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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

Spring Retreat: “Let Go, But Hang on to the Source.”  Let go of what? Anger. Frustration. Fear. Worry. Anxiety. Stress. Conflict. – any negative emotion. How? Connect with the source from where all our strength comes – God. Have you already tried to do that? Let’s go deeper. God has been and will be present! He has done amazing things! “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

  • Who: All women aged 18 to 99 are welcome!
  • When: Thurs., April 28- Sun., May 1, 2022 (Main event Sat., April 30)
  • Where: Camp Nawakwa, 1033 Nawakwa Rd., Biglerville, PA 17307
    • Overnight in Zinn-Tozer Lodge – turn into the south side entrance of the camp from Nawakwa Road, then left into the first big stone, parking area. (North side entrance goes up a steep hill to upper camp.)
    • Rooms have one double bed and one lower bunk, and two upper bunks. Bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, and towels. Each room has a sink, storage shelves, a desk area, and towel racks. (You choose roommate.)
    • One private, handicapped accessible toilet and shower stall. Two other bathrooms with 2-3 toilets and 3 shower stalls.
    • 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 with a fireplace, and two porches with rocking chairs.
  • Cost: (Payment due at retreat.)
    • 3 nights- $125
    • 2 nights – $90
    • 1 night – $55
    • Day – $20
  • Schedule:  A discussion of how to release negative emotions and fill the void with God starts at 9:00. After lunch at noon, free time includes a variety of options including joining in a 5K walk/run at Camp Nawakwa to support the YWCA’s event “Race Against Racism.” The day concludes with a short worship service at 3:30, dinner, and a campfire. (You are welcome to stay as long as you like, or leave when necessary.)
  • Link to register for Zion’s team for the “Race Against Racism,” OR to make a donation to the team: https://www.classy.org/team/410657
  • 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.: Coffee/tea provided. May bring own, as well as other drink. (Water at the camp is good.)
    • Breakfast -variety of quiche made in an almond flour crust, fruit.
    • Lunch – chicken carrot noodle soup or chicken chili soup
    • Dinner – a variety of pizza (including gluten free) from Mamma’s Pizzeria in Biglerville.
    • 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 reduce costs.)
  • 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 and we ask women who stay up later to converse in the gathering room at the opposite end, but the walls are thin.
    • Open mind and warm heart!

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

Note: If local health concerns rise, we will not hold an overnight event, but will strive to hold an outdoor event.

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Fall retreat, Oct. 7-9, 2022, Kirchenwald, Schreiberhaus Lodge (Details to come.)

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!