May 4th, 2023

Author and inspirational speaker Ellen Vaughn will be joined by nurse and fellowship builder Karen Johnson and Emmy award winning singer-songwriter Scott Krippayne

Join Us In Person

All women are invited to join us on Thursday, May 4th at 6pm at Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue, WA for our next in-person Gathering!

In Person Details

What: Join us in person with amazing speakers, hosted appetizers and wine, drawings, and best of all, each other!

When: Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Appetizers & Wine
Get seated for the Gathering
Gathering and YouTube Live Broadcast begin!

Where: In Person at Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club

9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Join Us Online

The Anchor at Home will live stream from MBYC at 7pm PST on May 4th on the Anchor YouTube channel. The whole Anchor community will be able to watch together no matter where they are!

5 Steps for a Successful Watch Party

Invite your family and friends to join you on Thursday, May 4th to hear from guest speakers Ellen Vaughn and Karen Johnson and musical guest Scott Krippayne.

Important: Make sure to have your guests sign up & be entered in the drawing. Guests can sign in and enter the drawing by clicking here.

Be online and tune to the live stream link when it goes live on May 4th at 7pm PST. You can also subscribe to our channel and easily find our content. Moderate your discussion following the video.

Make sure to snap some photos, tag @theanchorgathering and #anchorathome on social media, and “like” us on Facebook and Instagram!

Email our program coordinator Loren with any pictures & videos you take at your Watch Party for a chance to be featured on our website & socials!

Mixer Prompts

Choose one, two or all three prompts to discuss so the women at your watch party can get to know one another.

  • Who is your favorite Star Wars character?

  • High heels or sneakers?

  • What is your favorite springtime activity?

Featured Guests

Ellen will be sharing about the themes of refreshment and the welcoming tide of God’s love.

Ellen Vaughn is a New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker who has written or co-written 25 books. Former vice president of executive communications for Prison Fellowship, she collaborated with the late Chuck Colson on a number of his seminal works.

She speaks at conferences, often travels to interview Christ-followers in hostile parts of the world, and serves on the board of directors for ICM, the global church developer.

Ellen’s latest book is Becoming Elisabeth Elliot, the authorized biography of the acclaimed missionary and author’s early life; the biography’s second volume will be released in 2023.

Ellen loves coffee, hiking, and staring pensively at the ocean.

Karen’s passion is building deep relationships, rooted in the love and grace of God. Working with young adults, marketplace leaders, and members of the Washington State Legislature, she seeks to build fellowship based on the grace and reconciliation of Jesus. Karen leads a post graduate Women’s Fellows Program and facilitates intergenerational discipleship groups locally and state-wide. She also directs and hosts the Take Root Podcast, sharing God’s stories in the lives of His people.

Karen earned a BSN from the University of Washington, with a career in nursing and then teaching at Bellevue College and Bellevue Christian High School. She then led a Women and Youth Initiative for the Luke 12:48 Foundation for 7 years before joining Centered in 2014.

She is married to Dean (her best friend in life!) and is mother to three adult children and grandma to two darling grandsons. In her spare time, she loves skiing, golfing, paddle-boarding, water-skiing, hiking, and traveling.

Scott Krippayne is an Emmy Award winning singer-songwriter who cares about writing music that reflects life, resonates with people, and touches the heart. His songs have appeared on releases by Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Kool & The Gang, Kutless, and Point of Grace among others. Scott also penned the theme song for the Nick Jr show, Paw Patrol, and currently writes for Blaze & The Monster Machines (Nickelodeon). Scott lives in Tacoma with his wife, Katy, and they have two adult children.

Discussion Questions

We hope you enjoyed the Anchor at Home! At this time, your host can lead your small group through these discussion questions.

  1. What was the last movie you saw in a theater? Did you get popcorn?

  2. Do you think young people today, Gen Z and Millennials, are “desperate”? What are they searching for?
  3. Have you had a time in your life when you remained in a less-than-great status quo rather than making a positive change that felt scary?
  4. Regarding the story of Marty Jenco, what’s your button—i.e., what do you hold onto for comfort or security rather than trusting fully in Jesus?

This Month‘s Drawing

Guests at your Watch Party or women watching on their own will be able to enter the drawing before the Anchor at Home begins and until 9pm. Please remind your guests to enter the drawing when they arrive at your Watch Party.

May’s Drawing is for the Anchor “hope” glassybaby and Becoming Elisabeth Elliot by Main Speaker Ellen Vaugh

How to Enter

Visit to access the entry form.

Fill out the form and voilà, you’ve successfully entered!

Tips and Instructions for Hosts

  • Read guests the drawing URL ( and they can visit it on their mobile device to submit the form.
  • Forward your guests this page or the Watch Party Kit PDF and direct them to these instructions.
  • Print out page 4 of the Watch Party Kit PDF fold in half, and set it at your Watch Party. Ask guests to scan the QR code to enter.
  • Pull up the drawing on your device (iPad, phone, etc.) and pass it around for each guest to enter.