Oregon Christian Women's Retreat Celebrates 25 Years

The Columbia River Gorge's Skamania Lodge welcomed 240 women Oct. 14–16 to the 25th–annual Oregon Christian Women's Retreat, which included general sessions, breakout sessions on various topics, an anointing service, and countless opportunities for fellowship while enjoying the lodge's scenic setting.

The weekend's "Shine!" spiritual theme challenged women to become transformed by God's power so their lives magnify the glory of God living within them. Janice Johnson Browne, the main speaker, spoke on how women can unburden themselves so they can shine more brightly. She reminded attendees of God's calling in their lives and His great love for them.

Teens enjoyed their own breakout sessions, which challenged them to experience a real and passionate relationship with God. The teens were also pampered with extra treats and "girl" activities and encouraged to fully realize how precious they are to God and their church. Many teens shared their testimonies at a general session.

Four giant sheet cakes featuring the weekend's logo and spelling out the retreat's title honored the event's 25-year milestone. One of the guests, Connie Stalnecker, had attended an amazing 24 of the 25 retreats.

Several dozen women responded to a special altar call on Saturday night, making either a first-time commitment to Christ or a significant coming-back commitment to Him. Many others renewed...

Each woman left the retreat challenged to walk with God faithfully, allowing His light to brighten their countenance and transform their lives into a reflection of His love.

January 01, 2012 / Oregon Conference