Scholarships available

Want to come to one of the fall retreats, but money is tight this year? We understand. We have all been there at one time or another in our lives. We have a limited amount of scholarship funds. Please see the scholarship forms for more information on how to apply. If you want to ‘pay it forward’ for someone to attend a retreat, please send the contribution to the same address as the scholarship application.


2019 Women Ministries Fall Retreat Ruth Hill Rebecca Worl Mission Meadows

Enter the Story – Women Ministries 2019 Fall Retreat Mission Meadows

I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. – Isaiah 46:11

September 20-22, 2019

“Enter the Story” with Ruth Hill and Rebecca Worl. This dynamic mother-daughter duo brings us closer to God as they lead us through the epic story of His Word. In the style of epic adventures (The Odyssey, Indiana Jones, The Game of Thrones), Ruth and Rebecca take us on a journey through the whole Bible showing God’s love for us and how the Master Storyteller desires us to be a part of His story.

Keynote

Ruth Hill is well-known as a retreat speaker and leader in women ministries. She and her husband Brad were Covenant missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 19 years. They then served the Bellingham Covenant Church for 8 years before 2019 Women Ministries Fall Retreat Ruth Hill Rebecca Worl Mission MeadowsRuth was called to serve as Executive Minister of Women Ministries in 1999. She currently works part-time for Rightsizing for Seniors and volunteers in the Covenant’s Advocacy for Victims of Abuse ministry.

Becca serves at Cedarcreek Covenant as Pastor of Discipleship. She has a deep passion for teaching the living Word of God and desires above all else to see people live the abundant life in Christ (John 10:10). She and her husband Rob have been married for 14 years and have two fiesty children, Annabelle (10) and Bradley (6).

Worship Leader

Kelsey KotashKelsey Kotash has been the Director of Music at Grace Covenant Church in Clay, NY since June of 2011. Raised in the Syracuse, NY area, she graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Houghton College in 2007 and has since earned three certificates in worship leadership. She has actively led worship since 2000 in high school, college, various churches in NY, and all over Alaska, while employed by the North American Mission Board. She was also part of a church plant launch team from 2007-2010 where she served as the worship leader and on the pastoral advisory team. Kelsey and her husband Jeremy were married in 2007. They have a son, Canaan, and a daughter, Reese.

Breakout Sessions

A wide variety of topics will be offered throughout Saturday afternoon. Return to our website often as more information will be on glcwomen.org as time gets closer. You can also visit our facebook page to keep connected with all that Women Ministries of the Great Lakes Conference has to offer.

Personal sessions with a trained spiritual director as well as a small group/breakout options to learn more about spiritual direction, with sessions on Spiritual Compass and the Prayer of Examen.

5K Fun Run/Walk/Crawl/Sleep In

Support Lycee Vanette (School for the Girls in Congo) on Saturday by participating and donating in the annual 5K Fun Run/Walk/Crawl/Sleep In!

Camp Activities

Mission Meadows offers a wide variety of Camp Activities for your free time, from an indoor climbing wall, pickle ball, and a pool party Friday night, to relaxing by the lake, long conversations and quiet time.

Want to start the weekend early?

Arrive any time after 1 pm on Friday and jump start the weekend. We are providing a number of options for you to choose from to make this time a blessing for you, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Sit by the lake with your Bible, a coffee, a book or JUST BE

Cost and Registration

  • Early bird registration – $135
  • Regular rate (after August 4) – $160
  • Day rate (no lodging) – $100
  • Friday Jump Start – $20

Arrival/Departure times

  • Friday Jump Start – any time after 1 pm (includes evening meal)
  • Regular arrival – any time after 4 pm (does not include evening meal)
  • Friday worship begins at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday departure – after brunch


2019 Women Ministries Great Lakes Conference Fall Retreat Portage Lake

Pierced & Embraced – Women Ministries Fall Retreat 2019 Portage Lake

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” – John 11:25

October 4-6, 2019

How would you describe the love of God? Sometimes that love feels like a warm embrace. Sometimes it is more like a piercing jab. Always, it changes everything. This weekend we will dig deep into several encounters that Jesus had with a wide veriety of women in the Gospels to show how His love can be equally transformative in our lives today.

Keynote

Kelli WorrallKelli Worrall, author, speaker, and Professor of Communications at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, is our speaker at the Women Ministries of the Great Lakes Conference Annual Fall Retreat, 2019, Portage Lake. She studied Communications and Spiritual Formation, and is passionate about helping other people understand how the experiences of their past have formed them, how to process those things well in the present, and how to communicate effectively about them in their relationships.

Worship Leader

Jessica is the Minister of Creative Arts and Worship at Fellowship Reformed Church in Holland MI. Jess is passionate about fostering spiritual formation through music, visual arts, Scripture, and prayer. She loves to empower the body of Christ to worship with a variety of worship languages and musical styles. Personally, Jess experienced God’s love and healing through music and desires to nurture a space where others can use their talents in worship of God. Jess has been married to Adam since 2002, and together they have 3 children, Natalie, Logan, and Sophia. Her hobbies include natural and holistic health, hiking, being outdoors, learning about the human brain, and most of all, Jess enjoys lots of laughter with family and friends.

Breakout Sessions

A wide variety of topics will be offered throughout Saturday afternoon. Return to our website often as more information will be on glcwomen.org as time gets closer. You can also visit our facebook page to keep connected with all that Women Ministries of the Great Lakes Conference has to offer.

Personal sessions with a trained spiritual director as well as a small group/breakout options to learn more about spiritual direction, with sessions on Spiritual Compass and the Prayer of Examen.

5K Fun Run/Walk/Crawl/Sleep In

Support Lycee Vanette (School for the Girls in Congo) on Saturday by participating and donating in the annual 5K Fun Run/Walk/Crawl/Sleep In!

Camp Activities

Portage Lake offers a wide variety of Camp Activities for your free time, from a giant swing, crate stacking, indoor climbing wall, pickle ball, to relaxing at Cool Beans Coffee Shop, long conversations and quiet time.

Want to start the weekend early?

Arrive any time after 1 pm on Friday and jump start the weekend. We are providing a number of options for you to choose from to make this time a blessing for you, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Sit by the lake with your Bible, a coffee, a book or JUST BE

Cost and Registration

  • Early bird registration – $135
  • Regular rate (after August 4) – $160
  • Day rate (no lodging) – $100
  • Friday Jump Start – $20

Arrival/Departure times

  • Friday Jump Start – any time after 1 pm (includes evening meal)
  • Regular arrival – any time after 4 pm (does not include evening meal)
  • Friday worship begins at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday departure – after brunch


Daily Verse

  • 1 Timothy 2:5-6 March 28, 2020
    “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”

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