For the first time at Grace Meridian Hill, join other women for a Women’s Retreat at Camp Wabanna to share fellowship and discipleship in Christ on the topic of Sabbath and Prayer. RSVP here.
Please find info about the speaker and agenda below. Registrations must be submitted by March 29.
(If you are a woman and didn't receive this information sent out through the LIFT group or our newsletter, please let me know so that you can be included in future communications. Thanks! )
You can register here!
About Rev. Dr. Jamie Noling-Auth:
Rev. Dr. Jamie Noling-Auth serves as the University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual and Intercultural Life at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Prior to her move to Oregon, Noling-Auth served as an Associate Campus Pastor and Director of Discipleship Ministries at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California for nine years. She has also taught as an adjunct professor for Azusa Pacific University’s School of Theology and Communication Department. Noling-Auth earned her Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, her M.A. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and her B.A. in Communication at Pepperdine University. Noling-Auth has worked in Christian Higher education for the past 18 years, including work at Gordon College, Vanguard University, Westmont College, and she has served on the CCCU Spiritual Life Commission. Noling-Auth’s publications include articles related to discipleship and ministry leadership. She is an ordained minister in Presbyterian Church (ECO.) Jamie and her husband, John, are parents to three little boys, Andrew (4.5 years) and Luke (3 years) and Daniel (8 mo). For fun, Jamie loves to travel, swim, try new restaurants, play with her kids, and enjoy good conversations with friends.
Women's Retreat Theme:
The overarching theme scripture for the weekend will be Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common…” She will seek to deepen our personal prayer lives and the prayer life of our church.
She will be using post-resurrection stories such as the Road to Emmaus, disciples returning to Jerusalem to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit, and some of the early happenings in Jerusalem after Jesus’s ascension into heaven, to invite us into deeper practices of prayer and leaning on the Holy Spirit in our day to day lives and work.
We will also focus a significant amount of time on Sabbath, being encouraged to separate ourselves from our regular flow of life and business in order to commune together and with God. We will spend time in prayer together and have a significant chunk of quiet prayer time alone.
Women's Retreat Agenda
9-10pm, Welcome, Worship, Vision Casting for the weekend
9am-10:15am Worship and sermon
10:15am - 11:30am Small group discussion and prayer
11:30 - 12:30 Individual processing and prayer time
7-8:15 Worship and sermon
8:15-9:30 Small group discussion and prayer
8-9 Closing session, worship, and prayer
Are Scholarships available?
Yes, you can approach the church leadership, Joanna Giddens, or Deacon, Shapri LoMaglio, about the scholarships to be used for the Women's Retreat. Money should not be a barrier to attend this retreat.
What if I can't come on Friday night or if I'm going to be late?
Retreat arrivals can occur 4-9pm in time for a Speaker Event of Vision Casting. If you arrive on Friday 9-10pm, please contact a retreat administrator, Erin Brindle, to let her know you will be late but we should watch out for you. The Directions to Camp Wabanna are clear and cell service is good near the camp. All are welcome for whatever part of the schedule works for you!
How can I get there if I don't have a car?
The retreat planners will provide a ride board for people willing to give rides and for people who need rides to connect. You may be assigned to a car if you need a ride leaving at a certain time.
Can we bring our own food/drinks?
The Camp Wabanna Retreat Center welcomes us with wonderful food during 3 meals on Saturday and a Sunday breakfast. Snack bar with food and drinks will be available at night. We can bring our own pre-packaged food as needed with access to a fridge and microwave but Camp Wabanna requests we don't bring homemade foods. Camp Wabanna's chef will accommodate dietary restrictions and requests as long as these requests are submitted to retreat planners prior to one week before the retreat, until March 31. Please contact Erin Brindle or Shapri LoMaglio about your dietary needs on the Retreat.
What is to do at Camp Wabanna?
Camp Wabanna offers outdoor activities: kayaks, hiking/running trails, basketball, volleyball, tennis, foosball, ping-pong, and other games.
Off-site activities for Saturday afternoon may include a visit to Annapolis for boat cruise ($17), walking tour of The U.S. Naval Academy, and variety of restaurants for interested retreaters.
Photos of Camp Wabanna