Women's Retreat

Women from across Iowa and Missouri come together each year for a weekend of encouragement, support, friendship, spiritual refreshment and growth.

2017 Iowa-Missouri Conference Women's Retreat

September 15-17 in Des Moines

The theme for this year’s women’s retreat is “We Are God’s Story.” Join us September 15-17 at the Des Moines Mariott Downtown, with main speaker Wonda Davis and special guests Beverly Logan and Lindsey Gendke. Registration is required, but all women 18 and older are welcome.

Registration is required for all attendees. The cost is $80 through August 24 and $90 from August 24 – September 7. The cost includes all retreat events and materials, as well as a wonderful vegetarian cuisine: brunch and supper on Sabbath and brunch on Sunday morning. It does not include lodging (click the “Hotel Information” tab below to book a room).

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Cancellation Policy: Registration fee for cancellations made before September 11 will be refunded less a $10 processing fee. Emergency cancellations will be handled individually.

2017 Women's Retreat Registration

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Early Bird Rate (Through Aug. 24): $80.00
Regular Rate (Aug. 25 - Sept. 7): $90.00

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A discounted rate of $99/night is available when you book your room by August 25. Be sure to mention you’re booking under the “IA-MO Women’s Retreat.”

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
770 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Main Speaker

Wanda Davis

Friday 7 pm | Sabbath 10:45 am | Sunday 10:30 am

Wanda Davis has served as staff chaplain at Florida Hospital East Orlando in Orlando, Florida since January 2001. She is a commissioned minister with the Florida Conference and is an elder and Director of Sabbath School at the University Church. Her work as a chaplain spans almost 34 years, and she has ministered in Kettering, Ohio; Memphis, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; and Fairfax, Virginia. Wanda has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a Masters of Religion from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She received advanced training for chaplaincy from Kettering Hospital. Wanda is married with three adult children. The text that governs her life is Psalm 37:5: “Commit thy way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

Seminar Speakers

Karen McCarthy – “Excuse Me, Where Are You Going?”

Early Bird Session: Friday at 3:30 pm 

Synopsis: Where’s life taking you? Are you on standby? Would you like an upgrade? Let’s get God’s view for you.

About Karen: Karen is an active member of the Des Moines Church and Administrative Assistant to Dr. Joe Allison in the conference’s Education Department. She recently finished leading her 8th CHIP program and just returned from Puerto Rico, where the wedding for her third-born daughter took place. God has made her glad, and she can’t wait to tell you about Him.

Lindsey Gendke – “Writing (Your Story) for God’s Glory”

Session 1: Sabbath at 12:30 | Session 2: Sabbath at 4:45 (repeat)

Synopsis: Bring your pen and paper and prepare to begin sharing your story in this interactive workshop.

About Lindsey: Lindsey will share her own writing/publishing journey from journaling to blogging to book-writing, and cover topics such as: getting started writing, discovering your key themes, finding your audience, and knowing when the time is right to share. She will also allow time for Q&A. You may find her at the ABC Saturday evening, too, autographing her book, Ending the Pain. Usually, her Sabbaths are at the St. Louis West County Church.

Angie Joseph – “A Time to Speak”

Session 1: Sabbath at 12:30 | Session 2: Sabbath at 4:45 (repeat)

Synopsis: Learn how and when to tell your story.

About Angie: Angie recently collaborated with her daughter, Jenica, and wrote a book of 364 Bible studies on 52 topics. Her remarkable talent for teaching and communication has enabled her to touch hearts for God during more than 35 years of Bible work. She currently works alongside her husband, Pastor Bob, in the Kansas City Central Church. Angie has taught in women’s retreats in multiple conferences for many years. She has dedicated her life to helping people stay connected to God.

Jenica Joseph – “Women Advance”

Session 1: Sabbath at 12:30 | Session 2: Sabbath at 4:45 (repeat)

Synopsis: Come join your sisters as we move forward purposefully to advance the cause for Christ in a fun outreach in the downtown Des Moines area. There is something for everyone to do.

About Jenica: Jenica has taken a leap of faith as God tugged on her heart to do something more for Him. After much prayer and the Lord’s providence, Jenica briefly left her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist to be a Bible Worker for Reach Kansas City, an outreach partnership between the Iowa-Missouri Conference and It Is Written. She has a gift and passion for communicating God’s love to those He’s come to redeem.

Beverly Logan – “Everybody’s Life is Perfect But Mine”

Session 1: Sabbath at 12:30 | Session 2: Sabbath at 4:45 (repeat)

Synopsis: Everyone has a story. No matter what your story is, God wants to use you to share the good news of His story.

About Beverly: Although most of her life has been spent in the finance industry, Beverly has worked for the past 14 years as the Marketing Director at Pacific Press Publishing. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and, most importantly, a daughter of God. Nancy Buxton says, “Beverly’s story is one you will want to hear.” For this retreat, she has traveled far from her home in Idaho and insisted on bringing some Pacific Press giveaways.

Yangtze Torres – “En Sus Manos (In His Hands)”

Sesión 1: Sábado a 12:30 | Sesión 2: Sábado a 4:45 (la repetición)

Sinopsis: Así como Dios ha guiado mis pasos guiará los tuyos.

Acerce de Yangtze: Yangtze ama cantar, enseñar para Dios, participar en viajes misioneros y por lo general estar disponible para Su servicio. Ella pasó 5 años acompañando a los estudiantes de Sunnydale en viajes misioneros al extranjero. También pasó muchas horas en el salón de clase enseñando inglés como segundo idioma, español e inglés. Actualmente está trabajando en un doctorado y enseñando en la academia de Boston, Massachusetts. En Sus manos es dónde le gusta estar y tiene muchas historias para contarle. Escúchela el Sábado en la noche también cuando cante para la honra y gloria de Dios.