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BOLD Retreat

by Sharon Hessling

BOLD retreat is a multigenerational retreat based on Titus 2 which tells us to teach one another and encourage one another. The first BOLD retreat was held in 2018.

Mothers, daughters, granddaughters, friends, fellow church members from ages 6 to 90 gather to grow together and learn from one another. The breakout sessions allow participants to learn or share a skill. The worship is a time of inspiration, testimony, and praise. The fellowship is always a time of refreshing at beautiful Bambi Lake.

The theme for this year’s BOLD retreat is “Stand Firm”. With all the craziness going on in our world, we certainly need to be encouraged to stand firm in our faith! I have known our featured speaker, Dottie Babcock, for years and had the privilege of serving with her in Sierra Leone.

Dottie is a Michigan native although you may not know it by her current Tennessee accent. She will be a lot of fun and has been working prayerfully on what Biblical insights the Lord will bring us on standing up strong.

Breakout sessions for this year are shaping up and, at this point, include: “A Minute to Win It”, Card making, Cookie Decorating, Creative Movement, Getting More Out of Your Android Phone, Making and Using a Prayer Journal, Making Your Home Welcoming (Wreath making), Self-Care, Tea and Hospitality.

The dates for BOLD retreat are April 22 and 23. The cost is $99. There is an early bird discount if you register by April 1, it will be $89. CLICK HERE to register, or call Bambi Lake at 989-275-5844. I hope to see you there to be encouraged and grow together!



Sharon served as an IMB missionary on the continent of Africa for 25 years. In retirement she is known as "the pie lady" and enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 grown children, and her 10 grandchildren.


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