Savour Life!

img_women_conference.jpgA Women's Event • Nov 1 & 2, 2013

Recharge your mind, body and spirit with . . .

  • Uplifting Leadership
    Celia Whitler, Lisa Greenwood & Caitlin Wells 
  • Incredible Hospitality & Fun Fellowship
    Music, door prizes, coffee, tea, cookies & chocolate
  • Meaningful Breakout Sessions
    Spiritual fuel & connections with new friends
  • Service to Others
    Easy way to help those in need 
  • A Renewed Sense of Purpose
    . . . and a reminder to Savour Life!

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  • Speakers & Leaders

    Keynote Speaker: Celia Whitler


    Celia Whitler is a speaker, singer, songwriter, author, friend, wife and mom. She enjoys a good laugh, a well told story, connecting with people through her music and through travels. Celia is a United Methodist, born and raised. Currently, she resides in Franklin, Tennessee and spends her time speaking and singing to women’s groups, youth groups and in congregations across the country. 


    Emcee: Rev. Lisa Greenwood

    img_women_conference-lisa2.jpgLisa Greenwood is an ordained United Methodist Minister and serves the Texas Methodist Foundation as Vice President for Leadership Ministry and Development. Lisa believes that ministry is about changing lives. Whether it's preaching and casting a vision, leading transformation or developing a culture of generosity in the local church, creating contemporary worship communities attractive to the de-churched, leading local community efforts to eliminate poverty, or guiding explosive youth ministries, it's all for the purpose of helping people experience a love that knows no bounds and getting a bit closer to the world that God imagines! 

    Music: Caitlin Wells


    Caitlin Wells, Associate Music Director at First UMC Richardson and mom to sweet Madeline, holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas, and is the Founder & Artistic Director for Project Eve. Since coming to FUMCR in July 2012, she has doubled the size of the youth choir, directed them in a very successful Dessert Theater and planned the group's first choir tour for the 2013 summer. Caitlin also directs adult ensembles and sings in worship. She recently started her own business as a certified holistic health coach.


  • Schedule

    Each day begins in the Sanctuary

    Friday, November 1

    7:00 -
    7:15 -
    7:30 -
    8:30 -

    Gather in Sanctuary
    Welcome and Fun Start
    Worship (Leader: Lisa Greenwood)
    Reception: Indulge in a chocolate fountain, win door prizes, get to know new friends and enjoy the company of other women. (Bartula Family Life Center Gym)


    Keep on the lookout for opportunities to serve others all weekend through various mission/outreach opportunities.

    Saturday, November 2

    The Chapel will be available all day Saturday for quiet prayer time.

    9:00 -
    9:15 -
    10:15 -

    10:45 -
    12:00 -
    1:15 -
    2:30 -

    Gathering and Music
    Speaker: Celia Whitler
    Tea Time, cookies and coffee, too! (Shawver Welcome Center)
    Breakout Session 1
    Breakout Session 2
    Closing Session

  • Breakout Sessions

    Session 1 - 10:45-12:00, Session 2 - 1:15-2:30

    Bible Study

    Come explore what the Bible is telling you at this time in your life.

    Staff_Marilyn_Dickson.jpgMarilyn Dickson is an Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries at First United Methodist Church Richardson, an ordained clergy in the Disciples of Christ Church, a certified spiritual director and an adjunct professor of spiritual formation at SMU's Perkins School of Theology.

    Available Session Two.  Session One Full.

    Cleaning House

    A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

    img_women_conference-kay-wyma.jpgAuthor Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages 4 to 14, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Baylor University and an Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Before transitioning to stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. She and her husband, Jon, live with their family in the Dallas area.

    Session Full.

    Don’t Forget About You 

    The importance of self-care, setting & maintaining boundaries at work & home

    img_women_conference-keri-riggs.jpgKeri Riggs, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Personal Development Coach with over 18 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, teens and families. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. Keri is passionate about the topics she presents.

    Available both sessions

    Family Dinner: the Tie that Binds our Busy Lives 

    Celebrating real food, real conversations, real life

    img_women_conference-lori-thompson.JPGLori Thompson's food philosophy is balance in all things. Cooking is a life skill and food should not be scary, but often with today's list of do's and don'ts, it sometimes is. Life in Lori's home is never dull, but each day she strives to prepare real food that brings people together because really... life happens at the table and all are welcome to join in the celebration.

    Available both sessions

    Finding Joy in the Holidays

    Practical and energizing strategies to finding your “presence” during the holidays

    img_women_conference-lynn-mccracken.jpgLynn McCracken is a licensed family counselor, having been in practice since 2003. She advises people to fill their own "stockings" first to be better prepared to give generously, cultivate joy and be present with loved ones during the holiday season.

    Available both sessions 

    Exercise: Make it Fit for You

    Creating an Exercise Regimen for Your Busy Schedule . . . Yes, You!

    img_women_conference-michele-williams.jpgMichele Williams is a Certified Personal Trainer through the Cooper Institute, including an endorsement for working with seniors, and a Certified 200 Hour American Power Yoga Instructor. She is committed to helping others of all ages find balance, strength, and freedom of movement through exercise. She currently teaches classes through the YMCA, Lifetime Fitness and The Mat Yoga Studio as well as works with individuals privately.

    Available Session 2 Only

    Rediscovering Your Dreams

    Is life or God nudging or encouraging a change in direction for you, and are you listening?

    img_women_conference-ann-willet.jpgRev. Ann Willett is the pastor of Ridgewood UMC in Dallas. Anne received degrees from Baylor University and Texas A&M and worked in the financial services field for 10 years before becoming a pastor. Rev. Willet received her Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology in 2005. She is married to Loren Willet and has three adult daughters and one son-in-law.

    Available Session One.  Session Two Full.

    Taking Care of Yourself Wholly

    Ways to live more balanced and holistically

    Staff_Caitlin_Wells.jpgCaitlin Wells holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas, and is the Founder & Artistic Director for Project Eve, and recently started her own business as a certified holistic health coach. Caitlin is also the Associate Music Director at First UMC Richardson and a mom!

    Session Full.

  • Registration

    Register ONLINE by Sun, Oct 27!

    Cost: $60

    Included: Friday evening dessert, Saturday snacks and lunch

    Cancellation Policy

    Through Oct 15: refund less $20 administration fee
    After October 15: no refunds

    Limited Childcare Available

    Reservation required. Call Liz at 972.996.0120



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