Navigating Life’s Journey- Women’s Retreat Sept 15

“Navigating Life’s Journey”, Women’s Fall Gathering, Saturday, September 15th, Orange Tree Resort, 9-4 pm, $35/$15 for students. Sign up online  or email Kelly ( 

Transitions, adjustments, and disruptions are a part of our lives.  It is not always easy to work through these seasons and adjustments, the Women’s Fall Gathering is an opportunity to have a day “mini-retreat” with breakfast, lunch, snacks, door prizes, break-out sessions, and opportunities to hear from our speakers, Jess and Nissa, Christian Life Coaches, how to navigate these seasons effectively and in God’s strength.

In the day, we will also be hearing from Ashley Wollersheim, the Director of Young Lives for the state of Arizona.  Young Lives is a ministry of Young Life to young mothers, giving them opportunities to encounter Jesus at camp and to receive support during their difficult parenting journey.  Buy a pack of diapers (any size) to bring for our “diaper drive!” as we will send along these diapers for young moms attending camp with their babies!

What do you need to bring? Expectation for a rest-filled, inspiring day, a friend, a pack of diapers, and a yoga mat if you would like to participate in holy yoga!

Here is the schedule of events, and take a look at our speakers’ bios below!:

9-9:30 am- Register and Breakfast

9:30-10:15 am- Team-building and Icebreakers with our Speakers, Jess Parker and Nissa Moak.

10:15-10:30- Break

10:30-10:45- Worship

10:45-11:30- “Navigating Life’s Journey: Seasons, Transitions, and Mentoring” (Nissa Moak)

11:30-11:45- Break

11:45-12:45- Lunch and Service Project: “Young Lives” Director Ashley Wollersheim and Diaper Drive, with a time for questions (12:15-12:45 pm), Door Prizes.

12:45- 1 pm- Break, move to Break-Out Rooms.

1-1:45 pm- Break-Out Session One

                The Spiritual Journey (Pastor Kathy Oppenheizen)- What are the elements of developing a vital spiritual life, bringing you closer to Jesus and to others? Come and hear from Pastor Kathy how spiritual practices strengthen you from the inside out.

                Values, Part One of Two (Jess Parker)- Live a life filled with purpose, meaning, & excitement! Phoenix Life Coach Jess Parker will take you through a series of questions to get clear on the things that you value in life, and whether or not they are aligning currently with those values daily. Jess will give you a step by step process to help you reflect on the must-have’s in life and how those match up with reality. By the end of this workshop, you will have clarity on the Values that are most important to who you are and a plan for how to live them out!

                Holy Yoga (Nissa Moak)- Holy Yoga exists to take the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.  Come join us as we move our bodies, meditate on scripture and focus on Jesus. Yoga isn’t for the flexible, its for the willing. Modifications can be made for all, come and worship as we move together.  Be sure to bring your yoga mat with you!

1:45-2 pm- Break

2-2:45 pm- Break-Out Session Two

                The Spiritual Journey (Kathy Oppenhuizen)

                Priorities, Part Two of Two (Jess Parker) This workshop will build on the Values Workshop by taking it a step further! Jes will walk you through a tangible way to see if the places in your life that you place high priority on are being honored and fulfilled in your life. You will get to see in a very clear way whether the things you prioritize in life are taking a front seat, or if they are getting shoved to the back. By the end of the workshop, you will be clear on next steps and some goals to achieve to make sure you’re prioritizing your life in a healthy and fulfilling way!

                Holy Yoga (Nissa Moak)

2:45-4 pm- Drinks and Appetizers


Jessica Parker is an Arizona native who live with her husband, Luke, their 2 1/2 year old, Matthew, their 6 month old son, Sam, and their 12 year old Black Lab, Bella. Luke and Jess are planting a church in Midtown Phoenix, sent out from the Spring Church in Tempe. She has been a Life Coach for the past 7 years and loves to see people live into their purpose and calling. She loves lattes, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends and calligraphy when she has a spare moment (which is rare these days).

Nissa Moak was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She has a heart for the local church and is passionate to see the Church be a place of hope and sanctuary to others. Nissa has a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and served for ten years pastoring in the local church. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is continually seeking opportunities for growth and healing. Nissa lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband Dan and toddler son, Miles. Nissa currently enjoys coming alongside her husband in the ministry of Young Life—introducing adolescents to Jesus.

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