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Circle of Friends Women's Retreat set for this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

For any women who have felt overloaded, this year’s Circle of Friends Women’s Retreat will be a perfect time to get refreshed and encouraged through fellowship with other women in the community.

Ladies of any age are invited to the annual conference Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Phillips County Event Center.

There is no charge to attend the conference which includes everything from a speaker, music and fellowship to brunch, a book table and much more.

For their sixth retreat, Circle of Friends chose the theme “How to be an Overcomer in an Overload World.”

Event organizers—Beverly Atkins, Sheryl Farnsworth, Julie Wiebke and Beth Penfold—said they look forward to it all year and spend a lot of time praying about a theme.

“The Lord just sort of leads,” said Atkins.

After interviewing women in the community and evaluating their own lives, organizers recognized the pattern of women becoming so overloaded with commitments, they neglect their time with the Lord.

Questions came up like, “How do you make God a part of your everyday life?” and “How do you balance priorities and make time for relationships?”

“We’re learning right along with the women,” said Wiebke.

Featured speaker at this year’s retreat is Marta Wells, a licensed professional counselor who has been serving northeast Colorado for over 10 years as a Christian who has a joy for the Lord.

At the conference, Wells aims to teach women about life skills and different personalities while also helping women learn how to help each other juggle the many commitments and burdens in life.

In addition to a couple sessions with Wells, Jane Encinias will lead the worship music on Saturday.

Circle of Friends is excited to be hosting this year’s retreat, which follows their mission to come alongside women in the community to help them strengthen their relationships with each other and the Lord.

Those interested in attending the conference should RSVP as soon as possible to Atkins at 854-4159 or Farnsworth at 854-5123.

Women are reminded to bring a Bible, notebook and pen with them on Saturday.


Children’s retreat new in 2011

This year is the first time Circle of Friends is offering a children’s retreat for kindergarten to third-grade students at the same time and same place as the women’s retreat.

Mary Kay Davidson will be leading the children’s session, called “Learning to Depend on God,” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Phillips County Event Center.

Arts and crafts, music, games, food and Bible lessons are all planned for Saturday.

Women who are planning to attend the retreat should let Atkins or Farnsworth know if their children will be a part of the kids’ group on Saturday so they can plan for food and helpers.