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All women of the church are considered to be part of Women’s Ministry at Zion!

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Current Activities/Event

Fall Retreat: “Connect: Build Strong Relationships” – Life has been extra hard, not just the past 2 ½ yrs., but for the past 6 yrs. Strong political divisions arose around the 2016 election and have been divisive ever since. We have all been challenged to maintain relationships when points of view are different from our own. How do we deal with this struggle?

First, let us consider what we most value? The majority of us would probably say – faith, family and friends. Yet, do our actions show it? Do we devote time to growing, nurturing and sustaining these relationships? If not, why not? Is it because of differences? The busyness of life?  Feelings of fear or safety? Want to do something about that? Where do you start? The Fall Women’s Retreat can help!

  • Who: All women aged 18 to 99 are welcome!
  • When: Fri., Oct. 7- Sun., Oct. 9 (Main event Sat., Oct. 8)
  • Where: Camp Kirchenwald, 1 Cut-off Rd., Lebanon, PA
    • Overnight in Schreiberhaus Lodge – upon entering the camp, follow the lane for about a mile, to the second road on the right. Schreiber Lodge is the first building on the left. (park on the right.)
    • Rooms have two double beds and two upper bunks. Bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, and towels. Each room has itd own full bathroom, storage area, desk, and towel racks. (You choose roommate(s).)
    • Kitchen for storing and preparing food with stovetop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and two refrigerators. (Everyone pitches in to do dishes and clean-up.)
    • The lodge also contains a dining room, a huge meeting/gathering room, and a small gathering area in the hall with the bedrooms.
  • Cost: (Payment due at retreat.)
    • 2 nights – $125
    • 1 night – $70
    • Day – $25
  • Schedule:  
    • Friday is a day on your own, including any meals. Enjoy the company and relax!
    • On Sat., the day begins at 9:00.
      • After lunch, there will be an afternoon worship service.
      • After worship, free time to spend as you need.
      • Dinner at 5:30.
      • Campfire at 7:00. (The fire pit is directly behind the lodge. A short path makes easy walking!)
      • You are welcome to stay as long as you like, or leave when necessary.
    • Sun. morning – TBD
      • Clean-up, shared by all.
      • Depart by 1:00pm.
  • Meals: Saturday meals included in the price. For other meals, participants bring their own food (may prepare in kitchen, or bring pre-made and warm up), or can go out to eat.
  • Menu for Sat.: TBD Coffee/tea provided. May bring own, as well as other drink. (Water at the camp is good.)
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • If you have special dietary needs, please feel free to bring your own food.
    • Some women like to bring a treat for all to share. You are welcome to bring a dessert, but NOT necessary! (Or, contact Deb if you would like to donate some kind of food, and she will give you a specific item to bring, which helps to keep costs down.)
  • Attendee list: Those who confirm attendance will be sent a list of other attendees and what day they will arrive in order to facilitate possible carpooling. Or, grab a friend and come together! It is not necessary to be a member of Zion. (Deb can assist if you need help with this.)
  • Options: These are things that are not necessary, but that could enhance your experience.
    • A lawn chair for campfire or outside meditation. (You are welcome to also bring a yoga mat.)
    • If the weekend is chilly, you may want a blanket or warm coat to sit outside.
    • Sturdy shoes if you like to hike. (Many, beautiful, wooded trails.)
    • Possibly a mattress topper or extra sleeping bag for more comfort.
    • Some women like to bring a fan or sound machine for white noise. The sleeping area is in one long hall, separated from the gathering area by a small passageway and a door.  We ask women who stay up later to converse to please use the big meeting room or dining hall space.
    • Open mind and warm heart!

Have more questions? Contact Deb Anderson by text or call: 717-891-8433; or email dba456@live.com.

Schreiberhaus Lodge

Note: If local health concerns rise, we will hold no overnight event, but will strive to hold an outdoor event.

2023 Retreats

Spring – Camp Nawakwa, Zinn-Tozer Lodge, April 20-23, 2023

Fall – Kamp Kirchenwald, SchreiberHaus Lodge, Oct. 13-15, 2023

Women’s Ministry Mission Statement:  Our Mission is to connect women in faith and friendship with God, each other and the community, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Women’s Ministry Purpose Statement: The women of Zion commit to support, enrich and equip women as they seek to know, love and serve God, each other and the world.

What passion tugs at your heart? Women’s Ministry can help!