2017 Mennonite Women’s Retreat
Springtime for the Soul
April 21 – 23
Featured Speaker: Marlene Kropf

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love.” Psalm 90:14

$99 Registration due by April 15.

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As springtime buds appear, we are invited to tend the growth of our spirits. How can we experience the beauty and peace of a rich daily life with God? What spiritual practices will sustain us through all seasons? Explore these questions with Marlene Kropf…

Marlene lives near the water in Port Townsend, Washington with her husband Stanley. She is a spiritual director, retreat leader, ordained Mennonite minister, writer, and theologian. Marlene is retired from teaching at the Anabaptist Mennonite Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, and from her role as Minister of Worship for Mennonite Church USA. Marlene and Stanley are parents of two adult children who live much too far away in Chicago and Pittsburgh. They enjoy sailing, singing in the community chorus and hosting guests.

Worship, fellowship & activities: Gather each morning for singing, prayer & reflection in group sessions. Then plan your own time…. Breathe in the fresh mountain air; walk with a friend or enjoy the solitude. There will be opportunities to practice yoga, led by Linda Dalke. A quiet space will be available for those who crave time alone. Get creative with Open Studio time in the craft room or join the knitting circle; participate in a book discussion* or catch up with friends, all while enjoying delicious meals and a bit of pampering.

*2017 Discussion book: An Altar in the World:  A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

Take in the natural wonder of DCC’s beautiful surroundings: Breathe in the fresh mountain air. Walk with a friend or dedicate time alone for prayer and quiet mediation.

Bring along a knitting project that you’ve been wanting to make time for… Don’t know how to knit and want to learn? Join a knitting circle and learn the basics or new techniques.

Get moving! Space will be set aside for movement and stretching. We hope the weather will cooperate for hiking!

Spiritual Direction: A professional Spiritual Director will be available for individuals as well as in a group setting.

Open Studio… Take advantage of ample work space, an abundant supply of paper, adhesives and assorted ephemera to express yourself in new and creative ways! There will also be an opportunity to create terrariums with Jaqui Eicher.

Friday, April 21:
Plan to arrive as early as 5pm, A light supper will be served and kept hot for guests arriving later.
Saturday, April 22:
Morning worship will be followed by your choice of activities and free-time. An all-group activity will take place Saturday evening.
Sunday, April 23:
Group study and worship followed by Glen’s delicious cinnamon rolls & brunch will conclude the weekend.

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