2018 Mennonite Women’s Retreat
Cultivating Gratitude
April 13-15
Featured Speaker: Megan Ramer, Seattle Mennonite Church

They will be known as trees of integrity, planted by God to display God’s glory.”

$99 Registration due by April 1, 2018
Early Registration $90 due Feb. 15

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As springtime buds appear, we are invited to tend the growth of our spirits. How can we cultivate gratitude? Living a Life of Gratitude: The praises and petitions of our lives rise and fall with the tides of “good” news and “bad” news. How do we anchor the highs and bolster the lows in order to find a steadiness of gratitude in our lives with God, neighbor, and self? We will explore: gratitude abundant, gratitude grounded, gratitude wrestled, and gratitude begotten.

Megan joined the ministry team of Seattle Mennonite Church as Lead Pastor in 2015, after a decade of pastoral ministry in Chicago. She is a graduate of Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO and Goshen College before that, as well as an alum of the Intermenno Trainee Program in Germany and Switzerland. Somewhere in there, Megan made her home in Seattle for a few glorious years of exploring all that the city and surrounding gorgeous landscape have to offer. She is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and to have joined the exceptional SMC pastoral team. Reading and hiking are some of her favorite restorative activities. She also enjoys making baby quilts, going to concerts, frequenting the theatre to see her actor husband, Jon Stutzman, perform, and going on traveling adventures both large and small.

Worship, fellowship & activities: Gather each morning for singing, prayer & reflection in group sessions. Then plan your own time…. Breathe in fresh mountain air; walk with a friend or enjoy the solitude. There will be opportunities to practice yoga & quiet space for those who crave time alone. Get creative with Open Studio in the craft room or join the knitting circle; participate in a book discussion* or catch up with friends, all while enjoying delicious meals and a bit of pampering.


*2018 Discussion book: My Grandfather’s Blessing:  Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging   by Rachel Naomi Remen

Take in the natural wonder of DCC’s beautiful surroundings: Breathe in the fresh mountain air. Walk with a friend or dedicate time alone for prayer and quiet meditation.

Bring along a knitting project that you’ve been wanting to make time for… Don’t know how to knit and want to learn? Join a knitting circle and learn the basics or new techniques. There will also be a comforter to tie for MCC!

Get moving! Space will be set aside for contemplative yoga.

Open Studio… Take advantage of ample workspace, an abundant supply of paper, adhesives and assorted ephemera to express yourself in new and creative ways!



Friday, April 13:
Plan to arrive as early as 5pm, A light supper will be served and kept hot for guests arriving later.
Saturday, April 14:
Morning worship will be followed by your choice of activities and free-time. An all-group activity will take place Saturday evening.
Sunday, April 15:
Group study and worship followed by Glen’s delicious cinnamon rolls & brunch will conclude the weekend.

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