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Women's Retreat

This weekend, usually in March, is a chance for you to get away from it all and just enjoy being you.  You will enjoy a wonderful speaker, activities, fellowship and so much more.

Women’s Retreat 2019
Faith Over Fear
Fear holds a tight grip on many of our lives. It is one of our fiercest enemies when it comes to living a life of passion and purpose. The enemy is well aware, which is why he is always ready to foster and reinforce that fear. Instead of declaring, we question; instead of standing, we shrink; instead of persevering, we quit; instead of trusting, we worry; instead of resting in God, we exhaust ourselves. It is impossible to step forward in faith while shrinking back in fear. We will either feed faith or feed fear; only we have the power to choose. The four women sharing with us this retreat exude a life of faith and trust in the midst of struggle and less than ideal circumstances, many would call despairing. You don't want to miss hearing their stories and hearts as they share how God's promises have propelled them into lives of deep-rooted faith.  Plan to attend and invite your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors!

Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, WA
• Old-world craftsmanship & elegance
• Indoor pool, hot tub and racquetball court
• Daily Alpenhorn performance at breakfast in the fourth floor solarium
• Complimentary wireless internet in every guestroom
• Bavarian theme village featuring shops, restaurants and outdoor activities


Emily Benford Fourteen years ago, I took a leap of faith and moved from small-town Idaho to southern California to pursue God’s calling and my dream of becoming a professional singer. Since that move, I’ve been blessed with a career including television appearances on Season 1 of BET’s Gospel-music competition “Sunday Best” and Season 6 of “The Voice,” where I was on Team Shakira. Not only have I persevered through the trials of “making it” in the music business, but I am also a survivor of a very rare disease: VHL (Von-Hippel Lindau Syndrome), a type of cancer syndrome where tumors continuously form in the blood vessels throughout the body. I have come through two brain and four eye surgeries over the past seven years and will have to monitor this disease through various scans, tests and treatments for the rest of my life. I am passionate about sharing my story through singing and speaking to inspire and encourage others. For the past 3 years I have taken on the role as a Vocal Director/Arranger at Pastor Rick Warren’s Church, Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, CA, where I also lead worship. I live in Orange County, CA, with my husband and three young sons. 

Carley Gire I was born and raised in Orange County, CA. I am the mother of two very special disabled little girls (this is where God has truly stretched me into the woman I am today), and have learned that embracing my life with them means leaning deeply into my faith. I am a member of The Well Friends church, and have the privilege of being on the worship team and co-leading the “young” marrieds group with my husband. I work for Santa Ana College where I am a part-time instructor for Fire and Police doing health and wellness. As an extrovert, I love being with family and friends, giving of my time, prayers, meals etc. Health and fitness is an important part of our family, so getting in some sort of workout to keep me sane and strong so I can take care of my family is a priority. There are so many places that fear can take hold of this life, my life, but I choose to strive after Christ and surround myself with people who support and lift me and my family up and I can do the same for them.

Jacoby Miles I’m from Puyallup, where I am a member of Elim Evangelical Free Church and serve as a high school youth group leader. I’m also a junior at Seattle Pacific University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Christian Scripture. I am passionate about my faith and helping others cultivate their relationship with God. God challenges me to choose faith over fear in my day-to-day routines, as well as in regards to my future. I have to constantly ask myself, “Do I believe that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He has promised in His Word? I cannot walk, I cannot use my hands very well, and I may be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. Will I use my circumstances as an excuse to grieve and stress about my present and future? Or will I choose to believe that God has graciously given me an opportunity to show other struggling people that it is possible to have lasting peace and joy while living with pain and adversity?

Gretchen Miles My name is Gretchen Miles, Gretch, Mom, or Aunt “Goochie” and I live in Puyallup, WA, with my 6 wonderful kiddos, 2 Weimerreiners, and witty Boeing engineer. I meet with my church family at Elim Evangelical Free Church where I have the privilege of teaching women’s Bible study and Sunday school to 3rd-5th graders. My husband and I just started leading “Young Life” at Rogers High School; we have NO IDEA what we’re doing, but we absolutely love the kids! I am passionate about truly knowing Him, my Lord and Savior, and helping others to know Him. I am challenged to choose “Faith Over Fear” every day as a full-time caretaker for my daughter, who is now a quadriplegic after a gymnastics accident. Will I trust that God is Sovereign? Perfect? Good…all the time? May we choose to have Faith over Fear!

Will open the beginning of the new year.

Contact Michelle Nicholson at 425-284-2609 or stop by the Women’s Table Sunday mornings.