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Reesheda Washington

Reesheda Washington

Retreat Speaker Reesheda Washington brings her love for women’s ministries to us as she shares what it means to be ‘Overflowing’ with the women at the Portage Lake Women Ministries Fall Retreat. Reesheda has a rich background in working in the education system, denomination and other non-profit administrative endeavors, and with communities. She is passionate about obliteration of systemic challenges that face marginalized people groups. She is on the Paul Carlson Partnership Board of Directors that works in places of deep poverty in Central Africa.

Jayme Dominicak

Jayme Dominicak

Worship Leader Jayme Dominicak ’s passion for music has always been at the forefront of her life. Jayme sings, records, arranges and dabbles in production. She most recently served as the Worship Leader at City of Hope Covenant Church in Bolingbrook Illinois.

Breakout Sessions

Project Blue
Did you know that more people have cell phones than have access to clean water? Did you know that lack of clean water is a women’s issue? Obtaining water is a fulltime job for women and children—preventing them from attending school. Learn about how Project Blue is working to provide clean water to communities.
Bible Journaling
If you love to read the Bible—and to draw and journal—welcome to the world of Bible journaling. Make the truth of God’s Word come alive by adding your own artwork and notes right on the page of your Bible. It’s a creative way to meditate and reflect on your reading. Karrie Popa will lead this session to introduce you to this new and expressive way of listening and responding to God.
Missional Moms
What does it mean to be ‘missional?’ Do I have a ‘mission’? How can I have a ‘mission’? I spend all my time shuttling the kids around. Kristine Dreyer, a missional mom herself, shares what it means to be ‘missional’ – for all women, not just moms. Being missional is answering the call to rise and answer God’s call.

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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