2023 Be You Women’s Retreat

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Be You! Women's Retreat Photos

Saturday, April 29, 2023
9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The Be You! Women's Retreat on April 29, 2023, is over, but you can enjoy the photos from the fun day below!

What makes you into the person you are today? Each of our decisions and experiences in life has brought us to where we are today. We learn from them and grow from them. The ups and downs of life can drive us toward a source of inspiration, passion for a cause, or a wall. Be You! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors.


Retreat $5. Lunches are included. Register by April 26.


Keynote Speaker Rev. Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins

Rev. Jennifer Collins is a Board Certified Chaplain with 14 years of experience. In 2010 she received her Master of Science in Patient Counseling from VCU-MCV and her Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She became an ordained minister in 2009 at Bon Air Baptist Church.

Jennifer is currently a Pastoral Counselor with Shepherd's Staff Ministry, specializing in grief.


8:30 a.m. Doors open

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Prayer, Worship - Student Ministry Band

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Speaker: Jennifer Collins

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Break

10:10 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Breakout 1

11:05 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:05 a.m. Breakout 2

12:05 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Break

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Closing Session & Lunch


Get Out of Your Head - Clear Your Mind with Susan Schlaudt


Are your thoughts holding you captive? I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. God couldn’t really love me. You don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns.

God built a way for us to escape that downward spiral. Freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts and realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds.

In this breakout, equip yourself to transform your emotions, outlook, and even circumstances by taking control of your thoughts.


Susan Schlaudt, a retired counselor, serves at Bon Air through Personnel Team and leading classes. She also enjoys flower gardening, travel, and attempting to wrangle her dog, Lulabelle.

Golden Girls with Rev. Kathy Gorenflo


Immerse yourself in:

* the "Golden Girls" of the Bible
* the "Golden Rule"
* the "Golden" Commandment
* the "Golden" Lining of Troubles, Trials, Temptations, and Testing
* the "Golden" Choices
* the "Golden" Future that awaits us.

Come expectantly and prayerfully as we unwrap the Golden Gifts the Lord has for each of us.


Kathy Gorenflo has been in active ministry for 33 years, and she is an Ordained and Licensed Baptist Minister of the Gospel. Kathy is currently a Volunteer Chaplain for Sitter-Barfoot Veteran's Care Center here in Richmond, where her husband has resided for the last 16 months.

Kathy's heart has a special love for women in all stages of life, but especially now for women facing the issues of aging, illness, widowhood, divorce, living alone, and wayward children. She has 4 sons and 3 grandchildren.

Meet You in the Middle: Navigating Parent-Teen Relationships in the Digital Age with Stephen Delo Jr.

Stephen Delo

Does it sometimes feel like you and your teen speak different languages? Learn how to find common ground and become a source of safety and confidence, discussing hot topics affecting children and adolescents in today's rapidly evolving social landscape. 


Stephen Delo. Jr. MSW,  LCSW is a clinical social worker in private practice with over a decade of experience working with adolescents and families. He attends Bon Air Baptist Church with his wife, Shawnee Delo, and his son, Tripp.

Mess to Masterpiece: Kintsugi Pottery with Lara Stables

Lara Stables

Do you feel pressure to be perfect? Look perfect, have the perfect job, have the perfect spouse and the perfect kids?

Yet it's our imperfections that make us strong, interesting, and beautiful. Christ takes our imperfections and makes us whole.

Join Lara in Kintsugi, a Japanese method of artful pottery repair, using gold to fill the cracks of a broken piece. 


Lara Stables leads a young adult Sunday morning class called “The Well.” As a high school art teacher, she loves to inspire students to use their interests to help fuel their creativity.

Outside of teaching or worshiping here at BABC, I enjoy watercolor painting, crocheting baby blankets, watching The Chosen, and reading. I’m looking forward to another great Women’s Retreat!

More than Mom: Remembering Your Call to First Be A Beloved Child of God with Rev. Lacey Wondree

Lacey Wondree

Does it feel like motherhood occupies every facet of your life? If so, you're not alone. But that's not all you were created to be. Learn ways to incorporate spiritual practices into your everyday life, and find ideas on how to be a spiritual leader for your children.


Lacey is an ordained minister alongside her husband, Chris Wondree, who is the Student Pastor at Bon Air Baptist Church. She has served in ministerial positions for over a decade, including associate pastor roles in youth ministry and children’s ministry. Chris and Lacey have three children: Bennett, a spirited three-year-old, and lively one-year-old twins, Micah and Ella Cate. 

Reboot Your Prayer Life with Rev. Deborah Upton


Is your prayer life more like a desert than an oasis? Need ideas for more vibrant prayer times? Come discover fresh, meaningful ways to pray. 


Deborah Upton, Bon Air Baptist Church retired Discipleship Pastor, serves as a volunteer in Bon Books & Brew. She loves good books, baking bread, traveling, and being with friends and family, especially her 8 grandchildren.


Retreat $5. Lunches are included. Register by April 26

Join us for Be You on April 29, 2023
Register by April 26, 2023