Best-selling author Donna VanLiere will be the featured speaker for “renew,” the KNCSB women’s conference.

It will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. A Thursday night fun time will precede the conference.

Donna VanLiere writes mostly fiction about Christmas. Several of her books have been made into highly popular movies.

Visit her website at

The featured musicians will be Melinda and Mary from Blue Valley Baptist Church, Overland Park, Kan.

Note: Registration ends Thursday, Aug. 22, on the KNCSB Events website at

Find a retreat poster and registration documents at

Here is the “renew” schedule:


 7:30-9 a.m. — Breakfast

 7:45 a.m. — Life Session leaders’ meeting

 9 a.m. — Opening session (worship)

11:30 a.m. — Break

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. — Lunch

1:15 p.m. — Life Session #1

2:15 p.m.— Break

2:30 p.m. — Renew Fun Sessions

3:30 p.m. — Break

3:45 p.m. — Life Session #2

4:45 p.m. — Break

5-6:30 p.m. — Dinner

6:45 p.m. — Worship

8:30 p.m. — Ministry Wives Fellowship


 6:45 a.m. — Morning workout

 7:30-8:45 a.m. — Breakfast

 9 a.m. — Life Session #3

10 a.m. — Break

10:15 a.m. — Life Session #4

11:15 a.m. — Break

11:30 a.m. — Church group time

12:30 p.m. — Lunch

1:45 p.m. — Worship


Parenting the Prodigal
Leader: Brenda Jaye
The dynamics of parenting change when your children become adults and are independent of you. Heartbreak comes when your adult child wanders from the faith and goes in the world’s way. This session will help us learn from St. Monica of Hippo in the second century on how to pray over the adult child. We will learn what the Bible says to help us until Christ becomes center stage in their lives again.

Missions Journey: Students
Leader: Beverly Hilton
Empower students to discover their roles as disciples of Jesus who live on mission. Explore a new monthly resource from Woman’s Missionary Union for student groups.

Local Church Women’s Ministry 101
Leader: Kay Wenzel
Learn useful perspectives whether you’re establishing a women’s ministry in your church, building on an existing foundation or revitalizing a fully mature women’s ministry. Drawing on biblical principles and practical examples, we’ll discuss the importance of purpose statements, identify key functions and suggest team member roles. Within our local churches, we have an amazing opportunity to equip women.

Courage to Do What Is Right
Leader: Sherry Lust
“Wait. What is right?” In this session we will dig into God’s Word using a simple inductive Bible study to learn what He says is right and how to do it. You will leave equipped to know God’s Word and how to live courageously doing what is right.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World
Leader: Melody Richeson
The hashtags greet us every day: #MeToo #ChurchToo #gaypride #transgender. Do you ever feel like the world and maybe someone you love are being swept into sin or gender confusion? Maybe you were a victim of sexual abuse or have a loved one who told you he is gay? In this session we will discuss concerning trends in our society. We will remind ourselves of God’s good design for sexuality. We’ll talk about how we can respond with truth and love to those who are struggling. Jesus loves people who are caught up in sexual sin and brokenness!

Overcoming Hurt
Leader: Carrie Hernandez
Hurt within the church is real. It is messy and hard. Often its sting can keep us away from the Body of Christ. God’s Word gives us hope and instruction for ways to deal with difficult people, uncomfortable situations and how to heal from deep wounds inflicted by others. Come be encouraged.

Rest: It’s Not Just About Sleep
Leader: Cynthia Magruder
In this session we will look at the seven areas of rest our bodies need as outlined in the book “Sacred Rest” by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith. We will identify the areas where we are rest deficient and create a personal rest strategy.

What Is on Your Playlist?
Leader: Maria Christensen
Do you ever find yourself fighting mind battles? If so, come and explore some tips that will help strengthen and encourage you during these challenging times.

You Don’t Need More Faith: Breaking the Mental Health Stigma
Leader: Sarah Gaskin
Mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are on the rise among Christians. Yet they seem like taboo topics in the Christian faith. All a person needs is more faith, right? Wrong! In this session we will explore mental health from a biblical perspective. We will discover how we can better love and support those around us who are battling mental health issues.

Leaving a Legacy
Leader: Steve Taylor
What will you leave behind from a life well-lived? Subjects we will address are:
* What does it mean to leave a legacy?
* What will your verse be?
* The generational bounce
This session will be illustrated with beautiful stories of adventure from Africa. Leaving a legacy will be described using word pictures like “lavender snow” and “shared fire.” (Psalm 145:4 and II Timothy 2:2)

We Are Ambassadors for Christ
Leader: Nikki Riley
As a Royal Ambassador, I will do my best to become a well-informed, responsible follower of Christ and more. We will take a close look at Royal Ambassador discipleship materials.

God Meets Us Wherever We Are
Leader: Annette Webb
Come and listen as I share how God met me right where I was and how that brought freedom to my life and the people around me. God can do the same for you! Jeremiah 29:11-13

Fear to Faith
Leader: Amy English
What you fear the most is where you trust God the least. How can you move from fear to a faith that totally trusts God in everything you do?

A Tool God Can Use to Change You
Leader: Debbie Eble
As children of grace we sometimes neglect the importance of total health as Jesus outlined in Mark 12:30-31. There are inner battles to be fought and won. As Christians we cannot afford to be soft on ourselves if we want to become praises of His glory! Bring your mind, body and spirit to energy and life. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to move in this session.

Shackled and Chained
Leader: Kate Modesitt
We hurry through our day, week, month and even our year! We schedule, schedule, schedule with little or no time to rest. Have I, you, we become a slave to ______________? We will look at the Israelites and learn from scripture how we may have become a slave to ___________ and didn’t even realize it!

So Send I You
Leader: Priscilla Sapp
This well-known hymn was written twice by E. Margaret Clarkson. It was initially written as she experienced loneliness and isolation in Canada and again nine years later as she reflected on what she had learned from those experiences.

As we look back on our service overseas, we will share stories and scriptures that relate to each stanza and make this hymn come alive.

“As the Father has sent me, so send I you.” (John 20:31) Come prepared to ask yourself, “Where is God sending me?”

Note: Please no photos during this session due to security reasons.

Finding God in the Chaos
Leader: Shannon Slattery
Does your life seem out of control? Are you struggling to find God in the midst of the chaos you are living? Come learn how you can turn your chaos over to God and see the beauty God has created in the midst of madness.

Can Orphan Care Even Include Me?
Leader: Hannah Himes
Does orphan care mean adopting or being a foster parent? Sometimes! Can it mean more than that? Of course! Raising kids from hard places takes a village, and it can include you. We will be discussing practical ways to step into the lives of these kids and their caregivers so we all can fulfill the instruction to care for orphans.

I’m a “Believer”
Leader: Laura Moore
Seventy-five percent of Americans, polled in 2015, identified themselves as “Christian.” You probably have many friends and family members who make a similar profession. You probably call yourself a believer. But in Matthew 7, Jesus makes some sobering statements about those who proclaim His name, including words like “Not all who say to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (verse 21).

So how do you know if your profession is sure and how can you reach out to those around you to see who they are trusting? Come explore the gospel and learn practical ways to have loving conversations.

Are You Listening and Surrendering to God’s Plan or Your Own?
Leader: Linda Fergeson
In this session Linda will compare her long journey to embrace God’s design for her life with Queen Esther’s call. Never wanting to be an author or go to Israel, it took 35 years for her to surrender to God’s plan. Be inspired by her testimony and discover God’s unique design for you.

Feeling the Word of God/Learning to Share Your Faith
Leader: Brenda Lee
TOPIC 1: Many of us know our Bible, but are we feeling the impact of scripture in our lives? Are the meaning and truth of the words changing your life? Jesus is reaching out to us from the words on the page to capture our hearts and lives.

TOPIC 2: We will learn to share our faith using the 3 Circles plus some other tips. Come and be encouraged that being a witness for Jesus does not mean you need to be perfect or a super Christian, just available for the Holy Spirit to use you in a mighty way.

“Even Though….” Habakkuk 3:17-18 (craft project)
Leader: Kathy Addis

Learn how to praise the Lord no matter what life brings. Join me as we take an in-depth look at this lesson from the prophet Habakkuk while completing a framed craft project.

Limited spaces available! Open to the first 20 ladies! A $5 donation is suggested but not required.

Loving Patchwork People
Leader: Misti Becker
Jesus loves me this I know, and He REALLY wants me to show love to other people. Sometimes that is easier said than done. Some people are just downright hard for us to show love and grace to because they are so different from us or we find them “difficult.”

Come join us as we discuss what the Bible tells us about loving others. Learn practical strategies we can use to both see and love people the way Jesus does.