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.


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

Women Ministries of the GLC Fall Retreat

Linger – Women Ministries of the GLC Retreat

Sharon Garlough Brown

Sharon Garlough Brown

To those who are hurried, burdened, driven and weary, Jesus offers a different rhythm, a rhythm of grace and rest, slowness and renewal. But how do we embrace that invitation when so many demands and concerns press in upon us? Who has time to linger?

Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoes series, will lead us in an exploration of practices that help us slow down and savor the presence of God, not just for a weekend, but in the midst of our daily lives. Come and discover a new rhythm of keeping company with Jesus.

Come and linger


Fall Renewals

Mission Meadows Fall Retreat

Mission Meadows Fall Retreat

Sometimes it takes getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to be able to listen to the voice of God and grow closer to Him.  Sometimes you need the presence of others to help you process God’s Word and build Christian relationships.  In September there are two opportunities for you to do just that.

  • September 18-20 at Mission Meadows Camp in Dewittville NY.  The theme is Good Humor and Dawn Swanson is the speaker.  She truly believes that laughter is the best medicine and that God really does have a sense of humor.
  • September 25-27 at Portage Lake Camp in Onekama, MI.  The theme is A New Heart: Seasoned to Serve and Rev. Kanyere Eaton is the speaker.  Rev. Eaton is the pastor of Fellowship Covenant Church in the Bronx.  Known for her down-to-earth style and engaging delivery, she has preached, taught and led workshops in churches across the United States as well as in Korea and South Africa.

Portage Lake

Portage Lake

Take some time this September to recharge, refresh and reconnect with your sisters in Christ and with God.


Daily Verse

  • Matthew 7:12 January 19, 2021
    “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”


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