Dear Ministry Wife,
She had beautiful manicured nails and wore a lovely black tailored suit. I, on the other hand, was a frumpy stay-at-home mom who barely got put together to attend the meeting. The pastors and spouses in our area met regularly to eat and encourage one another. This particular ministry wife always seemed so sharp, so with it and I felt puny and insignificant. A few years later, I discovered she had left her minister husband to start a "new life." That was a sober lesson for me to learn early on in our ministry. What we see on the outside very seldom tells the story of what is happening on the inside of a person. We all have stories: important, life changing and sometimes eye-opening stories that have shaped our lives. This year, at our Ministry Wives Retreat, we will hear some of those stories and you may even have the opportunity to share your special story. Our Retreat will have a slightly different look. Our good friend, Teresa Wiedrick, will be joining us to help facilitate our discussion and Bible study. Teresa has a wonderful gift of seeing helpful and challenging insights in the Bible. Having her with us will be somewhat of a homecoming. Teresa was instrumental in helping to continue our annual retreat and has a deep compassion for ministerial couples. It's an honor and a blessing to have her join us.
Our worship leaders will be Joeli Ballard and Roxanne Striggow who serve as worship leaders at TriPoint Church of God in Mio, Michigan. You will be invigorated by praise and humbled as their worship leads us to the very throne of Christ. Our time together will be relaxing, refreshing, and revitalizing.
A Ministry Wives Retreat will be something new to some of you who are reading this. I want to encourage you to come. I'm confident you will have a wonderful time. When you arrive on Friday, other ministry wives will be there to welcome you and to help you feel at ease. We'll have some delicious soup and bread for you to enjoy as well as some long deserved pampering. The entire Retreat is planned with you in mind!
The Retreat will be held September 13-15, 2019 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan. It's a very peaceful, comfortable place with all the nice amenities we like. We also offer a "clothes exchange" during the Retreat. Bring clean, wearable clothes you don't want any more to trade with other ministry wives. It's a fun way to purge your closet, help out a fellow ministry wife and to give your wardrobe a little tweak.
The registration fee is $140.00 and due by September 6. Register online and submit credit card payment using PayPal, micog.org/ministrywives, or mail your payment payable to Church of God in Michigan, 4212 Alpha Street, Lansing, MI 48910. After September 6, a $40 non-refundable fee applies to cancellations. A letter has been sent to your church's Board of Trustees/Council/CWC/Women's Ministry group encouraging them to provide for your retreat.
I hope you will plan to be part of this wonderful retreat opportunity. It’s a time of spiritual renewal, supportive friendships, laughter and fun. Feel free to call another ministry wife to come with you (ministry wives from other denominations are always welcome). If you have questions, please contact me at (517) 282-9625 or the Church of God in Michigan at (800) 369-5890. I would love to see you at this year's retreat!