Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What Every Girl Needs

Dear Friends,

Here we are! Ready to present “What Every Girl Needs: Refuge, Redemption, Restoration and a Few Good Recipes.” This new retreat has been a long time coming, but we are now ready to chop, stir and bake! Wait till you see what we’ve cooked up for you.

Our skits feature everything from an Easy-Peasy Cobbler to Chocolate Ganache (I didn’t even know what that was) to chopping up a pineapple without losing any fingers. And, of course, there are serious talks. We have learned a lot as we’ve studied the book of Ruth this last year. You’ll have to experience a retreat to get the whole ball of wax, but based on the title, you can tell we’re focusing on Refuge, Redemption and Restoration. Don’t we all need those three Rs in our lives?

In our talks we draw principles from those words and share examples from our own lives. Sometimes it’s hard to be transparent. But we’re getting better at it. Our retreats always include music by Kim and small group discussion time so women can get to know each other better. I also offer a dramatic presentation of the book of Ruth from memory. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE doing this, because the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz is so intriguing.

Have you ever considered hosting a women’s retreat for your church? What a blessing it might be! Just to spend a day or a weekend together as women. You would discover others who feel the same way you do. Others who have the same hurts you do. Others who need the same support you do. And you would go home ready to offer that support to each other, now that you’ve gotten to know each other better.

All you need is a place (it can be your church building itself or a retreat center), a date (fall and spring are good times, although we do retreats even in January and February) and a small planning committee to get the word out and plan the details. If the idea scares you, we would be happy to guide you in the planning process.

We would be appreciate if you would print out this page as a reminder to approach the women of your church. Or if you would forward the blog to someone who leads women’s ministry at your church or at another.

On August 23, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. we’ll offer our first local presentation of this retreat at Chatman Community Chapel, 94 Silver Creek Road, Port Trevorton, PA (across the river from Millersburg). I’m sure the ladies there would be happy to welcome visitors from other churches as long as you register at least a week or two ahead of time. E-mail me ( if you want contact information.

On September 6, we’re planning to offer a one-hour program based on this retreat at First United Methodist Church, 346 Center, St., Millersburg. E-mail me  if you would like to register for that event.

And besides this new retreat, we offer three others, which you can check out on our website,

Enjoy the journey and experience a blessed and safe Fourth of July.

Shirley Brosius

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