NOTE: The retreat is at capacity. If you are still interested in coming, contact Terri Huffman at to be put onto a waitlist.

Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus: Bringing Life into Focus

The book of Hebrews commands us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. At this women’s retreat, we will relax, renew, refresh, and bring our lives into focus by fixing our eyes on Jesus in four areas:

Being Captivated with Christ
Complete in Christ
Courageous in Christ
Consistently Christ

Join Stonebrook women March 31-April 1 at Hidden Acres to have your heart and your faith refreshed!

Friday Night

Captivated with Christ

What does it mean to take your thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ?  How is God’s word, prayer and worshipping with the body of believers positively correlated with increasing desire to have a closer relationship with Christ?  Take some time to explore why our thought life, and how we spend our time is not a set of arbitrary standards put forth by God, but instead exemplify how becoming captive to Christ actually gives greater freedom than we could have ever imagined. The speaker will be Summer Barber.


Complete in Christ

Dawn Harris and Dawn Bovenmyer will speak on accepting our identity in Christ, which can be challenging when we live in a world that encourages us to find our power and strength in anything but Christ.  When guilt and shame, frustration and fear seem to arise when we least expect it, be empowered by examining what God’s word says about our true identity and how that equips us to live for Christ.

Courageous in Christ

God is loving and truthful in so that He warned that while we live on this earth, we will experience hardship, trials, and suffering.  However, God does not leave us without a vast amount of promises that remind us that we do not need to live a life in fear of what might come. We can always find contentment and courage in Christ to face this life and what it may bring.  Be inspired to become courageous and to see how Christ turns the impossible to possible. Speakers will be Sandy Wigdahl and a panel discussion (Holly Anderson, Lydia Anderson, and Jessica Hibbing).

Consistently Christ

Join us for our keynote speaker, Becky Crane from Walnut Creek Church in Des Moines, as she shares how she has fixed her eyes on Jesus throughout the many different seasons of her life.

Summer Barber - On the surface, Summer Barber is a wife blessed to be married to her fantastic and loving husband Kevin of 16 years, mother to 3 children that abound in energy, orneriness, and hilarious antics Emmett (9), Hadley (6), and Jace (5), occupational therapist at both Mary Greeley Medical Center & Childserve, chauffer, mediocre housemaid, avid bookworm, Stonebrook Church member, women’s ministry volunteer, gym rat, and lover of being with people, especially funny people.  But if you look beyond what Summer “does” on the surface and dig a bit deeper you will find that Summer is a sinner saved by grace, child of God, and faithful follower of Christ who finds every morning a merciful gift from God.


Becky Crane  - Becky Crane is married to Bruce, a pastor at Walnut Creek Church in Des Moines. She has five 

amazing kids, two wonderful daughter-in-laws, and three adorable grandkids. Becky loves meeting with women, gardening, coffee shops, bookstores, and old movies with popcorn.



Dawn Harris - I am a ransomed child of God, the wife of Gary, mother of 4 grown kids and have been at Stonebrook since the mid 80’s. I attended ISU and graduated in Industrial Engineering. I have home schooled kids for 16 yrs. Currently I am working at Ag Leader Technology as a receptionist. Gary has been a pastor at Stonebrook since 2003.


Dawn Bovenmyer - I am a native to central Iowa, growing up on a small farm just twenty-five miles north east of Ames. I was a dutiful Norwegian- heritage, Lutheran girl attending church every Sunday, but truly coming to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was seventeen at a youth group rally.

I joined our early Stonebrook campus church in 1972 while attending Iowa State and there met Dave. I married Dave, who by that time had become a pastor, in 1975, so I have always been a pastor’s wife! (If you do your math, we’ve now been married happily for 41 years!).

We have seven grown children, SIX boys and ONE girl! The boys are Dan (age 40), Jonathan (age 37), Peter (age 34), Mark (age 31), Rachel (age 29), Andrew (age 27), and Matthew (age 25). As of now, we have eight grandchildren, four of each sex: Jakob (12), Evie (9), Collin (8), Annie (6), Max (5), Bella (4), and Leon (20 mo.). We are expecting another tie-breaker grand-daughter in January!

As you can tell, my passion in life has been kids! You will often find me in the back hallway Sunday mornings, corralling three and four year olds in Noah’s Ark! I also am passionate about caring for people’s hearts through our care ministry at Stonebrook. AND most importantly, I LOVE serving the Lord alongside my awesome hubby!

Sandy Wigdahl was born and raised in Iowa. She leads a most adventurous life. She went to Iowa State for Video Production where she got involved with Stonebrook's college ministry and there she met her knight in shining blue jeans, Jeff. They were married and had 6 lovely children. Sandy keeps herself busy by having "all" the answers of life for her many children. She regularly feeds "the world" and continues to conquer each new adventure that comes her speaking at a women's conference.

Friday Night (March 31):

6:15-7:15 Check In
7:15-7:30: Welcome, Announcements, Housekeeping
7:30-9:00: Teaching #1 - Captivated with Christ (Speaker: Summer Barber)
9:00-11PM: Fun, Rest, Relax


7:00-8:00 AM: Optional Early Morning Devotions/Prayer Walks
8:00-9:00: Breakfast
9:00-9:15: Opening Prayer/Announcements
9:15-10:30: Teaching #2 - Complete in Christ (Speakers: Dawn Harris and Dawn Bovenmyer)
10:30-10:45: Break
10:45-12:00: Teaching #3 - Courageous in Christ (Speakers: Sandy Wigdahl and a Panel Discussion - Holly Anderson, Lydia Anderson, and Jessica Hibbing)
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-3:00: Designated Rest Time/Reflection/Recreation Time
3:00-5:30: Teaching #4 - Consistently Christ (Speaker: Becky Crane)
5:30-6:30: Supper
6:30: Depart for Home

Speakers are currently being invited, and names will be released as we get confirmation.

NOTE: The retreat is at capacity. If you are still interested in coming, contact Terri Huffman at to be put onto a waitlist.


Summer Barber