HeQi_041-large.jpgWomen's retreat: "Companions on Your Journey"

Saturday, January 21
9am to 3 pm
Fellowship Hall

Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Mary—these women of the Bible, old and young, shared their sorrows, joys, adventures, and challenges. Their faith in God and their care for one another brought love and hope to the world around them. You're invited to reflect on these women’s stories—and your own!—at the Women's Retreat on Jan. 21, led by Pastor Phyllis Kersten and Louise Williams. There will be time for small group discussion and sharing of stories. The day ends with worship.

Please register online by Wednesday, Jan. 18.   You can also sign up at the Grace reception desk (708-366-6900). The retreat is sponsored by Women at Grace.

The registration fee is $20 and includes a continental breakfast and a box lunch.

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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