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Allegheny East Women’s Ministries Hosts Five Area Retreats
By Allegheny East Women’s Ministries
Hundreds of women from all over the Allegheny East Conference, from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., recently gathered in five areas, expecting and receiving a fresh anointing from the Holy Spirit. It was a time of revival, praise, and fellowship. Here are the highlights:
North New Jersey Women Learn to Rest in Jesus
Under the theme “Give Them Heaven: Come Find Rest Unto Your Souls,” the women of North New Jersey came from eight area churches to learn how to cultivate an attitude of peace and how to rest in Jesus’ love. Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel-Piscataway, attendees were blessed with music from singing evangelist Jean Brown who attends the North Bronx, New York City, church and powerful speakers Beverly Francis, first elder at the Berean church in Newark, N.J.; Sheron Roberts elder at the Brooklyn church in New York City; and a licensed social worker who taught stress reduction.
Baltimore Area Women Freed, Empowered
“Empowering Women Through Unity” was the theme of the eigth biennial Baltimore Extended Area Women’s Ministries retreat held at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa. The weekend was packed with music and ministry from Minnie McNeil, AEC’s Women’s Ministries leader; speaker Loretta Spivey, a member of the Ethnan Temple in Wilkinsburg, Pa.; and keynote speaker Gina Brown, PhD, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md. Approximately 10 percent of the visitors were not Adventist.
Washington Area Women “Chosen”
Dressed in red, women from Washington Area Women’s Ministries gathered for their biennial retreat at the Hyatt Resort in Cambridge, Md. The weekend brought together women from 42 different faiths, a third of whom were first-time attendees. The retreat theme “Chosen: Created, Committed, Consecrated” was vividly illustrated throughout the weekend by speakers who included Brenda Billingy, pastor of the Metropolitan church in Hyattsville, Md.; Pastor Donnette Blake from Kingsboro Temple in New York, N.Y.; and author Debra Anderson from Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md.
Special recognition was given to repeat conference attendee, Gloria Banks who sponsored the attendance of seven women many of whom were young adults.
Virginia Women Embrace Change
It was on a chilly weekend that the Virginia women gathered to testify of “The Wonderful Change” that God has created in their lives. After a long hiatus without a retreat there was joy in the air to be together again. Featured speakers Gina Brown and Loretta Spivey spoke about the changes all must make to serve God properly.
One of the highlights of the weekend came on Sunday morning when the women gave their testimonies of how circumstances in their lives led them to Christ. Among the women there were six visitors who had been invited by family and friends.
Delaware Valley Women Celebrate Their “Value”
In what they have deemed the “best retreat ever” the women of the Delaware Valley celebrated the “Value of Women” in their annual three-day event held at the Inn at Reading in Reading, Pa. Keynote speaker Kelly D. Darby Holder, a clinical psychologist from Hummelstown, Pa., used the theme as the topic for her discourse. The retreat was accented by numerous workshops and special presentations throughout the weekend.
Watch for information on the next conference-wide Women’s Ministries retreat themed "Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb...Ain't That Good News." It is scheduled for October 15-18 in Atlantic City, N.J.