Companions on Your Journey

HeQi_041-large.jpgWomen’s winter retreat on Saturday, January 21, offers time

to think, pray, reflect, and worship

(Registration is closed for the retreat.)

Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Mary—these women of the Bible, old and young, shared their sorrows, joys, adventures, and challenges. Their care for one another brought love and hope to their lives and to the world around them.

Women of all ages at Grace Church are invited to reflect on these women’s stories at a women’s retreat, “Companions on Your Journey,” on Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Participants will reacquaint themselves with these familiar Bible stories and consider how the stories of these women intersect with today. It’s an opportunity to study the Bible with others, to celebrate the companions that have been a part of your faith journey, and to get to know new companions for the road ahead.

Pastor Phyllis Kersten and Deaconess Louise Williams will lead the retreat. (See below.) There will be time for small group discussion and sharing of stories, as well as time for worship using Holden Evening Prayer at the close of the afternoon.

Please register by Wednesday, Jan. 18. The registration fee is $20 and includes a continental breakfast and a box lunch. Sign up at the Grace reception desk, or use the online form at GraceRiverForest.org. Bring a friend—you don’t have to be a Grace member to attend.

Retreat leaders

KERSTEN-PHYLLIS-51_copy.jpgPhyllis Kersten was Associate Pastor at Grace from 1996-2008. Following her retirement, Phyllis served eight months as interim pastor at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church on the north side of Chicago and then more than a year as the interim ELCA pastor at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University. From April 2015 through September 2016, Phyllis was back at Grace, River Forest, serving as the interim Associate Pastor.

louise_williams.jpgE. Louise Williams is executive director emerita of the Lutheran Deaconess Association, Valparaiso, Indiana, and a past president of DIAKONIA World Federation of Diaconal Associations and Communities. She teaches theology part-time at Valparaiso University, serves as spiritual director for several people, and is a freelance writer, homilist and retreat leader.

Together Phyllis and Louise have co-authored three Bible studies for women, “Talented, Tired, Beautiful Feet” (Concordia Publishing House), “Companions on Your Journey” (Women of the ELCA, Augsburg) and “Philippians: Christian Citizenship 101,” also for the Women of the ELCA.


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