It’s that time of year again . . . the time of year when everyone looks at the calendar and realizes the summer is half over. Where did the time go? Didn’t we just spend what felt like 8 months of winter waiting for summer and sunshine and all that goes with it? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something in the fall months that we could look forward to with just as much eagerness?
You’re in luck, because there is! The time has come to start signing up for the 2019 Women’s Retreat! Put October 18th-20th on your calendars and get ready for a blessed weekend in the Lord.
Our speaker this year is Gretchen Huesmann, formerly of Living Word Lutheran Church in Jackson, and recently relocated to Florida. The Women’s Retreat Committee had the opportunity to have lunch with Gretchen the day before she moved, and she shared with us just how excited she is to join the women of St. John’s (along with visitors from First Immanuel Lutheran in Cedarburg and Living Word Lutheran Church in Jackson) for this year’s retreat! Gretchen has a passion for sharing the love of Jesus while teaching women about the Bible. She also loves connecting with women through prayer and devotion, sharing some laughter and tears along the way.
Gretchen will be talking with us about the idea of God’s “perfect blend” in our lives. What happens when God combines your personality and problems, mixes in your messes and mistakes, blends your bitter and the sweet moments, and adds a heaping helping of the Holy Spirit? The result is a royal recipe; a potion with a purpose. We will explore how God takes our imperfect lives and prepares a perfect blend, a drink offering to quench a thirsting world.
This year’s retreat will be held in beautiful downtown Oshkosh just along the waterfront. This location provides the perfect place to spend your free-time hours! Here you can enjoy hiking or biking along the Oshkosh Riverwalk and Wiouwash State Trail (while also taking part in a special retreat photo scavenger hunt!), shopping at the Oshkosh Outlets, exploring at the EAA Aviation Museum, take in a show at the Backlot Comedy House, or even join a group of ladies for a night at Escape Oshkosh! There’s something for everyone here!
The St. John’s Women’s Retreat is the perfect place to share in the joys and challenges of life as sisters in Christ. This is a place where your “perfect blend” can be loved and supported by women who want to walk with you and to help encourage you in the Lord. This is a place where you can unplug and enjoy spending time in recreation with friends who need the rest and time away just as much as you do. This is a place where you can be prayed over, laugh with and cry with your sisters in Christ, hear God’s Word, and find time to rest and be refreshed for daily life. Come and be blessed by women who love you in the Lord!
For more information on our location, accommodations, and pricing, you can download a copy of our brochure here. You can download a paper registration form here, or you can register and pay online here. The women’s retreat committee (Tonja, Rachel, Lonnie, and Jeanne) will be in the Gathering Space all weekend to answer your questions and to help you sign up! If you have other questions or concerns, feel free to call the church office and ask for Rachel. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She would be happy to help you in whatever way she can!