STRONGER 2022: A SUMMER RESET
I am super excited about our time together on the mountain this year!! I need it. The entire family is thrilled to be in these services with you. And to all of my stronger sisters who have lovingly walked us through the fire, the floods, and the heartbreak of 2021 & 2022: This TOGETHER time is everything to us! It’s been the most trying season of my entire adult life. Anyone else? The year of disappointment has been heavy on most of us, but what do we do when life comes at us hard? We stop, reset, and fight back. The Lord is going to meet with us on this mountain!!
Don’t you dare miss it!!
I am depending on you to be a part of my breakthrough, and I certainly plane to be there to SEE YOURS!!
4:00 PM EVERYONE will check in at 475 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN at the Hidden Mountain Resort Lodge. The office will give you directions to the lodge.
DO NOT COME EARLY. THE CABINS WILL NOT BE READY. DOORS will be locked until 4:00 PM.
If you are staying at the hotel, you will still need to check in at the resort lodge. There, you will receive the hotel info, room keys and your itinerary.
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Freshen up in your cabin and get to know your cabin mates!
6:30 PM Dinner is served in the lodge!
Monday night dinner will consist of Kathy’s homemade 5-cheese lasagna, and Steve’s favorite Alfredo baked ziti. The delicious pasta will be served with a summer Italian salad, and buttery garlic bread. Dessert will be provided by the Stronger sisters participating in the cake contest! We will have refreshing lemonade, Southern sweet tea and water to drink.
If you would like to participate in the cake contest, bring a cake!! GREAT prize for the winner!! Cakes travel well, and keep well. Make them at home and bring them to share with your sisters!!
Please RSVP “CAKE CONTEST” to 615-572-3053 if you’re planning to make a cake! JI’m excited about this. You know how much I love a cake!! Girls, start your ovens!! Let’s do this.
When Nothing But A Miracle Will Do
The season of drought has been so hard!! I’ve experienced the most grievous two years of my life!! So many of YOU have as well. But I am believing this: God is STILL in the miracle working business. And I believe that we must be like Caleb, we must say “Lord, I know I’m old, or tired, or frustrated, or hurt…. but I am ASKING YOU anyway!! I WANT MY MOUNTAIN!!!” Even in the tough season, I’m believingfor a mountain top experience. So we’re going to praise until the Heavens open up and bless us. We won’t leave until the blessing comes, until the mountain is in view!! Caleb was 85 years-old, and because he was bold enough to ask? He RECEIVED. I am coming to the mountains with my list!! I will ask!! I encourage you today… Make your list in advance and bring it with you!
11:00 PM Devotion and fellowship in your cabin: Get to know your cabin mates and make a new friend!! Start thinking about who you will nominate for the blessing offering.You may nominate more than one if you feel it’s appropriate.
FREE DAY FOR FUN IN THE SUN
You have the entire day off!!!!(Except for those singing in the choir, you have MOST of the day off… details below.) Go enjoy the mountains! Spend the day in the pool, the outlet malls, Gatlinburg, Dollywood, or anywhere your heart desires. Hang out together. Veteran girls…. those of you who know the drill, make sure everyone has a hang buddy. Invite those around you to join you. We’re friendly like that! J
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Build the Choir with Blaine Johnson
For years I have had the idea of assembling a choir from the ranks of Stronger attendees. There have been times when I have stopped and listened during sing-a-long portions of past events, and it is obvious we have some serious talent in the mix!
I approached Blaine Johnson a few weeks ago with the idea to build the “Choir on the Mountain” this year. There’s nothing that breaks through quite like the praise of a people desperate for a miracle…. So we are doing it!!!
If you would like to be a part of the “Choir on the Mountain” this time slot will be your time to learn your parts and practice. The choir will perform for everyone on Wednesday!
Please RSVP “CHOIR with YOUR NAME” to 615-572-3053 if you’re planning on participating in the choir, so we can get a rough idea of how many singers we will have!
This is the COME AS YOU ARE day!! We will be baptizing after the night service. Feel free to wear your bathing suit with a cover-up, shorts, a casual t-shirt dress….or whatever your comfy go to out-fit might be. No judgment!! Be sure and bring a towel.
6:00 PM Dinner is served in the lodge!
Since it’s a Tuesday…. Let’s make it a TACO TUESDAY! Join us for a taco bar extravaganza with all the fixins’.
And speaking of extravaganza… how about an ICE CREAM CHARCUTERIE BOARDto go with it?? It is the perfect dessert at the end of a hot August day.
The RESET Service with Baptism to Follow
Tonight is the night that some of us will wash away the pain of this horrible season we’ve been trapped in!! I often speak of a “cold water” experience that marked the PLACE where I made up my mind, where I knew that I would get through it, no matter what IT was.
There’s just something about the water. For the new believer it’s a time to commit, for the tired believer, it’s the time to renew. I am looking forward to this night: Probably more than any other night on the mountain!!!
9:00 AM Country breakfast in the lodge!! Biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, jams, jellies, sorghum molasses, orange juice, coffee, and milk.
It’s making me hungry to type this!!
Girls, you’re going to enjoy this!! The Choir on the Mountain, led by Blaine Johnson, will perform for all of us. And we will have a videographer there to capture the performance, so you can have it forever!
Who knows… maybe we will take you on the road!!
I will close out this amazing retreat with a few words…. And I may have a couple of surprises to announce! We will also take up and present the blessing offering.
God knows. We don’t. As I type this I realize that the amount given will change the home of one of our own. The children in the home will be happy when momma has enough to buy groceries, pay the rent, buy a mattress, a car, or whatever the need is.
God knows the need, and God will prepare OUR finances to GIVE in order to meet the need.
MY favorite thing about these awesome retreats?
Giving. Seeing the tearful faces and the obvious relief of financial stress.
Just. Like. That.
And how does is happen?
I’m excited. SEE you on the mountain, girls!!
Feel free to e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you paid, you have a room. DO NOT worry. Just be there. J
If you have a problem, we will solve it. Always.
And don’t forget to RSVP for the cake contest and the Choir on the Mountain. It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!
I love you more than you will ever know!!!
Kathy Crabb Hannah
*** THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
* To register for this retreat, go to www.kathycrabbhannah.com
* There will be a cake contest on Monday night. The prize will be thrilling!
* Dress for comfort. It will be hot. No one will judge your clothing!
* Bring water and drinks for your cabin. Also, you are welcome to bring sandwich items, snacks, etc. There is a full kitchen! Most meals are provided, but everyone enjoys a snack!
* Remember, if you’re registering for your spot, you can use a credit or debit card on PayPal.