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Captivating Heart retreat focuses on a woman’s identity in Christ

Women of Northwest Arkansas and beyond are invited for a weekend of rest, rescue and redemption at the third annual Captivating Heart Retreat.

Captivating Heart is Oct. 17-19 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs, Ark.). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is inspired by the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.

The retreat is designed for women (age 16+) of all backgrounds and faiths although the Christian Bible will be used as a reference point. Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and Marilyn Hodgin, retired teacher, are the co-facilitators this year. Local musician Laura Self will lead live worship throughout the weekend.

Both Kaufman and Hodgin agree that this year’s event is focused on a woman’s identity and dispelling the lies she hears every day, including the ones she hears in her own head.

Women often come to believe the world’s lies that they are “not enough” or “high maintenance” or even “second class.” These become more than descriptions or labels, they become an identity. The Captivating Heart Retreat helps debunk these concepts and shows women how they are “more than enough, royalty of God and a treasured jewel.

“It’s about who we really are, not what we believe,” Kaufman said.

Hodgin agreed. “It’s about learning to believe the truth.”

Registration is open for the event with an early-bird rate of $149 until July 1 when the rate increases to $179. This includes two nights’ boarding and six meals as well as the retreat curriculum.

Upcoming fundraisers-a tea party and craft day

Two fundraisers designed to allow the overall retreat cost to remain low will be this summer.

On Saturday, June 21, the Captivating Heart Tea Party will be at the Frisco Station Mall (Rogers) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction and vendor booths available. Participants of all ages are welcome and dress can be anywhere from casual to dressy. Tickets are $10 for age 12+ and $5 for ages 5-12. Children under age 5 are free. A short devotional and a presentation about the history of afternoon tea will be included.

The second fundraiser is Making Memories Together—a craft day for ladies of all ages (4+). Participants are invited to bring their mother, daughter, sister, aunt or best friend. Or come alone and join in the fun! The craft day is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Home Instead Senior Care Training Center in Frisco Station Mall. Tickets are available online for $15 for a pair and $10 for an individual. An additional person can be added to the pair for $8 a person. Supplies to decorate a wall hanging or create a bracelet will be available. Handmade craft items will be available for sale.

Information about signing up for the retreat and getting tickets for the fundraisers is online at: http://captivatingheart.com/events/



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