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Another amazing women’s retreat this year at Sylvan Lake!

posted 24 Jun 2019, 11:00 by June Miller, MCA Communications
Another amazing women’s retreat this year at Sylvan Lake! 
by Laura Wiebe

We were so blessed to have Irma Fast Dueck, professor at Canadian Mennonite University, for our guest speaker.  She stretched our understandings of Mary, and in doing so, created a desire to embrace Mary in a way we had not before.  She shared a number of images and aspects of Mary (the tender-loving Mary; the Mary, Mother of Sorrows; and Mary, the one who shows the Way) that we were somewhat familiar with, but by going deeper, we were further enriched.  In addition to thoughtful and inspiring sessions, Irma contributed to the rest of the weekend just by being herself—delightfully uninhibited, humorous and engaging.  Thank youIrma!

Of course, we also enjoyed the many staples of Women’s Retreat:  great food, great company, lots of laughter.  From the acknowledgement of the land read by Coreen Froese on Friday night, singing during worship times (and some dancing—praise God for ethnic diversity at retreat!), free time for games, puzzles, walks or just visiting, variety night hosted by ukulele-wielding Tracy Brown-Ewert (and entered into by all with group performances, rapping challenges, jokes and even a rhubarb eating contest) to making our own personalized prayer beads, the weekend was full of connecting with each other and growing in our faith.

The planning committee would like to thank everyone who attended and, in particular, those who helped out in so many ways.  The silent auction raised $606 for women enrolled in Anabaptist studies.  Next year’s retreat is booked for June 5-7: mark
it on your calendars already!

Photography by Helena Ball