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As soon as I heard that Arlene Pellicane was going to be the speaker again at Women’s Retreat, I knew I wanted to attend. I contacted my three “adopted Asian daughters” who usually ride up with me. We all made our reservation and now our 2015 Retreat is history. What a delightful weekend.

My first experience at Prescott Pines was when I was a teen-ager in the 50’s. Since that first encounter I have attended as a young married, as a mom with our two daughters and now as a grandmother. Youth camp, family camp, Pastors and Wives and Women’s Retreat have kept me coming to Prescott Pines.

I have never been disappointed that I came. Each experience holds its own memories and this year was no exception. Our worship leaders, Jessa and Jordan Anderson led us so beautifully into God’s presence. Cassie’s enthusiastic leadership kept us focused and Arlene endeared us with her very personable and loving spirit that made us laugh often but also do some introspection. Arlene’s ability to share Biblical principles while interspersing life

Joy Morse and husband in front of the prayer chapel just a few years ago

Joy Morse and husband in front of the prayer chapel just a few years ago

stories for application kept our attention. She had the wonderful ability to share truths and challenge us to apply Biblical knowledge to our everyday lives. As a speaker, author, wife and mother of three Arlene shared very fun family stories. In her talks she challenged us to be grateful and rejoice always, to be humble and to choose carefully how we use social media.

We had a special treat of rain. However, many were still able to slide down the zip line, walk the high ropes and practice their Zumba. The movie “Moms Night Out” caused many moms to laugh and cry!  It went well with our theme of “Bon Voyage, Girls Night Out 2015 Beach Getaway.” Decorations around the campus reminded us of the theme as well. The tradition of auctioning large, beautiful gift baskets of all sorts brought by all the ladies caused lots of competitive conversation. The  $1159 received from the basket auction will be used for Prescott Pines Heart Partners scholarships enabling more children and youth to attend camp .

Coming to Prescott Pines provides a special way for the women of our church, First Baptist Church of Tempe to connect, and also a way to see friends from other churches or meet new friends.

The staff on campus are very casual and accommodating. Jim Trail and his team allow for time for growth in all areas of life when you attend camp – spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social.

Our group enjoyed staying in Aspen with the large gathering room where lots of laughter, games, snacks and sharing took place. We also appreciated the new look and feel of the remodeled showers.

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city for a couple days is very refreshing. I would encourage all women to start making plans now to attend Women’s Retreat next year! My “adopted daughters” and I are doing that!

We would love to hear your reflections, thoughts and favorite moments too. Post in the comments and send us your pictures!