Seeds of Faith 4 Women



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Seeds of Faith for Women book groups


Sea Cliff

Our summer read is Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar

Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush.

Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.

Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor-bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

In this transformative tale of historical fiction, bestselling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters―including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts.

Join us for a discussion on Saturday, August 28th  1-3 pm

Zoom link will be sent before the call.
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Enjoy the book!


Congregational Church

Our summer read is Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar

Join us for a discussion on Sunday, August 22nd at 11:30 am - 1pm

Zoom link will be sent before the call.
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Enjoy the book!


Lake Ronkonkoma

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house.

Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper — the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.

Summer read date to be announced
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Enjoy the book!


Daughters of Abraham

Looking forward to our fall session which we hope may be in person and by Zoom. We will post an update in August.

We look forward to another meaningful exchange.
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Women at the Well

We will resume our meetings in September. Have a great summer!

For info and Zoom link please call:
Congregational Church in Manhasset and ask for Rev. Lori Burgess

1845 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030
516 627-4911


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Whether it is creating a seminar, guest preaching or Biblical Storytelling, it is a joy to share God’s word. I have been a certified lay speaker for over 20 years.

Biblical Story Telling: Bringing the Word to Life

Being a member of Network of Biblical Story Tellers International has opened up so many ways for me to witness. What I love about it is understanding and learning the stories by heart. We discover what was happening during that story, why are some points really important to bring out? I have had the humbling experience to tell the Resurrection Story and a woman who was 70 years old said, “I have heard this story read to me my whole life, today I really heard it for the first time.” We all love stories no matter how old we are, bringing our Bible stories to life is a joy for me and my husband.

Both my husband, Roger Hill, and I have been telling Bible stories for over 20 years. We also created a Lenten series to have church members learn and then tell the stories in church of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples and the Resurrection story.

To learn more about Network of Biblical Story Telling International

This year’s virtual event is July 30-31st and the theme is God’s Story: It’s ours for the telling.


Lisa's background from her International Business and Marketing life, certified lay-speaker and Biblical story teller will be and inspiration for your group. Here are what others have said:

“I have asked Lisa to preach for me while I am on vacation. Her biblical storytelling brings the Bible to life and her sermons leave my congregation with something they are inspired by. I always get rave reviews on my return.” Reverend Dr. Constance Pak

“Lisa brings an energy and a vitality to her ministry that inspires others. From creative Biblical story - telling to nurturing meaningful conversation with small groups, Lisa’s gifts touch people of all ages.” Reverend Lori Burgess

Watch Roger and Lisa sharing their thoughts on the 23rd Psalm during this time of anxiety and angst with the Corona Virus. He restores my soul.


I look forward to working with you.

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Lisa Larsen Hill, Fredda Klopfer, Mojdeh Hassani



Our Mission for Daughters of Abraham is to learn from each other’s faith and values and how it effects our lives. We will more fully understand each other’s faith journeys and be inspired by our commonalities of faith and learn and celebrate our differences. By sharing our faith stories, we will garner respect and mutual trust. We will look for ways to cooperate with our neighbor.


What participants have said about Daughters of Abraham:

“There are not many places where we share even among our own tradition, loved hearing the diverse stories, opinion and beliefs of everyone.”

“So grateful for your courage and openness and generosity.”

“Very invigorating and inspiring.”

“Love to hear opinions and beliefs from individuals and how they practice their faith.”

“I loved hearing other’s stories. What their religion brings to them personally and how it effects their daily life.”

“We need this today; we need to know we are more alike than different.” 

People are talking about Tessa Afshar’s retreat!

We had a wonderful turn out and again Tessa was an amazing speaker with many comments...

“So sincere, Tessa speaks from the heart.”

“Tessa’s presentations very thought provoking.”

“Surpassed my expectations. Her presentation was so natural, inspiring and informative.”

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel, Land of Silence, was voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016, and nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Inspirational Romance.

Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category.

Her book, Harvest of Rubies, was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category.

Her first novel, Pearl in the Sand, won her “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards 2011.

Tessa was born in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She serves on the staff of one of the oldest churches in America. To see all of Tessa’s books and awards go to

Here is a short clip from Tessa at her last retreat. Listen how effective she is in her message to us!

Also, watch a short clip where Lisa is telling a terrific little story about the Daughters of Zelophehad from the book of Numbers in the Old Testament. This changed the course of history for inheritance for women!


What attendees are saying about Tessa’s presentations:

We were blessed to have such an amazing speaker lead us in May in two very effective and meaningful sessions. Not only can Tessa move you with her award winning writing but she can surround you with thoughts and ideas to further your faith journey.

Three things you left the presentation with...
Inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship
A deeper understanding of Bible stories, how much God loves me, deeper connection with new friends
Hope, a better perspective on life, patience

What did you like most?
Everything, loved it all
Sharing our thoughts
Tessa two sessions and Lisa’s biblical storytelling
Speakers were mesmerizing

100% meet and exceeded expectation


 “Tessa is an engaging and inspirational speaker . . . She is passionate about sharing God’s love and Word with others and her stories will fill you with laughter and tears.”
Gail Soderstrom, Christ Chapel, Connecticut

“Tessa is a gentle and nurturing soul and hearing her speak is like a mini-Sabbath, a moment of grace and restoration in the Spirit.”
Frank Peretti, New York Times best-selling author

About Seeds of Faith FOR WOMEN

Seeds of Faith for Women creates a safe and caring atmosphere where women can discuss their thoughts and questions building trust to share their own personal stories. Seeds of Faith for Women enhances women’s knowledge to examine and explore their faith commitment.

Seeds of Faith for Women, Inc. is non-denominational and ecumenical. Seeds of Faith for Women is a Nonprofit 501c 3 Foundation.