Shady Grove United Methodist Church -- Mechanicsville
Monday, December 09, 2019
growing together
Shady Grove UMC Women's Retreat
Dates:  March 15-17, 2019 (Friday evening through Sunday morning)
Location:  Blessings Lodge (Keezletown, VA) at Overlook Retreat Center, located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Massanutten Mountains.
Cost:  $100 per person, Includes two nights lodging, and all meals (Saturday Breakfast through Sunday Breakfast)
Registration Information:  Complete the online registration form. Then drop off a check in the amount of $100 to the church office.  Please make checks payable to: “Shady Grove UMC” (make sure to memo your check “Women’s Retreat”). Limited space available, so please register early. 
Deadline to Register:  March 1, 2019
Lodging and logistical information:  Everyone will have their own bed with 4 single beds to a room and a shared bathroom for each room. Linens and towels are provided. You will receive additional information (like what to bring, and information on other retreat goers for carpooling) in follow-up communication after you register.
Retreat theme:  Pushing Pause: a break away from the ordinary
Our focus this weekend will be on “Pushing Pause” to take a break from our ordinary routines of flurried activity to pay attention to God’s presence in our midst. The scriptures describe many occasions where Jesus himself took a break. We can see in Jesus’ life a definite ebb and flow of labor and rest, work and retreat, practice and prayer. In Mark 6:31, Jesus beckons his followers to “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”
Come join us as we seek to follow Jesus’ example, pushing pause to connect with God through sabbath rest, worship, music, laughter, fellowship, learning, and prayer, all amidst the beauty of God’s creation. There will be free time for recreational activities like hiking, reading a book, connecting with friends old and new, or sipping tea on the expansive deck while basking in the amazing beauty of creation. We will conclude with worship and Holy Communion on Sunday morning. This weekend away will most certainly be a refreshing step in your own journey with Jesus.
Our retreat leaders will be Rev. Sandra Bottoms, Rev. Lisa McGehee, and Amy Cox.
Meet our retreat leaders...
Sandra Bottoms
Rev. Sandra Bottoms is a United Methodist ordained elder in the Virginia Conference. She has served under appointment by four Bishops (Pennel, Kammerer, Cho, and Lewis), and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Shady Grove UMC on the Richmond District. Sandra was born and raised in Henrico County, but loves Hanover for many reasons, especially the tomatoes! She is “Mom” to her golden retriever, Amazing Grace (“Gracie”)…and, as a dog person, is still baffled by how she also ended up with cats (Dazzle and Lacey). Her most beloved title is “Auntie” to her nephew Jonathan! When she gets the chance, Sandra likes to escape with friends to the Outer Banks or Smith Mountain Lake, and she considers the Urbanna Oyster Festival to be a National Holiday. 
Lisa McGhee
Rev. Lisa McGehee is a United Methodist ordained deacon and currently serves Good Shepherd UMC on the Richmond District as the Associate Minister. She loves building bridges between the church and the community. Lisa earned her Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and completed 27 hours of work at Union Presbyterian Seminary (formally Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Education). She holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to entering vocational ministry, Lisa spent 16 years in public health policy, political campaigns and non-profit program development. She is married to Donald McGehee. They enjoy hiking, antiquing and organic gardening – and hanging out with their cats Pippin and Knight.
Amy Cox
Amy is a singer-songwriter and worship leader from Virginia. She describes herself as a modern-day vagabond, playing intimate house concerts in living rooms across the country. Amy’s music is written from her own faith journey, interweaving scripture with simple, beautiful melodies. Her full-length album “Coming Home to You” (released May 2014) is a collection of original songs that speak to the beauty of life and the faithfulness of God. Written from her time spent in the wild west of Colorado to the flat lands of the Midwest, Amy’s songs challenge the heart and soothe the soul.