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Coordinator: Sherry Grindeland, Fellowship Coordinator
All women are a part of Women’s Ministry at Saint Andrew’s!
We connect, communicate, pray, and support each other while we grow in our common belief in Jesus Christ.
Friday-Sunday, March 1-3, 2024
at the Rainbow Lodge in North Bend
Coordinated in partnership with Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah; open to all women
“This Is a Great Time to be Church! Wait – What?!?”
The Women’s Retreat features the leadership of new co-pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah, the Reverend Kristin-Luana Baumann.
“The Barna Group lists Seattle-Tacoma among the 10 least churched areas in the nation. What a promising mission field for all of us to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ”, Pastor Baumann says. She is looking forward to the retreat as an opportunity to get known to members of Our Savior and other area churches; and to think and work together on the question: Why is this a great time to be church? Scroll down to read more …
Meals offered are Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
Rooms are double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms (no roommate) are available; the surcharge is $50.
Register by February 23.
Registration brochures are in the Narthex or download a printable one here:
More registration options are on the Our Savior website:Registration Options
This is a great time to be church? How can that be true? Churches are dying in our synod left and right. Harmful, nationalistic theology is filling the airwaves in our nation and elsewhere. Conflict and war determine the political realities in far too many places, and civilians pay the ultimate price: In Israel and Palestine, Ukraine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Sahel region, the Horn of Africa, Sudan, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and many other places. All this violence almost put the climate crisis on the backburner of our attention, and yet – unprecedented natural catastrophes and extreme weather patterns remind us every day of its consequences. And in all of this we see people live in poverty on our very own door steps.
How can this be a great time for anything?
This is a great time to be church just because so much is at stake. When old systems are breaking down, there is room for new systems to emerge. In times of great change, every word we speak, every action we take, could have the greatest impact. We want to make sure that the words and actions of the church are up to the task! Is what we say, what we do, helpful and healing? Does it bring justice and peace? Or, are we captive to the ways of the world which have brought us to this dire place? Is the way we interpret the bible and develop theology adequate for our times? And does it truly reflect Jesus’ teachings? And, most importantly, are we successfully implementing these teachings in our daily life?
At the annual Women’s Retreat, we will discern all these questions together in a spirit of joyful curiosity and hope. After all, as Christians, we are resurrection people! We know that new life follows death, always.
– Rev. Kristin-Luana Baumann
Yes, we need volunteers!
For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Fellowship Coordinator Sherry Grindeland, 425-746-2529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.