The Katie 2018 | Michigan District, LCMS

The Katie 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 04:00 pm EDT to Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 11:00 am EDT

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

Event Description: 

The Katie, a Michigan District conference for pastors’, deacons’ and vicars’ wives and widows, is designed with prayer and love for this unique group of women. God has blessed the District with an amazing collection of highly creative and deeply committed leaders who have a passion for these women who stand beside their husbands. This year’s committee started to work the moment last year’s conference ended. Their focus has been on you as we seek God’s face on your behalf.

Join us in April, as together we examine the spiritual walk of “a man after God’s own heart” – King David. His life, while filled with high drama, was one that bears scrutiny as he walked with God and failed to walk with God. The text follows him through valleys, deserts, and into caves. His descendant, Jesus, Son of David, spent time on the mountain. We will wander to all four of these places and find encounters with the living God. The studies promise to be both informative and intimate.

The Katie Conference seeks to uplift the women God has chosen to be His hands and hearts to the men He has called into the ministry. While they carry a unique set of burdens, they also enjoy some amazing and abundant blessings. The Katie is a celebration of those blessings and a support for those burdens. Join us April 13–15, 2018, in Bay City as together we explore what it means to dwell in the habitation of God.

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

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

Saturday Evening Gathering - Undignified

This year, in honor of King David dancing for the Star of his life, we’ve invited Hannah Machado, of The Dance Lab in Hadley, MI to lead us in an evening of dance and entertainment. Hannah is the daughter of Carolyn Bira (our Bible study leader) and, as an experienced dance instructor and "PK", we think she will be able to work well with us! Last year’s evaluation said “too much sitting,” so here we go! We’ll start with some basic steps and line dances, learn a few dance favorites, and all will be at your own pace-- you may participate in as much or as little as you would like! In fact, if your “pace” is to sit and watch, we’ll be providing chairs for those who would like to watch and cheer on the dancers, a la Dancing with the Stars! Beverages and snacks will be on hand for all. Yoga pants, stretch pants, sweatpants, jeans, athletic shoes, and even stocking feet are all acceptable dress, as well as the option of dressing up to fit the decade of your favorite dance!  Bottom line is that we will all be sharing conversation and laughter, food and fun, giving glory to God for our time together -- (no cameras allowed!)


Registration Information: 

Conference Costs

Two Night Conference Rate

One Night Conference Rate (Friday OR Saturday)

Two nights lodging, four meals

One night lodging, three meals

·         Single Occupancy $311

·         Double Occupancy $199

·         Triple Occupancy $164

·         Quad Occupancy $145

·         Single Occupancy $183

·         Double Occupancy $128

·         Triple Occupancy $110

·         Quad Occupancy $101

Commuter Rate(s)

$90 All Meals | $56 Saturday Lunch and Dinner | or $21 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 Hughes 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 March 28, 2018.

Local Activities & Dining Options:

  • Doubletree -  Riverfront Grille and Lounge (download menu) - Located on the first floor across from hotel lobby
  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
Agenda Details: 

Friday, April 13, 2018

  4:00-7:00 p.m. Registration 
  5:00-7:00 Welcome Reception
  7:00-9:00 Opening Session
  9:00-11:00 Wine and Cheese Reception

Saturday, April 14, 2018

  8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
  9:00-10:30 Session 1 
  10:30-10:45 Break
  10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 2 
  12:15-1:15 Lunch
  1:15-2:45 Session 3 
  2:45-3:00 Announcements
  3:00-5:30 Free Time
  5:30-6:30 Dinner
  7:00-9:00 Undignified (Saturday Evening Gathering)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

  7:30-8:15 Breakfast
  8:30-9:45 Sunday School 
  10:00-11:00 Worship Service with Communion
  11:00 Closing Remarks / Checkout 


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