2018 Overflow Events by Natalie Gibb

Happy 2018! 

We hope and pray that your holidays were full of family, fun, love and laughter!  We have missed you so much, and wanted to let you know about a few exciting events we have in store for YOU in 2018!  We are absolutely giddy about how the Lord has gone before us and already planned out our year.  We couldn’t wait to share all the details today, so that you can plan accordingly! 

Are you ready???  GET OUT THOSE CALENDARS…we can’t wait to see you!

April 6th, Friday Night Overflow


Our first event of the year will be Friday Night Overflow (FNO).  It will be held on April 6th at 12715 Telge, home of Bayou City Fellowship - Cypress.  FNO is a casual gathering where we can catch up with each other, meet new friends and enjoy a meal together.  We always have a great speaker or a panel AND some fun and games!  You never know what will happen because we love to keep it fun, encouraging and interactive!  There will be childcare, but it will be limited, so watch social media as we get close to April to sign up.  Don’t miss it!


June 8-9, The Life of a Single Mom National Conference


OK…are you ready for this???

We are SOOOOO excited to announce something new for Overflow.  Our friend, Jennifer Maggio, from The Life of a Single Mom Ministry in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is bringing her national conference for single moms to Houston on June 8-9 at Houston First Baptist Church.  This is going to be an incredible event where women from all over the nation will gather together under one roof to praise God and learn from gifted speakers, authors and experts in their fields – ALL focused on encouraging and equipping single moms! 


Our plan is to gather our Overflow community together and sit as a group at the conference.  We can carpool and maybe even share a meal together!  We will develop more plans when we get the schedule and more details for the weekend. 

Don’t worry about the kids and teens because they have great plans in place to care for kids at the conference with programs designed just for them!

I have personally been to one of Jennifer Maggio’s conferences in Louisiana and they do not disappoint.  You will find tons of information and encouragement on your journey as a woman parenting on your own.  Make sure you mark these dates down and go ahead and register for the conference here:  http://thelifeofasinglemom.com/2018-national-tlsm-single-moms-conference/.

October 13th, OVERFLOW 2018

Finally, we are beyond excited to announce that our very own annual Overflow conference will be happening on Saturday, October 13th.   You are going to flip over our featured speaker – ANGELA THOMAS!  She’s a great communicator, fun and energetic speaker and author of many books including My Single Mom Life! 



On top of this, we can’t wait to host all of you at our Bayou City Fellowship – Spring Branch NEW worship center that is being renovated this year from a big empty warehouse!  We will have many more details coming as the time gets closer, but expect something fresh, recharged and inspiring to meet you right where you are with amazing worship music, door prizes, surprises and most of all a day to draw close to your God who loves you passionately!

2018 is looking so full of the goodness of the Lord.  We are so grateful for you in our lives and hope that you will join us at these events! But no need to wait until April, you are welcome every Sunday to join us at both Bayou City Fellowship campuses and at the many women’s events going all year!

Always, know that you can contact us at overflow@bayoucityfellowship.com with your questions and prayer requests!  You are loved.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Christmas Devotional Giveaway

GIVEAWAY!! Anyone can enter to win a Christmas Countdown Devotional!  Pretty art cards by Gold & Honey  and devotionals written by Hannah Stovall on the back! Plus for fun and creative ways to use your cards as gift tags, card or ornaments check out @goldand_honey on instagram  

Just comment TODAY on any of our Overflow social media sites with your favorite Christmas movie  for one entry and share the giveaway post you find there for three more chances to win!  Each friend you tag will also give you extra entries!! Have fun!!

Don’t forget the FREE Overflow Christmas Party for singlemoms and their sweet kiddos is December 10th at 4-5:30 at 1400 Brittmore! Register at overflowbcf.com. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and your family! 


Overflow Christmas Party Details - JOIN US!!!

We are so excited to let you know that the Overflow Christmas party is almost here!  We have a fun-filled afternoon planned for you and your kiddos to get into the Christmas spirit.  The party is on December 10, 2017 from 4-5:30pm at our future Spring Branch campus.  It is located at 1400 Brittmoore Road. 

We have an afternoon of festivities planned.  There will be cookie decorating, crafts, food, fellowship, and fun.  (and probably a few surprises with goodies thrown in because we like surprises!)  We hope to see all of you there!  Come join us and help us kick off the Christmas season with your Overflow family!  We miss seeing you guys and would love to spend the afternoon with you!

Please register on the link below so that we can make sure we have enough food and supplies for you and your children.  Come dressed in your most festive comfortable clothes!  Ugly Christmas sweaters, fun festive outfits, even jingle bells work!  Be creative and we will see you soon!


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Friday Night Overflow: Meet Barbara Stuart

We are so excited to let you all know that we are gathering for Friday Night Overflow on September 22, 2017 from 7-9pm!  We would love to have you as our guest and be able to see your faces and hug your necks!  We have a special treat for you in our guest speaker, Barbara Stuart.  Today we wanted to give you a chance to get to know her, and let you know how excited we are that she is willing to share her heart and her wisdom with our Overflow community!


Barbara has raised two sons and a daughter as a single mom here in Houston.  You may know one of her sons as the long time leader of Breakaway Ministries, Ben Stuart.  All three of her children are now grown and married with children of their own.  They have all left Texas for a spell in their current life situations, and she enjoys traveling from Alaska to the East Coast in order to keep up with everyone as often as she can.  She is the delighted grandmother of 8 beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 2-10 years old. 


While being a single mom, she was also an educator here in the Houston area.  She spent more than 2 decades teaching high school students.  She has taught pregnant and parenting students through the drop out reduction program that Katy ISD offers.  After retiring from teaching, she has spent the last 7 years as a sorority House Mom in College Station.  She recently retired again, but is not finished working and traveling to keep up with family and friends. 


We think she is the perfect person to come and spend Friday night with us!  Her background and knowledge can help all of us grow as mom's and as women.  We hope that you will join us next Friday.  We will serve you dinner and childcare is available, but it must be reserved beforehand.  Please feed your children dinner before you come.  We will have light snacks for them and tons of fun, while you relax and enjoy your evening.  We look forward to seeing each and every one of you!  Click below to register and let us know you will be there!



How are you? How can we help?

Hi friends!  We know it has been awhile since we have posted, but we have been thinking about you and praying for you non-stop!  If you need help in any way, we want to let you know of the website Bayou City Fellowship is using to coordinate flood relief.  Please register and let us know how we can help!  If you know others who need help, please pass on this information.  You do not need to be a member of Bayou City Fellowship in order to utilize this website.  We want to reach out to all of our fellow Houstonians and help where we can.  If you would like to join our relief efforts you can sign up to volunteer on the website too.  www.bayoucityrelief.com


We want to leave you today with God's word.  No matter the storms in life, His Word is active and living.  Yes, the waters may have risen, and our world may look different, but it isn't going to stay this way!  Things will get better!  We choose to look forward and move towards restoration of our city and our homes.  We pray that you will join us and hang onto the hope that we have in Jesus!  We love each of you dearly and if we can pray for you or help you in any way, do not hesitate to reach out to us through social media or email us at overflow@bayoucityfellowship.com.   


Save the Date - September 16th - Air1 Mom's Night Out

Save the date for the 4th Annual Single Moms Night Out Event happening September 16th. Air1 would love to extend an invitation to any mom's that are part of Overflow.  Dinner, makeovers, games, and prizes are included.  What a way to spend a Saturday night!  Registration is required!

Overflow moms can register online at Air1.com/events and the event is totally free!  Sign up and mark it on your calendars!  We hope to see you there!  All the details are on the flyer below!


Reflections and Overflow News! By Liesel Araoz

Walking into the Overflow Conference, I felt as if I had come home after being away for a really long time. It has been a special privilege for me to see Overflow develop since our group was just a small book study that didn’t even have a name. We were just a handful of single moms, out of the thousands upon thousands in our city, who found a place to be loved by Jesus and the Church. We were upheld by a church that wants to love people radically in Jesus’ name, led by women and men whose obedient lives and hearts are an example of this message of “overflowing” from fullness of the Spirit of God.

In 2012, there was unity within our solidarity as a group. With tears and laughter and questions, we pursued Jesus through pouring over the Scriptures to learn about his love and provision for us. We were a group void of pettiness and distractions and was instead so full of hope and honor. And oh, what marks my memories of those women is that we prayed together and believed everything God says in His promises for each other and our children!

Every year after the conference, we all reflect on stories and share in awe of what the Lord did and how He networks people. There is something special about every year, and this year was not an exception.


Right in the middle of the registration table, where women would check in to get their nametags and programs, there was a kids bicycle painted green and adorned with robust, large paper flowers. Standing tall in the room, the whimsical bicycle stood like a landmark in the road we are all on as women. A place where our names are on the list, making sure we won’t be passed, requesting hope, requesting a word from the Lord, asking for rest. A place in the journey where every woman was looked in the eye - seen, heard and welcomed.

Expectation for what God would do was so thick you could scoop it up and cup it in your hands.

Friday night included the women of Overflow, volunteer women, and women coming to hear what the Lord had to say through Lisa Harper. We all need the same Jesus. Whether we’re married, single, widowed or never married. Lisa Harper, an ambassador of Jesus and messenger of His reconciliation, spilled out his love and spelled out his hope with love and honor. It was impactful to everyone there to hear her say, “One of the greatest hindrances for overflowing with hope and joy in the Holy Spirit is unforgiveness. Forgive them. Whoever they are.”


You could feel the walls that had been brought in that night, on shoulders bearing loads held up by spit, blood, and pieces of the past, resolve and melt as the truth of the living and loving God was spoken into the marrow of each woman. You could not mistake this for anything but a piece of Heaven. Raising children on your own is a lifestyle that most often involves a lack of control over many of your circumstances and a need for a lot more grace in most areas.

On Saturday, breakout sessions were carefully organized to cover varying topics with women who have “been there” or understand the trauma and residual disappointment that this life can tempt us to lean towards.  However,  the teachers shared the message of hope for the future that is found when you entrust all the messiness of life to Jesus. He doesn’t miss a piece of it. It’s not too messy for Him. We are not too much for Him.


While we were planning the first Overflow four years ago, I remember the planning team meeting for the final time before the conference. As a single mom, I knew the pangs of walking in alone, feeling like my circumstances were written on my forehead. Now, I know this was  a lie called shame. I was a single mom and the Lord had now blessed me with community. I wanted the same for other single moms.  I raised my hand really high with the question of “what next?”  We gather these women together, and then what? How do we connect with these women when they come back on Sunday? How do we facilitate ongoing discipleship for them? It was an easy “yes” for the rest of Overflow leadership to come up with a simple idea to have a group during the summer for the women to learn the promises of God breathed for them (and everyone) in the Scriptures. Our heart was for these women to learn and experience how to lay our children, finances, singleness, brokenness, dreams, nightmares, and overall messiness at the feet of Jesus, press into the Word, ask questions before the Lord, and learn to discern His voice for an answer.

I wildly love the Overflow conference. There is symbolism in the design, intentionality in the organization, a willingness in the Body of Christ to draw in daughters and their children to the Father. Women are eternally impacted through the outpouring of the Spirit of Truth. 


But as much as I love the conference weekend, my favorite part are the Sundays that follow, where we get to know women in the Summer Groups in a closer relationship. Over the years, I’ve been allowed to watch as God restores broken hearts, restores broken marriages, changes desires so that they are whole, right, and good, and set women’s hearts on fire with love for the Prince of Wholeness.


If you are in the Houston area, and you are looking for a way to be and feel like you are part of a church, we have two Bayou City Fellowship campuses that have Overflow Summer Groups. They're made up of women who are raising children on their own and want to be surrounded by women who will pray and lock arms with them as we, together, follow Jesus. We believe when God has done something before (like He has done since 2012), not only can He do it again, but He can do a new thing that makes sense right now! We invite you to come and join us. It truly won't be the same without you. You can find details on time and location on the home page HERE. If you will scroll up and click “Contact Us”, we can help you get connected to a group. We would love to have you join us!

Our Overflow ministry loves our online community, and we have smaller events throughout the year that you won’t want to miss like Friday Night Overflow! SAVE THE DATE! September 22nd! If you have not already, come follow us on Instagram and Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our blog to stay connected and get updates delivered straight to your inbox! You are loved deeply and prayed for daily.

Since ancient times no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64:4 ESV

A Day in His Presence - Overflow 2017 by: Natalie Gibb

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
his name is the Lord;
exult before him!
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home (Psalm 68:4-6 ESV)

Overflow 2017…beautiful, holy, healing, refreshing, anointed, and full of grace.  We laughed, we cried, we found community.  Every detail from beginning to end was ordained and appointed by God himself.  His presence was with us, and it was consuming.  I have been to all four Overflows and I find something new every time that I come.  I have found healing and wholeness, community and friends, peace and rest, but most importantly I have found Jesus.  EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!  He continues to amaze me and woo me.  He reveals Himself in a new and fresh way every year.  He reminds me of who I am in Him, and He brings the very best people to share with us and point us towards Him.

Lisa Harper had us laughing all weekend, but she also had us listening…listening to the Word and realizing the power that we have in our Savior.  She reminded us time and again that we were seen and heard.  He delights in us and holds us close.  He provides and sustains, even in the desert places.  He wants freedom for us through forgiveness and trust in Him.  She showed us and taught us our redemptive history and that we were never His second choice.  We have always been His beloved daughters. 

Breakout speakers spoke and taught on grace, acceptance, choices, parenting, prayer, finance, and community.  We all learned something, but more importantly we heard that we were wanted in the church.  We were told that we mattered and that we had something to give to others.  We were shown that we are not broken, nor are our families broken.  We are whole in Him and we have brothers and sisters standing in the gap for us and for our families.

Kids laughed, played, and found community themselves.  They were taken care of by members of Bayou City Fellowship that graciously allowed us, as moms, to take deep breaths and rest in God’s presence for a weekend.  Water slides and snow cones filled the day, but love and grace filled their hearts.  Seeds were planted about God’s love for them and His love for their mamas. 

Food…LOTS of food was eaten.  If you ever need to see a physical representation of Overflow then it has to be the sweets and treats bar that happens mid-afternoon.  All supplied by the overflow of volunteers that make up the very best team in all the land, including a team of men that washed 51 cars throughout the day.  Green shirts with smiling faces and genuine hearts surround us and walk with us through the weekend.  Sometimes it is the first connection we make to our future church home, sometimes it is a familiar friend, and sometimes it is a connection that Jesus makes just to see a smile or receive a hug.  They are some of the most authentic and real people who genuinely care about us and want the very best for us.  It is a gift beyond words.

Overflow 2017 has come to a close, but it really is just the beginning.  If you have known Jesus for a while or if you accepted Him for the very first time this weekend, He isn’t finished.  As I take a deep breath tonight and wonder and remember over all that I have seen and heard and felt in the last few days, I hear our dear friend Beth saying over and over again, “Jesus is mine, and I am His!”  I rest in that and I stand in awe and amazement of who He is and what He has done.  I am beyond thankful for this community and all that it has done for my boys and for me.  My prayer tonight is that He does the same for you and your family…abundantly more than we could ever ask for or imagine…because that is Overflow!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 NIV

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV