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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Covenant Women's Retreat

This past weekend was the Women's Retreat at our church. Kaitlin caught the vision to lead this years as we drive away from the 2014 retreat. She was the driving force and I was her sidekick. Since I am the more vocal (loudest ) and the extrovert, I was the one upfront making announcements etc but Kaitlin is the one who had it all together on her laptop. She had a constant email conversation going with our speakers and worship leader so that we were all on the same page. She also worked tirerlessly on everything from getting door prizes to designing the logo to coming up with the craft two weeks before the retreat. My hat is off to Kaitlin! This retreat would not have happened without her hard work!

As we were praying about the retreat and praying for a retreat committee we were led to such a great group of ladies that I am honored to call friends- Heather, Erin, Nancy, Jessi, Sandy, Marian, and Kim. They did their own tasks over and above what we asked and then gave 110% to everyone else. I saw them being used by God to bless so many!

Abbie Bailey and Allison Bradsher were our speakers. They are sisters in law and former church members of Covenant. The theme they chose was His Dwelling Place. Their lesson titles were God Makes A Way, United to Jesus, Practicing the Presence and Dwelling Forever.  It was great to reconnect with them and sit under their teaching. They gave us a grand picture of our God and ways that I can connect with Him in my everyday life. 

Julie Melucci was our worship leader. Kaitlin heard her on the latest Indelible Grace album. She sings and wrote the music for ' Come, O Come, Thou Holy Spirit' on the latest album. Julie also plays with Moriah Peters and they will be opening for Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors in the next few months. Moriah is married to Joel Smallbone who sings with For King and Country.  Julie did an outstanding job leading us during worship and singing plus she was so warm and gracious. She enjoyed all the activities of the retreat. 

Below is a picture of Julie and me. 

Here are some of the retreat committee with KimT that always helps out!
Carl enjoyed resting in the front decorations. His goal was to sit up there so still that we wouldn't notice him. Carl was our sound man and he recorded the speakers and worship leader.
Beautiful front decorations.
Table decorations.  Sandy did the table decorations.  What you can't see in this picture is the lights that Sandy has under the lace.  It was magical!
Marisa taught everyone how to paint flowers in a mason jar. I'll post a finished picture later.
We also did 'speed friending'. You had 5 minutes to visit with the person across from you. Questions were supplied if you needed them.
We did a service project of fixing bags to give to the Salvation Army to hand out to the homeless.
We did a fun count down.
Our outstanding retreat committee! We were so blessed to be a part of this group!!!

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