Women's retreat scheduled from March 2-3

Special to The Sun

The 11th annual Florida Panhandle Women’s Retreat will take place March 2-3 at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, North Tenth Street in DeFuniak Springs. This year’s two-part event begins at 6 p.m. March 2 and includes a meal and program. The theme is “Down By The Seashore” and will feature traditional beach décor and foods.

The second part of the event begins at 9 a.m. March 3 and features speakers, music, lunch, door prizes, and special surprises. The second day’s theme is “So Let Us Number Our Days …” and is based on Psalm 90:12.

The morning speaker is Sonya Williams, a preacher’s daughter, preacher’s wife, mother and grandmother. Williams serves at Heritage Baptist Church in Bayshore, New York, with her husband, Dr. Vincent Williams. She is the church school administrator and music director for the church. In addition, Williams is in demand as a speaker around the country. She brings the Word of God to life and she speaks dynamically from the heart.

Deborah Ehler Polston will speak in the afternoon. Polston is married to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston and they are the parents of 10 children, six of whom are adopted. They live in Tallahassee. Polston is a well-known child advocacy speaker and is the author of several books. She has served as a licensed foster and adoptive parent since 2001. In 2008, Polston received the Governor’s Point of Light Award. She combines personal experience and professional knowledge in her presentations.

Music will be provided by Undivided, a southern gospel praise and worship trio from Panama City who have been ministering since 1987. All three singers are active in their home church, Northside Baptist in Panama City.

“I am so excited about the program God has put together for us this year," said Marie Hinson, chairwoman of the Florida Panhandle Women’s Retreat Committee. “I know our speakers and musicians will bless hearts and I look forward to all that the Lord has in store for us!”

Early Bird Combo tickets are available at $40 for both Friday night and Saturday until Feb. 21. After that, regular rates apply. Individual ticket prices include $15 for the Friday evening event and $30 for the day-long Saturday event.

Further information about registration can be obtained at or by calling 850-892-9578.