Be still, and know that I am God.
By Sally Lowrey
About 80 women came together at Camp Tecumseh from November 1-3 to PAUSE. Some stayed overnight; some decided to enjoy the comfort of their own beds and drive back to camp each day. Both choices allowed for effective PAUSE that included fellowship, worship, prayer, learning and fun.
The weekend started on Friday evening with worship. The songs were carefully selected to support the retreat theme of PAUSE and for us each to be reminded that we are loved dearly by our ever-present God.
We had a very engaging speaker, Kristan Dooley, who presented throughout the weekend starting Friday evening and ending Sunday morning just prior to our ending communion service. The guiding scripture for her teaching was John 15. Below are some of the key points she shared with us to reflect upon:
Saturday afternoon was unstructured time. Each woman was able to find her individual PAUSE activity. Some painted signs to take home as a reminder of the retreat’s guiding scripture "Be still, and know that I am God." Others took a walk through the beautiful camp setting. Some took naps or read. Some even participated in the camp activity of riflery and archery. There was definitely something for everyone.
Throughout the entire retreat there was lots of prayer, lots of woman-to-woman support and care, great food, and lots of games and laughter. Prayers were answered as each woman who was asked “would you...” said yes, starting from the time of initial retreat planning months in advance to the conclusion of our time together on Sunday. Thank you to everyone for sharing your talents in many ways for this retreat to be meaningful and successful.
We definitely missed Kate Cogswell while she was with family as they honored her beautiful mother Bonnie who had passed earlier in the week. Because of the many women who contributed their talents and time, Kate was able to be fully present with her family.