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. Stephanie Schneider, pastor of Glens Falls Baptist Church and Village Baptist Church (Ft. Edward). We will be taking a look at the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Also joining us will be Rev. George Stefani who will lead us in a Bible study on Friday evening, and Mike Soccocio who will be our Mission speaker, sharing “Bridges out of Poverty” in Schenectady with us. 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.
Adirondack Assoc. Contact Kathryn Jones 518-761-9979
CABA Contact Judy Brownell 518-686-1677
Rev. Stephanie Schneide is the Pastor at FBC Glens Falls. Pastor Steph writes, "I moved here with my husband, Andrew from South Dakota after serving at 2 churches over the past 5 years.
Growing up, my family attended church at an ELCA. I had a whole lot of head knowledge, but not heart knowledge. In 8th grade, I experienced the Holy Spirit at an event where for the first time I found myself as a child of God. I attended Jamestown College which is now the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, ND where I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education. I graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, ND in 2012 with a Master in Divinity. I was ordained in 2014 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sioux Falls. I served from 2013 – 2017 as the pastor of Salem United Church of Christ in Parkston , ND, and as interim pastor of First Baptist Church Madison, SD for six months in 2018.
My faith has brought me through many different denominations including ELCA, PCUSA, NAB, SBC, UCC and ABC/USA. Why land in the ABC? For the first time, I could reconcile how God created me (female) and how God called me into ministry. After wrestling with my personal theology, I found a place to call home. My ecumenical work has deeply informed my ministry, and continues to daily.
God has given me a few extra special experiences in my 10+ years of ministry experience. I have worked in inner-city Winnipeg, MB and Sioux Falls, SD, served a multicultural church as a children’s director, helped to launch a non-profit orphanage and school in Liberia, organized local mission trips through Urban Plunge, and planned several large events locally and regionally. I have worked and volunteered as a camp counselor since 2006 and look forward to this every summer. I enjoy using my background in education to teach others about work of God through Jesus Christ.
The important stuff about me…I enjoy sitting down over a good cup of tea to talk about God’s work around us. a place I connect with God is outdoors hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. As an introvert, it’s important for me to recharge my battery to better serve the church. I enjoy creating community through strategic board games and super hero movies. My husband, Andrew is a music teacher at Abraham Wing Elementary School in Glens Falls. We enjoy creating and listening to music of all varieties."