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What's Love Got to do with It?

What's Love Got to do with It?

John 3:16 “For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The one verse in the bible that seems to be well known by many, Christian along with non-Christian, carries much meaning when really considered. I often think about the level of LOVE it would require from a parent to sacrifice their child for others. This makes me realize that LOVE carries a much deeper meaning and value than what we currently experience thrown around on social media, heard in conversations, and basically used in a lot of communication avenues. When I think about the vows I took before God to LOVE and cherish my husband, I feel somewhat inadequate in comparison. As a young 23-year old, my focus on our upcoming marriage was the wedding, reception and other details which really had nothing to do with my new husband or our commitment to God. Now, more than 24 years later, I have experienced so much more in marriage than I ever dreamt possible. Our ‘happily ever after’ is a daily commitment to prioritize each other over any selfish or worldly desires and keep God first between us.

I wish I could say that the past 24 years have been blissful, blessed and burden free; but that is not the case. There were moments that but by the grace of God our marriage would have be...     Continue Reading

Written by Mary Ryan, on February 14, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, Inspirational

 

Step 5: The Final Stretch

Step By Step Retreat Planning

Step 5: The Final Stretch

You can see the finish line. These last three steps are the only thing standing between you and your event. Fortunately, they are quick and easy. But don’t forget them, because they are very important.

Confirm booking with the venue. Even though you are constantly working with the venue during the planning process, it is still important to confirm that your event is booked properly befor...     Continue Reading

on February 07, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, The Team, Goals & Purpose, Event Planning, Venue Selection, Schedule & Agenda, Meetings (Setup, Planning, & Ideas)

 

Step 4: Promote, Promote, Promote

Step By Step Retreat Planning

Step 4: Promote, Promote, Promote

You’ve got the event booked, now you just need the people. It’s time to promote! They say “the more, the merrier,” but unless people know that your event is actually happening, they aren’t going to be attending. Get a little creative and start bringing in guests.

Create a registration form. This can be done as a paper copy or online. Either way, it will help you stay organized when signing people up to attend. Just don’t make it a general sig...     Continue Reading

on January 31, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, Event Planning, Marketing & Promotion, Schedule & Agenda, Meetings (Setup, Planning, & Ideas)

 

Step 3: Scheduling

Step By Step Retreat Planning

Step 3: Scheduling

Now that the dates and venue are secured, it is time to start filling your event schedule. This includes dining, recreation, and meetings. All-inclusive venues, like all of our Christian Retreats Network properties, include all of these things in the package. The only thing you have to do is fill in the specifics.

Find speakers, presenters and/or worship band. This one may take a little research. Look for someone who is going to fit in with the needs of your event. Specifically for speakers, there a...     Continue Reading

on January 24, posted in Meeting Planner Notes, Goals & Purpose, Event Planning, Activities & Recreation, Team Building, Schedule & Agenda, Meetings (Setup, Planning, & Ideas)

 
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A SIMPLE PLANNING PROCESSOur all-inclusive packages make budgeting your event straightforward and surprise free. All basic amenities are included in every package. Add-ons such as food and beverage service in your meeting space and adventure recreation are also available.
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