August Forum: "Winning Over Worry"
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

August Forum: "Winning Over Worry"

Join us for our August forum featuring Yolanda Frazier, Director of Development Training Support, Medical Simulation Training at AdventHealth.

God has future work prepared for us to do so don’t worry about your future job or career.

Yolanda Frazier is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, from the United States Army, where she served faithfully for 30 years. Her military career was a very enriched one with numerous military assignments. She dedicated her life and career as a professional leader who was always determined to help others by teaching and training them, so they could meet their highest potential. As a wife, mother and grandmother, she can relate to so many beautiful and challenging life experiences. Due to numerous trials early on, in her personal life, she is committed to helping others succeed as well.

Yolanda is an ordained minister, author, counselor, motivational/inspirational speaker and the founder of Women Connect. Women Connect was established in 2005, as an opportunity for women to connect once a month, to discuss various issues and network with other women. Because of the impact these sessions have been making over the years, this year Yolanda has been led by God to start providing two types of sessions. One session will directly address the needs of the twenty to 16-year-old population. The second session will be for women 30 and above.

After serving in the community, and assisting numerous organizations for many years, Yolanda officially launched her 501c3 Non-profit organization called Enough International Inc. in 2018. As Founder and CEO of this organization, Yolanda is confident and committed to living and demonstrating her life's work that was divinely given to her by God.

As a conqueror of numerous personal and spiritual battles herself, Yolanda believes that only you can determine when you have had Enough of your present life challenges and make the determination to allow God to be more than Enough in your life.

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June Forum: "Winning with Words"
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

June Forum: "Winning with Words"

For our June 4th Forum, we will be joined by Christine Stewart, Vice President, Organizational Integration at AdventHealth.

Christine has served Adventist Health System for more than 20 years in various leadership roles within communications, strategic engagement, community relations and leadership development. Since 2015, Stewart has provided executive oversight of communication strategies and operations, while also leading the strategy management team to support the organization's top initiatives.

Christine earned a bachelor's degree in business communication and public relations, as well as a bachelor's degree in family, child and consumer services, from Florida State University (FSU). Her work in transforming Adventist Health System's physician enterprise was recently highlighted in hfm magazine, a publication of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Stewart is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development and holds a practice certification in corporate citizenship from Boston College. She supports many community organizations and is a board member for Grace Medical Home.

She and her husband Derek enjoy traveling, FSU football, music, and keeping up with their two school-aged sons.

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May Forum: "Mastering Time - Get It Done"
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

May Forum: "Mastering Time - Get It Done"

Are you living the life you were created for? In today's culture, women have more, get to do more and be more than ever before.  Yet, women are starved to live a life with deep purpose and meaning. We are often so busy living a life we think others need us to live, that we cannot live the life we were created for. What gets in the way of that? We are distracted by judgement, comparison, busyness and lack of self compassion. As well as, focusing our attention and energy on what we think we want and not what lies in the bottom of our heart.

Our May forum will feature three "Get It Done" leaders including Heather Case - Founder and Executive Director of One Purse, Jessica Thomas - Founder and Principal Attorney at Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, and Jeanette Johnson - Creator of J's Everyday Fashion The panel will be facilitated by Beth Rudloff.

Heather Case - Founder and Executive Director of One Purse

Heather Case is the Founder and Executive Director of One Purse. Before starting One Purse in 2011, Heather worked in the finance industry for 15 years. She left her role as Vice President of Servicing with Consumer Portfolio Services in 2009, to become a stay-at-home mom turned social entrepreneur. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management, from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College. Heather is passionate about providing education regarding sex trafficking, and what it looks like in our American culture. She is particularly focused on sharing awareness with teens and young adults, who are the most vulnerable generation in history to face this form of modern-day slavery. Today, through One Purse, Heather helps sex trafficking survivors take hold of a new vision for their lives through the One Purse Restore Her Dream Fund which provides vocational and educational scholarships to survivors and encourages them to pursue a new dream for their future. Heather lives in Winter Park, Florida with her husband Don and their four children.

Mrs. Jessica D. Thomas, Esq. - Owner/Principal Attorney of Thomas Law Firm PLLC

Attorney Jessica D. Thomas, is the Owner/Principal Attorney of Thomas Law Firm PLLC. Practicing in all areas of Family and Dependency Law, the Thomas Law Firm, has served clients all over Central Florida through the toughest times of their lives since early 2015. Beyond her passion for the law, Attorney Thomas has a fervent passion for community service. One way she maintains her connection to community is through being the President of the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Women’s Resource Center which has advocated for women’s issues since 1986. Since being admitted into the Florida Bar in 2011, she has continued to serve as Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar; and she was recently honored for her Pro Bono Work totaling over 600 hours of service. These professional attributes are coupled with her ongoing mentoring relationships, through her Flowers Temple Church and Take Stock in Children Seminole County. Attorney Thomas is also committed to her professional development which was most recently exhibited in her nomination and appointment to serve on the Central Division of the Mediator Qualifications and Discipline Review Board (MQDRB) as an attorney member. Furthermore, she serves on the Qualifications Inquiry Committee for her MQDRB division. She manages her growing Law Practice and her service commitments, all while raising a 20-month-old son and 2-week old daughter, and continuing to be a dedicated Wife to her Husband of over four (4) years.

Jeanette Johnson - Creator of J's Everyday Fashion

Jeanette Johnson launched her fashion blog, J's Everyday Fashion, in 2010. Just three years later, it was named a top 10 fashion blog in the United States with more than 15 million pageviews per year, and has won multiple awards including ShopStyle's Best Everyday Style in 2016. Her first book, which is a theological examination of the intersection of fashion and faith, was released in 2017. Her latest venture is a new business concept that she co-founded with her husband - an innovative photo studio called "Wall Crawl" that is opening in downtown Orlando next month.

Beth Rudloff - Retired COO, UF Cancer Center, Orlando Health

Beth Rudloff has recently retired and spends time mentoring non-profit leaders and volunteering.  Ms. Rudloff held a variety of administrative positions at Orlando Health for 27 years including Chief Operating Officer for the cancer center, Chief Nursing Officer for Orlando Regional Medical Center, Chief Quality Officer, Director of Care Management, and Executive Director of Healthchoice. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northcentral University and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Bowling Green State University.  Beth also serves as Vice President on the board of Samaritan Village.

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April Forum - “Connecting The Dots Between Faith and Work”
Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

April Forum - “Connecting The Dots Between Faith and Work”

Katherine Leary Alsdorf (SOLD OUT)

Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the Founder & Executive Director of Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work. She came to Redeemer in 2002 to establish the Center for Faith & Work and help nurture a meaningful integration between people, faith and their professional work. Prior to this ministry role at Redeemer, Katherine served 20 years in the high tech industry. In California, she served as CEO of Pensare, Inc. an online management education company, and CEO of One Touch Systems, Inc., a hardware/software products company. Before that, she was President of Private Satellite Network at a communications network and services company - in New York City. She also worked in various consulting, sales, and marketing roles, primarily in the technology sector.

She received an MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia and a BA in Psychology and Education from Wittenberg University. She became a Christian mid-career in NYC through the ministries of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and has taken seminary classes at Regent College in Vancouver. She also serves on the Theology of Work Project Steering Committee.

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March Forum - Choosing Joy - Leading with Positivity
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

March Forum - Choosing Joy - Leading with Positivity

  • First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us on Tuesday, March 5th as Yvonne Sweeney, Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, shares with us about “Leading with Positivity”. Based on James 5:9, she will be focusing on the importance of being a positive voice, an influencer in the workplace. It’s not about grumbling and complaining! Positive people are a breath of fresh air and are always welcome, creating an opportunity for them to influence both others and outcomes.

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February Forum - 2019 Kick Off
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

February Forum - 2019 Kick Off

If it is to be, it’s up to me! Really?!

Most of my career I lived by that mantra even though I’d been following Christ since childhood. I saw one inspiring poster with this saying and somehow it was so captivating that it overrode my paradigm on life, leadership, and relationships.  How does that happen? Was it the success I seemed to experience by living it out?  It sure brought a lot of anxiety and stress along with it but I was on a roll and wasn’t turning back.   

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November Forum - Power Over Emotions:  Young Lady, Bite Your Tongue!
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

November Forum - Power Over Emotions: Young Lady, Bite Your Tongue!

  • First Presbyterian Chirch of Orlando (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us on Tuesday, November 6th as  Lynn Young, LMHC, will be addressing the topic of effectively using our powerful emotional intelligence, one of the strongest predictors of success in life.

Lynn is a native of Orlando, Florida and a graduate of Boone High School. She completed my BSW in social work at the University of Central Florida in 1986. Upon graduation, she worked in the field of addictions in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Lynn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and maintains a private practice in the Baldwin Park area of Orlando. She is privileged to be a part of the Coalition of Christian Counselors at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando where she is a life-long, active member.

Lynn and her husband have been married for 22 years and have three young adult children who bring them great joy (most days)! Lynn is committed to using all that God has given her to help others live lives that are rich, joyful, and glorify Him!

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October Forum - Power of Submission
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

October Forum - Power of Submission

  • First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us on Tuesday, October 2nd as Leigh Swanson, VP Community Relations at Reformed Theological Seminary shares with us about the Power of Submission. She will be addressing the topic from the angle of the beatitude on blessed are the meek, of seeing the power in accepting God’s will for our lives. Or in the Roman centurion (Matthew 8:5-13) who finds his personal authority in God’s.

Leigh Swanson (M.A. '12) serves as  Vice President of Community Relations, responsible for connecting with alumni, donors, and churches in our region to help maximize the reach and the support of the Orlando campus. Previously, Leigh worked in student life as the Associate Dean of Students. She brings the perspective of a student, alumna, and pastor’s wife to her new responsibilities. In addition to her role at RTS, she serves on the National Leadership Team of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and speaks regularly at various events around the country. Leigh and her husband David (Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando) have three grown children.

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September Forum - Power of Leading So That Others Might Flourish
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

September Forum - Power of Leading So That Others Might Flourish

  • First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us on Tuesday, September 4th as our encourager Yamile Luna shares with us about the Power to Lead so that others might flourish. She will be focusing on how God’s willingness to give us immeasurably as we lead in His image.

Yamile serves as a Vice President in Human Resources for Florida Hospital and has worked within this healthcare system for 30+ years. Her passion is to lead and mentor, engage teams to excel in their performance, lovingly serve the community and leave a deeply rooted legacy for those who come behind her. She has served in multiple leadership capacities and attributes all her success to her Heavenly Father. She is a servant-leader who loves to help others, demonstrated by her service on multiple community boards over the years.

Yamile is the proud mother of two children, Alyssa (21) who attends Adventist University at Florida Hospital and Maxi Kael (17) who attends Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, FL. After dating her childhood sweetheart, Maxi, for 10 years, they were married at the Forest Lake SDA Church and have been together for 36 years.

In addition to her professional and personal accomplishments, Yamile is most recently known for her very transparent 5 ½ year journey and intense battle with Breast Cancer.

 

She believes that if God has allowed her to go through this valley of sickness, there is a purpose and despite the pain, she wants to share God's goodness with others. Her story will provide you with hope, courage and strength while encouraging you to embrace life's challenges like the Christian warrior you can be.

 

She loves to share her heroic personal story comprised of the power of prayer, God's faithfulness, his fierce love for us and her courage to battle this devastating sickness despite the odds. As a wife, mother, daughter, friend and executive it has taken every ounce of resilience and persistence to balance life's obstacles and still emerge as a champion for God. She deeply believes that if she can do it, no matter what you're going through, God will help you ‘be strong and courageous’ through it too!

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August Forum: The Power to Lead
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

August Forum: The Power to Lead

  • First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you ever heard the full story of J4 Leaders? How the story of Deborah leading Israel for God’s purposes sparked an idea? How the Lord placed on Lisa Schultz' heart to start a group whose mission would be to connect, encourage, and develop Christian women leaders to discover God’s call on their lives and encourage one another to influence the world for Christ?

Please join us on Tuesday, August 7th as we hear Lisa share her personal story of God prompting her to use her God given "Power to Lead".

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June Forum: "Power Source - A Child of the KIng"
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

June Forum: "Power Source - A Child of the KIng"

Carolyn Custis James (BA in Sociology, MA in Biblical Studies) is an award winning author who thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world. As a cancer survivor, she is grateful to be alive and determined to address the issues that matter most. She blogs at www.carolyncustisjames.com, at Missio Alliance as a Leading Voice and at Huffington Post/Religion. Her speaking and writing ministry is dedicated to addressing the deeper needs which confront both women and men as they endeavor to extend God’s kingdom together in a messy and complicated world.

Carolyn’s books have been described as “provocative,” “honest,” and “ground-breaking.”

−    Malestorm:  Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World (2015)

−    Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women (2011) −    The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules (2008)

−    Understanding Purpose (2006) −    Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew (2005)

−    When Life and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God Makes a Difference (2001)

Carolyn is an adjunct faculty member at BTS (Biblical Theological Seminary) in Pennsylvania and a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament. In 2013, Christianity Today named her one of the 50 evangelical women to watch. She speaks regularly at church conferences, colleges and other Christian organizations both in the US and abroad and is a guest lecturer at various theological seminaries. She has been interviewed by the Associated Press and National Public Radio. In 2017, Carolyn joined the advisory board of Logia, an initiative of the LOGOS Institute of the University of St. Andrews, UK that is committed to seeing women become more visible and valued in the academy and the church. She was also appointed to the advisory board of 4word Women—an international Christian organization for professional women in the workplace. In 2016, Carolyn was appointed to the advisory board of the Institute for Bible Reading. This institute is committed to facilitate and energize a reading movement for the twenty-first century.

She is founder and president emerita of the Synergy Women’s Network, Inc.—a national network of women emerging or engaged in ministry leadership. In 2015 Synergy became part of Missio Alliance.

A pastor’s daughter, Carolyn grew up in Portland, Oregon. During the years between seminary and her present ministries, she had her own business as a computer software developer in Oxford, England. Her husband Frank is President and Professor of Historical Theology at BTS. Carolyn and Frank live in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. They have one adult daughter. She and her husband and two adorable little grand-ezers live in Florida.

 

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April Forum: "The Power of Calling - To Change the World"
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

April Forum: "The Power of Calling - To Change the World"

Senior Fellow Amy L. Sherman, Ph.D., directs Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities (CFIC). CFIC provides training, technical assistance, and consulting to faith-based and community based social service providers and to religious congregations desiring to invest more effectively in their neighborhoods.

The author of six books and over 80 articles and essays, Amy is founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, a holistic, cross-cultural, whole-family, church-based outreach in an urban neighborhood of approximately 380 lower-income, single-parent families. Her most recent book, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, won recent honors as Christianity Today’s choice as Book of the Year in the Christian Living category. She is the author of various resource guides for community development practitioners, including The Charitable Choice Handbook for Ministry Leaders, The ABCS of Community Ministry: A Curriculum for Congregations; and Establishing a Church-based, Welfare-to-Work Mentoring Ministry: A Practical “How-to” Guide. Her articles and essays have also appeared in such magazines as The Public Interest, Policy Review, First Things, Christianity Today, Philanthropy, The American Enterprise, Reason, and Books & Culture.

Amy has led several major Sagamore research projects including the first major study of faith-based intermediary organizations; the largest national survey of Hispanic church-based community ministries in the U.S.; evaluations of the Christian Community Development Association and the Urban Youth Workers Institute; the largest survey ever of Christian women on their giving and volunteering patterns; and the development of FASTEN, the web’s largest clearinghouse of practical, educational materials and tools for organizations seeking the revitalization of their communities. Amy earned her BA in Political Science at Messiah College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia. She volunteers as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission and is a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA.

Tuesday, April 3rd (6:00-7:30 PM)
Registration/networking starts at 5:30


First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
106 E. Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
Edington Ministry Center, 3rd Floor
Sterchi Conference Room

Parking garage is on the corner of Jackson/Rosalind & remember to bring parking ticket in for validation.

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March Forum: "The Power of Generosity in Relationships"
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

March Forum: "The Power of Generosity in Relationships"

The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.     Proverbs 11:25

 
To be a woman living well – in the workplace – it is necessary to be a woman with a spirit of generosity. An attitude of abundance – versus one of scarcity – lays the foundation for our relationships with others.
 
Women have always had the power to shape their lives, the lives of their communities and the whole of society – through their generosity. Today, that power continues to accelerate as women have increasing influence. It is not power to be taken lightly, but to be grasped and leveraged!
 
In the March forum, we will:
  • take a look at the power of women’s generosity
  • share amazing stories of generosity in community
  • learn a model for looking at where we are personally on our journey towards generosity
  • have fun doing exercises/having discussion to grow our own spirit of generosity
 
You will leave with tools for living a more generous, joyful life!
 
Tami, a J4 Leaders board member, has spent the last five years working with Women Doing Well, an initiative of Generous Giving. Both organizations use conversations about generosity to reach and impact communities.
 
Give away your life: you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus an blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.     Luke 6:38
 
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2018 Kick-Off Forum
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Kick-Off Forum

POWER

 
The word power evokes a reaction from each of us - even when spelled with all lower case letters.  For some people, it is an exciting word that electrifies the soul.  For others, it is a frightening word that evokes fear and timidity.  For many Christian women in the workplace, it is a confusing word that leaves us wondering if its okay with God that we have or dare we say, pursue power.  We are desperately uncomfortable with the topic as we attempt to live out our faith at work.  We say things like, “I seek to have influence, not power.”  We downplay the power we have in jobs and in our personal lives. We prefer to use words like empower because somehow that softens the idea and feels a little more “appropriate” as a Christian woman.  Yet we all see injustice that requires some level of power to break through and speak up, do the right thing, and help others.  What do we do in those situations?  Women have risen and continue to rise to positions of power in government, business, and community leadership.  Women have more rights in America today than ever, yet media stories about gaps in equality and harassment abound. 
 
What’s going on?  We need to understand power and what the Bible teaches us about it.  We know that we are called to be leaders who bring light into darkness and reflect the image of God.  The time has come for us to embrace our God-given power and use it for the greater good. This is exactly what we’ll be talking about this year at J4 Leaders.
 
Don’t come if you want to hear a speaker talk about a sweet topic and leave feeling comfortable.  But if you’re ready to actively engage in discussions about power, what the Bible says about it, how we should use it in the workplace and beyond, then join us!  This isn’t your “Mother’s ministry program”…this is real world, hard topics, tough conversations, interactive programming that will challenge your thinking, expand your understanding, and deepen your walk with Christ as the ultimate power source and authority.

Tuesday, February 6th (6:00-7:30 PM)
Registration/networking starts at 5:30


First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
106 E. Church St, Orlando, FL 32801
Edington Ministry Center, 3rd Floor
Sterchi Conference Room

Parking garage is on the corner of Jackson/Rosalind & remember to bring parking ticket in for validation.

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December Sip & Shop
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

December Sip & Shop

The women of J4 are invited to attend an exclusive after hours at Transitions Resale Boutique, supporting Samaritan's Village. Enjoy wine and light snacks as you browse their fantastic selection of gently used styles including clothing, jewelry, purses and housewares.  Hear for SVI Executive Director, Dee Coleman and Graduate Alesia on how Samaritan's Village provides a safe home and therapeutic program for local survivors of human trafficking.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 5th at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Transitions Resale Boutique, 3845 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

WHO: J4 women and their friends!

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November Forum: "Unconditional Love"
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

November Forum: "Unconditional Love"

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, November 7th to hear Jeanette Johnson encourage us on "Unconditional Love".

Jeanette Johnson is the creator of J's Everyday Fashion, a budget-friendly, down-to-earth style blog that encourages women to have fun with fashion. With more than one million readers annually, Johnson’s blog is the winner of ShopStyle's Best Everyday Style in 2016, and Sunshine Awards Orlando's Blog of the Year in 2013 and 2015. She regularly appears on national morning show Daytime and speaks at blogging conferences and events. She continues her quest to help women find freedom with both their inner and outer beauty with her new book "J's Everyday Fashion and Faith: Personal Style with Purpose" (Waterfall Press, Oct. 3), which was recently profiled by InStyle Magazine.

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October Forum: "Love Your Neighbor Generously"
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

October Forum: "Love Your Neighbor Generously"

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, October 3rd to hear Candice Blomeley share on how to "Love Your Neighbor Generously".

Candice has been a resident of Central Florida for 30 years. She received her BS and MBA degrees from Columbus University in Columbus, Georgia and continued with additional accounting coursework in the doctoral program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Candice is the Vice President and co-owner of JMHC, Inc., a leading site developer in Central Florida. She is also the Founder and President of NINE12, Inc., an organization devoted to helping people understand and solve personal budgeting issues. At the age of 15, after her parent's divorce, Candice began paying the household bills for her mother and quickly learned they could only spend what they had; credit cards were not an option at that time. Candice is a dynamic speaker and financial coach on the subjects of spending wisely and giving generously. She has taught audiences of hundreds at local workshops about what it takes to create and to live within a Spending Plan. She is involved in several charitable organizations including Lifework Leadership. Candice has been married to her husband Steve and has 2 daughters, Rachael and Rebekah. The Blomeleys currently reside in Winter Park, Florida.

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September Forum: "God as Perfect Love"
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

September Forum: "God as Perfect Love"

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, September 5th to hear Lori Luedtke share about "God as Perfect Love".

Born a Texan, Lori has called Orlando and Central Florida her home since 1996. She has a 19 year-old son, and two step-children. She started her own design firm, Panache Design, over 20 years ago and has helped many home owners and businesses to create beautiful spaces. Lori is deeply involved with the community as an active member of her church, Holy Cross Lutheran, heading up their Cancer Care Ministry and as a volunteer usher for services. The founder of God Chicks, a women’s book club, she also hosts weekly Bible Study in her home. Lori volunteers for the Z88 radio station and is a contributor to The Christian Sharing Center.  She also founded Aim for a Cure, raising money for melanoma research in honor of her brother, David, who succumbed to the disease. Lori filmed a documentary about her journey which is posted to You Tube and has received over 2000 views. In this documentary, she offered to talk with and pray for anyone with a family member going through this dreadful diagnosis. Because of the documentary, she has established relationships and keeps up with five GBM patients regularly. Her story has been featured in the Moffitt Hospital newsletter as well as the May 2017 issue of Lake Mary Life Magazine. Lori seeks to provide hope and encouragement to those battling the disease.

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August Forum: "Actions Speak Louder Than Words"
Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

August Forum: "Actions Speak Louder Than Words"

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - * Bring your parking ticket for validation.

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, August 1st to hear Cindy Price share about "Actions Speak Louder Than Words".

Cindy Price is fortunate to be able to minister daily to individuals needing to make financial decisions related to their goals or their life transitions. Her financial planning firm was recognized as one of the top 20 firms by the OBJ and she is one of the top 10 women in the nation for her broker dealer. She was born in NYC but grew up in NC where her father was a finance professor and her mother a psychology professor and moved to FL to attend Stetson University and then the College for Financial Planning. She met her husband James (who grew up as a missionary) 25yrs ago at Northland Church after starting her career. They have led numerous marriage courses that start with an intro of  “how Jungle James met City City”.

Foster care has been another passion – their 2 foster daughters are now grown and they are focusing on high school ministry with a daughter 17 (Sr. at Lake Brantley) and a son 21 (Sr. at Samford University). James helped write a curriculum called Love Defined that has allowed them to teach teens and small groups to love their neighbors by implementing the demands of 1 Corinthians 13. Her favorite activities include boating, running, tennis and pickleball.

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NO JULY FORUM - Join us for Happy Hour July 11th!
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

NO JULY FORUM - Join us for Happy Hour July 11th!

Since there is no forum in July, we thought it would be fun to meet up for Happy Hour!

WHERE:  Rocco’s Italian Grille (400 S. Orlando Ave, Winter Park)
WHEN: Tuesday, July 11th (5:30-7:30 PM)
WHO: Anyone who wants to come! 
We love you all – but our budget doesn’t allow for hosting this event, so it will be a cash bar. We hope you can join us!

Please RSVP to suzi@j4leaders.org

 

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June Forum: "Love Like Jesus"
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

June Forum: "Love Like Jesus"

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - * Bring your parking ticket for validation.

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, June 6th to hear Anne Taylor share about "Love Like Jesus"

Anne is a graduate from St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Upon graduation she moved to Winter Park to begin her career in youth ministry. She received her Master’s in Christian Education from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1987. Anne worked in parish ministry until June 2015 when she was invited to come on staff with IDignity. 

Anne is a founding member of IDignity and served IDignity’s board president before becoming IDignity’s first Development Director. She often refers to this position as her “dream job” because she is able to spend time talking to people about an organization she is passionate about while at the same time helping those in need of identification. 

Anne serves as a community chaplain at the downtown YMCA once a week where she is an avid member. She is a speaker and trainer for Youth Ministry Institute which is based out of Orlando. 
 
In her free time she enjoys playing a round of golf with her husband Chuck, paddle boarding on one of the many lakes in Orlando and Winter Park and serving the community in a variety of ways. She is a member of Grace Church in Orlando where she is involved in women’s ministry. She and Chuck are the proud parents of two adult daughters; Mary Michael and Katy.   

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May Forum - "Love is Hard - Love Your Enemies"
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

May Forum - "Love is Hard - Love Your Enemies"

May 2nd, 2017 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - * Bring your parking ticket for validation.

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, May 2nd to hear Claire Fournier share about "Love is Hard - Love Your Enemies"

Claire Fournier most recently served as the Chief Strategic Partnership Officer for Orlando Health. Prior to that, she served for two years as the Chief Strategy Officer of Women’s Services. Leaving a 32-year business and entrepreneurial career, Fournier entered her “second career” in health care in 2012. Her life was saved after the birth of her son, Michael, at Arnold Palmer Hospital in 1996. 

Claire is currently enrolled in graduate school in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Her expected graduation date with an Executive Master’s in Philanthropic Studies is May 2019.

Claire served on the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation Board and Winnie Palmer Women’s Advisory Council as a volunteer until joining Orlando Health as a team member. She has been involved in numerous community organizations including serving as the Chairman of the Board of Shepherd’s Hope, which offers free health care to the working uninsured.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Florida in communications and marketing. Claire currently serves her community on several Boards including: Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, J4 Leaders, United Way Women’s Executive Council and Hispanic Business Initiative Fund. One of her life mottos of service is, “to those whom much is given, much is expected."

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April Forum: "Loving Our Neighbor Through Our Work"
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

April Forum: "Loving Our Neighbor Through Our Work"

April 4, 2017 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - * Bring your parking ticket for validation.

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, April 4th to hear Penny Jones share about "Loving Our Neighbors Through Our Work".

Penny Jones is Executive Director of Community Relations for Florida Hospital. She represents Florida Hospital as a community liaison and spokesperson while cultivating and strengthening relationships with important stakeholders.  She represents Florida Hospital on community boards and provides oversight of requests for funding and manages sponsorships that  position Florida Hospital strategically within the community while aligning with the hospital’s mission, vision and values.  Penny has been a part of Florida Hospital’s team since 1996.  Her truest passion is children’s welfare, which led her to adopt 3 children in 2015 to be a part of her family, which also includes her 2 older sons.

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March Forum: "Love in Action"
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

March Forum: "Love in Action"

March 7, 2017 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - * Bring your parking ticket for validation.

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, March 7th to hear Falecia Williams share about "Love in Action".

Falecia Williams, is President of Valencia College West Campus.  Williams has worked at Valencia for 16 years, first as an adjunct professor, then in leadership roles in conjunction with dual enrollment, high school outreach programs and workforce development. Most recently, she led a team charged with the creation of the college's first bachelor degrees. Prior to Valencia, she was a leader in gifted and honors education at the secondary level. She also served as the director of a community-based grant program to increase enrollment and college completion among first-generation college students. Williams holds a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership from the University of Central Florida. She currently resides in Windermere.

 

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February Forum: "What's Love Got To Do With It?"
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

February Forum: "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

February 7, 2017 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - Bring parking ticket for validation.

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning about how to Love our Neighbors. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”  We look forward to examining this text and discussing what it means for us as leaders at work, community and home.  

Please join us on Tuesday, February 7th to hear Lisa Schultz share about "What's Love Got To Do With It?".

Lisa Schultz is the founder and CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of J4 Leaders. She is Chief Services Officer for CNL Financial Group. She has a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. In her position at CNL Financial Group, Lisa is responsible for the alignment of CNL Financial Group’s strategy, brand, culture and leadership to accelerate organizational performance. She facilitates the development and communication of CNL’s strategic architecture and integrates those plans with business management systems. In addition, she oversees all facets of the private alternative investment firm’s marketing, communications and human capital management. This includes corporate and product messaging, investor communications, community development, public affairs, brand, leadership development, performance management and total rewards. She also serves as a member of the CNL Financial Group Board of Directors. She served as an elder for First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, as a board member for Lifework Leadership and as an advisory board member for the Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics.

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J4 January Kick-Off Event - January 10th at Camping World Stadium
Jan
10
5:30 PM17:30

J4 January Kick-Off Event - January 10th at Camping World Stadium

Our theme for 2017 is "Love Our Neighbors". When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment he declared (Matthew 22:37-40) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” 
Please join us on January 10th as we kick-off  our New Year!  The event will feature Robert Lupton, Author of "Toxic Charity".

“When we do for those in need what they have the capacity to do for themselves, we disempower them.”  

- Robert Lupton

 

 
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November Forum: "In Case of Emergency"
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

November Forum: "In Case of Emergency"

November 1, 2016 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - Bring parking ticket for validation.

This year at J4 Leaders, we are learning to stand on God's promises! God promised that his children will not be overtaken by temptation.  In fact, he assures us that an escape route will be provided.  James MacDonald said that we should make little red boxes with glass doors that say "In Case of Emergency - break glass".  Inside the box we should have noted God's promises to review and cling to in the current situation.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 1st to hear Christina Walker share about God's promise of protection in our lives!

Christina Walker joined the Samaritan Village team in May of 2014 as Executive Director and recently transitioned to the Board of Directors in September of 2016. She has a masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in Winter Park. Her passion for excellence in therapeutics has helped to establish best practices for the Samaritan Village residential program. As a Board member of Samaritan Village she continues to engage in the fight against of human trafficking through public speaking engagements and other advocacy opportunities in our local community. When she’s not busy with meetings, vision-casting, and volunteering at Samaritan Village, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two kids, and providing leadership as a home-school mom. She is also active in her church, Grace Winter Garden, in their children's and women's ministries.

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