Stepping Out

Faith Journey Bible Studies

Happy New Year from Faith Journey Bible Studies

The year is off to a fresh start! Time to reflect on our priorities and think about new ways to live as women of faith. What will the New Year bring in terms of opportunities to serve Christ and give back to our community? Faith Journey’s Stepping Out newsletter will help you get connected! Thank you for your prayerful consideration of how the Lord may be leading you and your FJ group to get involved in community outreach in the New Year!

Serving Alongside You,

Lisa, Heather, &Lynn

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

Monthly Ministry Highlight-Folsom's Hope

Folsom’s Hope….Caring for Children by Strengthening Families.

Vision: Folsom’s Hope exists to care for children through academic, recreational and spiritual enrichment, and to provide tools to help strengthen their families, so that families will move from a place of dependency and need, to a place of self-sufficiency and productivity.

Testimonial from founder, Salwa Kasabian

“Back in 2008, when God called myself and my children to Theodore Judah Elementary School, I had no idea what His plan was for my family and for me personally. Looking back, I can now see that He had to bring me to a place of trust with Him - enough trust that I was able to take a leap of faith and uproot my children to a new school home. The first six months of my journey at Theodore Judah were really just God opening my eyes and showing me the need, and allowing me a feel a piece of His heart for these children. He would then launch me on mission, and over the years He has faithfully opened doors and brought everything I need to further His plan and purpose for what is now the ministry of Folsom's hope.

In a nutshell, this journey has been one of surrendering the plans I had for my life to those that God has for me; one of trusting God fully and realizing that He is Who He says He is - Faithful, True, Loving, and ultimately the only One we can truly depend upon. It is a journey that has allowed me to grow closer to Jesus each day, to see that He is still the God of miracles, to allow Him to heal the broken places in my life, and to trust Him entirely with my life and the lives of my husband and children. And, ultimately, I am continually reminded that Folsom's Hope is not about me - It has changed me and will continue to change me, as I follow God's leading and direction for this ministry. But Folsom's Hope is about God's plan for this community, this City we call home, and He loves to work through the weak things of this world to shame the wise, for His glory. Jesus is Folsom's Hope!”

How can you or your FJ group be involved in Community Outreach in 2014? These are just a few ways...

Interested in serving women at Folsom Prison?

We are excited to announce that we will be launching a FJ group behind bars at the Women's facility at Folsom Prison. Serving and trained under Prison Fellowship, you can be part of a team ministering to women that live right in our neighborhood on Saturday am's from 10-11:30 am. We will be studying the Book of Hebrews and helping women deepen their Biblical understanding of what it looks like to be faithful to Jesus Christ both on the inside and outside when they are released from prison. If you are interested, contact Barbara Cunningham at

Interested in serving with your FJ group on Tuesdays at Power House?

If you are interested in helping out at the Powerhouse Women’s Ministry Bible Study on Tuesday mornings, please contact Jennifer Derner at and she will get in touch with you and go over more specific details.

Serving opportunities include:

  • Two women to greet and welcome

  • Three women to provide snacks for the morning

  • A few women to help with set up and clean up

  • A woman to share her Faith Journey story

Interested in tutoring at Folsom Lake Continuation High School?

Do you have an hour a week to come alongside teens who are in need of encouragement and academic help? Principal Leane Linson is looking for academic mentors to come alongside high school students struggling in school and be a positive influence in their life. Contact- Lisa Thompson or Salwa Kasabian for more information.

Christmas Highlights at Power House

Let us continue to join hands as women unified in Christ to take all that God has given us to invest in God's Kingdom and be a greater light for those living in darkness and in need of hope!