Welcome to Encounter!

As women, we often long for moments to get away from the burdens and busyness of life – to throw off all that life places on us – and just recharge. Come. Be welcomed. Spend a weekend away from it all, connecting yourself to the Creator who knows you best. Whether that means quiet times snuggled into a blanket with a book or late nights laughing with your friends, this is a weekend for you. Our hope is that you encounter the God who loves you and longs to draw you closer.

This event is a fun-filled weekend where over 500 women come together for Biblical teaching, delicious food, first-rate entertainment, and building friendships.

Date: February 21-23, 2020
Location: Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI
Speaker: Lisa-Jo Baker
Theme: Authentic Friendship

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 18 AT 6 A.M.

Event Details

Guest Speaker: Lisa-Jo Baker

With her ability to laugh at herself and her mistakes, Lisa-Jo Baker continues to gather women around her into a community that is tired of hearing how things are supposed to be (perfect or easy) and passionate about hearing how things actually are (hard, scary, stretching, and wonderful). A former attorney and longtime community manager at (in)courage, Lisa-Jo is the best-selling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood

Her newest book, The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra)Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You invites us to get a good look at our middles and gives us permission to embrace them—because Lisa-Jo knows that the middle might be the best part of the love story of life, kids, faith, doubt, marriage, failure, wonder, and the muffin top—and that these are all good things. 

A sought-after national speaker, her writings have resonated with thousands and have been featured on Huffpost Parents, BibleGateway, Fox News, Christianity Today, IF:Table, and more. She is the cohost of the Out of the Ordinary podcast and lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband of more than twenty years and their three very loud kids.

Worship Team
The Appleton Alliance Encounter Worship Team will focus our hearts and minds on the Lord as we praise Him together.

Saturday Evening Entertainment
Fish Sticks Comedy

Accommodations
We are pleased to get away with you again this year to The Osthoff Resort. A beautiful four-star resort located 1¼ hours from the Fox Valley in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Osthoff Resort provides an ideal setting for our weekend away with spacious suites and fine food. The resort has a pool, whirlpool, sauna, spa, fitness center, and restaurants.

Room Rates and Registration

What registration includes

  • Friday and Saturday night lodging
  • Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet
  • Saturday evening dinner
  • All weekend activities

Room Type

Sleeps Description
Guest Room 1 - 2 Wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, king size bed, bathroom, and private balcony
One Bedrooom Suite 1 - 4 Fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper, and private balcony. One bedroom with one queen bed. One bathroom.
Two Bedroom Suite 2 - 6 Fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper, and private balcony. Two bedrooms each with one queen bed. Two bathrooms.
Three Bedroom Suite (Limited Availability) 4 - 8 Fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper, and private balcony. Three bedrooms each with one queen bed. Two bathrooms.
Three Bedroom Deluxe Suite 4 - 8 Expanded living area. Fully equipped kitchen, dining, and living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper and private balcony. Three bedrooms each with one queen or king bed. Two bathrooms, one with a whirlpool tub.

Registration Process

It is very important to know how many will be in your suite BEFORE you register as well as their names. No discounts can be applied for adding another person(s) to your suite after the initial registration. Additional person(s) will be charged the same rate as the original number of occupants. 

**New This Year** If you plan to register for anyone else, click “Add Someone Else” on the “Select Attendees” page and complete all required fields (see image below). You may register as many suitemates as you like. Please note, you are responsible to collect payment from your suitemates.

If you intend to apply for financial assistance, you must do so before registering. Go to the Financial Assistance page for information and to apply.

In order to register, you will need to know:

  • Type of room desired
  • Total number of occupants in your room
  • Names of each of your suitemates
  • Various personal information

Registration and payment procedures

  • Your room is not reserved until all suitemates have registered.
  • Full payments must be made at the time of registration. You may register online with a credit card, debit card, or automatic withdrawal from your checking account. You may also register with cash or check at the church Welcome Center Monday-Thursday during office hours or on Sunday morning.
  • Separate registrations are required for each suite mate.
  • One person may register and pay for multiple occupants of the suite, if desired. (**See directions above**) This is optional and not required. Registering all suitemates at one time will expedite the confirmation of your suite. The person registering MUST complete a registration for each occupant by clicking “Add Someone Else” at the bottom of their own registration until all suitemates are registered. Please be aware that when you register anyone other than yourself, you are responsible to collect payment from them If you have questions regarding how to register multiple people, please contact Jamie Boorum BEFORE registering.
    The person completing multiple registrations will be required to enter the following information for all occupants:
    • Name*
    • Address
    • Phone number*
    • Email address*
    • Birthdate
    • Age range*
    • Is this attendee at least 18 years of age and post high school?*
    • Is this their first Women's Encounter?*
    • Would they like to volunteer at the event?*
    • Would they like to receive weekly emails from AAC Women's Ministry?* (unsubscribe at any time)
    • *Required fields

  • Do not contact The Osthoff to register or request a room. All registrations for this event must be made through Appleton Alliance.

Other important information

  • Every attempt will be made to honor your specific suite request. Suite reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis once everyone in your room has registered for the event.
  • If you would like to attend Encounter, but are in need of a roomate(s), please contact Jamie Boorum before registration closes on Jan. 19, 2020. Please do not register without knowing who your roommates are and what type of room you will have.
  • We are unable to accommodate infants during the Encounter weekend.
  • This event is for women of post-high school age.
  • Cancellations can only be given before online registration closes on January 19, 2020. Notify Jamie Boorum with cancellation requests. 

Room Descriptions and Rates

Guest Room

Wet bar, with a refrigerator and microwave, king size bed, bathroom and private balcony. Sleeps two. 

One person $330/person
Two people $230/person

One Bedroom Suite

Fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper and private balcony. One bedroom with one queen bed. One bathroom. Sleeps up to four.       

One person $350/person
Two people $240/person
Three people $204/person
Four people $185/person

Two Bedroom Suite

Fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper and private balcony. Two bedrooms each with one queen bed. Two bathrooms. Sleeps up to six.

Two people $266/person
Three people $221/person
Four people $198/person
Five people $189/person
Six people $176/person

Three Bedroom Suite - SOLD OUT

Fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper and private balcony. Three bedrooms each with one queen bed. Two bathrooms. Sleeps up to 8.

Four people $218/person
Five people $200/person
Six people $189/person
Seven people $180/person
Eight people $174/person

Three Bedroom Deluxe Suite - SOLD OUT

Expanded living area. Fully equipped kitchen, dining and living room with gas fireplace, pullout sofa sleeper and private balcony. Three bedrooms each with one queen or king bed. Two bathrooms, one with a whirlpool tub. Sleeps up to eight.

Four people $233/person
Five people $212/person
Six people $199/person
Seven people $189/person
Eight people $182/person

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 18 AT 6 A.M.

special-requests

Special Requests

Need a roommate?
If you would like to attend Encounter, but are in need of a roommate(s), please contact Jamie Boorum. Please do not register without knowing who your roomates are and what type of room you will have.

Mobility Issues
The Osthoff is a large resort which requires much walking to access the meeting areas. If you require special consideration as to the placement of your room in close proximity to the meeting room, or a handicap accessible suite, please contact Jamie Boorum prior to registration.

Dietary Restrictions
If you have special dietary needs, please complete the Dietary Restrictions Form with your needs before Jan. 31, 2020. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs. Please do not contact The Osthoff.

Weekend Schedule

(Schedule is subject to change.)

All activities, with the exception of Saturday lunch are included in the cost of the weekend.

Friday Night

Friday Night  
4:00-7:30 p.m. Check-In
6:45-7:15*

Ready, Set, Encounter

If you are new to Encounter or just want a quick refresher course, make this your first stop.
(Villa Gottfried)

7:30

Opening Session with Lisa-Jo Baker
(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

9:30 - 11:00*

Girls’ Night In
We welcome you to join us for some food, fellowship and fun.
(Palm Garden Ballroom and Villa Gottfried)

Saturday

Saturday Morning  

6:15 - 7:00* a.m.

Fitness Session
The high-energy way to start your day!
(Villa Gottfried)

7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

7:15 – 8:00*

Fitness Session
Enjoy a beginners’ stretch and flow to get your morning going.
(Villa Gottfried)

8:15 a.m.*

Breakout Session

(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

9:30 a.m.

Morning Session with Lisa-Jo Baker
(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

11:45 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
   
Saturday Afternoon

 

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Activities*

(Please check the schedule for locations and times)

1:00 – 2:00

Breakout Session
(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

2:15 – 3:15

Breakout Session
(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

3:30 – 4:30

Breakout Session
(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

   
Saturday Evening  
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. 

Evening Session with Lisa-Jo Baker
(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

TBD

Late Evening Activity*
Fish Sticks Comedy

(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

Sunday

Sunday Morning

(Please check out of your room before the morning session)

7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

(Palm Garden Ballroom and Villa Gottfried)

9:15 a.m.

Morning Session with Lisa-Jo Baker
(Grand Libelle Ballroom)

Noon Going Home

Encounter ends. Have a safe trip home!

*Optional Activity

For more information about The Osthoff, what to bring, meals, and more, click the link below.

frequently-asked-questions

If you still have questions about Encounter: A Weekend for Women, check the frequently asked questions page or contact Jamie Boorum.