Single Moms Retreat

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 show attendees extravagant love and encourage each woman to dream BIG dreams with God.

Join Us:

  • June 2-3, 2023
  • Lake Geneva Christian Center (Alexandria, MN)
  • Main Sessions, Multiple Breakouts & Lots of Giveaways, including Car Care, a Spa, Boutique, Library, Girls Night Out, and much more!
  • Attend, Volunteer, Invite, or Donate
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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable.

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2022 Featured Guests

(2023 Details Coming Soon)

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.

Nick Gray - SMR Featured Speaker
Nick Grey - Speaker

Nick Grey is the lead pastor of Reach Church in Alexandria, where his wife, Reba, also serves as the Connections Pastor. Nick loves his family, is a huge Minnesota Vikings fam, and enjoys mountain biking. Raised by a single mom, he looks forward to sharing a message of hope during the Single Moms Retreat.

Dawna Johnson
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, “Turn it Up” 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.

Kendra Roehl
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.

Mykelti Blum
Mykelti Blum - Emcee

Mykelti Blum is a speaker, podcaster, and founder of Heart of the Brave Ministry, which includes the Empower Hour Podcast, live messages, video devotionals, and the “Living In” women’s conference. Mykelti is also active in the Bridging the Gap community and hosts their E^3 Podcast. Mykelti loves helping women through personal reflection and building community with others. Her favorite activity is encouraging women towards pursuing their goals, dreams, and living in their purpose.

Dolores Smith and Angie Neisinger
Dolores Smith - Girls Night Out Emcee

As the Emcee of the Girls Night Out, Dolores Smith understands that life’s challenges can overwhelm each one of us even on our best day. Her “glass half-full optimism” spills over into her service as a Bridging the Gap advisor and in her career as a Learning and Development manager. Dolores’ motivating passion is to bring people together to discover and embrace all the joy life has to give.

2022 Breakouts

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 seven 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.

Darlene Cook
Darlene Cook - How to Strengthen Your Joy

Many of us have experienced challenges in the last few years that have resulted in fear, isolation, depression, addictive behaviors, and more. In this workshop, you will learn tools for how to increase joy in your life, overcome negative thinking patterns, and be more relational. These tools will help you have more joy–strength to enjoy life, even in the hard seasons.

Darlene Cook serves as the Program Director at Door of Hope Ministries where she ministers to women who have experienced trauma and abuse through support groups, individual prayer ministry, and teaching at conferences and workshops. She shares from her own experiences of loss and how she has found hope and healing through the Holy Spirit. Darlene is a mom of four adult children and grandmother of 17 grandchildren. She is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and is passionate to help others walk in the joy of the Lord she has experienced.

Linda Greene
Linda Greene - Reclaim Your Emotions

As a previous single mom, Linda knows the mental struggles of self-worth and longing for permanent solutions but settling for temporary ones. In this workshop, you will gain tools to overcome mental battles and experience freedom by learning to master your emotions.

Linda Greene is a lover of Jesus, a wife, and a mother to three beautiful children. She is passionate about seeing people set free and walking in the power and authority God has given them!

Lois Breit
Lois Breit: Breaking the Cycles of Abuse & Gaslighting

Lois will discuss and offer resources to women who are in or have come out of an abusive situation (mental, emotional, or physical). She will help you recognize patterns and offer boundaries to protect yourself in the future. This breakout will cover the following topics:

  • What causes women to return (or be tempted to return) to an abusive situation?
  • How to break an abusive family cycle.
  • Where does your feeling of confusion, lack of confidence, or that you are going crazy come from?
  • What is “gaslighting” (a devious form of abuse)?
  • How can you recognize signs and set boundaries to avoid being “gaslighted?”

Lois Breit is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and works as a U.S. Missionary to Single Moms. She raised five children as a single mom and uses her life experiences to bring a message of hope and life to all women. She writes books and articles, hosts podcasts on her website singlemamas.org, and trains church leadership to better reach their single parent community. 

See more: loisbreit.com or singlemamas.org. (Lois has resources available in English and Spanish.)

Nick Gray - SMR Featured Speaker
Nick Grey: Single Moms Raising Sons - Guiding In Spirituality, Sexuality, and Stewardship

As the son of a single mom, Pastor Nick Grey will share some of his own story and life experiences, as well as insights into raising sons to be young men who are deeply committed to their faith in Jesus.

Nick Grey is the lead pastor of Reach Church in Alexandria, where his wife, Reba, also serves as the Connections Pastor. Nick loves his family, is a huge Minnesota Vikings fam, and enjoys mountain biking.

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 that God wants to teach you about Him.

Sonja is a wife of 21 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 by the power of His Holy Spirit!

Pamela Beaudry
Pamela Beaudry: Self Care to Soul Care

Let’s debunk myths of self care and look at ways to incorporate self care into our lives with intentionality and accessibility. Through this session, we will also discuss how well-done self care is also soul care.

Pamela was raised by an amazing single mom (Lois Breit). She is an ordained minister, former foster parent, and a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. Pamela is a school social worker and lives with her family in the Twin Cities.

Lois Breit
Lois Breit: Dating - To Run and Be Bold or to Have and to Hold

If you’re ready to date, are thinking of dating, or are already dating . . . this breakout is designed to help you and your children navigate the dating process in ways that benefit the whole family. Lois will share tips on the importance of including your children in this decision, ways to avoid repeating past mistakes, watching for red flags (run), courage to break things off (be bold), and signs of a healthy relationship (hold).

Lois Breit is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and works as a U.S. Missionary to Single Moms. She raised five children as a single mom and uses her life experiences to bring a message of hope and life to all women. She writes books and articles, hosts podcasts on her website singlemamas.org, and trains church leadership to better reach their single parent community. 

See more: loisbreit.com or singlemamas.org. (Lois has resources available in English and Spanish.)

Mykelti Blum and Diane Shirk
Mykelti Blum & Diane Shirk: 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 from a single mother/daughter duo 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 is a licensed social worker and has experience working in adoption and teaching on trauma and attachment. She is a podcaster, author, speaker, and founder of Heart of the Brave Ministry. Diane is an author, freelance editor, and single mom. She encourages women to learn, self-reflect, and find healing so the past does not control your future.

Lisa Elorriaga - SMR Workshop Speaker
Lisa Elorriaga: Budgeting-Gaining Freedom Through Money Management
Budgeting doesn’t need to be stressful or confining. By implementing some simple tools, we can gain freedom from our finances and even make a little room for fun. Join us for some simple principles that you can implement right away and change how you feel about money.
Lisa is a single mom of 16 years with a college age son. She believes every challenge we overcome, when shared, can be used to encourage and heal. She is passionate about helping other single moms navigate their current situation and has learned quite a few tips along the way. She has worked in the financial services industry for 18 years with a focus on process improvement and has navigated the pressure of managing finances as a single mom.
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 round and round in circles of dysfunctional relationships? Whether you might find yourself controlling others or being dependent on a controller, this class is for you! Join me as we unpack codependency and learn what tools we can put into practice to bring us to a healthier place.

Sonja is a wife of 21 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 by the power of His Holy Spirit!

Jen Thelen
Jennifer Thelen - Painting Class: "Reclaimed" (Capacity: 25)

Jennifer enjoys bringing women together to build connection and be creative through a hands-on sign painting class. Join her for a fun, interactive breakout session, and learn how to paint a “Reclaimed” sign that you can take with you–a reminder that you, too, are reclaimed for a purpose, and God loves you. (This class is available for 25 attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

Jennifer Thelen is a social worker and has been a single mom for the past nine years. She has two adult children, ages 20 and 22. She finds joy and beauty in all sorts of craft projects and spends a lot of her free time sharing that beauty in hand-painted signs made from reclaimed wood. She has experienced how God can reclaim our brokenness, fill us with joy, and help us see the beauty in life each day. We are reclaimed for a purpose.

Details

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Friday

  • 1:00 pm – Registration & Car Care Check-in (Gym)

  • 1:00 pm – Free Time: Diva Boutique/Spa/Exhibitors/The Bridge Shop/Geneva Java 

  • 5:30 pm – Dinner

  • 7:00 pm – Opening Celebration: Lindsay Petri 

  • 9:30 pm – Girls Night Out

Saturday

    • 7:00 am – 5K Fun Run/Walk/Rollerblade/Bike & 1 Mile Walk
    • 7:00 am – Breakfast
    • 8:15 am – Car Care Breakout 
    • 9:00 am – Morning Celebration: Nick Grey 
    • 10:30 am – Coffee Break 

    • 11:00 am – Breakout Sessions 1 

    • 12:00 pm – Lunch & Free Time: Diva Boutique/Exhibitors/The Bridge Shop/Geneva Java

    • 1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions 2 

    • 2:30 pm – Closing Celebration: Lindsay Petri 

    • 4:30 pm – Car Pickup

 

Car Care

The Car Care team will be offering free safety and fluid checks for those vehicles that check in by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 3. Each driver must provide proof of insurance in her name upon checking-in her car. 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.

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 music, Bingo, bonfires, pizza, rock climbing, Diva Boutique shopping, the Spa, and more!

Spa

The SMR Spa–offered by Willmar AG–includes free nail painting, foot soaks, hand massages, and more! We know you’re going to love this area!

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.

1 Mile Walk or 5K Run/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 and children’s books to be given away in the Kids Library. Email info@mnbtg.org with interest.
  • Print receipt for donated merchandise.
Donate - Diva Boutique
Donate - SUB Project
Volunteer
Volunteer - Massage Therapists

Licensed massage therapists are invited to volunteer with the SMR Spa on Friday or join the event as an exhibitor. Email info@mnbtg.org with interest.

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.

Resources

Audio/Video Archives

Single Moms Resources

Single Moms Facebook Group

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