2019 UCC Southern Region Women’s Retreat

Please note, the 2021 retreat scheduled for October has been postponed to 2022.

Dear UCC Sisters and Friends,

We invite you to come, join us at this year’s Southern Region Women’s Retreat.  This event includes the United Church of Christ Conferences: Southern, Florida, Southeast and South Central.

Meet us in the mountains at Blowing Rock Conference Center (BRCC) in Blowing Rock, North Carolina for this year’s retreat.  The theme for the weekend is “Strong Sisters’ Stories”.  This fun and meaningful gathering is taking place October 18-20, 2019 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday).  The fall foliage should be spectacular in the mountains while we’re there.  (BRCC is a couple hours northwest of Charlotte, NC.)

This will be a time of fellowship, relaxation and renewal for all of us.  During our time together we will experience Strong Sisters’ Stories brought to life through Story Sessions, Worship, Missions, Prayer, Free-time, Fun-time and more.  You can look forward to catching up with old friends and making new ones.  You will want to share what you experience during the weekend with others in your Church.

As clergy and lay women from across the region come together, we will hear and embrace the strong stories of our sisters from Biblical times as well as today.  There will be times for participation and for personal reflection.  God will be with us in this mountain top experience!

You don’t want to miss out on this exciting event as we Hear, Tell, and Celebrate the Strong Sisters’ Stories!

Registration is NOW OPEN – Fill out your Registration Form and send it to the Registrar before the deadline (early bird deadline is August 30th). (Note: You only need to send back pages 2 and 3 of the 3-page Registration packet).

In God’s Service, 2019 Southern Region UCC Women’s Retreat Planning Team (bios below):

UCC Women from Southern Conference:

  • Nancy Glenz, (Registrar), Greensboro, NC; Congregational UCC
  • Betty Griffin, (Coordinator), Burlington, NC; Elon Community Church UCC, Elon
  • Gail McAfee, (Treasurer), Fayetteville, NC; Shiloh UCC, Sanford, NC
  • Yolanda Adams, Asheville, NC; Land of the Sky UCC
  • Mae Burke, Suffolk, VA; Laurel Hill UCC
  • Rita Gary, Chesapeake, VA; Fellowship UCC
  • Rev. Wanda Hunt, Pinehurst, NC; Congregational Church of Pinehurst UCC
  • Brenda James, (Assistant Coordinator), Greensboro, NC; Congregational UCC
  • Mabel Lassiter, Portsmouth, VA; Zion Bethel UCC

UCC Women from Other Conferences:

  • South Central Conference:  Rev. Jasmine Quinerly, Houston, TX; Pilgrim Congregational UCC
  • Florida Conference:   Bert Perry, Deland FL; New Hope UCC
  • Southeast Conference:   Rev. Clarice Mitchell, Pleasant Hill, TN; Pleasant Hill Community UCC

United Church of Christ 2019 Southern Region Women’s Retreat Planning Committee Bios

Mae Burke (Extravagant Welcome)

After marrying and rearing their family in New York, Mae Burke returned home and rejoined the church of her youth, Laurel Hill United Church of Christ in Suffolk, Virginia. Constant travel and learning experiences with the Women’ Fellowship have been invaluable toward her spiritual growth and maturity. She serves as the assistant secretary of the Church Women of the Southern Conference, a representative for the Church Women of the Eastern Virginia Association and member of the Scholarship Committee in addition to church activities: vice president of the Pastor’s Aid and usher. Mae has volunteered for the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts since its inception more than fifteen years ago. She also enjoys the camaraderie of her sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. “Here am I, send me.” is one of her favorite Bible verses.

Rita L. Gary (Silent Auction) of the Southern Conference is a member of Fellowship UCC, located in Chesapeake, VA. She has been an active participant in several of the ministries of the church for more than twenty-eight years, with the Christian Education Ministry being her major focus. She currently serves as the Financial Secretary of the church.  She has also served on the Eastern Virginia Association Church Women as Treasurer and currently as the Secretary.  She is a retired Mathematics Educator who enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, her church family and her community.

Mabel R. Lassiter (Hospitality) has been a dedicated member of Zion Bethel UCC, Portsmouth, VA, Southern Conference, for over thirty-eight years.  She has faithfully served in many of the ministries of the church. She has served in many leadership positions of the Eastern Virginia Association Church Women, secretary through president.  She is an active  member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Virginia Association.  Much of her time is spent working on various committees of the EVA, and with a weekly program for those enrolled in a Substance Abuse Program in the Portsmouth community.

Roberta Perry (Worship Support / Author Displays)

Bert is one of the organizers and member of New Hope UCC in DeLand, FL.  She is active in Church Women United and UCC Women.  As a Board Member of ACLU she participates in local justice organizing.  She was awarded the Valerie Russell Justice Award by Justice and Witness, General Synod XXIII.

Brenda Dalton James (Assistant Coordinator)

  • Congregational UCC, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Retired Social Worker- Guilford County DSS
  • Immediate Past President – Southern Conference Board of Directors
  • First African American Chair of the AMA Division of UCBHM (Local Church Ministries)
  • Active at the National, Conference, Association and local Church levels of the UCC
  • Active in civic,political and service agencies in the Greensboro area.

Yolanda Adams (Story Sessions / Missions) was born and lived in Kingston, Jamaica until leaving for Minnesota for college. Yes, Winona Minnesota from Kingston, Jamaica.  After leaving Minnesota, Yolanda held jobs in Retail and Travel Management, Wedding and Event Planning and Coordinator of Ministries. Yolanda serves on the Western North Carolina Association Board of the UCC and is Acting President of Church Women of the Southern Conference (WNCA). Yolanda moved to Asheville in 2000 and lives in Candler, NC with her beautiful but demanding cat Lessie. 

Betty Griffin (Coordinator) is a member of Elon Community Church in Elon, North Carolina where she serves on the Deacon Board, the Women’s Fellowship and sings in the Chancel Choir.  She is currently President of the Church Women of the Southern Conference and serves on the Southern Conference Board of Directors. She has attended several UCC SRWRs and is currently the Coordinator for this year’s event. Betty loves singing, traveling, attending cultural arts and athletic events at Elon University, and spending time with her family.

Clarice Mitchell (Chapel Prayer Station / Clergy on Call / Story Sessions) is a second career pastor who served in Florida. She lives in Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, TN with her husband Tom and is a member of Pleasant Hill Community Church, UCC.  Clarice served as chair of the Florida Conference, UCC, Church and Ministry Committee for six years. Currently she is the UCC Pension Board Annuitant Visitor for the state of Tennessee and serves on the Southeast Conference, UCC Commission on Ministry. She loves crafts, travel and spending time with family.

Nancy Glenz (Registrar) – Congregational United Church of Christ is the church I attend in Greensboro, NC. I serve as deacon, president of the Women’s Fellowship, and Bible Study teacher to an adult class. I serve as a volunteer for Shepherd Center of Greensboro to drive seniors to non-medical locations. I have served as registrar for several Southern Conference Meetings and the Southern Region Women’s Retreat in 2007.

Wanda Hunt (Worship) – Former NC State Senator, Ordained UCC Minister and Chaplain Wanda H. Hunt is happy to experience victory, joy, and satisfaction with the Pinehurst UCC Church, the Southern Conference, and with the ENCA Association and Church Women. On her faith journey each have – and are – bold contributors in her life as an ENCA church delegate, former CW president and a current VP, and the ENCA Board of Directors. God, who is a miracle-worker, gave me the important and imperative blessings of one daughter, three grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

The Reverend Jasmine Coleman Quinerly (Worship / Missions) is the Houston Association Minister.  She is also Minister of Missions at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, Houston, Texas.   She serves the United Church of Christ as member of the Committee of Ministry of the Houston Association, Settegast Heights Apartment Complex and Back Bay Mission a housing support enterprise of Biloxi, Mississippi.  She practices commercial and residential real estate sales and appraisals, and is an instructor of Appraisal Ethics for both local and national organizations.  On a monthly basis she brings worship to an assist living facility, participates in weekly worship, pastoral visits, and various mission projects, locally, nationally and abroad.  Rev. Quinerly is the proud mother of Verrene Quinerly of Dallas, Texas and Reggie Quinerly of New York, has 2 granddaughters.

Gail D. McAfee (Treasurer) – Fayetteville, NC. Gail, UCC Minister, Writer, Co-Founder/ Co-Director of Southeastern NC Climate, Disaster and Justice Ministry, recently became a Partner in Service with UCC National Office Disaster Ministries. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Church Women of the Southern Conference; Sanford District Representative for ENCA Church Women; ENCA Board of Directors; ENCA Nominating Committee and SOC- UCC Nominating Committee, Chair, and more. Church Affiliation: Word of Life Church, UCC, Sanford, NC- Pastor, Rev. Dr. Shelia Crump NC; also tries to support Shiloh UCC, Fayetteville, NC, Pastor, Rev. Michael Carter, and Gregory Congregational UCC, Wilmington, NC.