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Women’s Connection 2021

Word Wise: Encountering the Word that Draws Us In and Sends Us Out.

August 13–15, 2021Adult
A Montreat Conference Center Event

If you registered for Women’s Connection last year and opted to transfer your registration, then you are good to go! If your reservation included Montreat Conference Center housing and meals, you will be in the same housing for 2021. If you have any questions about your reservation, please contact Susan Akduman, at susana@montreat.org. Please give your first and last name in your email so she can find you in our reservation system.

“Words are my first love, because they matter. Words actually change lives, move people, sustain us. They take us to another world when we need to go and bring us home when we need to come back. Whatever you need, words can deliver: laughter, solidarity, encouragement, thrill, courage, silliness, spirit. I have been a reader and writer my entire life, and every single day I marvel that I get to make a living with words. I hope to use them for beauty and Jesus and life. I hope to make them count.” – Jen Hatmaker

As people of faith who seek to be Jesus’ disciples, we are shaped by words and seek to understand them, hear them, and do them. The words of scripture will play a prominent role in this Women’s Connection as participants will engage in a dialogue with scripture.

Leadership

Rates & Registration

You may register for a comprehensive package which includes your conference fee, room, and meals, or if you have your own housing, you may register for the commuter rate (see below). If you are bringing a large group, please contact the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829 for assistance.

Comprehensive Package

Comprehensive rates below include the Women’s Connection conference fee, room in Assembly InnWinsborough, Glen Rock Inn, or Glen Rock Apartment, meals in the Galax Dining Room (Friday supper through Sunday breakfast), plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. After July 2, these rates will increase by $25 per person. Room check-in AFTER 3:00 pm on Friday. Room check-out BEFORE 11:00 am on Sunday.

Housing Waiting List

As Conference Center housing fills up, the registar will maintain a waitlist for people who would prefer our housing. Please contact the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829 to be placed on the waitlist.

Assembly Inn

  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $395.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $500.00 per person
  • Double Occupancy, Shared Bath: $380.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared Bath: $470.00 per person

Glen Rock

  • Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $345.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $400.00 per person

The Winsborough- Please note that the Winsborough does not have central AC or elevator access.

  • Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $345.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $400.00 per person

Meals for Children

  • Children ages 12 and older: $53.00 per child
  • Children ages 5-11: $26.50 per child
  • Children under 5: no charge
Commuter Rate

Commuter rates below include the Women’s Connection conference fee plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. This rate DOES NOT include room or meals. After July 2, this rate will increase by $25 per person.

  • On or before July 2: $237 per person
  • After July 2: $262 per person
Alternative Housing Options

For more information about alternative housing options in Montreat and neighboring Black Mountain, please check our Other Housing page.

Contact the Registrar

Questions about conference registration, housing, or meals? Please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Child Care

Child care for Women’s Connection participants will be available for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required. Please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829 to register.

Child Care Fees:

  • $70 for children six months thru preschool age

Questions about the program? Please email the child care coordinator at childcare@montreat.org.

Workshops

More information about workshops will be available soon.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, August 13

4:00 - 6:00 pm - Registration and Check In
5:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Opening worship with Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill preaching
8:30 pm - Conference Fellowship

Saturday, August 14

7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am - Morning Gathering and Bible Study with Dr. Frances Taylor Gench
10:15 am - Break
10:30 am - Workshop session I
12:00 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm - Workshop session II
3:30 pm - Free time
5:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - An Evening with Jen Hatmaker
8:45 pm - Conference Fellowship

Sunday, August 15

7:30 - 8:30 am - Breakfast
9:30 am - Closing worship with Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill preaching
11:00 am - Check-out time

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

More Information

Scholarships

Limited scholarships are offered for this conference.

The Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper Endowment

The Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper EndowmentThe Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper Endowment provides support for women’s programming, leadership development, spiritual nurture and scholarship assistance at Montreat. Funds from this endowment help women with financial need to afford Montreat conferences and retreats, help Montreat provide programs that equip women for ministry, and help Montreat feature national quality speakers and conference leaders, who are themselves women leaders in the church. Download the K.K. Cooper Endowment Commitment Form to support this ministry or donate online through our giving form and include "K.K. Cooper Endowment" in the additional information section at the bottom of the page.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by July 2 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after July 2 but on or before August 6 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after August 6. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

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