The 2021 Women's Retreat will be live streamed  April 16,17 @ Camp Au Sable. The theme will remain "Warrior not Worrier." 

It will be broadcast virtual with a small number of leaders in attendance. Those participating and invited will be the Michigan WM board of women, our speaker Ruthann Thompson, and all of Michigan local church women's ministries leaders for the event.

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Seminars & Speakers

Warrior not Worrier


Ruth-Ann Thompson - is a motivational speaker, author, lyricist, soloist, comedian and character actress.  Widowed at age 24, she pulls from personal experiences to weave honesty and humor into her “Sunshine in the Shadows” Grief Seminars, designed to effectively equip attendees with practical tools to navigate life’s toughest challenges.


Her children’s series, The Open Fielders, touches the hearts of children and encourages the hearts of parents.  Her autobiography, Dancing in My Tattered Pink Dress, will be released in December 2019. To date, Ruth-Ann has composed over 70 songs, including praise and worship songs used nationally.


In the fall of 2018, Ruth-Ann became widowed for a second time. She has three living adult children, Jai, Austin and Alexandra, and three grandchildren, Elijah, Jaidon and Shandon.  She lost her son, Brandon, in 2013.  She holds to the promise “when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”  (Job 23:10)  She secretly desires to be a race car driver.



Ephesians 6: 10 – 12 - 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


We serve a mighty and powerful God, and as His daughters, we must be bold warriors for His cause.  This session encourages even the timid ones to boldly stand for the Lord.


Ephesians 6: 13 – 17 - 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


Others will be won to Christ by the strength of our personal testimony.  This session shows how to tell our stories without telling our business.  In other words, there is a way to proclaim what God has done for us without the worry of embarrassment or revealing details better left unsaid.


Ephesians 6: 18 – 20 - 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.


Worriers scream.  Warriors yell.  There is a difference.  And once we know the difference, it will change the way we prepare for Christ’s soon return.

Keynote speaker

Prepare Your Prayer Closet

Delaina Cischke

Why are we asked to pray? How are we to pray? Who are we to pray for? What can we gain from prayer? No matter how you pray, spend time with Jesus.  Let Him know you trust Him enough to talk to Him and believe He is always listening and answering. As we go through our prayer seminar, we will hopefully answer these questions and many more. Learn some new prayers using scripture and ways to pray over your family and friends. Learn how God has answered prayers in big and small ways and see how our lives can grow. We will learn how to prepare our prayer closets and face this world alongside God.

Hospitality and Healthy Living Through International Cooking


Have you ever been intimidated by hosting a meal in your home, church or community? Have you had an interest in cooking international food but do not know how? In this session, you will learn to make Filipino dishes and learn the importance of hospitality in your own home and ministry. Opening your home for a meal and fellowship is like opening your hearts to others. We are all admonished to serve others, to feed the hungry and to honor God through the gifts and talents he has given us. Food and hospitality help us connect with people and minister to them. The Bible says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”(Hebrews 13:16)  We will also learn some interesting facts about nutrition and culture in general.

From Fear to Faith


Have you ever thought about what you are most afraid of? Core Fears sabotage our walk of Faith. Let’s discover what they are so that we can surrender them to Christ and live as warriors, not worriers.

The Belt of “telling ourselves the truth”.   

Shelly Wiggins

Come and learn How facing your story and accepting the truth of where you’ve been is a true gift.  The healing that comes from acceptance counters shame & results in empowering us to move forward for eternity. The exercise in my workshop will require you to bring your own belt that has a buckle on it.  You will create a keepsake with the truth of who you are in Christ! 

Grayling Soup Kitchen

Mission emphasis 

Bring your canned goods and leave them on the porch of the Eagle Lodge and they will be donated to the Grayling Soup Kitchen. Here is a list of accepted items...

  • Canned Meats

  • Canned Tuna and Salmon 

  • Peanut Butter

  • Jelly (no glass)

  • Canned or dry Soups

  • Canned Stews and Chili

  • Tea Bags

  • Coffee (ground no beans)

  • canned Pasta

  • Hot and Cold Cereals 

  • Rice

  • Cake Mix / Pancake Mix

  • Syrup

  • Powdered Milk 

  • Packed Pasta 

  • Juice Box

  • Canned Juice

  • Canned Gravy 

  • Granulated Sugar

  • Baby Food 

  • Baby Formula 

  • Granola Bars 

  • Cereal Bars