Treetops Resort, Gaylord, MI
3962 Wilkinson Rd
Gaylorid, MI 49735

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Friday, April 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM EDT
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Sisters in Christ

First Annual Retreat 

Life is full of trials and trouble. Even God’s people sometimes feel lost and confused. But even in the face of adversity, we know that God is in control. He is the one to whom we can always turn for peace and comfort. He promises to protect us from the devil, the world, and our own sinful selves. And he surrounds us with the songs of the greatest deliverance of all: our salvation in Jesus our Savior. This deliverance brings us the amazing joy of knowing that we have a home in heaven waiting for us. This world and its troubles are temporary, and our God will walk beside us all the way. He will protect us and surround us with the greatest song ever sung. Join us for a weekend of reflecting on God’s great love, protection, and deliverance in Jesus!


April 1-3, 2022 

Treetops Resort • 3962 Wilkinson Road • Gaylord, MI 49735 • (866) 348-5249

Break Out Session Descriptions
(You will choose 3)

1. Rachel Greiner-You Are My Hiding Place-Need a place to hide? We've Got This!
Sometimes we feel more isolated than ever, but God is offering us connection through our sisters in Christ. What if we felt free to be authentic with each other? Let's explore ways to share God's strength with people who are hurting. Don't miss this fun and practical session.

2. Kay Himm - Building a Spiritual Reservoir 
In this session Kay will lead us through a thought provoking Bible Study, as we look at building a spiritual reservoir, and what that means in the lives of God's people.

3. His Way Band - Songs of Deliverance 
In this interactive session, His Way Band will share the history of their ministry, as well as a sneak peek of Saturday night's entertainment. Be ready to sing and learn some rhythms that you just might be using before you know it!

4. Lisa Hecht - Walking in His Protection
Stress, depression, anxiety, and many other emotional challenges are strongly related to “problem thoughts.” The way we handle these thoughts AND how we work with our thought life in general involves skills that we can all learn and practice. Walking in the protection of His Love and His Truth for our minds and lives.

5. Aneela Nazi - You Will Surround Me
In this session Aneela will share her story of growing up in Pakistan amidst Christian persecution, and how God protected Aneela and her family. She will also share the work that she and her husband did in Pakistan and are currently doing here in the United States.

More Details

Friday Night Opening Session 
Pastor Mike Biedenbender - Why and Where Are You Hiding?

"Hide and Seek" is a game we all played as children. But maybe, just maybe, we play that game more often than we care to admit. Maybe, just maybe, hiding has become such part of our lives that we don't even realize that we are hiding. In Psalm 32, David realized that he had been hiding in the wrong place and found himself exhausted. Are you hiding? If so, where are you hiding and from what?

Optional Saturday Afternoon Bible Study 
Pastor Mike Biedenbender
Faith Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Name that Tune!
Pastor Mike Biedenbender will lead the optional afternoon Bible study on our theme verse.
Come and learn about the songs sung to us by our God which move our hearts and souls because they carry with them the power of the Holy Spirit. They move us to focus on the glory of our God, his grace, his protection, and his purposes for us.

Saturday Afternoon Keynote Address 
Lisa Hecht - God’s Provision of Truth and Love for Emotional Suffering We all suffer emotionally at some point in our lives, some of us more than others. Suffering is part of our life on earth. Having a more accurate, scientific understanding of what emotions are, how, why and where they happen is an important step in enabling a person to better resolve difficult feelings. From this understanding comes a natural healing and care process, for us and those we love. “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”

Additional Afternoon Activities (Optional) 
These activities are on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.

Paint and Sip - $59/person
3:30-5:30pm Drink ticket and snacks included.
Time to get your creative juices flowing with this guided painting project lead by a local Gaylord artist. You will be provided with 1 glass of wine/or domestic beer as well as a mixture of light hors d'oeuvres plus all the tools needed to complete your hand painted masterpiece! 

Guided Nature Hike - $15/person 
4:30-5:30pm Hot cocoa and cider at bonfire included. 
All ages and capabilities welcome on this 1.5 mile guided nature hike across the beautiful Treetops property. Your guide will lead you to a beautiful perch overlooking our Jones Course hole #6 which is how “Treetops” got its name. You will then head back through the woods to a quaint, firelit setting where you can have a steaming cup of hot chocolate before heading back to the Jones Activity Center.

Spring Wagon Ride - $30/person
3:30pm and 4:30pm - 45 minutes
Hot cocoa and cider at bonfire included.
The perfect way to experience spring in Northern Michigan! After a quick shuttle ride out to a nearby wagon trail, you are greeted with a hot apple cider and a wagon ride provided by Treetop's friendly neighbors at Cook Family Farm.

Spa Services - 20% Off
Retreat attendees qualify for 20% off spa services. Visit treetops.com for available services and pricing. You must call Treetops to schedule your appointment. Make sure you mention our special retreat rate.


Saturday Evening Entertainment

Lodging and Location
Treetops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735

To make reservations, call (866) 348-5249 and ask for the special Sisters in Christ Retreat rate.
Attendees who had rooms reserved for the cancelled 2020 retreat can use that room credit for this retreat. 
Mention your 2020 room credit when calling Treetops.

 The deadline for booking rooms at our discounted rate is March 1, 2022. 
These discounted rates are also available March 31st and April 3rd if you choose to extend your stay.

You have three choices for room accommodations:

Standard Rooms at the Treetops Inn
Feature two double beds and a small refrigerator.
Shuttle service available. 
No elevators.  

Deluxe Rooms at the Treetops Inn
Feature two queen beds, sitting area, fridge, and a microwave.
Shuttle service available.
No elevators.

Lodge Queen/Lodge Queen Deluxe
Feature two queen beds, sitting area, wet bar, fridge, and a microwave.
Shuttle service available.

Elevators available.

Hotel Reservations

*All rooms are assessed a $15 per room per night resort fee.
You must reserve a room for two nights, April 1st and 2nd, 2022.
All activities and breakout sessions will be held at the Convention Center, which is less than .5 miles from the Inn and Lodge.
A complimentary shuttle is available to you all weekend.
If you want to get your steps in, you will be able to clock about 1,000 steps each way!

We sign a contract with the hotel, and costs are based on the number of hotel rooms reserved.
Thank you for your understanding as we try to keep costs as low as possible.


Friday, April 1
3:00 Hotel Check-in begins
6:00 - 7:00 Retreat Sign-in at Convention Center
7:00 Opening
7:45 - 8:45 Speaker
8:45 - 9:15 Break/Light Refreshments
9:15 Singing

Saturday, April 2
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 8:50 Clear
8:50 - 10:00 Breakout 1
10:10 - 11:00 Breakout 2
11:10 - 12:00 Breakout 3
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 Singing/Activity
2:00 - 3:00 Keynote
3:00 - 6:30 Free Time
3:15 - 4:15 Optional Bible Study
3:30 - 5:30 Optional Activities:
Paint and Sip
Guided Nature Hike
Spring Wagon Ride 
Spa Treatments 
6:30 - 7:30 Banquet 
7:45 - 9:00 Entertainment - His Way Band

Sunday, April 3
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:15 Morning Worship

Important Information:  

Retreat Fees: Our registration fee includes the program and meals.

Scholarships: This assistance covers registration fees only. Recipients will need to stay at the hotel to qualify for one of the scholarships, but may share accommodations to reduce costs. We are offering this assistance to two women, with the selection process being a drawing of names. A third scholarship recipient will receive the Elaine P. Hayes Memorial Scholarship. Send an email with the nominee's contact information to info@sistersinchristretreat.org. All entries must be received by January 14, 2022. Recipients will be notified by January 17, 2022.

Payment: To pay with a credit or debit card, register online. To pay with a check, mail a printed registration form to:
Sisters in Christ
Attn: Lori Hensler
7620 Freeland Rd. Freeland, MI 48623
Make checks payable to “Sisters in Christ.”

Refunds: If by your choosing you are unable to attend, we cannot offer refunds. You may find a substitute to attend in your place. Please notify us of any changes. In the event that the retreat is cancelled again due to circumstances beyond our control, we will do our best to refund as much as possible. In 2020, we were able to offer a 90% refund.

Dress: Wear what you find comfortable. You may want to dress up for the Saturday night banquet or for Sunday morning worship. Children: Out of courtesy for others attending the retreat, we kindly request that you leave your little ones at home unless they are nursing infants.

Children: Out of courtesy for others attending the retreat, we kindly request that you leave your little ones at home unless they are nursing infants.

Wearables: This year, wearables will be available for purchase at: https://sistersinchrist2022.itemorder.com/shop/sale/ and will be distributed at the retreat.

Questions: info@sistersinchristretreat.org   Lori Hensler (989) 284-7132 Lisa Solomon (248) 854-7578.


Sisters in Christ Duty of Care

It is of utmost importance for us to keep all attendees safe at the 2022 Sisters in Christ Retreat. Below we have provided details on our COVID safety protocols. Please check back regularly for updates as things continue to change in the state of Michigan.

Social Distancing: We will provide additional chairs so if you wish to spread out from other attendees, there will be some room to do so. However, social distancing will not be required by all attendees.

Masks: Masks are not required.

Vaccinations: Vaccinations are not required.

Symptoms: If you are experiencing any symptoms in the days leading up to the event, we ask that you not attend. If you experience symptoms while at the retreat, we ask that you stay in your room and notify us. 

PPE: Treetops resort will have hand sanitizer and masks available.

If you have any additional questions regarding our Duty of Care, please contact us at info@sistersinchrist.org

We encourage you to do what you feel most comfortable doing to protect yourself during this time. We will do our best to help you feel safe and comfortable while at the retreat.


Wearables & Logo Themed Items Available To Purchase

A variety of items sporting both the Sisters in Christ logo and our 2022 theme are available for purchase. 
  (Items may be ordered now through March 1, 2022 and will be available for pickup at the retreat.)





The Sisters in Christ Retreat is organized by a committee of women
from the following congregations:

Bethany Lutheran Church, Saginaw, MI
Christ Our Savior, Rockford, MI
Crown of Life Lutheran Church, Warren, MI
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Midland, MI
St Matthews Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, WI


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