The Katie 2017 | Michigan District, LCMS

The Katie 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 07:00 pm EDT to Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:00 pm EDT

Doubletree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront
One Wenonah Park Place
Bay City MI  48708

Event Description: 

The Katie Conference is a gathering of women, who are the wives and widows of clergy (pastors, vicars, and deacons). Join with women who have much in common for a weekend of laughter, worship, prayer, and play. The atmosphere is genial, uplifting, and designed to leave you encouraged, reconnected, and blessed with new insights, new friends, and new energy!

Conference Theme - Changed by the Unchangeable God

Changed by the Unchangeable God, based on Romans 12:2, will be the theme of this year’s conference.  We are all aware of our own need to be changed from sinners to saints. This can only happen through the work of our completely unchangeable God.  Join us as we study the stories of Zacchaeus, Samson, and the tax collector and allow God’s Word to change and transform our lives.

History of the Katie Conference (.pdf)

Katie Conference Facebook Group | Please add your local ministry wives who may not be connected yet!

"The Katie" Goals and Objectives

  • Provide a safe, comfortable time of refreshment and encouragement that encompasses laughter and enjoyment of one another.
  • Challenge deeper spiritual depth through intentional Bible Study and relevant speakers.
  • Provide a rich atmosphere for relationship development and support using relational strategies, games, and opportunities for interaction.
  • Surfaces tensions and challenges that are unique to the role of pastor’s wife by providing opportunities for conversation and individual support.
  • Increase attendance each year.

Compassion Ministry at The Katie

In support of  Michigan District “Great Compassion Ministry,” The Katie will partner with the Bay Area Women's Center. The mission of the Bay Area Women’s Center is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in Bay and Arenac counties.

Please bring one or more items listed below with you to the conference:

Bay Area Women’s Shelter Wish List - Download

  • Ethnic Hair Care Products
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Household Cleaners
  • Towel Sets
  • Blankets-Super Single
  • Sheet Sets-Super Single
  • Pajamas for women and children (an array of sizes including women’s plus sizes)
  • Slippers-child and adult
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Kitchen Wares
  • Silverware
  • Plastic cups

Saturday Painting Workshop

This year The Katie will offer you a fun Sip N Swirl Saturday Evening Activity. Studio 23 in Bay City will bring a painting workshop to you at no charge.  You will receive painting instruction while socializing with your friends and leave with a masterpiece…  A fun activity for all artistic abilities… 

This year's painting selection is entitled, "Serenity."

Registration Information: 

Conference Costs

Friday - Sunday Conference Rate

Saturday - Sunday Conference Rate

Two nights lodging, three meals on Saturday, Sunday breakfast

One night lodging, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast

·         Single Occupancy $275

·         Double Occupancy $170

·         Triple Occupancy $135

·         Quad Occupancy $120

·         Single Occupancy $170

·         Double Occupancy $100

·         Triple Occupancy $85

·         Quad Occupancy $75

Commuter Rate

$35 Saturday Lunch and Dinner or $15 Saturday Lunch only

Payment Details

If you are paying by credit card, you will be required to select “PayPal” as your method of payment on the “Checkout” page. After reviewing and submitting your order, you will be redirected to PayPal. On the PayPal page, select “Pay with a debit or credit card” underneath the login option.

If you are paying by check, simply select “Check or money order” on the “Checkout” page then review and submit your order. When mailing your check, please be sure to indicate your order number in the Memo area.

Scholarships Available

We are pleased to offer scholarships again this year! If you are in need of scholarship assistance please contact Debbie Cameron at the District Office at or 888.225.2111 ext. 234.

ALL 1st time attendees will receive a $50 scholarship thanks to a generous grant from the Church Extension Fund of the Michigan District, LCMS.

Widows will receive $50 off if registered by April  7, 2017.

Dining Options:

  • Doubletree -  Riverfront Grille and Lounge (download menu) - Located on the first floor across from hotel lobby
Agenda Details: 

Friday, April 21, 2017    
  4:00-7:00 p.m. Registration  Hotel Lobby
  4:00-6:00 Welcome Reception Grand Foyer
  7:00-9:00 Opening Session Salon AB
  9:00-11:00 Wine and Cheese Reception  
Saturday, April 22, 2017    
  8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast Salon AB
  9:00-10:30 Session 1 - Zacchaeus  
  10:30-10:45 Break  
  10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 2 - Our Changing Approach:  Keeping Our Kids Faithful - Cynthia Khan  
  12:15-1:15 Lunch  
  1:15-2:45 Session 3 - Samson  
  2:45-3:00 Announcements  
  3:00-5:30 Free Time- How to write/lead a Bible study- Carolyn Bira, "Visual Faith" with Pat Maier, or your own thing  
  5:30-6:30 Dinner  
  6:30-7:00 Dessert Grand Foyer
  7:00-9:00 Sip N Swirl  
Sunday, April 23, 2017    
  7:30-8:30 Breakfast  
  8:30-9:45 Sunday School : The Tax Collector  
  10:00-11:00 Worship Service with Communion  
                Offering for POBLO  
  11:00 Closing Remarks/ Checkout by 12:30pm  


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