encouraging and equipping women to walk biblically, authentically, and relationally with Christ and with others for the glory of God

TOGETHER—the Women’s Ministry of SWBIBLE—offers valuable opportunities for us to connect with women of all ages and backgrounds. Together, we encourage each other to grow through shared study of God’s Word, friendship, service, fellowship and fun.

Come join us for as many of these opportunities as you can. You will be encouraged!





Once a year, just us women slip away for some much needed together-time. From working women to stay-at-home moms, college-aged girls to great grannies, singles to married with a home full of kids—we make the most out of our one night get-away with relaxation, friendship and encouragement.

Connect: Forging Genuine Friendships

2017 Women's Retreat
Friday-Saturday, October 13-14

4:30 Registration Begins
5:30 Welcome Party! Dinner Included
7:00 Session One

8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Session Two
5:30 Dinner

What comes to mind when you think about friendship? Author and speaker Pamela Havey Lau invites you to learn what God says about fostering authentic friendships. Gather with women from Southwest Bible for the annual weekend retreat at Macleay Christian Retreat Center in Salem. The weekend will also include worship time, meals, and activities. Register online today or at the registration table in the lobby beginning September 10. Cost for both days: $104 to $129 (depending on the lodging option chosen). Cost for Saturday only: $84. Please register by September 28 to avoid a $20 late fee imposed by Macleay.

Register Online »


Speaker Bio

Pamela Havey Lau is the author of A Friend in Me, Soul Strength and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar’s Review and Christianity Today. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, she has taught writing at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats.

After her three daughters were born, Lau began teaching writing at private day schools until 2010 when she started her own business, Real Life Real Image, where she writes, edits and speaks. Lau is married to Dr. Brad Lau, a college administrator. The two make their home near Portland, Ore., with their three daughters.

Directions to Macleay from SWBIBLE

Contact: Debbie Eaton 503-524-7000


Fall Evening Ladies Bible Study

Registration is now full. Please contact Debbie Eaton to be placed on a waiting list.

Tuesdays, September 19-November 14
7:00-8:30 pm
Cost: $15
No Childcare Provided

When you think of the book of Nehemiah, do you think of a dusty book in the Old Testament that really has no relevance for us today? After all, it was written over 2,000 years ago so how could it apply to Christians today? Actually, this book is a compelling narrative of how one godly man, Nehemiah, leads Jewish exiles to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem amidst overwhelming difficulties. It is an adventure story. This book tells a crucial part of the story of redemptive history and is relevant for us today. It points us forward to Jesus in whom we can draw near to God.

You’ll definitely want to look more closely at the book of Nehemiah so come join us for the Evening Ladies Bible study this fall. There will be a video with three of my favorite teachers followed by a small group discussion. Jesus said that all the Scriptures are about Him; can you see Jesus in Nehemiah? 

Senior Ladies Bible Study


2nd & 4th Wednedays at 1:00 pm

Every time we open God's Word we can learn something new! The more we read and study, the more we realize the treasures to be found are limitless! That's why we eagerly study—digging in to God's Word and sharing with each other. If you are a senior lady—looking for the comradarie of a small group—you are welcome to join us!

Contact: Pat Bloomster email or 503.439.1584

Winter Ladies Bible Study

AM Ladies Bible Study

Tuesdays, January-April
9:00-11:00 am
Childcare Provided
Online Registration Begins in December

PM Ladies Bible Study

Tuesdays, January-April
7:00-8:30 pm
No Childcare Provided
Online Registration Begins in December

Moms 2 Moms

Second Thursday of the Month
9 am - 11 am
September - April

Are you a mother of young children? Well, we would love to invite you to our once a month gathering of moms just like you! We have set up this time to be all about making connections, forming friendships and being encouraged by guest speakers.

Childcare Provided Thru Age 6

For more information, contact Carole Wachsmuth


Enjoy occasional activities throughout the year designed to help women connect and form genuine relationships. Activities will be announced here in the Upcoming Events calendar, in the bulletin, and by e-mail.