Ladies, we have arrived at Retreat week. Ronnie and I have almost completed loading everything into the trailer and we will soon begin our journey to Pigeon Forge.
I have checked the weather report and make sure you come prepared for some chill in the air.
Thursday is 61 high and 34 at night with a 50% chance of showers.
Friday high is 41 with a 40% change of morning rain or snow showers and down to 26 at night.
Saturday will be 51 with no showers! Yay!
It will be a beautiful fall day but a little winter at night! Make sure you bring something warm to get you into the Convention Center!
We will start service between 7 & 7:30pm on Thursday giving the ladies time to travel in. The doors will open at 6pm for you to get checked in or registered and visit with your friends from different states. We will have your totes ready for you to fill as you enter the Center. There will also be a volunteer there if you have any questions. With your tote in hand, you will move to the nearby table to fill out your name badge.
If you have not yet registered, my sister Lindy will be there to take your registration. Registration is still $40 at the door. She will also be able to answer any of your questions you may have.
The hallway to your right will have all our products. Your theme tshirts will be there along with He Died for Me shirts, tote bags from previous Retreats, cds, dvds, books and Bibles. We have added a square terminal this year for those of you that need to keep your cash for the weekend. The square will also be available if you choose to give your offering this way. We have had several requests through the years to receive credit or debit cards and this year, it will be much simpler hopefully for you.
The hallway to your left will have a display for all the door prizes that will be given away on Saturday at the end of the Retreat. That hallway also will be used for Sharrett Photography. Tammy and Sandra will be taking your group photos, family photos or individual photos. We have engraved photo holders to take your keepsake home with you. Please limit your photo to one shoot. You need to decide who will be in that special photo shoot with you! They will be available an hour before each service to take your photos, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. There will be no photos taken at the end of the Retreat so make your plans to come a little early before service. Tammy and Sandra always have such beautiful backdrops to make amazing photos for you.
If you are bringing children with you, we will have a table set up with crayons, coloring books, colored pencils and cards, and this year a stocking and colored markers to carry home. And maybe just a little Christmas candy for because we love our children.
We always start off with a song from Ronnie with Jeff Vaughn on the keyboard. After Ronnie’s song, the Ferree girls will pick right up where he left off and we will enter into worship! First night is always so power packed!
Friday services will be at 10am (doors open at 9am) with a break for you to enjoy Pigeon Forge and then back again at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Saturday will be our last service beginning at 10am (doors open at 9am).
This year we have hired a security company that will be watching over the Convention Center during our services. In 19 years, we have never had any problems but I decided to take this next step to make sure all our women not only feel safe but are safe.
The theme this year is I AM your hiding place. This year has certainly been an example of this theme over and over again. I already feel that stirring in my heart. I look forward to spending this weekend with you in the presence of the Lord.
See you Thursday….