WWW 2016

“Beautiful Mess” is the theme of Wonderful Weekend for Women 2016. It will be held Sept. 16-17 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

Janelle Irwin will be the featured speaker. She is president and co-founder of the Hang Tough Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla.

She and her husband, Brady, have two children, Katelyn and Grayson. In 2013, Grayson, who was 11 months old, was diagnosed with leukemia and given only a 10-percent chance of survival. He underwent two years of intensive chemotherapy. Grayson is now in remission and is thriving.

During her family’s journey, Janelle saw the need in her community for an organization that could serve families during their journeys with childhood illnesses, life-altering medical conditions and special needs. The Hang Tough Foundation was formed in early 2015. Read more

Christian musician Ellie Holcomb will be the worship leader. Visit her Web site

Friday, Aug. 12, was the postmark registration deadline. Find retreat information

Here is the schedule:


Thursday night, Sept. 15—Fun time at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 16

  7:30 - 9 a.m.—Breakfast

  9:30 a.m.—Worship

11:30 a.m.—Break

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.—Lunch

  1:30 p.m.—Life Session #1

  2:30 p.m.—Break

  2:45 p.m.—Beautiful Escape

  3:30 p.m.—Break

  3:40 p.m.—Life Session #2

  4:40 pm.—Break
 
  5 - 6:30 p.m.—Dinner (line closes at 6:15 p.m.)

  6:45 p.m.—Worship

  8:45 p.m.—Ministry Wives Fellowship


Saturday, Sept. 17

  6:45 a.m.—Morning Run/Walk (Meet at the gym patio)

  7:45 to 8:45 a.m.—Breakfast

  9:30 a.m.—Life Session #3

10:30 a.m.—Break

11:40 a.m.—Life Session #4

11:40 a.m.—Break

11:50 a.m.—Beautiful Friends

12:15 p.m.—Lunch (line closes at 1:30 p.m.)

  2 p.m.—Worship


Breakout Sessions

Here is the list of Life Sessions:


What Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew about Men
Special Guest:
Mark Slattery
Come to this session and get some insight into the mysterious creatures called men.


Receiving and Giving Beautiful Grace
Leader:
Heather Neumann
Taking ideas from “Craving Grace” by Ruth Delk and “Shepherding of a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp, we will look at practical reasons and lifestyles for teaching our kids about the grace of God. We will look at the grace God offers women and how our understanding or misunderstanding of it affects our parenting.


Finding True Contentment
Leader:
Randi Leithoff
No matter what season of life you are in, the everyday “mess” can sometimes cause us to be discontent. God directs in the Bible on how to be content in every circumstance.


How to Remain Joyful in Trials
Leader:
Sherry Lust
We often see insults, suffering and trials as interruptions in our quest for a perfect life. But what if they are more? What if they serve a holy purpose and are part of God’s will for our lives? Join us to learn how to live joyfully in the midst of suffering and trials from the book of 1 Peter.


Crafts as a Church Outreach
Leader:
Traci Smith
This session will explore how we can use our spiritual gifts and reach out to the unchurched. We will make a craft and show other simple crafts that anyone can do in her church.


A Sizzlin’ Hot Marriage for a Godly, Pure Heart
Leader:
Tammy Brocaille
Learn the dangers of today’s cultural “grey” tsunami and how to battle for your own purity by firing up the passion in your marriage!


Distressed
Leader:
Kathy Addis
Note: Limited seating available—first come first served.
This is a hands-on approach to Psalm 120. Each participant will walk away with a reminder of how God rescued her in her distress. Participants will gain a working knowledge of a creative wood-working technique.


Keeping Intimacy Alive in Our Marriage (Friday only)
Leader:
Debra Bonds
I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: it’s all about stepping out of the box and being intentional. The heat setting is on high this year! Sex and sensuality—we all want a good and Godly sex life in our marriage. Join me and see what’s on the wall!!!

“Talking to Your Teen”
Leader:
Shannon Slattery
“You never listen to me!” “Why don’t I EVER get to do anything?” If these are any of the things you hear from your teen, you are not alone! Shannon is a pastor’s wife, a mother of five and has been a youth leader for 20 years. She will give you some practical ways to communicate better with your teen!


Patience and Peace in a Beautiful Mess
Leader:
Brooke McClintock
Having patience and peace in the midst of the mess can seem like a distant dream. What do biblical patience and peace feel like? What do they look like? God is the giver of the patience and peace we need to truly find beauty in the mess. His Word is the only place to learn about this supernatural patience and peace that defy understanding.


All Things New in WMU
Leader:
Beverly Hilton
It’s a new day in missions discipleship. There are many new ways to make missions disciples who will make missions disciples. There new products, new options, new delivery systems and new wisdom. Learn how to access information through print or technology. It’s not your grandmother’s WMU!


Beautiful Feet
Leader:
Cynthia Magruder
Isaiah 52:7 begins with “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.” In this session we will look at the faithful and obedient lives of Esther and Nehemiah to help us discover our individual path of beautiful feet in a messy world.


Broken Crayons Still Color
Leader:
Calah Titus
Broken crayons may have lost their paper, point or shine, but they are still important and useful! Are you ready to be used by God? He’s waiting to use the broken to fulfill his purpose. Let’s join together and learn how to take God’s encouragement and apply it so we can encourage our broken world.


The Strong-will Wife: Using Your Personality to Honor God and Your Husband
(Referenced by Debbie Cherry’s book)
Leader:
Maria Christensen
Discern if you have a strong-willed personality, learn about common personality misconceptions and the freedom women discover when we use our personality to honor God and our husbands.


The Power of a Family Blessing
Leaders:
Debbie Eble and Laura Moore
Blessing is a custom established by God and is meant to function in every family. It’s never too late to help your children fulfill their destinies whether you are a parent or a grandparent. You will hear a plan for a coming-of-age celebration that will glorify God and point your child to His plan for their life.


Hope and Grace for the Weary Woman
Leader:
Janette Bryant
Are you tired, exhausted, burdened and feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you wake up every morning with a long “To Do” list. There is hope for the weary woman! Instead of focusing on your “To Do” list, let’s focus on God’s “To Do” list.


Saturday Morning Yoga
Leader:
Debbie Eble
Bring your yoga mat and join us for stretching, strengthening and breathing. It’s a great way to start your morning and feel the benefit all day long.


From a Pretty Faith to a Gritty Faith
Leader:
Jessa Swearingen
The session will explore the Christ follower’s role and responsibility in engaging social justice issues. We will cover what Scripture says about our role and walk through some action plans on how to make changes for Christ’s Kingdom without being overwhelmed. Through awareness, preparedness and prayer, we will begin walking in a gritty faith instead of staying inside the church walls where we get to stay nice and pretty.


Who Is My Neighbor?
Leader:
Diane Brown
Do you have neighbors in your schools, workplaces and neighborhoods who were born outside of the United States or whose parents were? Are you comfortable in getting to know them and engaging them in spiritual conversations? We will explore ways to develop relationships with women in a specific faith group. What a great opportunity we have!


The Best Yes
Leader:
Taylor Gnagi
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and an underwhelmed soul? This is what God has taught me through my college experience and Lysa TerKeust’s book “The Best Yes” about how to decide where God wants me to spend my time.


The Beautiful Mess of Living in Ministry
Leader:
Melissa Busby
Join other ministry wives to discuss practical ways to manage life in ministry. We will take time to share each other’s joy and burdens and lift each other up. Ministry is not always easy, but God can definitely use even our worst days for His glory.


People Matter
Leader:
Diana Bartell
We live in a time when things and events divide us and try to define us, where it is easy to hide and surround ourselves only with people who think and act like us. Join us as we follow the example of Jesus and find ways to make sure people matter as they did to Jesus.


Sharing Your Story
Leader:
Brenda Lee
God created you as a special woman made in His image to do great things for Him. One of the greatest things is sharing your faith journey with others. We will develop your story and go through other methods such as the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide. Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare yourself to be ready to share what God is doing in your life!

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