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Women's Retreat: Living in Truth and Grace

March 30
Check in at 8:30 am
March 30
Check out at 3:15 pm


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Online registration is now open! Paper registration, poster and schedule available to download at the bottom of this page. 


You spoke, we listened! After much discussion and calendar review, the retreat is now primarily a one-day event scheduled in the spring rather than fall. For those wanting the overnight experience, an add-on option is available for Friday night for an additional $10. No programming or food will be available Friday night.


The theme for 2019 is "Living in Truth and Grace." This theme is connected with John 1:14, which reads in the NIV, " The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Saturday: The Main Event (full schedule available to download at the bottom of this page)

The main event and all programming is scheduled for Saturday. The event will kick off with coffee and light snacks. Brunch and an afternoon "Coffee and Cakes with Gladys" will also be provided. Saturday is open to 170 participants. Register early and save! Paper registrations must be postmarked Friday, March 22 or earlier to receive the discount. A $10 late fee will be added to all registrations submitted starting at 12:00 am on Saturday, March 23. Event pricing above ($40) reflects the early pricing.

Speaker: Julie Gariss (also pictured above). 

*Julie Gariss as Gladys Frump

Julie Gariss has had the privilege of speaking and teaching for Christ for the last twenty five years.  Joining two of her loves – people and the Scriptures, Julie will do her best to encourage, motivate and inspire.  Often accompanying her travels is her friend, Gladys Frump, a made-up character with a real-life flavor.  Gladys becomes the mirror in which we see our own faults and struggles, yet the pain is lessened because of her comedic presentations. 

She has also authored a women’s Bible study – Living Whole in a Broken World.  It is a seven-week study centered on the life of Joseph.

Julie is married to Randy, her husband of forty years.  All of their married life has been spent in ministry with thirty-three years being spent serving the College Heights Christian Church family in Joplin, MO.  In July of 2015, Randy and Julie accepted the positions of Directors of Life and Ministry Preparation with Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO.  It is their delight that they now have the job of preparing the next generation of students for kingdom work.

Julie and Randy have three married children with seven grandchildren – the joyful compensation for getting older!

Workshop Descriptions

How to Study the Bible with Julie Gariss: Bible study should never have to be a bore or a chore but should leave you wanting more! The Scriptures assure us that transformation comes through the renewing of the mind and allowing the truth of God to change us from the inside out. Come join us for a workshop that teaches an easy approach to in-depth study- you will learn to love His Word! 

Service Project: Cards to Share with Ann Shriver: Bring your creativity! Instructions and supplies will be provided as you create beautiful cards that will be donated to local ministry groups, giving them the opportunity to send greetings and thanks to those they work with. This is a service project that keeps on giving and offers you a chance to express your talent!

Reading the Word Out Loud with Melanie Wharton: In 1 Timothy 4:13, Paul instructed, "Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture." This session is devoted to just that! Join us as we read 1 & 2 Thessalonians aloud. If you prefer not to read aloud and would rather listen to others as they read, that is fine too! In his new book, Letters to the Church, author Francis Chan states, "What if we spent more time publicly reading the Word and encouraging others to read it too? I suspect we would be able to sit back and watch in amazement as the Word of God accomplishes what it sets out to do." Don't forget to bring your Bible!

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life." -John 6:63

Friday: Optional Add-On

You have the option of arriving on Friday to enjoy an evening at Round Lake! This opportunity is designed as a chance for your friend or church group to relax and spend time together. Feel free to plan your own small group or prayer time. Limited to the first 80 registrants. Housing will be in the Retreat Center, and all 80 beds are lower bunks for your convenience. Add-on cost to stay overnight is $10. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO DINNER OR PROGRAMMING WILL BE PROVIDED FRIDAY NIGHT. Restaurants are available nearby in Loudonville (6 miles), Shreve (8 miles), Wooster (15 miles) and other nearby areas. Overnight guests must be pre-registered and may arrive starting at 4:00 pm.


*Please note an offering will be taken during the retreat to help further the ministry of the camp

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