Ministry Life

  • Write Canada Conference

    OK, lately life seems a little surreal.   I did another radio interview, I’m speaking at another Women’s Conference, and in a couple weeks I will be joining the faculty of the Write Canada Conference in Guelph, Ontario!  I’m feeling like I need to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream!  Strange thing is, it’s becoming just the “new norm” now!  It is such an honour to be a part of all these great events.   I’m doing things I’ve dreamed of for a looooong time!  I just didn’t know what I’d have to go through to get here 🙂  I have always wanted to go to the Write Canada Conference since I felt God drop into my heart that I would write books–just a couple years ago, in my twenties 🙂 If it took any longer you’d have to start calling me Sarah!
    This year I get to be a part of the 30th Anniversary Write Canada Conference on June 12-14.  The Key Note speakers are Ted Dekker and Mark Buchanan.   I’m teaching a 3 Hour Continuing Course on “How To Market Your Book For Optimum Exposure”.  For the last couple of days they have been previewing my interview by Fred Ash on the Word Guild‘s website (picture below).  Fred asked about my book, my course, working with my awesome hubby and more importantly, about my personal faith journey.  It’s a good thing to take time and reflect on when you first came to know the love of Christ.  It’s like talking about when you fell in love with your hubby!  I could talk about both of those events forever!!!!!  Recounting them helps you fall in love all over again!
    Click on the picture below or the highlighted words to read my interview.
    (In case you read this a few days later than when I wrote, mine might not be the first interview on the site.  They’re uploading Conference Speaker’s interviews every few of days.)
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  • Radio Interview

    I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.  I just walked into the bedroom and said with pride “Todd, I’m 46 and I just made an audio clip of my radio interview into a movie on my computer!  How cool is that!”.  Since writing my book I have learned to do SOOOO many things!  Things I didn’t know were even possible!  Now to get the radio interview “movie” on YouTube and linked to this blogpost 🙂
    Last week I had the opportunity to be interviewed by FAITH FM in London, Ontario.   It was a fun interview with Marion on the Heading Home show!  She even asked about my love of drag racing!  The picture below is of my friend Jeff Arend in his race car!  He’s all big and famous now 🙂  I have to watch TV to see him!Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.34.13 PM
    One of the racetracks my parents owned was in the FAITH FM London listening area.  We talk about it in the interview and how I got to meet Mario Andretti last year!!! You’ll have to listen to find out 🙂  Marion asked me about my book, WATER IN THE DESERT and how I came to write it.  She wanted to know what I was going to be sharing at the upcoming Women’s Conference in London that I’m speaking at this Saturday, May 31st.
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    The Afternoon Splash Conference is going to be so much fun!  You can check out my website (http://www.sherrystahl.com) for more details or Listen to the Interview and hear all about it.

    Click to listen to the Interview on YouTube.

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  • Radio Interview & Speaking Event–London, ON

    This Friday, May 23rd, I will be interviewed by

    FAITH FM LONDONaround 4:30pm on the “Heading Home With Marion” show.

    I’ll be talking about my book and letting people know that NEXT weekend I’ll be in London, ON for the Afternoon Splash Women’s Conference.

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    I’m so excited to be a part of this great event!  Christian Recording Artist
    Laurie Marks Vincent

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    is Hosting the event.  She’s also one of the speakers.  Judy Carscadden will be bringing us laughter with her crazy characters.  Worship will be amazing as another Christian Recording Artist, Roxanne Flagler leads!
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    I will be sharing some of the Lessons Learned In The Desert to help refresh your spirits!  It will be a great time to get to know other women and spend time together!  I hope if you’re in the London area, you’ll come out and visit with all us girls for the Afternoon Splash!

    AFTERNOON SPLASH
    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    1-5pm

    245 Adelaide Street (YFC Building) London Ontario

    TICKETS
    $20/person in Advance
    $30/person At The Door
    ONLINE: http://www.secondchancemin.org
     OR CALL  226-271-7254

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  • Friends & Family

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    This past week was incredible for me!  It’s been crazy busy, but crazy fun!  I’ve seen more friends and family than I have in a very long time…visited with old friends and made some wonderful new ones!  It started off with Monika (friend since youth camp) and I driving to Toronto and only missing one exit off of the highway!  We met up with Annemarie (friend since College) and her lovely daughter Molina (new friend) for one of the LONGEST lunches I’ve ever had the privilege of eating!  Not that I knew what I was eating, but I liked all of it–save the curried chicken 🙂  Annemarie is living such an exotic life now that we at a Vietnamese restaurant!  Soooo good!
    Next, Monika and I were off to the Grad ceremonies with Annemarie for our former Bible College.  It was awesome seeing so many friends that I hadn’t seen in years, Profs, Deans and our former School President.  I think the highlight was that the Dean of Women Sue Rodney James remembered me and was so happy to see me!  She yelled out “Sherry Fletcher” and opened her arms wide 🙂  How awesome is that!  I made so many incredible friends in College.  Bonnie I wish you could have been there!  Two of our classmates were honoured!  Craig Burton received a lifetime award for his years of service as the Chairman of the Board and Dale Sanger was the valedectorian for Seminary students as he completed his Masters Degree.  Many friends I’ve stayed in touch with and we’ve been through so much together…love found, love lost, ministry achievements, ministry heartaches, children born, children lost, children married…  Our friendships have sometimes been the hope that kept us going when everything within us wanted to give up!

    Monika and I headed to the hotel in Ajax where I was the retreat speaker for two friends churches from Peterborough.  Such an awesome time seeing old friends and making new ones.  I even saw more College friends that attend their churches!  I met the cutest little Worship Leader on the planet and I LOVE her music!  I can’t stop listening to her CD.  You need to check out her website http://www.melina-d.ca and get a copy!  Melina Dulluku I love you 🙂  There were too Amazing worship leaders for the weekend, fun games and a really great time connecting with God!  I couldn’t have managed this weekend without my incredible friend Monika!  Mon, thanks for ALL you did 🙂

    The last event was filled with family and friends!  I drove down to speak at the Simcoe, ON Spring Fling Event with my mother-in-law and got to visit with my mom!  At the event I saw Braeside friends, unexpected college friends, some of my old youth group and met some new friends too!  Busy Week yes!  Amazing Week YES!!!  It just makes me realize how important it is to build friendships and keep them growing.  You never know where you’ll be when you might just need one!  Love you all!  ~Sherry

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  • Lent

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    St. James in Waterdown, Ontario is using my book, WATER IN THE DESERT  to go through for Lent.   What an amazing endeavor this has turned out to be!  People young and well, “not-so-young” are journeying  through the desert to find water!  Adults are working through the books in Bible Study groups throughout the week.
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    For months I have been connecting with Lillian Young of St. James to organize the event.  She has been amazing to work with.  She is passionate about Bible Study and helping others focus on what Christ did for us.  I think I’ve found a friend for life!  Minister Cathy Dilts is another passionate follower of Christ!  She leads this amazing body of believers with tenderness and care.  Her daily inspiration on the church blog  during the Lent season is reinforcing the messages from the book.  Minister Bob Johnson was such a pleasure to meet!  So many wonderful people and I was so grateful to have my Aunt Marg join me.   There’s something for everyone at this church and their worship team is amazing!  The church website says it all, “A Caring Community Sharing Faith”.  It’s exciting to hear the updates of how God is using WATER IN THE DESERT hydrate one thirsty church!


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  • A Great Weekend!

    Last weekend was awesome!  It started off with a great drive to see my Gram and Son!  My Gram is just the cutest–next to Todd’s Gram!  So blessed to have such wonderful women in my life!  I could never spend enough time with my son!

    I drove to Maple and slept over at my amazing friends, Mark and Andrea Giancola’s house.  It was so good to spend time with them.  I could never get enough time with them either 🙂  In the morning Andrea and I went to the Ladies’ Day Away that she organized for the church they pastor, Maple Community Church.  Such amazing women.  We had 27 great girls come out to the event. I had done a retreat for them about 8 years ago so some I knew from before.  I have been getting emails from some of these great girls all week long!  I’ve made some lifelong friends!  Their worship leader, Lindsay Fitch did an outstanding job.  She taught the girls the new song “Water In My Desert” and it became like our anthem 🙂

    It was so great to have my sister Lori come to the event and then to go back and stay at her house.  I loved spending time with my nieces and nephew.  My one niece did my nails for church.  I even got to go to church with them and see my youngest niece wearing her first pair of heels!  She’s just like her Auntie Sherry!  A Tom-boy who loves to dress up.  She had her heels on with her hockey team coat!  What a cutie!    My sister spoiled me too!  The Ladies’ Day Away was held at Pine Farms Orchard in King City.  They have the cutest lunch restaurant and store with home decor and delicious, healthy food you can buy prepared.  Lori bought me glasses that say “H2O” all over them!  How cool is that!  Such an awesome sister!

    I picked up Shelby and we were on the road again, heading for home…Gabbing all the way!  Now that was a Great Weekend!
    Heading to Waterdown tomorrow–I’m sure the journey will be just as Great!

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  • Lewisville, Texas

    Todd and I had the privilege of traveling to the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas in January.  There was manly stuff for Todd, and girly stuff for me!  What a perfect trip!  The first few days were spent at a Lighting show for Todd’s work with his cousin’s Matt & Michelle.  Two amazing people!  The trade show was so interesting!  Lighting is now Art!  We had the strangest shuttle bus.  It was a normal white hotel shuttle bus on the outside, but we knew it wasn’t normal as soon as we stepped in! Everyone began laughing as we took our seats.  The black and hot pink color scheme should have been a clue, but we didn’t even notice until I was looking at a picture a couple took for us that it was a “Playboy Bunny” themed bus!  The drivers decorate their buses to get better tips!  Who knew?!?
    We had so much fun at the Fort Worth Rodeo.  It was both Todd and my first rodeo.  I don’t know how people have the courage to sign up to do that?  It’s the most dangerous thing I’ve ever seen in my life and I grew up at a Dragstrip!  I loved shopping at Sam Moon’s Department Store sized Accessory Warehouse!  I could move in!  It’s fashion for less in the most incredible way!  I so wish they had stores outside of Texas!  I appreciate that Todd gladly spent time at a coffee shop and didn’t complain about my time, or money spent here J  You just can’t get this stuff back home!
    On the Sunday, we went to Victorious Life Church in Lewisville, Texas. https://www.victoriouslife.org  Pastor Mark Akers was preaching a sermon series on Going Through Storms In Life and had me share my testimony.   When I was done speaking, Christian Recording Artist and Worship Leader, Rachelle Fletcher sang the song she wrote after watching the video on my website of Todd and I giving our Testimony (Link to Interview). It was so inspiring and emotionally overwhelming for me at times!  This is only the second time Rachelle has sung it publicly.  The first was when she came with me last summer to speak in Detroit.  (Link to the Song on my Youtube Channel) God used the song so powerfully.  God orchestrated the whole morning!   My testimony and Pastor Mark’s message meshed together as if we had it planned!  I wish you all could have been there!  Hope you enjoy the pics!

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  • Parkwood Event


    I had such an amazing time on Monday Night with the women from Parkwood Gospel Temple in Windsor, ON for their

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     Event!  This has to be the best job in the world–meeting amazing people wherever I go!  It was such a treat to have Brenda and Marg Rice there to cheer me on!  I so appreciated all of Brenda’s help at the book table.  I never could have done it without you!  Amy McKnight did an awesome job leading us into worship.  She tried telling me she had a sore throat, but I couldn’t hear it 🙂  What a great voice, but even better was her sensitivity to the Holy Spirit: knowing when to play, when to sing and when to wait on the Lord!  The sign of a truly great worship leader!   It was an honour to hear the life stories of so many girls that night as they shared with me after the meeting.  I spoke on  “Lessons To Learn In The Desert”, encouraging the women that God would bring them water in every desert they face.  This is one thing I am SURE of!  We really do learn more in the hard times than in the good times.  I used the illustrations from my book for the Power Point and it helped to solidify the message as many girls commented.   I want to thank Debbie Sylvester for planning such a powerful night!  Your team was great to work with!  Beth Waddell I appreciate all your ‘technical’ support 🙂  Rosie Wagner, so great to finally meet you!  Thanks for having me everyone!  Hope we can do it again sometime!
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