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Women’s Retreat

October 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017

2017 Women’s Retreat
October 27-29, 2017
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”
-1 Timothy 1:14

On our own, we are all unworthy and undeserving of anything from God. But because of Jesus, not only do we receive the forgiveness of our sins but the abundant overflow of God’s daily grace!

Join us for a special weekend of experiencing God’s overflowing grace at the 2017 Midwest Women’s Retreat, October 27-29, 2017 in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

More than 800 women from Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwest Indiana and Eastern Iowa are expected to attend. There will be great teaching, fellowship, fun activities and lots of free time to grow closer to God and each other.

Featured Speakers

Our guest speakers include mother-daughter duo Geri Laing and Elizabeth Laing Thompson.

Geri Laing has spent more than 40 years working in the ministry with her husband, Sam. Together they have served churches in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey and North Carolina. Geri is the author of many books on marriage, family and spiritual living, including A Life Worth Living, Raising Awesome Kids in Troubled Times (coauthored with her husband), and The Tender Years: Parenting Preschoolers (coauthored with her daughter Elizabeth Laing Thompson). Geri loves God, loves the Bible, loves her family, and loves teaching women about the joys of living life God’s way. Her greatest treasures in this life are her husband, her four grown children and their spouses, and her eleven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Laing Thompson writes at LizzyLife.com about clinging to Christ through the chaos of daily life. As a minister, speaker, and novelist, she loves finding humor in holiness and hope in heartache. Her newest book, When God Says, “Wait,” is available at bookstores nationwide. She lives in North Carolina with her preacher husband and four spunky kids, and they were totally worth the wait.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to The Abbey Resort?
The Abbey Resort is located at 269 Fontana Blvd, Fontana, Wisconsin 53125. More information about the Abbey is at their website, www.theabbeyresort.com

When can I check in to my room?
Hotel check-in will begin at 4 p.m.

When and where does everything start on Friday?
The welcome table opens at 5 p.m. on Friday in the Wisconsin Room across from the Harbor Ballroom. The exciting opening session begins in the Harbor Ballroom at 8 p.m. and will conclude with an amazing worship concert.

What should I bring?
Besides the obvious (clothes, toiletries, etc.), bring a heart ready to be inspired, have fun, and enjoy great fellowship! If you want to join in the yoga or exercise classes, bring your yoga mat and workout clothes. The guest rooms have mini-refrigerators, single-serve coffeemakers, and microwaves, so feel free to bring snacks!

Where can I get more information about the Women’s Retreat?
Visit the Chicago Church website at www.chicagochurch.org or check out our Facebook page. Also, we will be making a slideshow with highlights of the retreat. To submit your photo, just post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with our hashtag (#WRpics2017).

What’s going on Saturday and Sunday?
Besides all of the fun activities listed below, the general schedule is as follows:


10 a.m. Main session with guest speakers Geri Laing and Elizabeth Laing Thompson
11:30 a.m. Breakout classes (5 options to choose from)
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Question + Answer Sessions for everyone:
– Gracefully Loving Our Husbands and Children as God Designed
– Graceful and Mighty Women of God

7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet (included for everyone) and checkout
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Worship Service and conclusion


In addition to the General Sessions on Friday and Saturday, you will be able to choose a Breakout Class Session on Saturday morning and a Q & A Discussion on Saturday afternoon to address more specific topics and needs. The offerings are:

Breakout Class Sessions

Being a Gracious Wife
Staying in love and connected with our husbands through the ups and downs of life
Nancy Purdue (Chicago), Charlene Wills (Chicago)

His Grace is Sufficient
Discovering surrender and joy through life trials
Zenja Glass (Chicago), Kathy Heinen (Chicago)

Grace and Knowledge
Gaining tools and techniques to strengthen our daily bible study
Matina Montes (Chicago), Barbara Marbury (Chicago)

Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace
Using God’s gifts in us to the best of our ability
Elaine Bragg (Chicago), Esther Sotelo (Chicago)

Strengthened by Grace
Taking care of our body and mind for total wellness and to bring glory to God
Colleen Suess (Milwaukee), Heidi Ammons (Chicago)

Afternoon Q & A Sessions

Graceful and Mighty Women of God
Panel: Jen Becknell (Chicago), Casina Rice (Chicago), Stephanie Sullivan (Quad Cities)
Submit your Q&A question by October 1st!

Gracefully Loving our Husbands and Children as God Designed
Geri Laing (Florida), Elizabeth Laing Thompson (South Carolina)
Submit your Q&A question by October 1st!

Group Painting Class (advance sign-up required, $18)

In this session you will complete a step-by-step painting while learning basic painting techniques and enjoying sweet fellowship! The group painting classes is facilitated by artist Ivy Brog from our church in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. Session includes 16×20 canvas, paint & paint supplies and instruction. Limited to the first 40 participants. To sign up, contact Ivy through her Gallery 920 Facebook page. Sorry, this class is now full and no additional registration are being accepted.

Retreat Activities

At the 2017 Midwest Women’s Retreat, the goal is to have a little something for everyone! During your free time, you’ll find a number of organized activities that are designed to help you reconnect with God and with other women in fellowship. Here’s a list of some of the activities available for you to enjoy:

Boot Camp Workout
Join Ericia Aranda and Mary Throop as they help you shake off the cobwebs and energize your body and spirit with a 60-minute, high-intensity cardio workout Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Wisconsin Room.

“Son” Room and Guided Meditation Time
Take some time to sing, pray, read scriptures and meditate on the Lord in the “Son” Room for your morning quiet time. From 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Sand Bar will be set up with areas for silent prayer and reflection. To get the most out of your experience, join Patsy Harris at 7:30 a.m. for a special guided time of meditation and devotion.

Book and Jewelry Table
Looking for inspiration to kick-start your walk with God? Stop by the tables in the foyer of The Harbor Ballroom to purchase books from our guest speakers Geri Laing and Elizabeth Laing Thompson. There will also be spiritual jewelry available for purchase. The table will be open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Full service spa, salon, fitness center, Atrium pool and exquisite food and beverage options. Admission to workout facilities included with your retreat registration, as well as a reduced spa entrance fee of $20 per person per day based on availability. You will also receive a 10% discount on all scheduled services on Saturday, based on availability. Guests are encouraged to book services several weeks prior to arrival with Lisa Colbert at 262-275-1860 or colbert@theabbeyresort.com. A 72-hour advance notice is required to cancel or reschedule.

Whether you are experienced or a novice at this ancient form of focused breathing and gentle stretching, join Heidi Ammons for a yoga class. Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel. The class will take place in The Wisconsin Room on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Join licensed Zumba instructor Kathy Laguerre at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Shore Room to burn a lot of calories without even realizing it!

Painting Class
For those who pre-registered for this 90-minute class with artist/instructor Ivy Brog, meet in the Sand Bar on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Celebration of Talent and Karaoke/Dance Extravaganza
Talented women from around the Midwest have auditioned and are ready to share their gifts with us through song, dance, poetry, spoken word, and more. Then EVERYONE can express themselves at the karaoke/dance extravaganza! Choose from a full catalog of popular songs, with lyrics right on the screen for you to follow. Singing spots are first come, first served, so come early to make sure you get your time in the spotlight. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Saturday night in the Harbor Ballroom.

Bonfire + S’mores
It isn’t autumn until you’ve enjoyed an evening around a bonfire delighting in some s’mores! Take a break from the karaoke/dance extravaganza to refuel at the outdoor fire pit beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Ingredients provided.


Retreat package includes: 2 nights at the resort, classes, breakfast on Sunday, retreat activities such as yoga and karaoke and discounted access to the spa!

Each guest room features a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, free high-speed wifi and a balcony or patio. All guest rooms sleep up to four adults (either two queen beds or a king bed and sofa sleeper).

Option One

Register You and Your Roommates

Guaranteed roommates.

You pay for everyone now and collect money from your roommates.

Available Options:

  • 2-per Room — Cost $580
    ($290 per person)
  • 3-per Room — Cost $750
    ($250 per person)
  • 4-per Room — Cost $840
    ($210 per person)

Before registering, you’ll need to know if your roommates wish to purchase a t-shirt (and the style and size).

Option Two

Register Individually

Roommates can be requested, but aren’t guaranteed.

You pay only your registration fee.

Available Options:

  • 2-per Room — Cost $290
  • 4-per Room — Cost $210

Additional Information:

  • There will not be a “Program Only/No Hotel” option offered for this event. On-site registration is not available.
  • Early-bird pricing ended September 5, 2017
  • Registration is non-refundable for Option One. Option Two is refundable until October 1, less a $35 cancellation fee.
  • Registration is transferable by contacting events@chicagochurch.org. In some cases the shirt style and size will not be able to be changed.
  • Shirts can only be ordered until September 24, 2017

Sorry, registration ended September 24. We will not be accepting any additional registrations and on-site registration will not be available.

Commemorative Shirt Options

Feminine Fit

S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Feminine Fit
with rhinestones

S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Standard Fit

S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Standard Fit
with rhinestones

S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Sorry… shirts are no longer able to be ordered.

Choir and Band Participants Wanted

We are looking for women who would like to join us in making a joyful noise to the Lord this fall! Please take just a few seconds and use this online form to sign up for the women’s retreat choir. And new this year, we’re also looking for experienced instrumentalists in the hopes of forming an all-women’s worship band to play at the retreat. Questions? Call or text Lara Jenkins at (708) 828-5272, or send an email to mslaraj@yahoo.com.

More Information

If you have questions about this year’s Women’s Retreat, contact us at events@chicagochurch.org


October 27, 2017
October 29, 2017


Abbey Resort
269 Fontana Blvd
Fontana, WI 53125 United States
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October 27, 2017
October 29, 2017


Abbey Resort
269 Fontana Blvd
Fontana, WI 53125 United States
+ Google Map