The countdown has begun for our 17th Annual Ladies Winter Retreat! November 9-11 we will gather in the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in beautiful Pigeon Forge TN for 4 services in the presence of the Lord! Winterfest begins on the 7th so there will be over a million lights as you drive into this winter wonderland!
This year we will not have a luncheon on Friday. We have grown until we need the entire space for the services! This will give you an opportunity to try some of the delicious restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You won’t want to miss the Old Mill, Old Mill Grill, Apple Barn, Bubba Gumps, Paula Deen’s and too many more to mention!
We will have the bring a gift, get a gift again this year. Anyone that wants to take part brings a wrapped gift (no designated price). When you bring your gift, someone will give you a ticket. Each night at the end of service we will call out your number (25 at a time) and you choose your gift! It is always an exciting time for the ladies….everyone goes home with something! We will have a special table set up for gifts being brought by our teens. 13+ girls can bring a gift that is more for their age group and they will choose from their own table!
I have prepared door prizes again this year….Longaberger baskets and pottery, Thirty-One, Vera Bradley, Yankee candles, 2 quilts made in Alabama, another crocheted prayer shawl from Florida and 60+ handmade Christmas wreaths and too many more surprises to mention. The Smoky Mountain Resorts group has donated a one night stay at your choice of Ramada, Creekstone, Country Cascades or Rivers Landing to be used until December 2018. We will draw 25-30 names after each service for door prizes. After the Saturday morning service, we draw for the grand prizes which will include 3 sets of Christmas dishes including the tablecloth, napkins, chargers and goblets. This year we have 3 beautiful sets prepared for you again! This was started our 2nd year when one of the ladies’ son donated a set to be given away. We were so thrilled, I have kept up the tradition every year!
The Ferree family will be doing our praise and worship again this year. They are always such a highlight and bring such an anointing into each service. Many years we have had our altar service in the beginning! The praise and worship will usher you into His presence to be changed into His likeness! Come prepared to worship for He has never failed to walk with us during the Retreat!
Tammy Sharrett and her assistant will be taking your group pictures this year! We will have them printed on-site and ready for you to take home with you. I have arranged for you to receive a 4×6 photo of your group or you and your bff as my gift to you to commemorate this year’s Retreat!
I will have a special meeting with our pastors and pastor’s wives on Friday morning from 8:30am to 9:30am. Please plan to join me for a few moments as I have prepared a special gift for our pastors. I would also like to meet our new pastors that are attending as well as our old friends from many years gone by and share my heart for this year’s Retreat. Our Retreat has grown each year and we desire you to feel free to be a part of this great outpouring of His presence.
The entire Ramada Inn has been blocked off for us and will be held until October 1. If you enjoy staying near the Convention Center and walking distance to Cracker Barrel, you must book your room before the block is lifted. Last year we filled the Ramada and many rooms at the Creekstone. If you prefer the Creekstone Inn, we have rooms available at your request. The Ramada has installed an elevator this year and renovated the rooms. We were very pleased when we stayed during the Spring Retreat in May. Call 1-800-523-3919 and ask for He Died for Me Ministries Ladies Retreat for your $68 rate. This is a room with 2 queen beds. They also have king rooms, 2 rooms with 3 queen beds and jacuzzi rooms available at different prices. If you plan on coming early, the rooms on Tuesday and Wednesday are discounted also. UPDATE: The Ramada is full of our ladies but we still have rooms available at Creekstone Inn and River’s Landing. Call the same number and mention HDFM for the special group rate!
The registration fee is $40. You can register on our website, by mailing a form to our home address or register at the door. Make sure if you plan to register at the door and are bringing a child, I need their name and age to prepare their gift. There is no registration fee for children 12 and under. Be sure to add their name onto the bottom of your form. You can paypal here on the website under the Ladies Winter Retreat page. Just fill out the form and it will connect you to paypal to pay your registration fee. You can also print the form and mail to PO Box 125 Willisburg KY 40078 with your check made to He Died for Me Ministries.
We have many exciting plans for this year and I look forward to worshipping with you November 9-11 in the beautiful Smoky Mountains! Make your plans today to join us!