McCook Women's Retreat to feature national speaker

Friday, January 6, 2012
Lisa Harper

McCook, Nebraska --Women are invited to attend the Women's Winter Retreat, "Busyness is so not a Spiritual Gift!" featuring a Women of Faith speaker on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The retreat, sponsored by the McCook Evangelical Free Church, opens with registration at 8 a.m. and the retreat beginning at 9 a.m. All events will be held at the McCook City Auditorium at West Fifth and C Street in McCook.

Featured Speaker

Rarely are the terms "hilarious storyteller" and "theological scholar" used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person...but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereo­typical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit. Chances are you'll never look at the Bible the same way again after hearing Lisa's fresh take on the Scriptures. She brings the Bible to life--and has the know-how to do it, with a Masters of Theological Stud­ies from Covenant Seminary.

The author of multiple books including her latest, "Stumbling Into Grace," Lisa spent six years as the director of Focus on the Family's national women's ministry followed by six years as the women's ministry director at a large church. She speaks at Women of Faith events and hundreds of church retreats all over the world, but it hasn't gone to her head. "I'm definitely grateful for the opportunities God's given me," Lisa says, "but don't forget, He often uses donkeys and rocks!" Lisa and her family of "critters" live in Tennessee. Other books by Lisa include: "Untamed" and "A Perfect Mess."

Praise and

Worship Team

Stephanie Montes

Praise and worship team leader, Stephanie Montes, and her team will lead the Women's Winter Retreat on Saturday. They will guide the women in worship music preparing hearts for what the Lord wants to teach through Lisa's message. Stephanie has been helping to lead worship music since high school. She met her husband, Oscar, in a worship band and they now help to lead music at the McCook E-Free Church. She and Oscar have a one-year-old and are expecting another baby in April. She looks forward to worshipping the Lord with the ladies at this year's retreat.


Registration for the one-day retreat is only $25. Please register by Jan. 23 to ensure a sack lunch from Sehnert's Bakery.

Make checks payable to: Women's Winter Conference, and mail registrations to: Travi Rambali, 5 Parkview Drive, McCook, NE 69001. No phone registrations are allowed, but call with questions at 910-489-4337. Please leave a message.

Online registration and payment is available at Once registered, no refunds are available, but registration is transferable or can be applied to the conference's scholarship fund. Daycare is not provided. Due to the nature of the event, please do not bring children or babies. Senior high through adult women are encouraged to attend.

More information is available on Facebook.


The purpose of the Women's Winter Retreat is to equip and refresh believers, to reach out to others in evangelism, and to give God the glory.

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