On Saturday, January 23, over 75 women gathered for the first of hopefully many “Women of the Valley” Retreats!  The theme for the day was from Philippians 2:15-16, “Shine Like Stars in the Universe” and the focus of all three speakers centered on how we shine the light of God’s love while holding fast to the word of life.  The speakers reminded us of the power of God’s word in our lives and the power our own words have – both for how we view ourselves and how we can impact others.

The Retreat was held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Summerlin (Las Vegas) and included Singer and Speaker Delinda Layne-Larsen from Grace-West, Rev. Hilda Pecoraro, Presbytery Pastor and Michelle Mortensen Journalist from KLAS – Channel 8.  In addition to the speaker sessions, the women enjoyed time for worship and singing, two break-out sessions, a delicious lunch, and a surprise celebrity appearance (thank you Kathy Walker-Koch)!

It was wonderful to meet women from 8-9 different congregations – mostly Presbyterian – but other churches were represented as well.  Many thanks to Andrea Manning, from Mountain View Presbyterian Church,  and her committee for planning and hosting the retreat.  Hopefully this is the beginning of something wonderful for Presbyterian women in Southern Nevada.