COLTS NECK, NJ - In the words of the beloved Maya Angelou, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Our lives may be overwhelming. We may feel like we are drowning in defeat, loss, or pain. When this happens, too often we forget to remind ourselves that we are working masterpieces, being made even more beautiful each day by the splashes of faith, strength, and character that carry us through even the deepest waters. All of us are capable of leaving a legacy in this world. We all deserve a weekend free of responsibility and routines to renew and re-charge ourselves for making a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives and ultimately, the world.
The last weekend of May, 39 women from Colts Neck, neighboring towns, and areas as far as Livingston, met at the exquisite Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for Colts Neck Community Church’s 2nd Annual Women’s Retreat. Speaking to three generations of women was Deb Hinkel, a professor at Lancaster Bible College, who delivered empowering messages of purpose and hope, whilst journeying through the Book of Ruth. In Deb’s words, “The CNCC retreat focused on challenging women to reflect on their unique make-up and identity. This quality group of women engaged each session with interest and a desire to learn. The weekend was a great example of women supporting and encouraging one another. It was a great expression of care and community.” Inspiring movie and television clips coupled with contemporary Christian songs of worship enhanced and reinforced the messages in each session. A few women shared personal and moving testimonies of faith which stirred emotions that connected the women on a deeper level. In their free time, ladies enjoyed fellowship through icebreakers, games, sharing delicious meals, relaxing poolside, power-walking, shopping and admiring unique Amish creations, such as pottery and quilts.
Women participated in a service project in support of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization located in the Philadelphia area. In addition to providing shelter to the homeless for over 130 years, this ministry operates a transitional home for women as well as a long-term recovery program for men. Many needed items were donated by the women along with cards, handwritten with heartfelt words of encouragement and faith for hurting men committed to positive life-change. As the Mission does not receive government funding, they rely heavily on the contributions of individuals, families, churches, and businesses. Please consider visiting www.sundaybreakfast.org for more information on getting involved and/or giving.
Margy Skowronski of CNCC adds, “Thank you CNCC for the Women’s Retreat. It was very uplifting and faith-filled as well as a time of friendship-building. It was a weekend of fun, relaxation, and spiritual growth.”