2019 Women's Retreat
The weekend of September 28-29 we gathered 127 women from all over Iowa and enjoyed the beautiful season of fall, joining together for a weekend of fellowship with women of ALL ages and backgrounds.
This was a weekend to be loved, served, taught, and entertained. Great food was prepared, with no cooking or cleaning for our attendees to do before or after! We laughed, played, and prayed; we reconnected with friends and made new friends and enjoyed time in God's Word. We enjoyed God's creation by taking advantage of so many free-time options, such as horseback riding, taking walks, guided painting, or enjoying a wagon ride around camp. God's creation is so beautiful and this was a great time of year to appreciate the outdoors. Snack mix, chocolate, and coffee with plenty of creamer options was never much farther than an arms-reach away!!
Our retreat began at 8:30 am on Saturday and concluded with a delicious and abundant noon brunch on Sunday morning.
Service Project Details
This year we decided to love on the staff that care for and love on children at both Beloit in Ames as well as Bremwood in Waverly, both LSI organizations who care for youth in residential treatment centers. We prepared "Breakroom Baskets" for all of their shifts to enjoy. Snack foods, candy, word game books, hand lotions, etc. To accompany our abundantly-filled baskets, we spent some time writing notes of encouragement and affirmation to these caregivers so that they know they are valued, appreciated, and prayed for!
The response of our attendees was overwhelming - we collected SO many things for these breakroom baskets, we unanimously decided to spread the love and will be delivering additional baskets to other care organizations that look after youth in 24/7 environments/facilities. THANK YOU LADIES, for your generousity and thoughtfulness - we are blessing many caregivers with your gifts and notes!