Fall Fellowship Women’s Retreat

September 15–17, 2017
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Women — this retreat is designed for you—it is your turn to enjoy all that Covenant Harbor has to offer!

The Fall Fellowship Women’s Retreat is a fun-filled getaway for women to come to know, or to grow in their relationship with the Lord. Through joyful worship, engaging workshops and rejuvenating fellowship, women make lasting connections with each other and with their heavenly father.

A ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church Central Conference Women Ministries, Fall Fellowship is a retreat for women eighteen years and older. It’s an opportunity to step away from everyday demands for a time of refreshment and renewal. 

Check out all the important info below!

Karen Hinz serves as a chaplain at Covenant Village of Northbrook retirement community. Before that, she was pastor of Mission Covenant Church in Ishpeming, Michigan, and before that, camp pastor at Covenant Harbor for many years. Karen and her husband, David, live in Libertyville, Illinois. Their son, Alan, is starting college in the fall, and their daughter, Laura, will be a junior in high school. Karen likes to laugh and to travel. She enjoys genealogy, musical theater, and ice cream. In serious moments, she likes to write.

 Accommodations and Retreat Rates

Fees are per person and include meals and lodging from Friday afternoon through Sunday brunch. Friday supper is included, from 6 pm -7:30 pm, with program beginning at 8 pm. Check-in begins at 5 pm.

Geneva Bay Center*: $215 – Hotel-style with elevators. Each four person room has a private bath. Bedding and towels are provided. Priority placement in GBC will be for those with identified special needs.

Engebretson* and Guest House: $185 – Dormitory style with bunk beds and attached bathrooms. IMPT: Bring your own bedding and towels.

Hilltop House, Triplets, and Lodge: $170 – Dormitory style with bunk beds and attached bathrooms. IMPT: Bring your own bedding & towels.

Kishwauketoe: $125 – An economical option for “roughing it”. Dormitory style with a bath house down the path. Space heaters available. IMPT: Bring your own bedding and towels.

Commuter: $110 – Includes all programs and meals.

*These two buildings are handicap accessible.

Registration Information

Please complete and return the Registration Form (found on the right of this page under ‘Downloads’) with your payment of the non-refundable $50 deposit… or more.

Registrations received at Covenant Harbor will be randomly processed beginning on Thursday, June 1, and will be handled on a first received/first served basis thereafter. Registration is open throughout the summer months and is to be paid in full by August 28, 2017. Any final balance is due by August 28. Refunds, less the $50 deposit, are given only until September 1.

Registrations should be mailed to: Central Conference Fall Fellowship 2017, Covenant Harbor, 1724 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147.

Scripture and Same Sex Marriage – This is a time of open engagement around Scripture and our life together as it informs the ongoing debate on the ethics of same-sex marriage. We will discuss how and why we read Scripture as Covenanters, noting Biblical themes that need to be added to the public conversation. All views and people are welcome! Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom is Professor of Theology & Ethics at North Park Theological Seminary, ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church, a life-long Covenanter, and a passionate advocate for people who are marginalized.

A Christian Response to Mental Illness – This facilitated discussion will provide practical suggestions on how you can destigmatize mental illness in your congregation and ways to support individuals and families struggling with the impact of mental illness. Marilyn J. Griffiths is a limited licensed psychologist and a former public school teacher of psychology and sociology. Margaret (Peg) Kohring serves as the Community Life Pastor at Covenant Community Church in South Bend, IN. In her family and profession, she has loved those struggling with mental illness.

Building Spirit, Mind, and Body – We are made in God’s image and His plan for us is to be healthy individuals. In this workshop, we will explore Biblical themes centered on our physical health and look at how to keep our bodies fit for God’s service. Wear clothing that you can stretch in! Julie Bladel works for the Michiana YMCA as a fitness instructor and wellness coach, combining her passion for exercise and theology.

The Ins and Outs of the College Search – Helping your child along that complicated pathway to choosing a college can be challenging. Find out how to plan for a successful college visit, what questions to ask and how to navigate the financial aid puzzle. A representative from the North Park University Undergraduate Admissions Office will be here to answer your questions.

Scripture and Same Sex Marriage – This is a time of open engagement around Scripture and our life together as it informs the ongoing debate on the ethics of same-sex marriage. We will discuss how and why we read Scripture as Covenanters, noting Biblical themes that need to be added to the public conversation. All views and people are welcome! Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom is Professor of Theology & Ethics at North Park Theological Seminary, ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church, a life-long Covenanter, and a passionate advocate for people who are marginalized.

Sewing & Knitting to Benefit your Community – Find out how your hobbies can benefit others in your community. Busy Hands grew from a few volunteers to a non-profit charity serving over 100 agencies, creating useful and therapeutic products for people dealing with Autism, Alzheimer’s, homelessness and other life challenges. Chris Deitchley, long arm quilter and seamstress made a career from her love of sewing and knitting. In her retirement she volunteers for Busy Hands. Bring: sewing/fabric scissors for a hands-on work time and items you have made for your community.

Kingdom Kitchen – Cooking in Community. “What would it look like for every home in a one-block radius of your church to be eating healthier while on tight budgets?” That is the question that led to our “Kingdom Kitchen” Outreach: Meal-in-a-Bag, designed to bring people together to consider this very basic need that we all share. Learn how to bring our model back to your community. Sue Dobbins is a part of a team of volunteers who is passionate about helping and building community through healthful eating.

DISCOVER YOUR BEST COLORS and SHINE!!! – Inward and outward beauty plays an important part in presenting an attractive image. Our Creator determined the color of our hair, skin and eyes. Only certain colors flatter our natural coloring. Observe color analysis in action and see for yourself. As a certified Image Consultant and owner of SHINE IMAGE & WELLNESS SOLUTIONS, Pam Antoniu assists her clients in discovering their SHINE through personal color analysis, nutritional guidance and spiritual encouragement.

Serving Globally – Find out about the challenges, rewards, and current programs of our home assignment missionary. Missionary to be announced.