Flourish – A Women’s Retreat
My heart is restless until I find rest in You…
Dates: February 15-17, 2019
Motel Style: $175 per person
Dorm Style: $150 per person
Day Rate (Meals and Program Only): $95 per person
While women have been given countless opportunities to connect virtually with other women from all over the world, it never quite takes the place of connecting in person-hugging the necks of sisters in Christ and sitting down to conversation over coffee.
In 2019, Maranatha Camp & Retreat Center presents FLOURISH, an event for women to meet face-to-face and connect with God, community, and other women. This event is more than just a meet-and-greet—it’s an immersion in the kind of love and encouragement that comes from women connecting in real life.
“To retreat” means to leave our normally occupied positions and go to a place of safety, quiet, and seclusion. By going to a retreat, we physically remove ourselves from life’s distractions, the call of chores, and the demands of people in order to make space for God. If you think you’re less spiritual because you struggle to hear from God in the cacophony of your daily life, be encouraged. Even Jesus recognized the value and need to get away.
My heart is restless until it finds rest in You….
Once Was Lost, but Finally Found
You can’t tell from looking at me today, but I avoided the Lord Jesus Christ for the first 34 years of my life, turning to a “Higher Power” only in times of dire emergency or extreme turbulence. Raised by a brilliant, single mom, I was taught to be responsible and moral, but not spiritual. It wasn’t until I was poised to marry my college sweetheart that I accepted Jesus as my Savior at a Christmas program. My husband’s immediate job relocation after the wedding derailed any urgency to be discipled or trained. A new husband, a new city, a new home, and a new job preoccupied my days. My eternal salvation was established but I was spiritually and Biblically illiterate.
After 7 years of marriage, the first of two children was born to Jay and I and a host of questions about God was reignited. I joined a Bible study to accumulate information so I’d be prepared to answer questions my children might ask about God. What started as an educational quest ended with a life long commitment to God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus became not only my Savior, but LORD of my life. I have been leading other women to Jesus in weekly Bible studies and at women’s events ever since.
Widowed at 40 and left with two small children when my husband Jay died unexpectedly of a heart attack, I testify of God’s faithfulness in times of great tragedy and the power of his love and comfort by the Holy Spirit and through his Body, the church.
I Am a Homebody by Nature
My favorite pastimes are reading, baking, and watching videos (as long as I control the remote). So, it was quite an adjustment when I married again to an adventurous soul named Craig. He came with a single engine airplane, so I acquired my pilot’s license and later, my motorcycle endorsement so we could each carry a child on our excursions. On a routine flight, Craig’s plane went down in the mountains of Pennsylvania. After weeks of searching, he was found, but had been killed by the impact of the crash.
Being widowed twice in four years gives me a unique voice to speak on the faithfulness of God, the power of prayer, and finding joy in difficult circumstances. At 58, I hide my (many) gray hairs but share my wisdom – teaching women about finding balance for everyday life, creating a fabulous legacy, the golden rules of marriage, and the importance of friendships to today’s woman. I am eager to share God’s story through mine and by his Word. I teach the Bible by topic or theme at retreats, conferences, special occasion events, holiday programs, and MOPS meetings.
As Impossible as It Seems, I Married Again!
Obviously not superstitious, Dave, who at 37, had never been married or had children of his own, courageously took us on – a woman at the precipice of menopause and two prepubescent boys. Jake who was 12 by then, and Eli who was 9, both welcomed Dave’s request to adopt them the following year.
These days, both young men are grown and doing well. Jake is a Mechanical Engineer, Eli is a fire fighter.
Dave and I celebrate 15 years of mostly happy marriage and I celebrate how well he’s holding up! We live and serve Jesus in Grand Rapids, MI.
Rock Climbing Wall
Test your climbing skills on our 30 ft rock wall. Regardless of your climbing skill there are trained instructors to help you on your way up!
A fun and challenging nine-hole disc golf course that navigates through our beautiful camp.
Duck, dive, and shoot your way through bunkers, barrels, and the natural terrain of our paint ball course.
Grab a canoe or kayak and traverse our 70-acre scenic lake. Try your luck at landing a lunker bass! In the Summer months you can swim, take an exciting trip down our waterslide, or be launched skyward on the BLOB!
CampGrounds Coffee Shop
Enjoy a Caramel Macchiatto or a Vanilla Latte at our newly redesigned coffee shop!
After a long day of learning and making new friends, relax in our luxurious spa!
The sun has set and the temperature has dropped. Grab a comfy blanket and make some S’mores by the fire!
4-6 PM – Registration
Housing Check In
6 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Session 1
9:00 PM – Girls Time
7:30 AM – Worship Flow Workout
8:30 AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – Session 2
11:00 AM – Individual Prayer & Planning Time
12:00 PM – Lunch
Afternoon – Build Your own Adventures
6:30 PM – Appetizers
7:00 PM – Banquet Dinner & Session 3
9:00 PM – Dessert Bar & Coffee
8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Session 4
10:30 AM – Sharing/Reflection Time
11:30 AM – Lunch
12:00 PM – Check Out
How To Find Us
Natalie Cheek is your retreat host. Her husband, Kris, is the Executive Director for Maranatha Camp & Retreat Center.