Only God could plan and execute a fall retreat for 40 women from various walks of life that would enrich each and every life there! That is what we experienced recently at beautiful Tannenbaum Lodge located near Greers Ferry. The Fellowship Conway Women’s Fall Retreat weekend kicked off with registration at 6:00 Friday evening, October 21, and concluded with a time of worship and communion on Sunday morning, October 23. And, so many blessings were experienced in-between!
Our guest speaker for the weekend was Linda Slaton, author of Woman on a Mission. Her message, “Life Worth Living” based on John 10:10b, was delivered in four separate sessions followed by small group discussions. Outlines and small group exercises enabled us get to know one another better and to carry home reminders of lessons learned and steps to take as we allow God to use us to make a difference in the world. Linda defined the abundant life with an acronym — “LIFE: Living Intentionally For Eternity” – in her first address about catching a vision for one’s own mission. In subsequent messages she outlined obstacles to LIFE, then how to begin the process of overcoming those obstacles and moving toward one’s own personal God-given mission.
In addition to a delightful speaker with a heart for God and others, the Lord also provided a beautiful worship experience with our very own Worship Team of Tiffny Stewart, Megan Martin, and Candice Robinson leading us in praise songs and hymns. And, if as if that weren’t blessing enough, He further refreshed our souls with sweet times of fellowship!
When we weren’t listening to Linda, discussing in small groups, or worshiping in song, the lodge literallybuzzed with activity! In the evenings, women played board games, visited in groups by the fireplace or on the balcony, snacked on delicious treats they had brought, or gathered around the campfire for s’mores and more singing. On Saturday night, a good-sized group met around the campfire to sing praise songs and hymns under the stars. We also enjoyed hearing Laura Connerly share her recently acquired skill of playing the ukulele!
Another group of ladies learned to crochet with Jodie Alexander on the balcony Saturday afternoon. Other daytime activities included antiquing in Greers Ferry and Quitman, hiking around the lake, finding a quiet corner to read or nap, and cheering the Razorbacks on to victory over Ole Miss.
As several of the women who shared during Sunday morning worship expressed it: our hearts were “full”. The testimonials brought to mind Psalm 103:1-2: “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits … .”
This retreat, wonderful as it was, was only one part of Fellowship’s Women’s Ministry known as “Girlfriends”. Other opportunities to grow spiritually and deepen your walk with God and sisters in Christ are available to all Fellowship women.
Our next event will be SASSY SOUP WITH SISTAS! on Saturday, November 12 at the church from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Free child care will be provided; please call Kim Burbank at 479-445-5650 to reserve child care. Participants are asked to bring a crockpot of soup or a dessert to share. Please join us then for food, fellowship, and friendship!