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Converge Heartland Women’s Retreat

No matter who you are or where you are in life, as women, young and old, we all have the same need.

We all have a desperate need to know and be with Jesus; to rest in His love, to be satisfied in Him, to be healed by Him, to be wooed by Him.  However,  if you’re like me, it’s  easy to try and fill the desperate need of our hearts with a bunch of busyness, relationships, entertainment, hobbies, or even yes, church activity, only to find ourselves wanting and feeling more exhausted. 

Jesus said in Mark 6:31-33 to His disciples “Come away with me and rest awhile…”   And sometimes, like the disciples,  we fail to remember the true answer to our need until we hear Jesus say,  “Come away….”   

The Converge Women’s Retreat is designed to give you an opportunity to do just that. Our speaker this year,  Gwen Adams (see bio below), after 23 years in women’s ministry and now leading Alaska’s Priceless ministry,  has a deep understanding of the importance and blessing of those words from Jesus to, “Come away.” She will be sharing with us from Scripture about the absurd love of God while helping us learn to live loved from that place of rest. She will help us see how this plays out in our community, with each other, and as we live out Christ’s mission in this world.  

Invite some friends and come away and rest for a while! You will be blessed!

Kari Capaldo
Women’s Retreat Coordinator

Pricing Information

Price includes: one night at Lied Lodge, dessert bar on Friday night, lunch on Saturday afternoon,  and snacks during the conference.

  • $150 each – 4 women per room
  • $160 each – 3 women per room
  • $180 each – 2 women per room
  • $225 each – individual room
  • $105 each – no hotel room (Friday and Saturday only options are also available. See the registration form for all options.)

Schedule

Friday,  March 22: Check-in and registration from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday,  March 22: Retreat begins with dessert at 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 23: Retreat ends at 4:00 pm


SPEAKER: Gwen Adams

Gwen Adams has been married to Mark for 31 years. They have four grown children, all married, and five grandchildren. Gwen has spent 23 years in women’s ministry and as a women’s discipleship director. For fifteen years she and her husband served in ministry together at ChangePoint church in Anchorage, Alaska, where Gwen started a multi-church women’s ministry called RefresHer. With 900 women in regular attendance Gwen and her leadership team believed the group was big enough to make a significant dent for the better in the community. At that time, Gwen was asked by then Governor Sean Parnell, to take part in the Task Force for Crimes of Human Trafficking in Alaska. She travelled around the state with the attorney general and a team of 8 to explore the reality of this crime on the governor’s behalf.

Her nine months on the team were difficult and dark. She knew that God was calling her to lead the faith-based community to fully engage in taking on this growing issue. Gwen started a non-profit called Priceless which is an organization that trains up the faith community to mentor survivors of sex trafficking. In addition to the mentoring program, Priceless has grown and now has a legislative team, cyber-sex crimes team, street outreach
team and prison team.

With 80% of sex trafficking survivors having spent time in a broken foster care system, Gwen, with her team, has now launched a new initiative with aged out foster kids called Chosen.

Gwen regularly speaks and challenges the church communities to engage in the margins. As the faith community owns the justice issues and works in collaboration with law enforcement, government and networks with other agencies, the church has a chance to leave an indelible mark in the community and become a force for change that the no one else can. It is in that context that she, the church, earns the right to boldly share the gospel.


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Converge Heartland Responds: California Fires

Your Church is a member of a global family known as Converge Worldwide and a regional family known as the Converge Heartland District. When one area of our body hurts, we all hurt! We do much more together than we ever could apart, and this is especially true in the area of disaster relief. Your financial gift is going to support Converge churches doing the hard work of disaster relief on the frontlines of the California wildfires.

Give online below, or mail your check to:
Converge Heartland
601 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Please write “FIRE” in the memo.

Thank you for giving generously!

“And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:14

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Important Prison Ministry Update: Staffing Change

Recent Background

In Spring of 2018, the board of the South Dakota Prison Chaplains Association (SDPCA) voted to merge their non-profit organization, including the Prison Lighthouse Fellowship ministry, which is a Converge Heartland District Church, into the Converge Heartland District, and then to formally dissolve. The Converge Heartland Board of Overseers, desiring to preserve our District’s prison-based church as well as the corresponding ministry staff and prison ministry volunteers, agreed to do business not only as Converge Heartland, but also as the South Dakota Prison Chaplains Association and Prison Lighthouse Fellowship. As such, those who were vocationally ministering with the SDPCA and Prison Lighthouse Fellowship transitions into employment with the Converge Heartland District.

Staffing Changes

As of October 31, 2018, Regan Beauchamp has resigned from his District staff position as the Pastor of Prison Lighthouse Fellowship and Becky Beauchamp has resigned from her position as the Administrative Assistant of the Prison Lighthouse Fellowship. This resignation from employment with the Converge Heartland District is also a resignation from doing ministry in the name of SDPCA and Prison Lighthouse Fellowship. We desire God’s best for Regan and Becky on their next steps. They are connecting with their supporters regarding any future ministry details. Should you have any further questions regarding this, please feel free to contact the Converge Heartland District office at 605.323.9621 or jim@convergeheartland.org.

The Ongoing Prison Ministry

The Prison Lighthouse Fellowship is a vibrant prison church with a continuing ministry that is being led by Interim Pastor Harlan Moss. Harlan is a Converge Heartland prison chaplain who has been serving in the Jameson Annex of the South Dakota Department of Corrections for many years. Harlan, who formerly served as the Associate Pastor of Outreach for Prison Lighthouse Fellowship is continuing to facilitate volunteer teams, lead congregational gatherings, as well as engage in cell-to-cell ministry. Harlan has had a very meaningful evangelistic and pastoral ministry to individual inmates, including the inmate who was recently executed on October 29, 2018. With Harlan’s increased responsibilities, we encourage you to financially support him and his ongoing ministry with the Prison Lighthouse Fellowship.

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Volunteers & Ministry Support

If you have been a prison ministry volunteer, have prison clearance, desire to serve in the prison or desire to see people from your church volunteer in prison ministry, then please contact Harlan Moss via email at harlan@convergeheartland.org or call him at 605.940.4220. We encourage you to continue or even begin supporting the faith-funded Prison Lighthouse Fellowship by designating your support to either Chaplain Harlan Moss or directly to the Prison Lighthouse Fellowship.

Donations may be given online here

Mail Donations to:
Converge Heartland
501 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Make checks payable to: Converge Heartland

Designate your gift to: Harlan Moss or Prison Lighthouse Fellowship

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Welcome Pastor J.B. Hinote!

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Pastor J.B. & Lorelle Hinote to the Converge Heartland District, as the new pastor at Big Springs Baptist Church, near Alcester, SD!  J.B. and Lorelle have been married for 16 years and have four growing and active kids.  After going through the Converge Heartland Pastoral Search Process, the Big Springs Baptist Church called J.B. to be their pastor with a 99.2% congregational vote!

J.B. and his family arrived at Big Springs Baptist Church on July 15, from Jefferson, IA, where J.B. was serving as a teaching elder in his local church.  Having grown up as a pastor’s kid, J.B. has also followed the calling of God to the pastorate but, until recently, had done so in a bi-vocational manner.  Having earned a degree in computer networking technologies, J.B. and Lorelle started their family and earned a living while using their gifts in rural and small-town Iowa churches.  As J.B. felt God moving him to pastor full-time, he pursued formal ministry training.  J.B. is finishing his degree in Biblical Ministries from Biola University and intends to continue towards a Master’s in Apologetics.

We would like to say a special thank you to the deacons who courageously led Big Springs Baptist Church through a seventeen-month transition.  We are also thankful to Rev. Larry Odle, who served exceptionally well as the Interim Pastor throughout the transition.  Next, we say thank you to the Big Springs Baptist Pastoral Search Committee, who worked valiantly through the Converge Heartland pastoral search process. Finally, we say thank you to the Big Springs Baptist Church family who faithfully followed God’s promptings through their challenging season of transition.  We celebrated the Hinote’s arrival with a Pastor Installation Service, in which the deacons and search committee joined in praying over the Hinote family, on July 29, 2018.  Take a moment to  send your warm greeting to the Hinote family.

Welcome the Hinotes to our District!

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