The world we live in has become a very busy, often chaotic place for many of us. We all need to take a step back and refresh ourselves from time to time. In September, the Adirondack and CABA associations of American Baptist Women will be holding our Fall Retreat, the perfect opportunity for peaceful rest and renewal for all Christian women. We hope that you will plan to join us for one, two, or three days of fellowship, recharging our batteries, and strengthening our faith at the beautiful Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in the scenic hills of rural Washington County.
With Thursday arrival, again this year, we are offering an optional extra, unstructured day of rest and relaxation, time for you to spend as you like, renewing friendships or making new ones, sharing a time of fellowship, spending quiet time with God, all while enjoying the beauty of NY in the fall on the vast grounds of the retreat center. There are trails to explore, quiet spots for time alone, lovely rooms if napping is on the agenda, and a row of comfortable rocking chairs just waiting for you. Afternoon tea with the nuns is often an option for those who arrive before 3:00.
This year, our keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Sandra L. DeMott Hasenauer, Associate Executive Director of American Baptist Women’s Ministries, who will share two sessions with us, as well as a workshop/Bible study. Also joining us will be Kim Cook, Executive Director of The Open Door Mission in Glens Falls. Our mission gifts this year will be monetary donations to this wonderful program.
On Friday evening, following dinner together at 6:00 PM, the structured activities will begin for our weekend retreat.
Check-in and registration will begin at 1:00PM, in the Welcome Center. If you choose to arrive earlier, for lunch, please note that on the registration form. An additional $13.00 will be charged for your lunch. “Daytimers” registration will be at 9:00AM on Saturday morning, in the foyer of the Great Hall. Arrive early if you’d like, and join us for breakfast at 8:00 AM, for an additional $11.00. At the Spiritual Life Center, the main lodging facility will be The King’s Inn, a beautiful one-story building with a lovely, comfortable gathering area, double rooms with private baths, and a sunny porch complete with those rocking chairs. The King’s Inn also has two handicapped-accessible rooms. Single rooms are available for an additional cost.
We hope that you will join us as we offer additional opportunities for enrichment and growth as Christian women.
Scholarship funds are available. See below for information:
Adirondack Assoc. Contact Kathryn Jones 518-761-9979
CABA Contact Judy Brownell 518-686-1677
Rev. Sandra L. DeMott Hasenauer is the associate executive director of American Baptist Women's Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA. A graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY, Sandy has served as associate pastor and interim minister prior to joining the national ABCUSA staff. In addition to serving AB Women's Ministries, Sandy is now enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership program at Boston University School of Theology.
Sandy has been involved in refugee resettlement work, particularly with refugees from Burma (Myanmar), and sits on the Burma Refugee Task Force of American Baptist Churches USA; this involvement has included visiting Burma and the refugee camps along the Thai-Burma Border; Sandy has also provided leadership at the Kachin Baptist Women's Ministries conference in Myitkyina, Myanmar (Burma), in 2016. Sandy also represents AB Women's Ministries on the ABCUSA Immigration Task Force.
Sandy is married and has two young adult children that are almost completely "launched," plus two dogs who would prefer not to be launched at all. In her free time, Sandy is an avid quilter, hand-dyer, and embroiderer, and explores the connections between spirituality and creativity. Sandy enjoys the opportunity her position with AB Women’s Ministries offers to serve with faithful, committed women and girls as disciples of Jesus Christ, and tries to live by Micah 6:8 and Ephesians 3:20-21.