DISCIPLES WOMEN FALL RETREAT

WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 25-27TH

Join your sisters for an online retreat experience!  2020 is offering us new ways to be the church.  Though we cannot gather in one place, we can be together in spirit.  By registering for retreat, you will have access to opening and closing worship, a Zoom all-retreat gathering, our memorial service, and 2 workshop sessions.  

Our preacher is the Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada.  All those who register will receive links for viewing and participating in all the parts of the retreat. 

Retreat registration is $25.  Register now!

Deadline to register: Wed. Sept 23rd

*** Memorial Names – Please submit the names of women in your church who have passed away since last year’s retreat.  You may send them to betty@gadisciples.org with a carbon to office@gadisciples.org to be sure that we receive it. 

 

NAME SUBMISSION FOR MEMORIAL NAMES DEADLINE IS SEPT 19TH

EXPLORE RETREAT

Rev. Terri Hord Owens

Our retreat speaker is the Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens.  Rev. Hord Owens was elected as the General Minister and President for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada on July 9, 2017. A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens was dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL prior to her election.

 

Hord Owens’ resume includes more than 20 years in corporate America leading diverse teams in data management before she entered seminary. For 15 years, she served as the dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School, shepherding a varied student body in both background and theology.  She is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multi-cultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she celebrated 30 years of marriage prior to her election. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

SCHEDULE

Friday, Sept. 25-

      Opening  Worship available          for viewing (pre-recorded)

Saturday, Sept. 26-

     10:00 am: Live Group                          Gathering on Zoom

      11:00 am: Live Zoom                          Workshops

      1:00 pm: Live Zoom                             Workshops

Memorial Service available for              viewing (pre-recorded)

Closing Worship available for                 viewing Saturday or Sunday           (pre-recorded)

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

Workshops A-E  will be offered at 11:00 am and Workshops F-J will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday.

Please select one from each time slot during registration. 

A.   All About CASA and a Glimpse at Child Welfare in Georgia

What does a Court Appointed Special Advocate do? What are the needs of foster children in Georgia? What other ways are there to help support foster children? How are churches getting involved by helping foster parents?

By - Rev. Lainie Jenkins   (Click HERE for Bio)

Participants will create an art journaling page to express thoughts of Micah 6:8.  Participants should plan to provide their own materials.  Begin now to gather your supplies. 

Supply list:

  • 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock or 9 X 12 construction paper (trimmed), light colored.  If you think you may frame yours, go ahead and trim your paper to 8x10.

  • Black and at least 1 colored fine point Sharpie or similar marker (2 markers).

  • Black gel pen or other ink pen.

  • 5 or 6 pieces of printed colored paper (cut from magazines or printed paper) of the following dimensions: 6 x 1 3/4 inches, 4 x 1/2 in., 3 x 3/4 in., 2 3/4 x ¼ in., 3 x 1/4 (2 ea.)

  • 4 or 5 small photos from magazines or newsprint or greeting cards

  • 4 inch circle cut from document I will email to you

  • Rectangle 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch from scripture document that I will email you

  • Words (in keeping with theme) cut from magazines, etc.

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • CREATIVITY!

B.   Art Journaling

By - Ms. Lavonda Shadix   (Click HERE for Bio)  (Click HERE for sample project)

C.   Gentle Yoga for Self-Care

We get so busy taking care of others that we often neglect to take care of ourselves. As a result, the quality of care we give to others also declines. If we make time for ourselves, paradoxically, we often can continue caring for others. Using a “Gentle Yoga” approach, this class is designed for everyone – whether you are experienced or a newcomer to yoga. We will strengthen, expand, soften, and nurture with compassion and respect for our bodies and ourselves, providing some tools to enable you to move through your life with a bit more ease.  

Yoga mat, strap, and block recommended but not essential. If these are not available, a large beach/bath towel and a belt or long scarf also will work. For this workshop, find a quiet, fairly private place where you will be able to stretch out.

“Self-care is never a selfish act-it’s simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.”  Parker Palmer 

By - Ms. Maureen Mauney   (Click HERE for Bio)

D.   "If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?"

Our retreat theme is made up of action words. How do we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (especially in this time of physical distancing)? This is a practical workshop; plan to share your ideas! 

By - Ms. Nita Mason   (Click HERE for Bio)

E.   Searching for Peace: Managing Stress and Anxiety in the          Age of COVID-19

 

By - Rev. Diane Bales   (Click HERE for Bio)

Stress is something we all experience, and the added pressures of COVID-19 have

increased stress for everyone. Come learn how stress affects the body, mind, and spirit. Discover some simple ways to Act, Love, and Walk by managing stress in your life and extending grace to others as they cope with stress.

Participants will create an art journaling page to express thoughts of Micah 6:8.  Participants should plan to provide their own materials.  Begin now to gather your supplies. 

Supply list:

  • 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock or 9 X 12 construction paper (trimmed), light colored.  If you think you may frame yours, go ahead and trim your paper to 8x10.

  • Black and at least 1 colored fine point Sharpie or similar marker (2 markers).

  • Black gel pen or other ink pen.

  • 5 or 6 pieces of printed colored paper (cut from magazines or printed paper) of the following dimensions: 6 x 1 3/4 inches, 4 x 1/2 in., 3 x 3/4 in., 2 3/4 x ¼ in., 3 x 1/4 (2 ea.)

  • 4 or 5 small photos from magazines or newsprint or greeting cards

  • 4 inch circle cut from document I will email to you

  • Rectangle 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch from scripture document that I will email you

  • Words (in keeping with theme) cut from magazines, etc.

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • CREATIVITY!

F.   Art Journaling

By - Ms. Lavonda Shadix   (Click HERE for Bio)  (Click HERE for sample project)

G.   Caring Matters: Caring for the Caregivers

 

By - Rev. Erica D. Geralds   (Click HERE for Bio)

What does the Lord require of you? This workshop will provide skills, tools, resources

and support to help caregivers take care of self while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver.

H.   “Of course, I love kindness, but how do I act justly?”

 

By - Rev. Lainie Jenkins  (Click HERE for Bio)

In this workshop, we will get to know ourselves and our cultural competencies, identify some implicit biases (ways that people can act on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes without intending to do so), and break through those fears that keep us from stepping into action for social justice. 

I.   Speaking Into the Silence: Building awareness and                      breaking the stigma of mental health illness in the church 

 

By - Ms. Sarah Serrano  (Click HERE for Bio)

This workshop will explain basic mental health information to help us talk freely and openly about mental health in our congregations. Together we will explore the cultural norms and stigmas that currently exist in our congregations about mental health and think deeply about transformative ways we can address these stigmas.

J.   Sustained by Prayer

 

By - Ms. Daphne Reiley  (Click HERE for Bio)

How can we act justly, love mercy/kindness, and walk humbly with God if we are not rooted in the Spirit?In today's environment, we often find stressful situations any way we turn.  Today, we’ll explore praying together in slightly different ways which will let us open ourselves to one another and to God!

SERVICE PROJECT

Our 2020 Disciples Women’s Retreat Service Project is CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)


A volunteer-powered network of ordinary citizens committed to ensuring foster children have a chance for a better life, CASA’s mission is to ensure children who have been abused and neglected do not languish in foster care. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life and, with training and supervision, give foster children a voice by speaking up for them in court. With a CASA volunteer, a foster child is more likely to graduate from high school and twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home. Click HERE to learn more about CASA.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

There are several opportunities to be a blessings during our retreat!

1.   Retreat Service Project - CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Georgia. Click HERE to get more information. 

2.   Retreat Offering - Please consider a gift to support Disciples Women’s Ministries in Georgia. Click HERE to give by           by credit card or mail your check or money order to the Regional Office at 2306 Vineville Ave, Suite B, Macon GA             31204. 

3.    Blessing Box Offering – When we gather each year for retreat, we dedicate our Blessing Box offerings.  Don’t                    forget to send in yours!  See information below:

For over 65 years, the women of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have had a special way to express gratitude to God – the Blessing Box.  Jessie Trout, founder of Christian Women’s Fellowship, developed the Blessing Box as an over-and-above tool to help fund the wider mission of the church and, most especially, to remind women to say “thank you.”  Ever since, women have had Blessing Boxes in their offices and homes.  They drop in a dime, a quarter, or more and offer a prayer of thanks to express their gratitude for everyday blessings.  It keeps the focus on gratitude to God and on the responsibility to share blessings with others.   

Submit your Blessing Box money by sending a check to the Christian Church in GA and designating for Blessing Box Offering or by remitting it directly to Disciples Mission Fund by clicking HERE  (be sure to choose “Blessing Box from the dropdown menu). 

4.    2020 Woman-to-Woman Project – The current project is based on the 2019 Journey to Morocco. Read more about           this project below and consider giving a gift: 

          https://www.globalministries.org/w2ww_morocco_project

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

WORKSHOP LEADER BIOS

Rev. Dr. Diane Bales is an ordained Disciples Minister working with Disciples on Campus at the University of Georgia.  She is an Associate Professor and Extension Human Development Specialist at UGA.  Diane has a B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  In addition to teaching at the university and serving the church in a variety of capacities, Rev. Dr. Bales develops, implements, and evaluates Extension programs in early childhood development, including child care provider education and parenting education. 

Rev. Erica D. Geralds is passionate about providing pastoral care and counseling as a Minister, Preacher, Teacher, Clinical Chaplain and Licensed Professional Counselor.  She holds dual graduate degrees from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Rev. Erica earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rev. Geralds currently serves bi-vocationally as a Hospice Chaplain at Kindred Hospice in Gainesville, GA and a Licensed Professional Counselor at Begin Again Counseling, Coaching and Consulting Services, LLC in Conyers, GA.

Rev. Erica serves at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale. At Ray of Hope, Rev. Erica serves in many leadership capacities including Associate Minister and Co-Facilitator of GriefShare Support Groups and Healthy Boundaries.  She is a member of the Regional Board of the Christian Church in GA and Administrator of Georgia Mental Health Initiative (GAMHI). Rev. Erica supports innovative mental health and wellness programs and development that addresses the continuum of mental health needs for both prevention and intervention for young girls and women. As women, it can be hard to cope, accept or manage through life’s transitions or changes in life. It’s time for you to start within and BEGIN AGAIN.

Rev. Lainie Jenkins was born in Illinois; and she attended Illinois State University and the University of St. Francis, graduating with a B.A. in English.  Lainie has an M.A. in Conflict Management.  She is a Georgia Registered Mediator and an ordained Disciples minister.  She enjoys facilitating retreats for women.

 

Lainie retired from her position as Executive Director after nearly 8 years with CASA Ogeechee (Court Appointed Special Advocate); and after about 6 months of travel and relaxation, she joined TLC CASA to assist in supervising the CASA team and in recruiting, training and supervising volunteers in 15 Middle Georgia counties.

 

Rev. Jenkins and her husband, Archie, love spending time with their four children and four grandchildren and look forward to getting back to some traveling once the coronavirus has been tackled. Lainie has been a southerner by choice since the late 70s.

Ms. Nita Mason will celebrate 45 years of marriage to James Mason in October. They have 3 grown children, 2 daughters-in-love and 4 grandchildren.  She has been a member of The Ray of Hope Christian Church since 2007.  Ms. Mason leads a small group Bible study at church and also serves as a Certified Christian Counselor.  She is a group leader for Bibles Studies Fellowship Inc., an international Bible study program.  In the past, she volunteered for Decatur Cooperative Ministries as a leader in feeding the residents of Hagar’s House (homeless shelter for families) and as an instructor for Project Take Charge (teaching budgeting skills).  Nita says, “The main message from me is that I love God and I want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with whomever will listen.”

Ms. Maureen Mauney, a Certified Yoga Teacher, has been practicing Yoga for close to 20 years, a journey that ultimately changed her way of being.  She explains: “I’ve found Yoga to be a vehicle of self-exploration and ultimately self-care, as a working mother of three children.  In 2007 at the young age of 54, I completed my 200-hour-teacher training, while working and with my two youngest still in high school.  I’ve had the privilege of teaching yoga ever since with the belief that everyone can do yoga.  My classes are grounded in breath and alignment for a steady and safe exploration.”

Ms. Daphne Reiley is a frequent presenter for DW workshops, particularly on the transforming and liberating power of prayer. Recent adventures in her life include beginning her second year at Lexington Theological Seminary and working, albeit slowly, on another book for caregivers.  Daphne is a woman of deep faith, a wife, a mother, a spiritual director, and a servant leader within her home congregation of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Decatur, GA.  She is an author of two books.  When she isn’t writing or studying for her seminary courses, she enjoys spending time with family and pets, contra dancing, and reading mysteries and historical fiction. 

Ms. Sarah Serrano is enjoying the adventure of a lifetime in her role as a wife and homeschooling mother of two little boys. She loves worshiping and serving alongside her community of faith, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Coral Gables, Florida, and as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker provides services to the community through her mental health counseling practice, Bienestar Counseling & Education.  Sarah has over 17 years’ experience in the mental health field and is passionate about the intersection of spirituality and mental-emotional wellbeing.   

Ms. Lavonda Shadix is a wife, mother, grandmother and child of God. She is a member of Eastman FCC and serves as the worship leader, secretary of the board, and president of CWF.  She is an alumna of the University of Georgia class of 1976, graduating with a BS in Science. Lavonda retired from Robins AFB in 2013, where she worked in Information Technology for almost 30 years and completed her career supervising application programmers.  Her hobbies include traveling, scrapbooking and card making.  She loves music of all kinds and spending time with her family and friends, especially at the soccer field with her 14 year-old grandson, DJ.  Lavonda has served on the Disciples Women's Commission of Georgia for many years as district coordinator, president and currently, vice president.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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