United Methodist Women's annual retreat set for March 23-25

2/2/2012

The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 23-25 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. 

Coming together under the theme of “My Joy Cometh in the Morning,” from Psalm 30:5, retreat participants will hear speaker Cindy Ricker challenge and urge participants to examine their relationship with Christ.  They will also have opportunities on Saturday to participate in two interest groups.

“The Spiritual Growth Retreat gifts us with the opportunity to come together as a unified body of Christian women searching to deepen and refresh our spirituality and understanding of Christ Jesus,” said Laurie Jo Upchurch, UMW coordinator for spiritual growth.

The retreat, open to anyone interested in participating, has become an intergenerational weekend, with all ages represented and encouraged to attend.  Two special interest groups are specially designed for young adult and teen participants.  Other special interest groups include “Decompression,”“The Joy of Forgiveness,” and “Body Prayer.”  

Tammy Hauser will lead the teen and young women’s special sessions. The retreat’s song leader is Tara Jones and the pianist is Alice Bochenko.

Beginning with registration on Friday afternoon, March 23 and ending after lunch on Sunday, March 25, the retreat is designed to help participants grow closer to Christ and to strengthen their faith walk.

Retreat participants have the opportunity to bring items to benefit three South Georgia Conference mission agencies: Wesley Community Center, Open Door Community House and Vashti Center.  There will also be free time for attendees to enjoy fellowship with one another and the beauty of Epworth By The Sea.

“Our theme, ‘My Joy Cometh in the Morning,’ is a promise God gave to us,” Upchurch said. “We can hold onto that promise because He spoke it.”

For more information and to download a brochure, visit www.sgaumc.org/umw.