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.


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

Daily Verse

  • Jeremiah 32:17 July 11, 2020
    ““Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”



We love the fall Women Ministries Retreats held at Mission Meadows and Portage Lake. It is a time of being with God, laughter, community, learning, and just plain silliness. We plan for it all year long and are excited each year to reconnect with you. We invest in it because we want it to be 'the best'. So this year it is with a heavy heart and sadness that we have decided to not hold the Fall Retreats this year.

The retreat planning team sought input from the camps, from the speakers, and from previous attendees. The responses were mixed - some wanted to continue to hold it; others felt we should cancel. Still others felt we could make something work. We actively sought creative ways to allow retreats to move ahead. But retreat is about proximity. It is about being close and with one another whether eating in the Dining Hall, being in the cabins, playing games, worshipping, or praying. The potential spread of the virus keeps us from this reality.

This pandemic has thrown everyone into a new normal. The uncertainties of the virus leave everyone with an inability to plan future events. We looked at a reasonable vision of what retreat would be - one with social distancing, masks, and in accordance with appropriate board of health regulations. We felt we simply could not provide a retreat experience that would be in compliance with guidance from healthcare and public officials, our own high standards, and respect for the well-being of our community.

We want to thank you for your patience with us as we have sought to do the right thing both for retreat attendees and the long-term ministry of retreats. We are incredibly sad and grieve this loss along with you. It is a decision like this that makes us aware of just how special fall retreats are for everyone involved.
We can’t ever take this gift from God for granted.

We are continuing to explore some creative ways to 'retreat' during the next year. We know that this decision has an impact on the camps. We would encourage you to make a donation to either Portage Lake or Mission Meadows to ensure that their ministry continues.

We will keep you apprised of plans for 2021. Fall Retreat at Mission Meadows will be September 17-19. Fall Retreat at Portage Lake will be October 1-3. Watch the FaceBook pages for further information.

Thank you for your participation and your understanding. We are always available for your questions and comments.
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