2018 women’s retreat

retreat thumbnailMarch 16-18, 2018

come along as we study Friendships Rooted in the Garden of the Gospel

In a day of facebook, instagram, and hundreds of “friends”,  we often fall short and miss out on the joy and blessings of deep relationships.  As fallen people, relationships even friendships must be cultivated and grown.  Our four sessions will  look at how each step of God’s plan of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Re-Creation applies to friendships, relationship, and living in community.  We’ll kickoff Friday evening and finish by noon on Sunday.

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We’re headed to Callaway Gardens for a break from the busyness of life. Located about an hour south of Atlanta, Callaway is the perfect resort for adventure and relaxation in Mother Nature’s breathtaking landscape.  Relax in a rocking chair with a morning cup of coffee, or explore the 2,500 spectacular acres, filled with walking and biking trails.  Flights of fancy await you in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, where 1,000 or more butterflies flutter freely about in one of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories.  Be sure to catch the Birds of Prey Show as these magnificent creatures swoop overhead and give guests an up-close look “on the glove”.

rest & relax

Our Women’s Retreat is a relaxing weekend that allows us to enjoy each other in fellowship while being fed in God’s word, all in a picturesque setting that is conducive to slowing down, recharging, and encouraging one another.

Saturday afternoon we’ll take a break from our sessions to allow you time to explore Callaway Gardens.  A box lunch will be provided for you to take on your adventure.

cost and scholarships

Your registration fee includes lodging for two nights (2 bedroom cottage with 2 beds in each room), breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday morning, and full access to Callaway Gardens facility.  You may choose from the following rooming options:

  • 4 women per cabin* ($269 per person, before Feb 12th)
  • 3 women per cabin ($299 per person, before Feb 12th)
  • 2 women per cabin ($369 per person, before Feb 12th)
    *each lady will still have her own bed in all options

Note: after Feb 12th, costs will increase $35 per person

Online registration must be paid in full. If you would like to take advantage of our payment plan, please contact Mara at mara@retzlaff.org.

We want everyone who wishes to attend to be able to join us at this year’s retreat! Partial scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. Please contact Mara at mara@retzlaff.org for more information.

Scholarships will be made possible through the donations of our women. If you are in a position to help other ladies participate in the retreat, we welcome your contribution of any amount.  You can either add a contribution amount when registering yourself, or make your check payable to ECPC and note “WMT-retreat scholarship” in the memo line. All monies collected will be distributed.

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special accommodations

Nursing mothers are welcome to bring their non-crawling infants on the retreat. A cry room will be available during the conference for moms who need to step out during talks. Mothers who plan to bring nursing babies will need to make arrangements with their roommates, and will not be paired at random with other attendees.

about our speaker 

chandra photo thumbnailChandra Oliver is a fifth generation “Okie” where her great-great grandparents had one of the first glass greenhouses in the Oklahoma Territory.  Needless to say, plants and gardening are in her blood.  

Chandra earned a bachelor degree in history from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia and then moved across the country to California to study Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College.  In California, Chandra met and married her husband Matthew Oliver, and they moved into the Reformed faith, joining Orthodox Presbyterian Church. 

A few years later, Matthew and Chandra moved to Oklahoma to be near family while pursuing master degrees in business administration.  At the time, the Presbyterian Church in America was planting a church in Norman, OK and beginning an RUF ministry at the University of Oklahoma.  Matthew and Chandra joined the church plant where Matthew was ordained as a Ruling Elder.

In the coming years, Chandra attended the PCA’s Leadership Training for Women in the Church held annually in Atlanta.  LT is where God planted a love for women’s ministry in Chandra’s heart.  This training and teaching is what helped to establish women’s ministry in their local church. 

Still not finished with the pursuit of education, Matthew and Chandra felt Matthew’s call to the church begin to change.  In 2007, Matthew began his Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary and was then called to be a Chaplain in the U.S. Army.  This latest season of ministry has sent Matthew on several combat deployments and moved their family all over the United States.  In each location and with each new community, Chandra has been able to teach and grow her passion for “covenant theology (which) is the heart and essence of biblical womanhood and thus central to women’s ministry.”  Currently, the Olivers reside in South Carolina.

During her pilgrim journey, Chandra has worked as a junior-high history teacher, an insurance claims adjuster, and an IT business analyst.  Her interests include reading, cooking, and gardening.  Most recently, Chandra completed studies in portrait photography as the first step in completing another degree, this time in Art Therapy.