Women’s One Day Retreat

Women’s One Day Retreat: JOY!

Here are three Joy filled videos to give you a taste of what the Women’s One Day Retreat is about:

Julie White: Invitation to Joy

Britni D’Eliso: Joy in Anxiety

Here’s a song that invites you into joy in all circumstances: Joy of Lord  by Rend Collective

At this time the Women’s One Day Retreat is postponed. We will keep you informed on a date that will be healthy for everyone! The joy of the Lord is our strength.

The 2020 Women’s One Day retreat is a day to discover JOY in a fresh way. Joy is something we all want in our lives. We often confuse happiness and joy. But the difference is profound: joy is a deep sense of peace with who you are and where you are, whereas happiness depends on external things like events, people, possessions. Joy is present in difficult life circumstances. Joy is with us when we need strength; when we are anxious and worried. Joy is a response to all that life throws at us; it’s a choice we can make.

Friday, April 3 is going to be a great day to work through our own experiences with JOY.

Leading worship: Delaney McMahon,

Delaney graduated from NCU with a degree in Worship Arts in 2017 and has since done some graduate work in worship theology at the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies. She serves as worship pastor at Twin Oaks Christian Church in Eugene and also as an IT Help Desk Technician and an adjunct instructor at NCU.

Three Areas of Exploration:

Invitation to Joy–Julie White

James 1:2-3    “Consider it pure JOY, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

We’ve all heard people repeat scripture words to rejoice in all circumstances and yet come away feeling inadequate to the task. Instead, our spirit can experience confusion or disappointment in God and ourselves. How can we experience God’s joy when life’s circumstances feel difficult and painful? I am praying that as we unpack God’s words we all can experience more of his joy in all our moments.

Julie has more than 30 years of practical experience in the local church. She is an ordained minister in the independent Christian Churches, and holds both an M.A. in ministry and a certificate in Spiritual Direction/Formation.

Joy in Anxiety–Britni D’Eliso

Psalm 94:18-19 “When anxiety was great within me your consolation brought me JOY.”

In order to engage with joy in the midst of anxiety, we must be willing to name and acknowledge that anxiety in a manner that doesn’t promote shame or inadequacy. God designed our body to be accompanied by complex emotions, to be used as tools and mechanisms to tune into our spiritual needs. We will explore what the church has and hasn’t said about feelings such as anxiety, and consider skills and strategies to honor how God has created us while clinging to the profound joy that he provides.

Britni is a quiet but fearless spirit who is earnestly seeking the beauty of the redemption that Jesus has personally determined for her life. Committed to the truth that listening breeds understanding and understanding results in compassion, she clings to the power of life’s stories. She has embarked on the venture of discovering her own story and lending an ear to the stories lived out in others and savors the trace of Jesus that is woven throughout them all. Currently, that journey has landed her in a balancing act between the role of Wife, Momma, and a Mental Health Professional.

Strength led by Jan King

Nehemiah 8:10 –  “The JOY of the Lord is my strength.”

I look forward to unpacking this small, but significant verse that Nehemiah was encouraging his people with. After rebuilding the wall while defending Jerusalem from those who would oppose them, Ezra opens the word and they are cut to the quick. Nehemiah reminds them that the joy of the Lord is our strength. In the midst of our battles, we need that same encouragement to go out in the Lord’s joy which gives us strength.

Jan King was born and raised in Oregon and married her sweetheart Matt in 1991. After graduating from Northwest Christian University, they served as youth pastors until leaving in 1997 to serve at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya. They have 4 children and one amazing daughter-in-law. Jan is a lover of Jesus and His Word, wife, mom, high school boys’ dorm mom, women’s chaplain, life coach, speaker and friend. Her favorite place is anywhere holding a cup of hot coffee and enjoying a good conversation (usually with lots of laughter sprinkled in).

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Cost: $25 per person

Group rate: $85.00 (4 from one church. $18.00 for each additional person)

Registration includes lunch

Download a mail-in registration form: 2020 Registration Form

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