Single Moms Retreat

2021 Single Moms Retreat

Gather with single moms from across Minnesota for a weekend of biblical teaching and a time to relax, refresh, and have some fun.

Our mission is to give single moms an opportunity to be wrapped in the loving arms of the Father and dream BIG dreams that only He can fulfill.

Save the Dates:

  • June 4-5, 2021
  • Lake Geneva Christian Center (Alexandria, MN)
  • Main Sessions, Multiple Breakouts & Lots of Giveaways
  • Attend, Befriend (Volunteer), Invite, or Donate
  • Register

We would love to have you join us!

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Featured Guests

Lois Breit - SMR Speaker
Lois Breit - Speaker

Lois has 30 years of experience as an ordained minister, pastor, and missionary with the Assemblies of God. As the only AG Missionary to Single Moms, she speaks across the country at District, Sectional, and local church events for single moms, women’s events, and in Sunday services. Because she raised 5 children as a single mom, her books, articles, and leadership trainings give credence and hope to single moms, while providing ministry resources to the local church. (Resources are available in English and Spanish.)

See more: loisbreit.com or singlemamas.org.

Lindsay Petri - Speaker

Lindsay Petri was raised in a dysfunctional home filled with addiction and abuse. She repeated the same cycles and battled her own addictions until she gave her life to Jesus and He changed everything. He redeemed her story and she is now the mother of 3 beautiful children, co-pastors Reclaim Church in Arizona with her husband and is the Women’s Director for the Arizona Women’s Ministry. She is passionate about reaching those who are struggling and helping women walk in freedom!

Learn more: lindsaypetri.org.

Dawna Johnson, Single Moms Retreat 2021 Worship Leader
Dawna Johnson - Worship Leader

With a love for music and a heart for God’s people, Dawna is on a mission to create positive change in the world around her, one song at a time. She loves to worship the Lord and help usher people into the presence of God. Dawna currently serves as the Worship Leader at Cornerstone Church near Phoenix, Arizona.

 In addition to worship leading, she writes and records her own music, and travels around the US spreading the hope of the gospel to all who will listen. Her latest single, “Mountain Mover” can be found nationwide on all streaming platforms.

Dawna also has a passion for social justice, and loves getting the opportunity to partner with different organizations, that help fight the war against human trafficking. She served for five years as a member of the Christian Women in Media Association, helping connect and equip Christian women in all forms of media, and serves as a Bridging the Gap Advisor.

When she is not singing or doing ministry, Dawna enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She loves coffee, fashion and anything PINK!!!!

Dawna and her husband Rick have two beautiful children, Kyrie and Kinsley, and two crazy dogs, Mugsy and Stella.

Terri Fedorenko - Speaker

Terri is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified life coach. She is the wife of one and mother to five children ranging from ages 17-29. She is a servant of Christ and passionate to see people set free from anxiety, depression, and the impact of trauma history. She works with The Center for Family Counseling doing couples and individual counseling.

Kendra Roehl - Emcee

An unstoppable desire to help the hurting led Kendra Roehl to become a social worker and then foster care parent of dozens and adoptive mom of three. Today, she continues to care for others as a founder of The Ruth Experience, frequent speaker and author of five books, including 100 Days of Kindness. She is a Single Moms Retreat advisor with Bridging the Gap and is excited to be returning as an event emcee.

Julie Hughes SMR Emcee
Julie Hughes - Emcee

Julie has been a longtime friend and past emcee of the Single Moms Retreat. We are excited to have her back as a co-emcee at this year’s event!

John and Shannon Velsor - 2021 SMR Comedy
John & Shannon Velsor - Girls Night Out Comedy

John grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Minneapolis in 2002 where he met his wife, Shannon. They were married on June 10th, 2005. They have two boys, Aiden and Asher. John is a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God, and he and his family started North Star in 2011 with 40 people. Within a few short years, they have seen the church grow to several hundred. John and Shannon are very passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus Christ. They lead with love for others and a fabulous sense of humor!

Breakouts

Terri Fedorenko SMR Speaker
Terri Fedorenko: Understanding the Causes and Impact of Sexual Trauma

Many women experience anxiety and depression, difficulties in relationships, repeated failed relationships, and more because of sexual trauma or the culture’s message about sex. These experiences influence beliefs that interfere with Jesus’ plan for redemption. Join Terri as she unpacks a perspective of Jesus and His desire to heal and protect us.

Terri is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified life coach. She is the wife of one and mother to five children ranging from ages 17-29. She is a servant of Christ and passionate to see people set free from anxiety, depression, and the impact of trauma history. She works with The Center for Family Counseling doing couples and individual counseling.

SuLynn Williams SMR Breakout Speaker
SuLynn Williams: Dating With a Purpose

Join SuLynn Williams in this session on dating with a purpose, including goals in dating, healthy verses unhealthy relationships, kids and blending families, and more.

SuLynn loves Jesus, being a wife, “boy mom” to 2 sons, real relationships, good conversations and good books.

Her passion and experience is coaching and leadership, supporting and encouraging others as they navigate through life, find Hope and move forward. Her professional and educational experience is in Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development and Management. She feels blessed to be the Executive Director of Elevate – Pregnancy and Family Resource Center in St Cloud, MN.

She is a strong advocate for empowering life, following God and finding your sweet spot. She enjoys opportunities for growth and partnering with others.

Elizabeth Brown SMR Breakout Speaker
Elizabeth Brown: Demystifying Social Services

Navigating the world of non-profits and helping agencies can be exhausting, confusing, and frustrating. This workshop will help identify where to start and how to open the right doors to find support for your family.

Elizabeth Brown has been working in non-profit leadership, developing basic need programs, working directly with families, and overseeing program teams for more than 25 years. While raising three daughters, she attended college and earned her BSW in Social Work. Now, Elizabeth balances work as an Executive Director and spending time with her seven grandchildren and new husband after being single for 19 years.

Pamela Beaudry SMR Breakout Speaker
Pamela Beaudry - Reconnecting: Forming, Transforming, and Fostering Relationships After Social Isolation

Join us for this session and learn how to reconnect into life-giving relationships, how to detox from unhealthy relationships, and how to set healthy boundaries.

Pamela was raised by an amazing single mom (Lois Breit). She is an ordained minister, foster parent and an Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She and her family live in the Twin Cities.

Lois Breit - SMR Speaker
Lois Breit: Breaking the Cycles of Abuse & Gaslighting

Lois will discuss and offer resources to help answer some of the following questions: What causes women to return to an abusive situation (or be tempted to return)? How do you break an abusive family cycle? Where does your feeling of confusion, lack of confidence, or feeling that you are going crazy come from? What is “gaslighting” (a devious form of abuse), how do you recognize its signs, and what are boundaries to implement to avoid being “gaslighted?”

Lois has 30 years of experience as an ordained minister, pastor, and missionary with the Assemblies of God. As the only AG Missionary to Single Moms, she speaks across the country at District, Sectional, and local church events for single moms, women’s events, and in Sunday services. Because she raised 5 children as a single mom, her books, articles, and leadership trainings give credence and hope to single moms, while providing ministry resources to the local church. (Resources are available in English and Spanish.)

See more: loisbreit.com or singlemamas.org.

Sonja Bindert SMR Breakout Speaker
Sonja Bindert: It’s Time to Get Off the Merry-Go-Round of Codependency

Do you feel like you’re going around and around in circles of dysfunctional relationships? Whether you find yourself controlling others or being dependent on a controller, this class is for you! Join Sonja as she unpacks codependency, and learn tools to help bring you toward healthier perspectives and living.

Sonja Bindert is a wife of 20 years, a homeschooling mama, and a volunteer advisor for Bridging the Gap. God has used His Word, mentors, and life’s circumstances to drastically transform her heart, mind, and soul. Now, she wants to help others on their journey of discovering Him and seeing their life dramatically transformed through the power of His Holy Spirit!

Darlene Cook SMR Breakout Speaker
Darlene Cook: Walking Through Loss and Grief

This breakout will help you to find hope and healing after experiencing loss of any kind. You might be grieving the loss a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of a dream, or any other big change in your life. You or a loved one might have experienced abuse of any kind, a serious illness or disability, and other major disappointments in life. Grief can be overwhelming and many times we try to ignore it or stuff it down which will lead to feeling numb and being in “survival mode.” Join us in this workshop as we learn how to walk through loss and grief with the comfort and grace that only the Holy Spirit can provide.

Darlene Cook serves as the Program Director at Door of Hope Ministries where she ministers to women who have experienced trauma and abuse. Throughout her life she has experienced losses of many different kinds and out of these experiences she has found hope and healing through the Holy Spirit. Darlene is a mom of four adult children and grandmother of 16 grandchildren. She is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and she is passionate to help others walk in the joy of the Lord that she has experienced.

Sandy McKeown SMR Breakout Speaker
Sandy McKeown: Changing Your Kids' Tomorrow Today

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Join this session to learn tips for helping your children grow in relationship with Jesus from an early age. The opportunity to follow and know Him as their best Friend is the best decision they could ever make.

Sandy McKeown and her husband, Marty, raised five children, three with learning challenges: one child with Autism; one with Attention Deficit Disorder; and one with a Reading Disability, Epilepsy and Depression. Their determination to rely on God brought them through many difficult trials, which prepared them to impact the lives of many parents. Sandy uses life experience combined with powerful insight and creative humor to convey true hope to any audience. Learn more: sandymckeown.com.

Todd Dube SMR Breakout Speaker
Rev. Todd Dube: Finding Godly Balance in an Ever-Changing World

Many people struggle with life’s challenges every day because they haven’t learned how to cultivate a Godly Balance. This session will focus on understanding God’s priority list, important differences between needs and wants, and much more. You will leave with a fresh perspective and a few tools that will support you in finding your balance.

As a Licensed Pastor and Professional Counselor, Rev. Todd Dube has had the privilege of working with people for over twenty years. His counseling goals are always to encourage people to be their best selves, challenge them to follow Jesus, and find hope in their futures. With God’s love, a healthy mind-set, and effective life strategies, we can overcome any obstacle.

Faith Fitzgerald SMR Breakout Speaker
Faith Fitzgerald: Practical Career Skills and the Enneagram

Could you use some inside advice on navigating the job search process, landing the ideal job for you, handling life on the job, or getting the most out of a career?  If so, this session is for you!  We will be covering 7 practical career skills and tools, including the Enneagram assessment, to help you excel in the workplace.

Faith is very passionate about helping others find careers that utilize their God-given gifts, talents, and interests. She has over 20 years of experience in Recruiting Management, Consulting, and Career Development, working in large corporations and recruiting firms, providing search services to a broad range of specialized industries. Faith is currently CEO of Fitzgerald Recruiting, a professional search and contract staffing firm. She has a BSBA in Management from the University of ND.

Mykelti Blum SMR Breakout Speaker
Mykelti Blum: Understanding Attachment and its Impact on Relationships and Parenting

Everyone has an attachment style they developed from their childhood. Your attachment style can impact you, your relationships with others, and most importantly, your parenting. Come learn why attachment is so important, what your attachment style is, and how to use this knowledge for your own self-reflection and relationships with others. We will also share fun and encouraging ideas you can use to build a strong bond with your kids!

Mykelti Blum is a licensed social worker and has been working in the adoption field for the last 4 years. Mykelti founded Heart of the Brave Ministry which includes the Coffee with Kelti podcast, live messages, and devotionals. Mykelti loves helping women through personal reflection, and encouraging them towards pursuing their goals, dreams, and living in their purpose.

Sonja Bindert SMR Breakout Speaker
Sonja Bindert: Understanding the Bible - Where Do I Start?

What is the Bible anyway? Where do I even start? The Bible can be a daunting book, but with some basic training and knowledge, you can understand God’s Word! This is no time for doubt, insecurities, or procrastination–it’s time to learn all God wants to teach you about Him.

Sonja Bindert is a wife of 20 years, a homeschooling mama, and a volunteer advisor for Bridging the Gap. God has used His Word, mentors, and life’s circumstances to drastically transform her heart, mind, and soul. Now, she wants to help others on their journey of discovering Him and seeing their life dramatically transformed through the power of His Holy Spirit!

Todd Dube SMR Breakout Speaker
Rev. Todd Dube - The Courage of Esther: Her Story and Yours

Esther was a courageous young woman who trusted God, loved people, and overcame her fear to become a truly inspiring example. Her story is also our story as we still battle today some of the same struggles she faced. Come find a renewed personal strength inspired by the power of God’s courage through love and grace in all of us.

As a Licensed Pastor and Professional Counselor, Rev. Todd Dube has had the privilege of working with people for over twenty years. His counseling goals are always to encourage people to be their best selves, challenge them to follow Jesus, and find hope in their futures. With God’s love, a healthy mind-set, and effective life strategies, we can overcome any obstacle.

Pamela Beaudry SMR Breakout Speaker
Pamela Beaudry: Raising Kids in a Digital Age

Amidst the great opportunities social media, cell phones, and the internet provide, there are real dangers to be aware of and avoid. Learn tools to help keep your kids safe in this “digital age.”

Pamela was raised by an amazing single mom (Lois Breit). She is an ordained minister, foster parent and an Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She and her family live in the Twin Cities.

Darlene Cook SMR Breakout Speaker
Darlene Cook - Healing from Abuse: Moving from Pain to Joy

Join us in this workshop as we learn tools to heal from the pain of abuse and experience the joy Jesus provides. 

Darlene Cook serves as the Program Director at Door of Hope Ministries where she ministers to women who have experienced trauma and abuse. Throughout her life she has experienced losses of many different kinds and out of these experiences she has found hope and healing through the Holy Spirit. Darlene is a mom of four adult children and grandmother of 16 grandchildren. She is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and she is passionate to help others walk in the joy of the Lord that she has experienced.

Details

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Friday

  • 1:00 pm – Registration (Gym) & Car Care Check-in (Softball Field)
  • 1:00 pm – Free Time: Diva Boutique/Spa/Dream Library/Exhibitors/The Bridge Shop/Geneva Java
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7:00 pm – Opening Celebration: Lindsay Petri
  • 9:30 pm – Girls Night Out: John & Shannon Velsor (Comedy)

Saturday

  • 6:30 am – 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk/Rollerblade/Bike
  • 7:00 am – Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – Car Care Breakout
  • 9:00 am – Morning Celebration: Terri Fedorenko
  • 10:30 am – Coffee Break
  • 11:00 am – Breakout Sessions 1
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch & Free Time: Diva Boutique/Dream Library/Exhibitors/The Bridge Shop/Geneva Java
  • 1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions 2
  • 2:30 pm – Closing Celebration: Lois Breit
  • 4:30 pm – Car Pickup
Car Care

The Car Care team will be offering free safety and fluid checks for the first 75 cars that are pre-registered for this opportunity (pre-register when registering for the event). They will also be accepting the first 50 vehicles on-site that have not been pre-registered. Each driver must provide proof of insurance in her name upon checking-in her car at the retreat. Please take all necessities out of your vehicle when dropping it off. You will be texted or called when your vehicle checkup is completed.

Diva Boutique

The Diva Boutique is an SMR store with thousands of pieces of new and gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Each attendee will have the opportunity to shop for free and take home a select number of items! Also stop by the SUB Shop for a free set of undergarments.

Dream Library

The Dream Library is an SMR book store with thousands of books & kids books to shop from! Each mom will have the opportunity to shop for free and take home a select number of books for you and your family.

Geneva Java

Specialty coffees, smoothies, & more will be available for sale at the Geneva Java!

Girls Night Out!

Don’t miss the Girls Night Out party with comedy, Bingo, bonfires, food, rock climbing, and more!

Salon

First-come, first-serve professional hair cuts or styling! Hair must be clean prior to arrival.

Spa

The SMR Spa includes free nail painting, foot soaks, hand massages, and more! We know you’re going to love the Spa, donated by Willmar AG.

The Bridge Shop

The Bridge Shop is a boutique store and located at Lake Geneva Christian Center. Operated by BTG volunteers, its purpose is to donate proceeds to one MN or international humanitarian-project annually!

We offer beautiful and unique gifts, home décor, jewelry, accessories, and more!

Stop by between 10:00 am-5:00 pm or 9:30-11:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am-5:00 pm on Saturday.

5K/1 Mile - Run/Walk/Rollerblade/Bike

Join us bright and early on Saturday to exercise with new friends!

Donate/Get Involved

Donate/Sponsor
  • Donate toward event costs and scholarships. 
  • This event would not be possible without the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors and donors.  Email info@mnbtg.org for details on sponsorship opportunities and benefits!
Donate - Books
  • Donate new/like-new (only!) Bibles, books, and children’s books to be given away in the Dream Library. Email info@mnbtg.org with interest.
  • Print receipt for donated merchandise.
Donate - Diva Boutique
  • Donate new/like-new (only!) plus-size clothing, shoes, jewelry, boots, accessories, and SUB Project items. (We have reached our 2021 capacity for clothing emaller than plus-size. We will NOT be accepting additional items.) See donation guidelines and drop off locations.
  • Print receipt for donated merchandise.
Donate - Giveaways
  • Donate a gift or gift basket for one recipient, or donate a session gift for all attendees. See our wishlist, and RSVP with what you would like to give. Donations are being accepted through May 14.
  • Print receipt for donated merchandise.
Donate - SUB Project
Volunteer (Befriend)
Volunteer - Hair Stylists & Massage Therapists

Licensed hair stylists and massage therapists are invited to volunteer with the SMR Salon & Spa on Friday. Email info@mnbtg.org with interest.

Resources

Audio/Video Archives

Single Moms Resources

Promotional Tools

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Single Moms Facebook Group

Thank You, Sponsors

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