Mennonite Women of Virginia
Weekend Retreat for Women of All Ages on God’s Faithfulness
(based on Zephaniah 3:17)
Location: Richmond Marriott Short Pump, Glen Allen, VA
Dates: November 12-14, 2021
Sponsored by Mennonite Women of Virginia
Womens Retreat Brochure 2021
Dawn Mast – Presenter
Dawn Mast was born and raised in Alabama until her parents moved to Virginia when she was 11. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite College in 1990 where she met her husband, Mark. Mark and Dawn have 4 children (3 boys and a girl, ages 14-23) and Dawn recently gained the wonderful title of mother-in-law! Dawn delights in spending time with her family, writing, reading, speaking to women’s groups, cooking, anything having to do with water and shopping at Costco. She is a writer and speaker for Encouragement Café Ministries and has had manuscripts published by Focus on the Family and Rejoice! magazines. Dawn attends Grace Mennonite Fellowship in Lacy Springs where she sometimes leads worship. The most important focus in Dawn’s life is her relationship with Jesus and she strives to live according to the Truth of God’s Word presented in the Gospel knowing the world is watching.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:13
Rachel Stutzman – Music Leader
Rachel Stutzman looks forward to worshiping together at this year’s womens’ retreat! After a year of separation and division, we long for a chance to praise God together as a community. Rachel and the entire music team pray that our worship will draw our attention from the worries of our own lives towards the love of our awesome God! Rachel currently teaches 4th grade at Waterman Elementary School in Harrisonburg, VA. Outside of school, she enjoys playing games, reading, trying new foods, and exploring local hikes. Rachel and her husband Andry also enjoy leading music at Weavers Mennonite Church, or just playing for fun with their friends and family.
Friday, November 12
7:00-9:00 Session I
Social time – bring a snack to
share and your own drink.
Saturday, November 13
Breakfast on your own; coffee will be provided by the hotel
9:00-12:00 Sessions II and III
12:00-5:00 Lunch on your own & workshops/free time
5:30 Dinner Buffet at hotel 7-7:45 Vespers
8:30 End of Silent Auction
Sunday, November 14
7:30-8:30 Breakfast Buffet at hotel 9:00-11:30 Session IV
WORKSHOP OPTIONS –
Painting (add fee of $12), Balance and Relaxation Exercises, Card Making
BOOK EXCHANGE – Bring a book, take a book! Bring a book you enjoyed reading to give away, and someone else’s book may just become your new favorite book!
SILENT AUCTION – We invite you to bring creative, useful, beautiful items for the silent auction held during the day on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the retreat and scholarship funds.
LOCAL CULTURE – VA Museum of Fine Arts, Maymont Park, Black Hstory Museum & Cultural Center.
OUTDOORS – Richmond Slave Trail, Hollywood Cemetery (walking paths, skillful design and landscape), Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Brown Island with Potterfield Bridge
PRAYER ROOM available for contemplation, silent prayer and meditation will be provided throughout the weekend, prepared by Linda Wenger.
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Mennonite Women of Virginia
Empowered Women Creatively Building Christ-centered Relationships through Fellowship, Leadership, Mission and Service.
President: Marian Buckwalter, Fulks Run, VA / 540-236-8848 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Sharon Arbaugh, Verona, VA / 540-292-1085 / email@example.com
Secretary: Evie Christner, Stephens City, VA / 301-338-1192 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Exec.Treasurer: Beth Brunk, Harrisonburg, VA / 549-810-6026 / email@example.com
Hispanic Liaison: Tomasa Castaneda, Harrisonburg, VA / 542-560-9736 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Retreat Treasurer: Ann Frank, Waynesboro, VA / 540-910-3253 / email@example.com
Missions Secretary: Dianna Lehman, Harrisonburg, VA / 540-810-2706 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity Secretary: Deb Pardini, Harrisonburg, VA / 540-256-2358 / email@example.com
Blog Editor: Anita Clymer, Broadway, VA / 814-667-4279 / firstname.lastname@example.org