COURAGE IN ADVERSITY

The Harlot of Jericho and the Two Spies, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836-1902) | Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Sometimes life feels overwhelming, balanced on the edge of a dumpster, broken by trauma, calamity, and tragedy. Then, at the lowest moment, it seems, we feel ourselves falling over the edge.

Designed for a wide audience, from beginners to the seasoned believer, this two or three day retreat features the stories of Abigail, Leah, Bathsheba and Rahab, who experienced broken relationships, broken dreams, and broken pasts…yet far from abandoned, God empowered them and gave them new life. Focus is given on how each of these women’s stories not only become the display of God’s goodness, power, and love, but alos how their stories are woven together in ways they could never have known.

An interactive workshop on Saturday explores how to tell your own “God” story. For the three day retreat, we will close with a time of worship, teaching, and prayer Sunday morning.

Bible studies and devotionals for each of the characters will provide further study for the weeks following this retreat.


FRIDAY

6:30pm – Registration/fellowship

7-7:30pm – Worship with song

TALK 7:30-8:30pm – “Gospel”

DISCUSSION* 8:30-9pm – Discussion groups

SATURDAY

[DEVOTIONAL]Participants may do on their own time, either during the retreat for quiet time, or after the retreat for further study

8:30 – Breakfast

9:30-10am – Worship with song

TALK 10-10:45am – “Brokenness”

DISCUSSION* 11-11:45am – Discussion groups

12noon – Lunch

WORKSHOP 1-3pm – “Telling Your Story”

6pm – Dinner

TALK 7-8pm – “Testimony”

DISCUSSION* 8:15-8:45pm –Discussion groups

8:45-9pm – Worship in Song

*Training videos and materials are available for discussion group facilitators in prepartion for the retreats, combined with a one hour session with Joanne Friday, before retreat begins

SUNDAY

[DEVOTIONAL]Participants may do on their own time, either during the retreat for quiet time, or after the retreat for further study

8:30 – Breakfast

9:30-10am – Worship with song

PROGRAM 10-11am Participants share how God met them over the weekend (Joanne, facilitator)

TALK 11-11:30am – “From Broken to Blessed”

Through a unique blend of Bible study, discussion, personal reflection, and interactive workshops, relevant historical background is presented, understanding provided, and emotional connection offered. Through it all, encouragement is given to learn and live out the truths of scripture.

“Courage in Adversity” is also offered as “Broken but not Abandoned” through Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories, in partnership with gifted performer, Anita Gutschick of Women of the Bible

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