Seeking God in fresh new ways

Lincoln First United Methodist Church is hosting a “Seeking God in Fresh New Ways” Day Retreat for women onSept. 10th. Chicago Artist Tamara Peterson and Christian Life Purpose Coach Liz Lassa will teach women, teen girls, and female college students two fresh and fun new ways to connect with God.

In the morning session Liz Lassa will share a simple format she uses to help people get deep with God in 10-15 minutes using bullet points in designated prayer circles. This unique format called Spiritual Circle Journaling is not about journaling at all, but about a tangible way to help someone learn how to listen for God’s daily guidance. The result is a more focused quiet time, a deeper relationship with God, and a life guided by the Holy Spirit. Liz will provide time within the morning to be with God and give this fun practice a try.

After a break for lunch attendees will take what they learned from the morning class a step further as Tamara Peterson teaches Spiritual Art Journaling. Participants will capture on a canvas the word, verse, or phrase God put on their hearts during the morning quiet time session using paper, clipped images, textures, and paints. “Ladies will leave with their very own ‘one-of-a-kind’ canvas to remind them of His message for this season,” Peterson said. “The only experience required is kindergarten!”

When: Saturday, Sept. 10th, Registration 9 am, Retreat 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Lincoln First United Methodist Church, 302 Broadway, Lincoln, IL 62656

Cost: $45 women, $30 teens/college students, lunch included (checks to First United Methodist Church). Click Here to Register/Pay Online

RSVP by: Sept. 8th

For more information:  Contact the Organizer! or the Church Office, and watch this You Tube video

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Liz Lassa (left) Liz Lassa is a Christian Life Purpose Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and creator of the Spiritual Circle Journal. She has been in women’s ministry for most of the past 8 years as a MOPS leader, mentor, and retreat leader. The Spiritual Circle Journal is a tool that simplifies a quiet time and provides a fresh, fast, and fun way of connecting with God. The journal came out of Liz’s desperate need to find God deeply in the small pockets of time that remained after her third child. Its unique format, that uses bullet points in designated prayer circles, is so easy anyone can do it. The result is a more focused quiet time, a deeper relationship with God, and a life guided by the Holy Spirit. She recently created a version for kids/teens. As a coach Liz helps people discover their God-Given purpose.  She helps people create a “Sweet Spot Life Mission Statement” that encompasses all areas of life. This is done through a four-call coaching process that covers spiritual gifts, unique core values, and passions. Liz is also a “Listen To My Life” life maps facilitator, giving her another outlet to help others discover who God created them to be. Liz graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism with a major in public relations and a minor in business. Later in life, she went on to receive her coach training through Coach U, a two-year, international, accredited coach-training program. She has been in member of Community Bible Study (CBS) for 7 years, where she has studied many books of the Bible in-depth. Liz lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband of 20 years and their three children. She attends South Park Church, a non-denominational, evangelical church. Her mission is to help encourage and inspire people to reach their divine calling. Learn more at

Tamara Peterson (right) is an Artist who is passionate about helping others connect with God through Art. She came upon Spiritual Art Journaling when she could not find the words to journal her feelings, but instead was able to use color, textures, paints, symbols, and pictures to record her thoughts or a message she sensed God was putting on her heart. Tamara loves teaching others how to draw closer to God through this fun and meaningful spiritual practice, and has seen it become a regular part of many women’s spiritual journey. Many of her class participants hang their art in their homes and offices, as a way to share their faith with others. Tamara has her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in Communication Design. She has been teaching art and art journaling classes for the past 5 years at women’s retreats and various small groups all over the country. She was a regular guest on Moody’s Midday Connection sharing this way of connecting with God. Tamara attends Willow Creek Church – Northshore Campus, and was a member of their women’s ministry team for several years. Currently, she is very active in the PTA at her son’s school. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband of 10 years and their young son. Her passion is to ultimately help others to think of themselves as creative and live out their lives as the person God created them to be, a fully creative being. Learn more at