September Women's Weekend
Ladies – join us for a beautiful fall weekend!
You invest a lot of time and energy into your families, churches, communities and work…retreat from the daily routine and set aside some time to recharge emotionally and spiritually. Enjoy a weekend away with your girlfriends…laughter and worship and relaxing and talking!
EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE. A story, that is.
There’s not a person you will ever meet who isn’t telling some kind of story with their lives. As Christ-followers we’re telling a story with our lives, too.
Our story is a divine story; One that’s being written through our daily actions, our devotions, our disappointments, our dreams, and most essentially, our faith.
It’s an epic tale penned by God Himself. Scripture trumpets this truth: “All my days were written in your Book before one of them came to be.” In the New Testament Jesus is called the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Imagine that - Christ as the Ultimate Author, and, we – part of the story He is telling.
So, as believers, exactly how do we manage to tell a better story with our lives? How do we interact with the characters, friendly and otherwise, that we encounter? How do we adjust when we’re blindsided by a plot-twist we didn’t see coming? How do we reflect the Author in the nitty-gritty of everyday life? And, finally, how do we encourage others to see the divine fingerprints evident their own stories?
That’s the journey Allison Allen is passionate about taking with God’s women. As a teacher, story-teller, and dramatist, she wants to encourage us all to dare to tell a Better story with our lives.
Ready to jump in?
Ready to turn the page?
Ready to tell a better story with your life?
From her kindergarten stage debut as a bovine to performing one-woman pieces with Women of Faith, Allison Allen has always relished the power of story, the thrill of walking in the shoes of others, and, most importantly, spot-lighting the Ultimate Story-teller.
After graduating as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar from the prestigious acting program at Carnegie Mellon University, Allison (Metcalf) Allen landed on Broadway in the revival of “Grease”, and stayed there for almost two years. Following her tenure of 650 performances with the show, the hand-jive from Rydell High still returns to grace her dreams.
For three years (2007-2009), Allison experienced the joy of being Women of Faith’s dramatist, performing her original one-woman pieces for over 200,000 women in arenas around the country. She counts walking the same platform as the Women of Faith “porch-pals” among one of the profound honors of her life.
Currently, she loves weaving Biblical teaching and acting pieces together in unexpected ways, and is over the moon to teach at conferences and retreats around the country. Saddleback Church, Living the Faith, and Campus Crusade’s National Women’s Conference are just a few of the wonderful places she has been. She started speaking by believing that God is a better door opener than she ever could hope to be. As He opened doors, large or small, she responded by saying “yes.” Exploring themes of purpose, value, and identity in original and sometimes unexpected ways, Allison hopes to lead women on a rare journey toward the fullness of Christ’s redemption. Sheila Walsh says of her, “Allison is a gifted writer, a brilliant dramatist, and a profound communicator of God’s truth.”
Off-stage, Allison spends a good deal of time writing the stories of characters who find themselves between a rock and a hard place spiritually, and the Christ who specializes in just such tight spots; Allison began writing “Magdalene”, a musical theatre piece, while still a student at Carnegie Mellon University. It was picked up again for completion in 2005. The musical’s inaugural, Tennessee production featured American Idol, Jordin Sparks.
On a personal note, Allison gardens at mid-night and is married to a good and handsome man – a man with whom she can joyfully wear heels. This is no small feat, as Allison resides somewhere around 5’12”. Jonathan, her very tall husband, is the Worship Pastor at Grace Chapel. They have two wonderful boys, Levi and Luke.
Allison introduces her new book, "Shine"
IT’S TIME YOU STEPPED INTO THE LIGHT OF GOD’S ROLE FOR YOU!
Beginning as a worship leader at a small church in Southern California, veteran CCM artist Cheri Keaggy has ministered through music and testimony for over twenty years. Her debut album, Child of the Father, released to rave reviews in 1994, earning her a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. Nine albums, nine number one songs, three Dove Award nominations and a Dove Award win later, Keaggy continues to be a mainstay on Adult Contemporary and Inspirational radio, while congregations the world over sing her songs, including “There is Joy in the Lord” and “In Remembrance of Me,” during church services. Songs she wrote for her children have emerged as favorites at women’s events through the years (MOPS, Hearts at Home, Proverbs 31 Ministries, Family Life Ministries).
Often with her Bible and journal close at hand, Keaggy takes a teachable approach to life as she shares her experiences through various avenues: speaking, singing, songwriting, blogging, and one-on-one encounters on the road. With a heart of compassion towards others, she has partnered with organizations such as Food for the Hungry, Lifesong for Orphans, and the Nashville Rescue Mission.
“I’ve often said when we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of Jesus,” Keaggy says. “And He’s so faithful to meet us. Jesus is everything to me. And it has been a joy to tell my ‘God stories’ wherever He opens the door. If He can use my struggles to grow me in the faith and make me more effective for the Kingdom, then that’s what I want. I give Him my life to use however He sees fit.”
Perhaps that sentiment is best expressed in the title cut of her ninth album, No Longer My Own, a song inspired by the ‘Covenant Prayer’ popularized by John Wesley. On the heels of her 2012 release, So I Can Tell, songs penned following the end of her twenty-two year marriage to her high school sweetheart, her highly anticipated summer 2015 release seeks to embolden fellow sojourners of the faith to live more fearlessly for Christ.
Donning the producer’s hat on the project, Keaggy employed the talents of some of Nashville’s top musicians, skillfully steering the instrumentation toward the pop and gospel genres. Combined with her trademark velvety vocals, the result is a cohesive collection of Christ-focused songs that exude a sense of deeply felt conviction and, ultimately, surrender.
Listeners can look forward to such vertically oriented songs of celebration as “Lucky To Be Breathing Your Air,” prayerful petitions like “Jesus, One and Only,” poignant ballads like “You Go Before,” and the powerful anthem, “Overcome,” a response to recent news reports of believers facing persecution, even unto death, and the increase of moral decay in our nation. She also enlists her uncle, Grammy nominee and Dove award winner Phil Keaggy, who contributes a jubilant ukulele track in the lighthearted Scripture song, “Whatever is True (Phil. 4:8).”
Composing new music and melody to the hymn “He Giveth More Grace” in her newly named “The Giving Song,” she includes a hint of the church classic, “I Surrender All.” Keaggy offers an invitation to abide in “I Love Your Company,” a sentiment that echoes every parent’s wish to see their child content and at rest in blessed communion.
“My prayer is that all-too-busy believers will rediscover the simple joy of being with Jesus, sitting with Him, delighting in Him. After an incredible season of pouring out, I knew I had to guard that, to remember my First Love. And it has humbled me, in a good way.”
Perhaps the most poignant, and achingly honest song on the project is Keaggy’s newly penned “Be My Sabbath,” which serves as a desperate cry for God’s restorative power and refueling. She wrote the song after experiencing the sheer elation of reaching her goal on the Kickstarter campaign that funded the CD, and the unanticipated physical and spiritual burnout that followed.
“One definition of ‘burn-out’ is: to cause to fail, wear out, or become exhausted, especially from overwork or over use. I’m not entirely sure what constitutes burnout,” Keaggy muses. “But I think I reached that point sometime around the Christmas holidays. The hectic pace of life, work, and ministry simply caught up with me, and the usual things I did to find renewal wouldn’t work. I was stuck.”
All the traveling, pouring out, promoting, administering, and bill paying had taken their toll. Keaggy says she came to the end of herself, and that’s a pretty good place to find God. “I woke up one morning and scribbled out a whole page of words and feelings with no concern for order or rhyme. And realized a song was brewing.
I don’t mind being broken as long as I get a good song out of it,” she quips. “It might contain the most angst-ridden lyrics I’ve written to date, but it’s real; it’s authentic and it points to God, my Source, my Sabbath.”
Through TV appearances such as Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise the Lordand LeSEA Broadcasting’s The Harvest Show or radio interviews like Moody Broadcasting’s Chris Fabry Live and Midday Connection, Keaggy never misses an opportunity to testify to Christ’s work and healing in her life. Her love for Him and passion for God’s Word is evident to all who meet her. In spite of life’s difficulties, she chooses God’s truths over and over again and seeks to inspire others to do the same.
As referenced in “Romans 15:13 (Benediction Song),” an encounter with Cheri Keaggy is an encounter with the God of Hope.
Cheri lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Steven, and their dogs, Daisy and Sadie. She has two adult children, Cameron and Sarah, and enjoys reading, writing, zumba, and a good movie.
Life Coaching Appointmentswith Debbie Mascioli
of Empowering Purpose Coaching & Consulting Service
Life Coaching helps take someone from where they are to where they want to be! Sometimes we just feel stuck, & need someone to talk to. Life Coaching is the art of listening to an individual and through asking strategic questions, helping that person discover solutions to move forward. Debbie's passion is to encourage women to embrace their position and promises in Christ in order to experience the breakthrough that will empower them to move forward in their God-given purpose! With 25+ years of experience she is a spirit led, gifted listener which sets her apart from others. Coaching is a trusted relationship between Coach & Client, however she invites the Holy Spirit into the process. Deb is certified as a John Maxwell International Coach, Speaker, Teacher & Trainer; a Biblical Breakthrough Life Coach; and a Peacemaker Christian Conciliator, Conflict Coach.
Pricing / Packages
All rates are per person and include two nights lodging in the Chesapeake Lodge, six meals, snacks, program and activities. Some optional craft workshops and activities require a modest fee.
Want to arrive Thursday, September 13th or stay after Sunday night, September 16th? Please call 800.234.2683 to add either or both nights to your weekend package. The cost is just $50 per night per person and includes breakfast and lunch.
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