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2014 Women’s Retreat

October 24-26
Valle Crucis Conference Center
146 Skiles Way, Banner Elk, NC

CLICK HERE to register for the retreat

Join us for a restful and spirit-filled women’s retreat in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina at Valle Crucis Conference Center. We will be diving into the Scriptures together, exploring the last words and wisdom of Moses, John, and Peter. In a world where the good life has come to mean a life of pleasure freedom and protection from pain, how does the discipleship of following Christ lead to a different vision…a better one?

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Paula Rinehart
As a marriage and family counselor, Paula gets the opportunity to offer encouragement and insight in the everyday struggles of life and relationships. She is the author of the widely-acclaimed book, Strong Women, Soft Hearts, as well as Better Than My Dreams. Paula speaks frequently on topics of personal growth, intimacy with God, and sexuality. She and her husband, Stacy, served on the staff of The Navigators for 24 years. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina and are the parents of two grown children.


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Kendra grew up in a musical family who often traveled and sang during her early years in Montana. She earned music degrees from Wheaton College and the University of South Carolina and served as Blacknall’s Director of Music Ministry from 1994-1998.

She and her husband, Kent, live in Charlotte with their three daughters. In 2013, Kendra founded the Voices of Carolina, a local home school choir. Above all, she seeks to lead others in worship and together declare with the Psalmist: “I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart… I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” (Ps. 9:1-2)


Registration will open online in September. Please check back!


The cost for the retreat is $140.  Please mail or deliver your check to Blacknall (Attn: Women’s Retreat, 1902 Perry St, Durham, NC 27705). If you would like to request a partial scholarship, please pick up a form in the Blacknall Church Office or contact Tana O’Keeffe.


Each year, we welcome donations to the scholarship fund for the retreat.  To donate, please mail or deliver a check to Blacknall (Attn: Women’s Retreat, 1902 Perry St, Durham, NC 27705) or contact Tana O’Keeffe.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 24
4:00 p.m.     Registration
6:30 p.m.     Dinner
7:30 p.m.     Opening Session
9:00 p.m.     Meet small groups

Saturday, October 25
8:00 a.m.     Breakfast
9:00 a.m.     Second Session
10:30 a.m.   Solitude/meditation
11:30 a.m.    Small Groups
12:30 p.m.   Lunch with small groups
1:30 p.m.     Free time
6:00 p.m.    Dinner
7:00 p.m.    Third Session
8:30 p.m.    Small Groups

Sunday, October 26
8:00 p.m.     Breakfast
9:30 a.m.     Worship