2022 Women’s Retreat

4:00 PM Friday, September 30 – 11:00 AM Sunday, October 2

Women of all ages: come for a weekend of fun, fellowship, meaningful conversation, and worship! The women’s retreat is a beautiful time of year at camp, often highlighted by the peak of the fall colors. Invite your friends to camp for the excellent food, good times, and life-giving worship and messages! Check-in begins at 4:00 PM on Friday, with our first gathering for dinner at 5:30 PM.

Retreat COVID-19 Protocols:

Please read our Retreat COVID-19 protocols.

*If it becomes apparent that we cannot run a retreat as planned due to COVID-19 considerations, we reserve the right to make changes to capacity, program, or calendar as necessary. Prior to each retreat, we will be in communication with participants regarding instructions and policies to reduce health risks for our participants and staff. Any cancellations related to COVID-19 will be refunded in full.


2022 Women’s Retreat Pricing:

  • Full Retreat: $145 ($130 Early Bird)
  • Fri Night – Sat Dinner: $125 ($105 Early Bird)
  • Sat Only (No Lodging): $90 ($80 Early Bird)
  • Full Retreat, Commuter (No Lodging): $110 ($100 Early Bird)
  • Pastor Rate, Full Retreat: $80
  • Pastor Rate, Saturday Evening Departure: $70

*Early Bird Registration Discount applies if registered or postmarked by September 16, 2022.

When registering, please make payment for full amount due. A $25 processing fee will be kept in the case of any cancellation one week or more from the start of the retreat. In the case of a cancellation less than one week from the start of the retreat, no payments will be refunded. Any cancellations related to COVID-19 will be refunded in full.

Theme & Speakers 

2022 Theme: Stories With Intent

Jesus was a master storyteller. Using the power of an imagined world of parables to help his listeners hear his message with new and transformative effect, Jesus’ teachings come alive – both for his listeners then as well as today. Borrowing from former North Park Seminary Professor Klyne Snodgrass’ book on parables, our fall women’s retreat theme is “Stories With Intent: Exploring Jesus’ Parables as a Guide For Faithful Living Today.” Through worship and talks offered by four ministry leaders from across the Upper Peninsula, we invite you to experience again Jesus’ call on your life, through his parables, to take a next step of faith in your own story and live with intent.

Linnea Ek, Menominee

Linnea currently serves as the Pastor of Community Covenant Church in Menominee, having previously served several Covenant institutions including five churches, a camp, and a retirement community scattered throughout the Midwestern states of Michigan, Illinois, and Nebraska. Last summer Linnea became the only Covenant pastor to be ordained at Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp (thanks pandemic!) and she is excited to be back at Covenant Point for the first time in 20 years despite having lived in the UP for the past 3.5 years. An avid reader and pop-culture enthusiast, her spare time is often spent reading a book or binge-watching a show with her cat Lina nearby.

Shelly Poindexter, Iron River
Shelly is a former social worker, a reformed plant killer and just completed her second year of seminary as she works towards her MDIV. She is the wife of a pastor and a mother of two adult children and one small cat.

Barb Swanson, Serve Globally in Malmö, Sweden
Barb is serving alongside her husband Steve in Malmö, Sweden alongside the Uniting Church of Sweden to help make the church a place of welcome for the refugee and immigrant.  Prior to their arrival to Sweden in 2017, they served in Antwerp, Belgium. Barb remembers with great fondness the generosity of the UP and Central Conference women who gathered precious funds to buy and ship an electric piano to the Central African Republic during her years in Africa.

Cortney Tomczak, Iron Mountain
Cortney lives in Florence, WI and worships at First Covenant Church of Iron Mountain, MI. She spent the last 7 years serving in ministry, youth pastoring in the suburbs of Chicago and most recently, ministering to campers and summer staff at Covenant Point as program coordinator. God recently called Cortney back to the “Yoop” where she is thoroughly enjoying doing ministry in her hometown. She is very excited to participate in this year’s women’s retreat!



Packing List:

  • Bedding, towel, toiletries
  • Clothing for all weather
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimsuit for sauna (if interested)
  • Musical instrument for jam session (if interested)
  • Bible
  • Notebook and pen
  • Flashlight

Registration & Resources 

Register Online! (Opens at 7 AM on June 1, 2022)


Download/Print the 2022 Women’s Retreat Registration Form (Available June 2, 2022)