Dear Ladies of RBC,

I’m writing to personally invite you to the Reston Bible Church annual Women’s Retreat at the Doubletree Hotel in Sterling.  The retreat begins Friday, March 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. and ends at 11:00 am on Sunday, March 11, 2012.  We’ll enjoy worshiping together, Biblical teaching, small groups plus time to just hang out and have fun.

I highly recommend that you stay at the hotel for the entire weekend so that you can enjoy the full retreat experience—being able to put away distractions, unplug and refocus.  The rooms are beautifully decorated and equipped with either two queen beds or one king bed…and I’ve heard they’re really comfortable.  But if you would prefer to sleep at home we do offer a “day only” option (you’ll be assigned a small group just like those staying at the hotel).  Both options include three delicious meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast and all the hotel amenities.

The retreat is for all ladies college age and above.  If it’s your first retreat and you’re worried about not having a roommate, don’t let that keep you away.  There are always other ladies looking for someone to room with.  I’ve met some really great ladies that way.  I’ve been to many retreats over the 20+ years I’ve attended RBC and have come away not only having met new women but also encouraged in my walk with God.  I’ve enjoyed true Christian fellowship around God’s word and just plain old fun.  Trust me…this is something you won’t want to miss.

The theme for this weekend is Ruler of My Heart and we’re excited to have Margaret Ashmore from Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas as our speaker.  Margaret’s heart is to help women come to the understanding that the safest place to be on this earth is in the loving, shielding protection of submitting their lives to Jesus Christ.  I trust that you’ll be blessed and challenged by what she’ll be sharing with us.

I’d also like to ask for your help.  Volunteering to work on a retreat committee is one of the ways I was able to meet so many new people over the years.  We have many ways you can be of service and I think you’ll really enjoy being a part of one of these teams.  (You can indicate on the registration form where you’d like to serve.)

Prayer Team-will pray before and during the retreat.  If you have a heart to cover all aspects of the retreat from planning through the final session, then we welcome you to join with other women with the same desire.  There will be morning  prayer sessions both Saturday and Sunday during the retreat.

  • Registration Table: will check in women as they arrive at retreat.  If you are organized and good with details, this is the job for you.
  • Greeters: will welcome ladies to the retreat and into each session.   This is a wonderful way to show hospitality, whether you’re an extrovert or just someone with a heart to make others feel welcome.
  • Table Hostesses: will welcome ladies to their table at mealtimes and make sure everyone is included.  If you have a desire to show Christ’s love and encourage other women here’s your opportunity.

To get more information and register go to No matter your season in life I trust the weekend will prove to be worth your while.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.

God Bless!
Marsha Mathews
Director, Women’s Ministry