From April 27-29, ladies from the Parkland Zone of LWMLC learned lessons in “soaring” at the annual spring retreat. Forty-nine women, plus children and babysitters, were treated to a weekend of learning, growing and celebrating, thanks to the retreat speaker Grace Fox. Grace is a prolific writer and has published many Christian books. In her presentation, she urged Christian women to SOAR which is an acronym for being strong, obedient, alert, and a risk-taker. She shared many personal stories of her life and led the women through Bible study, prayer, and reflection. She also provided vivid examples of people in Scripture who “soared” and shared practical tips for dealing with the stress and pressures of daily life.
The weekend began with an interactive game provided by the host congregation from Torrington. They decorated the meeting room with centrepieces of pussy willows and butterflies, appropriate for the beautiful spring weather. The retreat was held at the 4-H Centre, Westerose, Alberta, near Pigeon Lake. Saturday was spent learning lessons from the speaker and interacting with one another. The beautiful weather allowed the ladies to enjoy a good visit Saturday evening on the outdoor patio at the retreat centre. Sunday morning was spent in study and song, following brunch. The ladies enjoyed uplifting singing led by Sharlinda Teske and Heidi Nelson, with Cassia Teske on the bongos. A silent auction was held during the weekend and over $2000 was raised to help offset the cost of the retreat. Thanks to all who contributed to the silent auction.
When asked, first-time retreat participant, Penny Messom, said she was impressed with the guest speaker because she “spoke from the heart. Her message was comforting and powerful and bonded us together.” Heidi Nelson said that the highlight of the retreat for her was “re-connecting with old friends and growing deeper in relationship with new friends” and that the retreat had “impacted my walk with Jesus.”
All attendees at the Spring Retreat
By Lynn Hemming, Grace Lutheran, Drumheller LWML
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