Register soon!!!

February 26th, 2016

OK, Diocesan Convention came and went, and it seems like spring! Now imagine a restful weekend on the mountain top!  It is an amazing experience you don’t want to miss!  So  please remember to  get your registration in as soon as possible!  We want to see you there!

Many thanks to all who are making the retreat possible, and prayers to the women, friends and family who are making time to take time for Jesus, others and themselves.

See you soon!

Coming Soon!

September 22nd, 2015

For those of you eager to treat a deserving young woman in your midst, know that our updated brochure and registration form are coming; we’re just waiting on a few details to complete the forms.

Thank you for your interest and support!  We appreciate you!

Next retreat dates:  April 24-26, 2015

Mark your calendars now!

Time to Put JOY on Your Calendar!

February 4th, 2015

Our 10th annual Time for JOY retreat will be April 8-10th, 2016, at the beautiful Camp Mitchell.  There’s something for everyone in the diocese to do to support this important ministry for women ages 19-40ish.

  • Sponsors:  Seek out a young woman in your midst who needs a break, a time to renew her spirit.  Two per congregation is ideal, but more are welcome, as space allows.  The retreat is limited to 24 participants, so register early!
  • Young Women:  Speak up!  This is what you need, and your Church knows you deserve it.
  • Congregations:  Support the young women who are coming.  Help them plan for childcare, meals, and travel, if needed.  Encourage them to share their experience upon return and watch what a difference your support makes in their spiritual journey.
  • Volunteers:  Whether you’re a past retreatant or a more experienced woman in life, we welcome you to participate in this rewarding ministry.  Serve on our committee or help us for the weekend on our Angel Team by contacting Elanka at [] you can also help by donating gifts and funds.  Thank you for your support!
  • All: Pray for our retreatants and volunteers.  We already have a prayer prepared.

See You on the Mountain!

September 12th, 2014


Volunteers are welcome!  Maybe you’re an older woman who’s been wondering what this retreat was about, or maybe you’re still a young one who’s been to the retreat before. We not only need help during the weekend , but before and after too!  You’re welcome to join our Angel Team and help the magic happen!  Contact Elanka (  We would love to work with you!

We hope to see you soon!!

2016 Dates

September 4th, 2014

Save the date for our 2016 retreat!

April 8-10, 2016

More information and registration form to come shortly.

Who do you know who would benefit from a weekend retreat, a sort of “spiritual spa”?  How might you contribute to such a ministry?  We appreciate your support!

Many Thanks

September 3rd, 2014
Chapel of Transfiguration, Camp Mitchell

Chapel of Transfiguration, Camp Mitchell

Every year since 2005, the team never fails to be amazed at the presence of Spirit and the generosity of our diocese.  Our 2014 retreat was no exception.

The young women were blanketed in hospitality and nurtured in Spirit.  The speaker Marge Doyle reminded all of the mystery and “wisdom” that surrounds us and encouraged every woman to listen to who they really are.

For those of you who didn’t get to experience Time for JOY, either as a retreatant or a team member, we encourage you to get involved now.  Although registration doesn’t open until January, planning begins the summer before.  Church women can be looking for the next women who need an oasis on their spiritual journey.  If you would like to serve on the team, please contact elanka (

Again, many thanks to everyone who made this year happen, and even more importantly, thanks be to God!

With thanks for another blessed year!

September 3rd, 2014

As always, this year’s retreat could not have been possible without the support of all women in the diocese.  Thank you!

Special thanks to the women who took time to come and be pampered and reminded of the God-seed within each of you.  Thanks to the parishes that supported your attendance at the retreat.  What a wonderful gift!

Thank you also to our wonderful spiritual guides and speaker: Merry-Helen Hedges, Joanna Seibert
, and Joanna S Campbell. You made this year magical and wonderful.

Additionally, the women who run the behind-the-scenes make the magic happen; that’s why we call them our “Angel Team.”

Going above and beyond, our diocesan ECW continues to support the retreat enthusiastically.

For our tenth year, we continue to count our blessings and look forward to the years to come.  Thanks be to God!

2016 Registration Open!

September 1st, 2014

For all of you anxiously awaiting the opportunity to honor a young woman in your parish, the time is now!

Our registration page has a form you can print, fill out, and mail to Sandy our registrar.

Please don’t forget that we need support, too!  Volunteer as an Angel on our Angel Team, or donations, so we may provide gifts for our retreatants.

It is our gift to share this ministry with every woman in our diocese.  We know that by taking care of those who care so generously for others, our reach extends further than we could ever imagine.  Most importantly, we hope that those who attend Time for JOY learn how to care for themselves, continuing the nurturing of self even after they’ve left the mountain.

Time Draws Near

April 14th, 2009

As we get closer to this year’s retreat, we are reminded how amazingly everything comes together, how quickly and effortlessly Spirit moves amongst us.

As part of the team, we worry if all will be well, if women will respond to the call to come, if we will have enough.  After a few breaths and many prayers, Spirit speaks to us, too, calming all anxieties, reassuring us, calling us to Trust.  This is a ministry for us, and it is one we are wise to bring into our daily lives.

Whether you are a retreatant, a sponsor, a donor or a team member, know that we are grateful for each other.  We gives thanks for you and all you have done or are about to do and for all you have to teach us.  May we all remember to let Spirit speak in our lives.

Registration Open!

February 10th, 2009

If you are interested in sending a woman to Time for JOY or coming yourself, please visit the Registration page, print the form and mail, along with registration fee, to Jordan.

We limit the number of women coming from each church to two, but if more would like to come, we have a waiting list.  The goal is to have as many churches represented as possible.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Elanka Jayasundera (

A Prayer for Young Women
Gracious God, prepare the hearts of the young women of our diocese so they may yearn for a retreat which gives them time to relax and be nurtured along a spiritual path, drawing them closer to You and Your love. Gently speak their name so they might hear your call. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. Amen.