Women's Retreat Provides Respite

by Tamara Michalenko Terry

Audio Files of Jo Ann Davidson's Talks

A group of ladies from Spokane South Hill Church gather together for a group photo. 
The main speaker was JoAnn Davidson.
Art by Sara Peterson.
Table decorations in the Camp MiVoden dining hall are inviting. 

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho,  November 24, 2015 -- Almost 200 women and young women were rejuvenated at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s Retreat held in October at Camp MiVoden. 

The theme, Confident, was based on Philippians 1:6 which says, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Jo Ann Davison, Andrews University professor was the main speaker. “I still remember a talk she gave on the Sabbath many years ago,” Patty Marsh, UCC Women’s Ministries director, said. “Her rich Biblical knowledge given in such a practical way is so inspiring to our relationship with Jesus.”

Davison also provided the young women a Q&A time during their Sunday breakout session.

Vocalist and violinist Margie Salcedo Rice shared her incredible musical talents throughout the weekend along with a mini concert and breakout session on conflict resolution.

Other breakout sessions were provided by Becky Chen, “Joy in the Journey,” Anabel Facemire, “The Power to Conquer Heart Disease” and “Legacy of Health,” Patti Hoover, “Journaling the Psalms” and Sara Peterson “Bringing the Bible to Life (With Art)”

The young women’s Sabbath breakout sessions were provided by Nancy Manente.

The praise team included Kristi Browning, Heather Benado, Olivia Shrock, Carla Peavey, Natalie Patzer and Tracy Tupper. They lead hymns and praise songs before each main meeting including our theme song, “He who began a good work in you” written by Steve Green.

There was a little something for everyone including a relaxing Saturday evening with choices from swimming, crafts and games. For those interested, 90 names were drawn to receive a paraffin hand treatment and 10-minute head and neck massage during the spa time organized by Margie Wilfley, a Spokane-area massage therapist. “The spa treatment is such a wonderful addition to the weekend,” an attendee stated.

One of the best parts for many was not having to cook or clean. “Since this weekend is designed as a retreat to enrich and inspire the ladies to increase their focused-time with God we don’t want to have them worrying about some of the tasks they probably have to do at home.” Marsh stated. “We also provide a prayer room where they can write down prayer requests for our prayer warriors to pray over or pray with someone at that time. The power of prayer is an incredible experience for all.”

Plan now to attend the 2016 Women’s Ministries events. The spring Women’s One Day Retreat is scheduled for Sabbath, May 7, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the conference office. The fall Women’s Retreat at Camp MiVoden is scheduled for October 21-23, 2016. Online registration will be available in December if you would like to register someone as their gift.

For more information about the 2016 events for Children’s and Women’s Ministries, Adventist Community Service and Disaster Response or to request a CD of the main sessions by Jo Ann Davison, please contact Tamara Terry at tamarat@uccsda.org.

To hear Jo Ann Davidson's talks go here.