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Metanoia Ecumenical women’s retreat planned

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 10:33 a.m. CDT

All women are invited to “Doorways to Wellness of Body, Mind and Spirit” at the 2013 Metanoia Women’s Christian Retreat.

Each year, there are two retreat sessions to be held in October at the Christian Conference Center in Newton. Some women prefer to attend the weekday sessions 3 p.m. Oct. 9 through 1 p.m. Oct. 11, while others prefer to attend the weekend sessions 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 through 1 p.m. Oct. 13.

Pasha Buck is the resource speaker this year and is a licensed region minister, which emphasizes both her ecumenical ministry and ministry related to spiritual formation and growth. Buck is currently a volunteer chaplain at The Village, a continuing-care retirement community in Indianola, and has been a college English professor and small-business owner.

Metanoia is an ecumenical Christian retreat designed for the purpose of celebrating unity in Christ and encouraging women to respond to God’s call in their lives. Registration for one of the sessions includes meals and lodging for two nights. Lodging is in a modern, heated cabin for $90, handicap accessible lodge unit for $130, or retreat house for $110.

To register or obtain more information, contact Mary O’Riley, 1350 130th St., Creston, IA, 50801, or call 641-344-0701 for the weekend session; or Mary Ann Mathis, 12307 NE 56th St., Elkhart, IA 50073, for the weekday session. Registrations are due Sept. 25.

One retreat participant said, “Time with Pasha reminded me of the river of goodness that flows from God’s heart to mine...to everyone’s. Time spent with her is powerful.”

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