*

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