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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Geneseo church hosting retreat

  • Guests at the “Uniquely & Wonderfully Made” women's retreat at Geneseo Evangelical Free Church will get some help for their “busyness.”
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  • Guests at the "Uniquely & Wonderfully Made" women's retreat at Geneseo Evangelical Free Church will get some help for their "busyness."
    Theme of this year's retreat is "Life is a Vapor, Capture It!" Area women are invited to the retreat, from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 6, at the church.
    Guest speaker Rachel Inouye of Waukesha, Wis., wants to help keep women from rushing through life and missing out on capturing and savoring all that God has planned for them, according to De Kosman, who represents the Wellness Committee at the church.
    From information sent to the Geneseo church Inouye is quoted as saying, "We will learn how to use wisdom and discernment in how we choose to spend our days, being ever thankful as we look back and always faithful as we focus forward."
    Cost of the event includes a catered meal from Riefe's Restaurant in Davenport, Iowa. This year's menu will include baked chicken in cream sauce or Swiss steak in tomato sauce, wild rice, assorted salads and fruit, green beans, glazed carrots, carrot cake and beverage.
    The retreat is sponsored by the Wellness Committee at Evangelical Free Church and is open to the public, but seating is limited.
    According to Kosman, the retreat is "an evening of fellowship, fine food and an inspirational message."
    Using humor, stories, and Bible passages, the speaker demonstrates how to rest, renew, and rejoice, even in the midst of hectic lives, Kosman said.
    "Rachel Inouye's transparency and authenticity in her relationship with Christ makes an impact on the lives around her," Kosman said. "She is a gifted communicator with great ability to articulate and apply God's word in everyday language for everyday situations through stories and scripture. She desires to encourage women in their relationship with God."
    As a former educator and current home-school mom, Inouye loves to teach, said Kosman. The guest speaker and her husband, Michael Inouye, have two sons and one daughter.
    Inouye also serves at Elmbrook Church in ministries that allow her to use her gifts of music and drama, Kosman said. "She is energetic, eager and in love with her Lord. She brings radiant enthusiasm to the things in which she is involved."
    Registration and payment must be made by Oct. 28. Payment is transferable, but nonrefundable. For information, call the church at 944-4667.

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