It’s a jungle out there

The Beverly United Methodist Women is holding its fourth annual Women’s Retreat Sept. 21. “It’ a Jungle Out There” will be held from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and includes lunch. Deadline for registration for the event is Sept. 16.

Two sessions are planned for the day. The morning begins with Monica McKown-Farnsworth sharing stories about her abusive relationships and correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims and survivors of domestic violence.

She educates her audience about how to recognize the different types of power and control methods abusers use and explains how everyone can help break the silence.

Following McKown-Farnsworth’s presentation, the “morning safari” gives attendees a choice of sessions including “The Right Path Out of the Jungle” by Cathy Harper, director of the Right Path program for at-risk youth in Washington County; “Tiger by the Tail” by Monica McKown-Fransworth as a follow-up to her earlier presentation; “Circle of Life” by Megan Krivchenia, a family therapist and mediator; “Let Me Out’ by Pam Easterly speaking about her experience with prison ministry; “Into Africa” by the Wagners offering a follow-up of their trip to Senegal; and “Shh, What Do You Hear” by Yvonne Matus reviewing the book “When God Whispers Your Name” by Max Lucado.

Following a lunch of “jungle food” and a glass of “jungle juice.” the afternoon session offers a repeat of some morning sessions as well as new choices. Women can choose from “The Right Path Out of the Jungle”, “Circle of Life”, “Let Me Out”, and “Shh, What Do You Hear” and new sessions “Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells” by Bonnie Hutchins offering tips on how to set up a children’s hand bell choir; “Me Jane, You Tarzan” by Tonya Anderson, a counselor discussing relationships; and “Faith in the Midst of a Jungle” by Gertie Stilts speaking on spiritual emphasis.

The day concludes with closing worship led by Joy Watts.

The day is open to women of all ages and denominations. Registrations may be mailed to the Beverly United Methodist Church, 700 Park St., Beverly, OH 45715; emailed to; by phone to the church at (740) 984-2100. Include your name, address, phone and email address when registering.

Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The News & Sentinel.