Registration closed but you can still register for Saturday by contacting Lue at lue_wenzel@yahoo.com

Spring Spiritual Growth Retreat 2020
Lakeview Conference Center, Palestine, Texas
February 21 & 22, 2020

Key Note Speaker: Rev. Robert Besser

Friday Schedule:
Registration 3-4p
Dinner 5:30-6p
Spiritual Growth Program 7p

Saturday Schedule:
Greet The Day 7a
7:30-8a Breakfast
7:30-8:30a Registration
8:30-9a Welcome


Focus Groups:


1. Mission Minded- Rev. Alicia Coltzer-Besser

Description: Discovering ways to bring the light of Christ out in the community

About Focus Leader: Rev. Besser was appointed as the Southeast District Superintendent in July 2015. Born and raised in Galveston, Alicia spent all of her time between the beach and her home church, Moody Memorial FUMC. Upon graduation from Texas A&M University in 1991, she embarked on a short career in youth ministry. It was in the private sector where Alicia heard a call to ministry and made the step of faith to follow God’s leading to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. The decision to seek ordination came late in her seminary experience. Upon graduation in May of 2001, Alicia was appointed as a local pastor at Clear Lake UMC to serve as the Pastor for Contemporary Worship and Adult Discipleship. Following her ordination in 2006, she took a study leave for one year as a Beeson Fellow at Asbury Theological Seminary, studying leadership and preaching. It was this experience that helped Alicia define her love for revitalizing God’s church. Shepherd Drive Fellowship was her first opportunity to try out her new ideas. Alicia eventually led the community through the closing process. In 2009, the Bishop appointed her to Fulshear FUMC which is located in a small town that quickly became a suburb. She loved the ministry in that community and was greatly surprised to be appointed to Pollard UMC in Tyler, Texas during the summer of 2013. Alicia’s “ministry surprises” continued when she received the invitation to become a District Superintendent. As of July 1, 2019 Rev. Besser is the Dean of Cabinet. As a lifelong United Methodist, Alicia has attended district camp as a camper and counselor many times, attended UM Army twelve summers, lead Emmaus retreats and is a graduate of the second class of Advancing Pastor Leadership. She is in her 2nd quadrennium on the Board of Ordained Ministry. In June 2017, Alicia married Rev. Robert Besser. Her family also includes a step-son, Barrett, her parents, two siblings, an incredible nephew, and many dear friends, as well as her three crazy dogs.

2. Shining Your Light: The Spiritual Aspects of Social Action- Kathleen Spangler

Description: The UMW has a strong history of social action, but sometimes it is hard to work for justice in the world. We will talk about the obstacles to social action and how God equips us to lend our voice on the issues that are important to us.

About Focus Leader: Kathleen Spangler is a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church and serves as that unit’s Social Action chair. She is a litigation attorney and recently obtained a Master’s degree in public health.

3.Where Is The Light?- Linda Elms

Description:As we contemplate our Scripture; 1 John 1:5-9; we will look at contrasting the darkness of this world with the Light that Jesus brings to us. We will look at ways the light lives in our world today. Come ready to delve into the ideas of sin, darkness, light, and goodness. Come ready to discuss new ideas.

About Focus Leader: Linda first joined United Methodist Women in the early 70’s. Since then she has held almost every office at both the district and conference levels of UMW. She also served on two Jurisdiction teams and served for two years as a Program Advisory Group member at the national level of UMW. She was elected 1st alternate delegate to General Conference in 2008 and 2012 as well as a Jurisdictional delegate both of those years.Linda started her career as an elementary teacher and then moved to teach at the junior high level. After 21 years in the classroom, Linda retired to become a Diaconal Minister serving as Christian educator for the next 15 years.Linda has a true passion for mission and taught in the Northwest Texas Conference and North Texas Conference Mission u. She has attended Schools of Christian Mission for many years. She and Deryl, her husband of 50 years, have a daughter, Jennifer, and a son, Jeffery, who is married to Leslie, and is the father of her two grandchildren. In all the years Linda has been involved in UMW her husband and her children have helped her and supported UMW in various and sundry ways.

4.Did You Think To Pray?-Joyce Moore

Description: Prayer is communicating with God. A time to renew your relationship with God and the practice of prayer is to spend time with God. How do we get close to God, is through prayer. It is through prayer that we quiet our soul and mind and let God speak to us.

About Focus Leader: Joyce Moore is a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church. She is a member of the United Methodist Women Organization and her role is Education and Interpretation Coordinator. She is apart of the Sisters of Hannah Women Prayer Ministry and the Prayer and Praise weekly prayer meetings. She is part-time staff as the Director of Congregational Care and Prayer at Jones Memorial. Joyce has surrendered her life to God and wants others to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her motto for life is “Only What You Do For Christ Will Last”

 Registration closed but you can still register for Saturday by contacting Lue at lue_wenzel@yahoo.com

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 07, 2020, Late Fee of $15 will be applied on or after February 8, 2020. (Payment by Credit Card only after February 7th)

Full Refund(minus $25 cancellation fee) up to February 7. On or after February 8th , one half of registration will be refunded. Cancellation has to be in writing, via email to Lue Wenzel: lue_wenzel@yahoo.com