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Women's retreat

Anchored: Trusting God in Life’s Transitions

Join women of all ages on March 15-17 at the Westin in Annapolis, Maryland for our annual weekend retreat. Deepen your faith, deepen community, and provide encouragement and refreshment for your soul! Our keynote speaker, Susan Yates, will encourage us to "Trust God in Life’s Transitions." This is a special weekend you will not want to miss! In addition to three keynote talks from Susan, we’ll have topical seminars given by women from The Falls Church Anglican, individual prayer appointments, worship, fellowship, Saturday afternoon free time, communion on Sunday, hospitality, and plenty of fun! Scholarships are available upon request. Questions? Contact Martha Sotelo.

Registration is a two-step process. You will need to register for the event itself and then book a hotel room. Due to the high demand for hotel rooms at the Westin Annapolis, our block of rooms reserved at the special conference rate of $135 is now FULL. However, double and king rooms are still available at the Westin at their standard rate. Please call the hotel at 410-972-4300. You are also welcome to reserve a room at other hotels in the area. Several of our women have reserved rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is a short drive to the Westin.

Schedule for the Weekend

Registration: 5-7:30 p.m.
Hospitality Suite: 5-11 p.m.
Worship & Session I: 7:30-9:15 p.m.
Newcomers’ Reception: 9:30 p.m.
Prayer Service: 9:30 p.m.

Breakfast Buffet : 8-9 a.m.
Registration: 8:30-9 a.m.
Worship & Session II: 9-10:30 a.m.
Seminars: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
Seminars: 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Free Time: 2:15-6 p.m.
Dinner: 6-7 p.m.
Celebration: 7-8:30 p.m.

Breakfast Buffet: 8-9 a.m.
Worship & Session III: 9-10:15 a.m.
Communion: 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Closing: 10:45-11:30 a.m.

Not included in the retreat fee! Reservations MUST BE MADE by Feb. 20 to guarantee room rate! Contact The Westin Annapolis at (800) 937-8461 . Mention The Falls Church Anglican Retreat. The Group Room rate: $135 + tax per night  (applies to single/double/triple/quad occupancy). Self-parking in the garage is $20 per overnight (parking garage run by City of Annapolis NOT the hotel) Westin Valet Service is $18 per overnight.

Received prior to March 3 will receive a full refund. Any cancellations after March 3 may be NON-REFUNDABLE. Hotel cancellations will be according to The Westin’s policies:  they must be notified by 4 p.m. on Mar. 14 by you if you are canceling your room (410-972-4300).

I00 Westgate Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401 

Take I-495 North toward Baltimore Exit onto US-50 East toward Annapolis. Take Exit 24 to merge onto MD-70/Rowe Blvd, towards Annapolis South. Turn Right onto College Avenue. Then turn Right at West Street.


About our Speaker

Susan Alexander Yates has written 15 books and speaks both nationally and internationally on the subjects of marriage, parenting, and women's issues. Her books include And Then I Had Kids: Encouragement for Mothers of Young Children; And Then I Had Teenagers: Encouragement for Parents of Teens and Preteens; Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest (with friend Barbara Rainey); Raising Kids with Character That Lasts (with her husband, John); Risky Faith: Becoming Brave Enough to Trust the God who is Bigger Than Your World; and One (devotional book). Susan blogs once a week on the theme “Wisdom for Every Season,” and she also writes for Club31Women.

For 11 years she was the Parent Child Columnist for Today's Christian Woman Magazine. She has also written for other publications including, "Thriving Family," a magazine published by Focus on the Family. 

She's the mother of five children (including a set of twins) all married and the grandmother of 21 (including a set of quadruplets!). Susan and her husband John have been married 49 years. They live in Falls Church Virginia, a Washington D.C. suburb where John is the Senior Pastor of The Falls Church Anglican.

But what is she really like? Her blood "bleeds blue." She's a Tarheel, a graduate of the University of North Carolina. She loves Monday night football, ACC basketball, shooting hoops with her grandsons, hiking and riding horseback with her husband, running-especially on country roads, eating chocolate, playing practical jokes on folks, walking and talking with girl friends. You are not likely to find her at the mall; she'd rather be at the farm. You won't find her in the kitchen by choice; she'd rather be outdoors with her golden retriever. Her favorite time of the year is June when all her kids and grandkids are together for a week of "cousins and family camp" in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia.

Earlier Event: March 12