Rejuvenate Pennsylvania

October 19-21, 2018

Kenbrook Bible Camp

Appearing

Sherrie Eldridge
Speaker
Regina Fike
Speaker
Jennie Owens
Jennie Owens
Co-Founder & Speaker
Marilou Strangarity
Speaker
Brushstrokes on Canvas
Painting class
Rachel Zimmerman
Cake Decorating class
Lucy Martin and Anna Reiff
Wooden Sign Making class

Retreat Staff

Melissa Martin
Site Director
Tammy Becker
Eyebrows/manicures
Beth Lehman
Prayer Coordinator
Kathi Moyer
Fitness Instructor
Wana
Massage Coordinator
Melanie Nolt and Sarah Byler
Worship Leaders
Doreen Bishop
Counselor

Retreat Center

Kenbrook Bible Camp

190 Pine Meadow Road
Lebanon, PA 17046

www.kenbrook.org

Tentative Schedule

Friday:

  • 3:00 Registration Begins (Crafts and Self-Serve Nail Salon Available All Weekend)
  • 5:00 Welcome Session & Small Groups
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Evening Session (Sherrie Eldridge)
  • 9:15 Late Night Activities (Pajama Party Movie Night and Pajama Party Game Night)

Saturday:

  • 7:00 AM Prayer Stations
  • 8:30  Breakfast
  • 10:00 Morning Session (Regina Fike)
  • 12:30 PM   Lunch and Free Time (Free Time Activities- Painting Class, Fairy Garden Class, Burlap Wreath Class, and More)
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions with (Sherrie Eldridge, Regina Fike, and Marilou Strangarity)
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 7:00 Evening Session (Sherrie Eldridge)
  • 9:30 Late Night Activities (Bonfire with S’mores and Pajama Party Movie Night)

Sunday:

  • 7:45 AM Raffle Items Displayed
  • 8:30  Tea Party Breakfast, Raffle Drawings and Session
  • 11:00 Photo Booth & Goodbyes

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Activities

  • Massages
  • Nature Walks
  • Paint and Sip Cider Classes
  • Self Serve Spa
  • Door Prizes
  • Crafts and Arts Classes
  • Spa Treatments
  • Fitness Classes
  • Campfire
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Movie Night
  • Zipline
  • Tower
  • Air Hockey/Foosball/Ping Pong
  • Self-Care Classes
  • Tea Party
  • Photo Booth
  • Volleyball/Basketball
  • Game Night with Snacks
  • LOTS of FREE TIME!

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the nature of the event, the moms involved have agreed that having children on the retreats may prevent other moms attending from experiencing the rejuvenation they need.

Yes! Before we move into a new geographic region we want to identify a local site director and gather support from the adoption and foster care community – including local agencies and churches. If you would like to be a part of this process contact Jennie Owens.

Possibly. We are actively seeking new locations for the Rejuvenate Retreat. We anticipate several new locations to be in added in the next year.

Refunds of the entire amount minus a $50 cancellation fee will be given up to 30 days before the retreat. Up until this time, you may also transfer the full payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat, either toward the next year’s registration at the same location or to another date/location.

30-14 days prior to  retreat, you may receive a refund of half of the registration price or may transfer 75% of the payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat.

No refunds will be given within 14 days of retreat, however your registration fee may be transferred to another participant. If you know of someone who would like to attend in your place, let us know; otherwise we will offer the space to a mom who has expressed interest but has been unable to pay her way.

The organizers and speakers at the retreat are Christians. They may use the Bible as a teaching tool during the general sessions and some of the general sessions conclude with worship music.  Our goal is to help Moms of all faiths to rejuvenate.

Rooms are assigned at check-in. The first person to arrive from each party can sign up everyone in their group.

For larger groups, contact us and we will set aside rooms ahead of time.

  • Linens: Some room options provide linens. Some retreat centers provide them for an extra fee. Otherwise, bring a sleeping bag or linens and blankets (most beds are twin but there are a few double and queen beds) 
  • Towel & Wash cloth or bath sponge: Unless you are choosing a room that provides linens, you will need to bring a towel and wash cloth or bath sponge.
  • Pillow: Unless you are choosing a room that provides linens, you will need to bring a pillow.
  • Toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Hair dryer
  • Prescriptions and vitamins
  • Book to read
  • Items for your favorite hobby (We will have activities available, including the supplies for arts and crafts; however you may want to bring your own craft supplies, musical instrument or anything else that you enjoy doing.)
  • Snacks (Food and some snacks will be provided, but you may want to bring some of your own, especially for the late night activities like the PJ Party Game Night)
  • Workout Clothes (If you want to participate in one of the fitness classes provided at the retreat or go for a nature walk, you may want to bring workout clothes.)

What to Leave Home:

  • Worries and stress
  • Perfume (Some women are allergic to perfume…let’s make this a pleasant experience for everyone)

Typically between 100-150 women come to each retreat. While for some this may seem like a large number, we provide many opportunities to get to know other moms in smaller, more intimate settings throughout the weekend.

Nope. We are all adults and you can use the weekend for what you need. If that includes some of the planned activities, we are honored to have helped you rejuvenate. If not, that’s ok too. We want you to do whatever will help you experience rejuvenation.

It depends on the ticket you have purchased. Some private accommodations are available at most of our retreat centers for an additional cost.

When shared rooms are used we have planned so that no upper bunks are used when rooms are so equipped.

The schedule for each retreat vary’s for each conference center, but you can expect the schedule to approximate the following sample.

Note: All activities are optional, as the main goal for the weekend is rest and rejuvenation.

Friday:
3:00 PM     Registration Begins (Crafts and Self-Serve Nail Salon Available All Weekend)
5:00           Welcome Session & Small Groups
6:30           Dinner
7:30           Evening Session
9:15           Late Night Activities (Pajama Party Movie Night and Pajama Party Game Night)

Saturday:
7:00 AM     Prayer
8:30          Breakfast
10:00         Morning Session and Small Groups
12:30 PM   Lunch and Free Time (Free Time Activities TBD)
5:30          Dinner
7:00          Evening Session
9:30          Late Night Activities (Bonfire with S’mores and Pajama Party Movie Night)

Sunday:
7:45 AM     Raffle Items Displayed
8:30          Tea Party Breakfast, Raffle Drawings and Session
11:00         Photo Booth & Goodbyes

Refund Policy: Refunds of the entire amount minus a $25 cancellation fee will be given up to September 1, 2018. Up until this time, you may also transfer the full payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat, either toward the next year’s registration at the same location or to another date/location. From September 2 – 19, you may receive a refund of half of the registration price or may transfer 75% of the payment toward another Rejuvenate Retreat. No refunds will be given after September 19, however your registration fee may be transferred to another participant. If you know of someone who would like to attend in your place, let us know; otherwise we will offer the space to a mom who has expressed interest but has been unable to pay her way.

General information and FAQs about Rejuvenate

Sherrie Eldridge

Speaker

For well over two decades, Sherrie Eldridge has offered her unique voice within the adoption community, as an established author and international speaker. An adoptee herself, Eldridge has the ability to see life through the eyes of an adopted child. In her seven published titles, she has shared her passion for validating adoptees’ life experiences and her desire to help adoptive parents better understand and meet their adopted children’s emotional needs.

Her best-selling work, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, is considered required reading by many US adoption agencies. In 2010, she was named Indiana’s Congressional Angel of Adoption by the Honorable Dan Burton, Indiana Congressional Representative. Eldridge is widely recognized and respected as a compassionate advocate for adoptees, cultivating understanding about adoption’s challenges and opportunities for all those whose lives have been touched by it.

Regina Fike

Speaker

Regina is a gifted and inspirational speaker who has shared her passion for the work of fostering families all over the world. Regina and her husband are parents to 8 children, and have been fostering medically fragile children for 15 years. Her experience, and fun and engaging style have made her a popular speaker at State, National, and International Conferences. 
 Regina is a founding member of one of the most dynamic Resource Parent Support Groups in the country, whose members have set the standard for Resource Parent training, support, and partnership with agency administration and staff.  Regina served on the Board of Directors for Children’s Choice for 10 years. She has also served as a Resource Parent Liaison, Development Specialist, and Resource Home Recruiter.

Jennie Owens

Co-Founder & Speaker

Jennie has worked with children of all ages for over 20 years and is the author of Dancing with a Porcupine, a real life parable about living successfully as the parent of special needs children.. In addition to her MA in Education, Jennie has received extensive training in therapeutic parenting, trauma, and attachment in adoption. She has worked in multiple group home settings with abused and abandoned children and in several settings providing support for foster and adoptive parents, including doing foster parent Recruitment and Retention through Fostering Together and working as a foster parent trainer for the state through the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.

Most of Jennie’s experience, however, comes from the fact that she and her husband adopted three deeply wounded foster children nine years ago, who were 8, 10 and 10 when they came to live with them. All of her children have progressed leaps and bounds further than professionals ever expected, and now as teenagers they continue to provide her with on-the-job training every day.

Along with training foster parents, Jennie provides coaching services through Canyon Lakes Family Counseling for parents wanting to find more effective ways to parent challenging children, as well as parents who have experienced their own trauma through parenting them. Jennie is currently working on a book called “Dancing with a Porcupine.” It chronicles her challenging experiences in parenting their children and her journey back to health and sanity after being told by a medical professional, “If you don’t get rid of your stressors, you’re going to die.”

Jennie speaks at adoption and foster care conferences, retreats and workshops and leads foster and adoptive mom retreats. If you’d like to contact her about speaking at an event, please email her at [email protected]

Marilou Strangarity

Speaker

My husband and I have three biological and three adopted children. We started doing foster care before we had children of our own, but then we took a break for a few years, until our children were a bit older and my husband finished Medical school and most of his Residency Program. We were involved with the Foster Care system for a few years and had children in our lives for varying lengths of time, before we were able to adopt our daughter.  We adopted a biological sister and brother from Russia a few years later. All three of these children were older when we adopted them (11, 13, 15), and this comes with its own set of issues.

For a short season in our lives, my husband and I had six teenagers, which has led to 24 stockings being hung in our living room this past Christmas, as our family has continued to expand with all the in-laws and grandchildren.  Currently we have 10 grandchildren with more on the way.

During the early years of our children’s lives, I primarily was a stay-at-home mother. We homeschooled, private schooled, used public school, and the cyber-charter school system over the years. I believe this variety in educational experiences gave me insight to be a family and student advocate on the school board I currently serve on for Achievement House Cyber Charter School. I coached sports from the College level all the way down to our local little league programs, and I also taught school and subbed for a few years. I served in a variety of roles in churches including: youth work, worship and prayer teams, women’s ministry, and other areas as well.

I am currently back in school getting my master’s degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling. I also am blessed to be at the stage in life where I get to help take care of my grandchildren and my mother quite frequently. These roles bless me immensely and keep me quite busy, and I am honored to provide my mom with the love and nurture she provided me all my life.

This little biography might make me sound like I’ve had a wonderful, rich, and full life –  and indeed I have. However, it is what you are NOT able to see between the lines, that convinces me of GOD’s faithfulness in all the ups and downs of life. Trauma, death, addiction, mental illness, divorce, sickness, sexual assault…. these are the substances that help paint the picture of my world and our sphere of life as a family. There is no shortcut through pain, no explaining away heartache, nor extinguishing lingering fears, failures, and doubts with a simple prayer or church attendance. Life is rich, but life is also riddled with potholes big enough to break even the largest and strongest trucks. It is what I’ve seen GOD do, after running into the potholes, that enlarges my faith in HIS realness and goodness. Broken, but blessed, this is my life.

Brushstrokes on Canvas

Painting class

Brushstrokes on Canvas is a locally owned Art & Wine Studio, owned by John Olivo, who has a passion for art and customer service. With an art degree from a prominent art school and business expertise in the corporate environment, John has used his experience in creating Brushstrokes on Canvas, a company with excellent artists, staff, and an advisory team of experts, dedicated and focused on providing the best customer service experience possible for each and every studio and mobile event.

Brushstrokes on Canvas is happy to offer you more help to give you an experience you won’t forget. Whether you would like to get together with family, a group of friends, or take a class on your own, we have opportunities available for everyone. And don’t worry; you don’t need to have any type of artistic experience or talent. We give you the tools you need and guide you on the path to success. Along the way you will have a great time, sip some wine (or coffee or spring water) and you will create a masterpiece you can take home.

Our instructional classes are led by artists and we will help you create the event you have in mind. Whether you want to throw a paint and wine party with your friends or have a birthday party everyone will remember, we have you covered. We are happy to allow our guests to bring in wine and snacks to help enhance their experience and create an amazingly fun atmosphere. Read about our artists and what unique talent they bring to Brushstrokes on Canvas.

We happily accommodate parties, group gatherings, team building events, social events, and more. We can plan an event not only in our studio, but also at locations outside of our studio, such as restaurants, country clubs, or your home. This is your chance to get creative, have fun, and take home something that you will make you smile for many years to come.

Contact Brushstrokes on Canvas today by email or phone with any questions you may have or to reserve your spot! A great time is waiting for you and yours at Brushstrokes on Canvas. We hope to see you soon!

– John Olivo & The Staff –

Rachel Zimmerman

Cake Decorating class

Rachel is a wife to Kevin and mom to Gavin (7) and Raegan (4 going on 14). They live along a lovely wooded street in Reinholds. Reading, baking, podcasts, planning new adventures, and good conversation with friends are a few of her favorite things. She worked in a local bakery decorating cakes for 5 years. Since then she designs and decorates cakes for family and friends in her home. She will be giving basic cake decorating tips in a cake decorating class!

Lucy Martin and Anna Reiff

Wooden Sign Making class

Lucy and Anna are longtime friends. They are both married and each have several kids. They are both very creative and love to share their creative talents with others. They are going to teach a wooden sign class at the retreat.

Melissa Martin

Site Director

Melissa lives on a small farmette in PA. She will be married for 15 years this summer, and currently has 4 kids…2 bio, and 2 foster. She and her husband have been fostering 4.5 years and have had a total of 11 foster kids in their home. She loves hiking, cooking and baking, spending time with her family…including dates with her kids, and serving other foster/adoptive moms.  This year her beautiful daughter Olivia will be joining her to help bless the moms as well!

Melissa is very excited to bring Rejuvenate to the Pennsylvania area!

Tammy Becker

Eyebrows/manicures

Tammy owns Martin’s hair studio in New Holland.  It is located inside Garden Spot Village.  She has been doing hair for 14 years. She is married to Darrell and a mother to 5 children.  Tammy loves to interact with people and enjoys friends and fellowship.  Her hobbies include scrapbooking, cooking, baking, canning, and most importantly, napping!  She also loves coffee!

Beth Lehman

Prayer Coordinator

Each mom who attends the Rejuvenate Retreat is assigned at least one person to pray for them. Beth will be coordinating prayer warriors for the Pennsylvania Rejuvenate.

Beth is a “city mouse” living in Lancaster County, PA. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she fell in love with a country boy- and married him 7 years ago! They live on his family’s farmette with their toddler son. She’s got some great stories about goats, chickens and cows from a city girl’s point of view!

Beth and her husband became foster parents in 2015 and adopted their son in 2016. They feel God’s call to continue in foster care and adoption as a lifelong ministry. They are excited to see who else God will bring into their family! For now, she is enjoying her dream job as a stay-at-home-mom.

Beth is looking forward to the Rejuvenate Retreat, with hopes of expanding her foster/adoptive mom circle of friends. It is a joy to be able to serve as the Prayer Director! “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)

Kathi Moyer

Fitness Instructor

Kathi has a real passion for Praisercize because she has a real passion for the Lord. To her, Praisercize is a form of worship. When she was headed to India in 2006 for a short term missions trip, the Lord directed her to “dance.” In obedience, she created a dance to a song that portrayed her testimony. Then the Lord spoke again to her, and said, “Don’t stop now!” Praisercize was thus created!

Praisercize is a high energy exercise class done to contemporary Christian music. If you want to learn more about what she does, click here.

Wana

Massage Coordinator

Hi my name is Wana and I have Serenity Therapeutic Massage. I was asked by members of this group to gather therapist to bless the women that are coming to this retreat and in much need of TLC because like any moms know, you put everyone first before yourself. As massage therapist not only is it our job to relax and help you in any way we can but it’s something that’s instill in us from day one not only in our hearts but in our Gifted Hands.

What the group of ladies didn’t know is that I myself was adopted by a Miracle at the age of 6. As I’ve gotten older and look back on life and see what it took to bring me here and see what the sacrifice that not only my parents but my other two siblings did to make us feel part of the family is something that no one could ever describe the feeling of. Just like some of you moms are probably going through right now and or in the future when your child gets older and starts asking the questions WHY it becomes very difficult and you feel disconnected. Know that it’s not anything you’re doing right or wrong, answer the questions to the best of your ability and always be honest.

My team and i are very excited to meet and interact with all. And give you the much needed time to your self to

Relax-Breath & Escape

Sincerely

Wana

Serenity Therapeutic Massage

Melanie Nolt and Sarah Byler

Worship Leaders

Melanie Nolt and Sarah Byler are both stay at home (adoptive) mothers. They have a passion for worshipping our creator and leading other women into his presence where they can find healing, restoration, and discover their true God given identity. Melanie and Sarah have a deep desire to see women walking in freedom and wholeness through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross!

Doreen Bishop

Counselor

Doreen Bishop has been working with Bethany Christian Services of Lancaster since 2011.  She’s a therapist who specializes in treating PTSD, grief and loss, attachment and play therapy, and supporting parents with their foster/adopted children.  When Doreen is not working, she is enjoying time together with her husband and 4 children.  She loves the outdoors, DIY home projects, home renovations, and good (strong) coffee!  Doreen looks forward to supporting and serving the mothers who attend the retreat this year!