Women’s Retreat Registration

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Register by October 24 and be entered in a drawing for fun prizes: a lap quilt made by Nan Lee, a scripture painting by Eleata Diver, and many more!

November 11-13, 2016
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Valle Crucis Conference Center
146 Skiles Way
Banner Elk, NC 28604

Goodwyn Bell | Speaker
Goodwyn Bell is the Young Adult Ministry Fellow at Blacknall. She received a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2013. Prior to Divinity School, Goodie spent five years in Richmond, VA as a Campus Staff Member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and a volunteer with Church Hill Activities and Tutoring. Goodie and her husband Jack have two children: Hazel (2) and baby Jack (4 months).

Kendra Husband | Music Leader
Kendra Husband served as Blacknall’s Director of Music Ministry from 1994-1998 when she and her husband Kent were newlyweds and Kendra was fresh out of grad school. They moved to Charlotte where they raised and homeschooled their three daughters. Besides managing the schedules of three teenagers & her graying hair, Kendra continues to lead worship for churches, women’s events and conferences. In 2013, Kendra founded the Voices of Carolina, a homeschool choral program. The Husband Family recently moved from Charlotte to York, SC, where they are enjoying country living.

Serena Whisenhunt | Speaker
Serena Whisenhunt, a teacher of middle school English, loves language, literature, and prayer—and she gets especially excited when those passions and creative inclinations contribute to the Kingdom! Married to Michael (they have two grown children), she has been at Blacknall thirty-plus years, teaching Sunday School, Confirmation classes, and Women’s Bible Study. She has taught 16 years at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, where she is also Coordinator of Middle School Spiritual Life.

Cost – $150
Partial retreat scholarships are available, please contact Carrie Dombeck.

Well,See…Know & Tell the True Story

It’s fun to tell stories: “Well, see, it all started this way…” It’s harder to tell the true story—about our lives, about our world. What does it mean to understand Scripture as the True Story? How do we tell our stories—the puzzling, the mundane, and the painful—as a part of God’s Story?

Throughout the weekend we will consider two stories from the gospel of John: the Woman at the Well  (John 4)  and the Man Born Blind (John 9).  What can we learn from the way they speak about their lives and their encounters with Jesus? We will make space to listen to the Word and to one another, to tell the True Story and to have a good time!


4-6 p.m.    Arrival/registration
6:30         Dinner
7:30         Session #1
9-9:45     Small group

8:00 a.m.    Breakfast
9:00         Session #2
10:30         Solitude
11:30         Small group
12:30 p.m.    Lunch w/ small group
1:30         Free time
6:00         Dinner
7:00         Session #3

8:00 a.m.    Breakfast/pack up
9:30-10:15    Small group
10:30-12    Worship