2016 women’s retreat


ECPC Women’s Retreat
March 11-13, 2016

The Dillard House
Dillard, GA


Come along as we learn what it is to be one image bearer, living as part of one body, united under one truth, engaged in one epic battle.

One Battle. It’s no secret that the world we live in is in turmoil, but most people don’t realize that there is a very real battle taking place in the realm of ideas. In 2 Cor. 10:3-5, Paul tells us that the weapons of our battle are not of the flesh, but are divinely powerful — we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. You’ll be exposed to some of the ideas at play in our culture that, in Paul’s words, are “raised against the knowledge of God.” Interacting with those ideas in a safe environment will give you a glimpse of the epic battle in which you play an important part.

One Truth. Ideas have consequences. We will determine just how well the ideas expressed in our culture work in the real world. We will see the supremacy of Christianity, and the shining light of its Gospel beneath which we are united. We will also learn some tools for interaction that will help us to navigate tricky conversations with family, friends, co-workers — even perfect strangers — as we offer reasons for the hope that is within us with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15-16).

One Body. It’s easy to see and feel how the Gospel unites us during a Sunday worship service, but what does that look like as the local church scatters for a normal week? We will explore what it means to live in true Christian community — as one body (Romans 12:5) — both in our cities and in our world. We will unpack Acts 17 as we talk about engaging the culture around us, and think of tangible ways to be culture creators rather than culture consumers.

One Image. The final session will focus on us as individual women. As we look at the bookends of the Bible (the first chapter and the last), we will address what it means to be image bearers and how that impacts the way we see ourselves and others. We will be dazzled by the Gospel in our own lives, by the identity Christ bestows upon us, and by the roles we are given in the greatest love story of all time.

join us

We’re headed back to the Dillard House for a break from the busyness of life. Located less than two hours from Atlanta, the Dillard House is nestled in the North Georgia mountains. Enjoy the famous Southern cuisine in a beautiful and tranquil mountain setting, relax in a rocking chair with a morning cup of coffee, or take a leisurely stroll around the grounds under the wide open sky.

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 some time to yourself, or to join some friends for some planned activities (hiking, shopping, crafting, etc.)

We encourage you to get started early on Friday and meander up to the mountains. Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday are on your own.

cost and scholarships

Your registration fee includes lodging for two nights (Standard Deluxe Double Queen Room), breakfast and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday morning, and use of facilities. You may choose from the following rooming options:

  • 4 women per room* ($150 per person)
  • 3 women per room* ($180 per person)
  • 2 women per room ($200 per person)
    *More than 2 in a room will share a queen size bed.

Online registration must be paid in full. If you would like to take advantage of our payment plan, please fill out a registration form in the atrium on Sunday morning.

We understand that these are difficult times for some, and we want everyone who wishes to attend to be able to join us at this year’s retreat!

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. Please visit ecpcwomen.com/scholarship or contact Debbie at debbierobinson54@gmail.com if you require assistance.

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.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to our scholarship fund, please make your check payable to ECPC and note “WMT-retreat scholarship” in the memo line. All monies collected will be distributed to those requiring assistance.

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 scheduled conference talks. Mothers who plan to bring their nursing babies on the retreat will need to make arrangements with their roommates, and will not be paired at random with other attendees.

about our speaker

15_meganalmonMegan Almon — a former University of Georgia Gymdog and award-winning journalist — has a master’s degree in apologetics. As a pastor’s wife, she has a heart for the broken. She has the tenacity to stand on truth in her presentations, but also the gift of listening well and connecting to her audience. Megan is–first and foremost–a lover of truth. She is passionate about communicating the truths of scripture accurately, convincingly, and lovingly, and training others to do the same. She is not afraid to tackle tough subjects, and is skilled in Christian apologetics, a topic she is excited to be able to bring to our women.

Megan joined Life Training Institute in 2009, and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. In addition to working with LTI, Megan has experience working with youth organizations, campus outreach, and women’s groups.

Megan and her husband, Tripp — a church planter and a former gymnast himself — have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at their log cabin in Newnan and is still known to practice handstands in her living room and occasionally coach the sport she still loves.

For more information on this or any of our women’s ministry events, email wmt@ecpca.org.

Retreat program • Retreat overview• Directions to the retreat • What to bring
Dining in and around the Dillard House • Saturday afternoon free-time