North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Created for You Retreat

March 20-22, 2020, at Laurelville Retreat Center, Mount Pleasant, PA This beautiful retreat center is located just 45 miles south of Pittsburgh and 15 minutes from the PA Turnpike in the heart of the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Click here for directions. Our weekend together includes fellowship with other moms on a similar journey, anointed worship, teaching to equip you for your journey, recreation activities, built in time for rest and five meals cooked for you! (That’s five times you don’t have to fix a plate, cut up food, or wash dishes!) We know you’ll enjoy it. Meet the Keynote Speaker Mandy Litzke, Founder/Executive Director, Safe Harbor Orphan Care Ministries, International Speaker, wife & mom to 17. As a former foster youth, adoptee and adoptive mom, Mandy will share with you from her heart weaving Scripture and practicality for a weekend of teaching that will encourage and equip you. Born into the tragedy and hopelessness of addiction and abuse, Mandy experienced God’s rescue and redemption--experiencing His healing grace & transforming what could become bitterness into blessings. Her calling is an unimaginable journey of faith and obedience to live out loud James 1:27. Customize Your Retreat Weekend Since this weekend is Created for You, we invite you to customize your retreat experience in any way you choose. If you need the encouragement and equipping of the teaching sessions and breakouts, attend them all. Or skip a session and take a nap. Get up early and go for a hike, or sleep in late. Want to leave the retreat center grounds, go ahead! There are nearby attractions you can explore. This weekend is for you. Make it exactly what you need. Cost Cost: $185 includes two nights lodging, 5 meals, all activities, retreat materials, and access to an exclusive retreat Facebook group to begin building your community early and continue the support throughout the year. We hope you’ll be able to spend the entire weekend with us, should you need to modify the schedule in any way (leave early, arrive late, etc.) we understand, but we are unable to adjust the cost of the retreat. Using Post Adoption Funds to Pay for the Retreat If you are an adoptive family in PA, there are respite funds available to you. Respite doesn’t need to mean that your kids go away, it can mean you do. Contact SWAN at 1-800-585-7926 to register for services. You can choose the agency you want to work with, and begin the process to get the retreat paid for. More information is available here. Testimonials So well run, just amazing!
It had been a rough year. So much going on personally that I was left feeling alone and empty. The retreat was exactly what I needed. Being with others who understand the struggles and the time to just breathe, be still and let God speak to my heart is what I needed.
It was such a gift to be there and I am already excited to return next year!
I arrived on Friday feeling nervous that I wouldn’t know many people, and unsure of how much I would really benefit from it. When I left on Sunday, I had made so many new friends and connected with the other moms in a way that only God can orchestrate.
I feel like more than just an adoptive mama now, I feel like a human again.
A refreshing, inspiring, equipping weekend that I look forward to every year!
God used this weekend to refresh me in so many ways! I appreciated the authentic community of the moms and the unity among all of us.