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Women's Retreat, March 1–3, 2019

Women's Retreat Group Photo

The retreat will be held at Vallombrosa Center located on 10 serene acres in Menlo Park, 13 miles north of SVPC. The beautiful grounds at Vallombrosa, with their clear light, rich green lawns and lush, towering trees, are a natural place for prayer and reflection. Meals are appetizing and nutritious; sleeping quarters are spotlessly clean, simple and comfortable; and staff is friendly and helpful. Carpooling/ride sharing is encouraged as parking is limited.

Cassie CarrollWe are pleased to welcome Cassie Carroll, Ministries Assistant at Westminster Woods, a Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Sonoma County. A California native and former Director of Youth Ministry at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Cassie recently graduated from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology with a Masters in Divinity. She is a Candidate in the process of ordination with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her desire is to help people see God in the midst of life—especially when it feels as though God is not present. Cassie is excited to be back with her SVPC family for this great weekend.

You're invited into a conversation to question what it means to be a Christian woman today. How has the interpretation of scripture impacted the way we as women view our worth? Do the people interpreting the scriptures about women have an impact on our understanding of our value? What questions about biblical text haven't we been asking that could radically change our world view on what it means to be a woman?

By taking time to read a few stories of women in the Bible, ask questions, dialogue, and pray together we will have the opportunity to discover, heal, and grow more fully into the women God desires us to be. Our time together will be a the start to the larger conversation about how we, as women, are to share Christ's love with the world around us.