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“…for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” “

Are you longing for the Holy Spirit to stir up your heart and awaken you to all God is doing in and through your life right now?

Take the next step in your spiritual journey with courageous confidence. Invite God to rejuvenate you through Gospel-centered teaching, genuine Christian fellowship, prayer, and worship during the 2020 Community Church’s Awaken Women’s Conference.

Join us at Community Church on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8:30 am – 4 pm.

(Doors will open at 8:15 am)

Keynote Speaker Cherie Wagner will be teaching from her Bible study, Awake O’ Sleeper, a study on Ephesians.

As Cherie unpacks Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, she equips listeners to lay a firm foundation of solid doctrine and live to fulfill the clear and crucial mission given to Christ-followers.

  • Tickets will be available on December 8, 2019 at Community Church and ReachOut Books & Solid Grounds Coffee Shop.
  • You can also purchase tickets online here!
  • Tickets will be available for a discounted price of $35 prior to Feb 14, 2020. The ticket price will be raise to $40 on February 15, 2020.
  • Tickets will only be available until February 21, 2020.

For Community Church’s hours or more information, please visit here or call (920) 922-1477.

For Reachout Books & Solid Grounds Coffee Shop’s hours and more information please visit here or call (920) 921-5102.

8:15 – Doors open

8:30-9:15 –  Registration and Continental Breakfast 

9:15-10:30 – 1st Session with Worship and Cherie Wagner
10:30-10:45 – Break
10:45-11:30 – Morning Break Out Sessions
  • Dealing with Anxiety: Flesh and Spirit – Espen Klausen
  • The Knowable Word – Gail Mc Cray
  • Created to Worship – Lara Henry
  • Essentials of Parenting – Ken and Karen Nabi
11:30-12:30 – Lunch 
12:30-1:45 – 2nd Session with Worship and Cherie Wagner
1:45-2:00 – Break
2:00-2:45 – Afternoon Break Out Sessions
  • All for God’s Glory – Maria Kretchman
  • Behold: The Power of Living with Holy Vision – Xochitl Dixon
  • Why Pray? – Laurie Shurman
  • How to Defend Your Faith – Mark Robinson
2:45-4:00 – 3rd Session with Worship and Cherie Wagner

> When and where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available starting December 8th  through February 21st. They can be purchased at Community Church, ReachOut, and on-line.   

We will be selling tickets at Community Church in between services December 8-22 and again Jan. 26-Feb. 9. .

Tickets can also be purchased from December 8th -February 21st, during regular church hours during the week.

> I purchased a ticket online. How do I check in?

If you purchased your ticket on-line, please check in at the “Will Call” table.

> How much do tickets cost?

Tickets will be $35 until February 14th. Starting  February 15th through February 21st, tickets will be $40.

> Are there scholarships available?

For those that may have a difficult time affording a ticket, a limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please contact Jill Utecht at  for more information

> Will there be childcare available?

Childcare will not be available for the conference.

> Will there be food alternatives for special dietary needs?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer food alternatives at this time.

> Do I have to eat lunch at the church?

No, you do not have to eat the lunch that is included in the ticket price. You are welcome to go out to eat at a nearby restaurant. However, it will not reduce the cost of your ticket.

> Are there refunds if I can’t make it the day of the conference?

We will not offer refunds on tickets. You can transfer or give your ticket to someone else.

> What age is the conference appropriate for?       

We recommend age 14 years and older.

> When and where do I check in?

Bring your ticket to Community Church for registration on the day of the event from 8:30-9:15. Doors will open at 8:15am. Check in will be in be at the Welcome Center.

> How do I sign up for breakouts?

You will sign up for breakout sessions during registration the morning of the conference.

> How many breakout sessions can I attend?

You can sign up for 2 sessions. You will choose one morning session and one afternoon session.

> Do I have to attend the breakout sessions?

Two breakout sessions are included in the price of your ticket. If you would rather spend time in our prayer room or have coffee in the café with friends you are more than welcome to spend your time that way. If this is how you would like to spend your time, we ask that you DO NOT sign up for breakouts during registration so space is available for those who wish to attend, as some breakout sessions will have limited seating.

> I’d love to help! How can I volunteer?

We would love for you to get involved and there is likely a need for help somewhere. Please contact Kelly Mengel at  or (920) 960-5679.

> Do I need to attend Community Church to come to this conference?

Absolutely not! We would love to see women from all over attend this conference. Invite your friends!

Keynote Speaker Cherie Wagner



Cherie Wagner’s life-long passion is two-fold: knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known. Author of Found on My Knees and Awake O’ Sleeper, Cherie writes to encourage women to know and believe God’s Word, equip them to live it, and empower them to take it and transform this generation for Jesus Christ. Born and raised in Chicago and transplanted to Mesa, Arizona with her husband and son, Cherie is actively involved in the ministries of Central Christian Church. She’s a connoisseur of coffee, a lover of knowledge, and a city girl at heart with a wild love for the mountains.

For more information about Cherie, please visit her website at Neue Thing: Vintage Faith for the Modern Woman.

Breakout Session Speakers



Laurie SchurmanWhy Pray?

Laurie Schurman has had the privilege of leading Women’s Bible Studies at Community Church for 27 years. In Why Pray?, Laurie shares the reasons we pray and the obstacles that can hinder our prayer life. Exploring the life of Daniel, Laurie teaches how to develop a bold habit of prayer. Though Daniel knew the consequences he’d face, he “continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously” (Daniel 6:10). Join Laurie Schurman and invite the Holy Spirit to help you pray with boldness of faith, like Daniel.



Dr. Espen KlausenDealing with Anxiety: Flesh and Spirit

Espen Klausen, Ph.D. serves as a licensed clinical psychologist with Fond du Lac County and an elder and Sunday school teacher at Community Church. He also serves as a public speaker and presents seminars on a wide variety of mental health and spiritual topics. In Dealing with Anxiety: Flesh and Spirit, Dr. Klausen provides a better understanding of how the Bible approaches flesh and spirit. From this foundation, he will discuss the nature of anxiety‒including why God equipped us with it and how it at times goes awry‒and reveal foundational principles to empower those who live with anxiety and faith.



Lara Henry – Created to Worship

Lara Henry loves creating with her hands. Even from an early age‒whether it was in the form of music, felt creations, or drawing with pens‒Lara has always had the itch to create. But it wasn’t until her twenties that she learned it was possible to worship our Creator through making things. Join Lara in Created to worship as she teaches the basics of hand-lettering and how to worship the One who made us with his hands by using our own hands.


Xochitl Dixon Behold: The Power of Living with Holy Vision

Xochitl (So-Cheel) Dixon, Our Daily Bread writer and author of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace, serves as a speaker. She encourages others to live victoriously by surrendering to God and connects with readers through her blog. In Behold: The Power of Living with Holy Vision, Xochitl empowers others to view life through the lens of faith. When waiting includes frustration, discouragement, worry, fear, or grief, we can replace our near-sighted desires and far-sighted longings with holy vision . . . a Spirit-empowered ability to release our grip on whatever or whoever we’re placing before God.


Ken and Karen NabiEssentials in Parenting

Ken, a seminary trained professional marriage and family therapist before becoming a pastor, and Karen, a gifted teacher and administrator, have been married for over thirty years and have four sons, one of whom is recently married. In Essentials in Parenting, the Nabi’s explore successful parenting as defined by core concepts in God’s word. Focusing on practical principles of how a husband and wife can prepare their children to live out a genuine faith, the Nabi’s will share how to parent the heart of a child, trusting behavior will follow as the gospel is lived out in the home first.


Mark RobinsonHow to Defend Your Faith

Pastor Mark Robinson, a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, graduated from Trinity International University in 2007 (B.A. in Christian Ministries). For the past 15 years, he has helped teens develop a biblical worldview and equipped people to apply the Word of God to everyday situations. In How to Defend Your Faith, Pastor Robinson teaches that believers don’t have to be expert scientists or great debaters before properly defending their faith. He reveals how all believers can commit to know and believe God’s Word and be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in them.


Gail McCrayThe Knowable Word


Gail McCray enjoyed a ministry partnership in Galati, Romania and served on staff overseeing the Community Church Resource Center. She assisted in the planning and development of church-wide discipleship opportunities, helping to advance the culture of prayer. In The Knowable Word, Gail explores how important portions of Scripture can be hard to understand. Yet, God intended us to know and grow in our knowledge of Him through his Word. Join Gail to discover practical ways to grow deeper in your love for God by loving His Word.


Maria KretschmannAll for God’s Glory

Maria Kretschmann has over twenty years of experience as a fitness instructor. She has searched out the scriptures to find out what God has to say about exercise. In All for God’s Glory, Maria explores the applicable truth 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Maria will introduce a mini workout, no equipment needed, that can be used to create a unique time of worship while exercising for the glory of God.