September Women’s Weekend - September 16-18, 2016

Ladies – join us for a beautiful fall weekend!

September Women's Weekend at Sandy Cove 2016

You invest a lot of time and energy into your families, churches, communities and work…retreat from the daily routine and set aside some time to recharge emotionally and spiritually. Enjoy a weekend away with your girlfriends…laughter and worship and relaxing and talking!

Sept WW 2015

Messes and Miracles…Turning Trials into Triumphs! Ecclesiastes 3:11

Sessions with Ellie Lofaro

  • The Sacred Virtue: Humility. Learn the difference between meekness and weakness and how harnessing this “mother of all virtues” brings peace and power.
  • The Smelly Flesh: Thou Stinketh! The Bible says we are all sinners and that no one is perfect enough for heaven. So why is it called “the good news?”
  • The Sweet Fruit: What’s in YOUR Basket? The Fruit of the Spirit is sweet, satisfying and abundant. So why is life filled with wrinkled skin, worms, and lots of pits?
  • The Step Forward: Battle Stations!!! How do we respond to battles in our heads and homes—not to mention the ones in the headlines. What does it mean to be a Warrior Princess? Suit up for victory!

September WW 2015


Schedule subject to change
4:00 pm Check in
4:00 Activities
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Session 1
Spaghetti Time
Making it Stick!
9:00 Snack
9:00 Pool & Hot Tub or Activity

7:00 am Water Aerobics
Girly Boot Camp
7:30 Devotions
8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Session 2
11:30 Coffee Break &
Spaghetti Time
12:15 pm Lunch
Afternoon optional
breakout sessions, crafts,
pool, zumba, fitness room,
activity center, etc.
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Mini-Concert, Session 3 &
Spaghetti Time
9:00 Snack
9:30 Pool & Hot Tub or Activity

7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 Personal Devotions
9:30 Check out by 10
10:00 Session 4 &
Spaghetti Time
Noon Lunch

Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!

What they're saying...

“Reflection, fellowship, and being embraced by God this weekend was a blessing. My first Sandy Cove experience, but not my last!” Vonda, Manassas, VA

“This place is so beautiful. It is easy to disconnect from the world and soak in God – wonderful music and speakers!” Wanda, Millersburg, PA

“A quiet, safe place to worship God and fellowship. No city sounds….I love it!” Joyce, Baltimore, MD

“Far beyond my expectations! Drew me closer in my personal relationship to God. Awesome teaching.” Yvonne, Medford, NJ

“I’m walking away with a better, more realistic understanding of what being a Christian means.” Marisa, Edgewood, MD

“Jesus Christ was the center of the conference.” Audrey, Camp Hill, PA

Special Guests

Ellie Lofaro

Ellie Lofaro is a first generation American and the second of five children in a “very Italian” family. A native New Yorker, she speaks of being brought up “with the awareness of God, but not the experience of God.” However, when she encountered a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, she realized her new identity as a “Capital C Christian;” “highly flawed, fully forgiven and greatly favored.”

Completely convinced of God’s love and His mandate to “go and tell,” Ellie has committed her life to using her time and talent to inspire others with His goodness and grace.

Ellie’s message is a wonderful blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality and disarming humor. Drawing from the context of real life, she deftly handles the Word of God and steadily directs her audiences to consider what concerns them in light of God’s timeless truths. With her trademark quick wit and convincing demeanor, she pairs Biblical principles with life’s deeper questions. The result? An audience who willingly joins Ellie in the journey toward better understanding and applying God’s grace and truth to their lives.

Equally comfortable sharing the “Great News” alongside acclaimed teachers at national conferences, on a television broadcast, or roaming the halls during a midnight search for chocolate at a women’s retreat, Ellie effuses a natural ease and engaging warmth. As her friend Patsy Clairmont once said about meeting Ellie for the first time; “she is the kind of person you immediately hope will always be your friend.”

A serious student of Scripture and a keen observer of the culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind, and nourishes the soul — thus inspiring her to found Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. She has been blessed with a broad array of opportunities to communicate her passion for Christ. Ellie’s ministry involves international speaking engagements (has taught on five continents), authoring books, teaching a weekly interdenominational Bible Study and appearing on radio and television.

Ellie’s newest book will expound on the joys and heartaches of motherhood. (Release date TBD.) Working Title: “It’s All My Fault!”… Confessions of a Well Meaning Mother. Learn from her mistakes! Leap of Faith, endorsed by Chuck Colson, encourages us to embrace the life God promises. From Battle Scars to Beauty Marks conveys powerful portraits of women who turned trials to triumph. Spaghetti for the Soul, A Celebration of the Abundant Life, examines Biblical truth about faith, hope, and love for the modern woman. Slices of Life and Bonding with the Blonde Women are collections of serious, humorous and provocative essays. She has also written for Today’s Christian Woman, Women of Faith’s Connection Magazine, and has contributed to compilations from seven publishing houses. Ellie has been featured on Focus on the Family, Life Today, CBN’s Living the Life, 100 Huntley Street, The Harvest Show as well as The Moody, Salem, Bott and Le Sea Broadcasting Networks. The Focus on the Family broadcast was the third most requested CD of the year.

Ellie and her husband Frank (CEO of Prison Fellowship International), reside near the nation’s capital. They have three very likable grown children.

Visit Ellie’s website

Worship Leader
Alyce Metallo

“I just have one word to say about her – ENERGY!” – Stevie Wonder

The path to soulful pop prominence is often defined by the company one keeps, and in the case of Alyce Metallo, a former high-school teacher from Washington, DC, the journey’s been riddled with a remarkable collaborative lineage. Though music (particularly playing piano) was in her blood since the tender age of two, the Singer/Songwriter would eventually encounter a series of extraordinary circumstances that paved the way to her full time artistic endeavors.

From her earliest professional performances at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University, the College of Fine Arts at Howard University in Washington D.C. (where she earned an Education and Piano degree) or at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain as an exchange student, the burgeoning troubadour possessed the gift to sing and additionally expressive gifts for writing, performing, arranging and producing.

Along the way, she amassed a plethora of prominent credits, including a choir slot alongside the likes of Luther Vandross, Diana Ross and Kenny Rogers at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, a return engagement to the White House as a choir director for VH1’s Save the Music with John Mellencamp, plus multiple appearances with that same star and Stevie Wonder at School Night (also in the nation’s capital). There are also appearances at the National Building Museum, numerous Kennedy Center concerts (alongside Vanessa Williams, Yolanda Adams, Jeff Majors, Regina Belle and Richard Smallwood), plus a twelve-day performance tour throughout Europe (with a prestigious “International Song of Peace” Award from Ireland to her credit) and Metallo’s earned her artistic stripes with an unflinching commitment to the performance arena.

Thanks to the continual prodding of her husband Walter Metallo, plus her Worship Pastor and Mentors, Marty McCall (from Grammy Award-winning act First Call) and producer Fletch Wiley (Andrae Crouch), she eventually dove deep into a songwriting career and has been in full-time music ministry since 2006. Metallo is currently a worship leader at McLean Bible Church in Tysons Corner, VA where Lon Solomon is the Senior Pastor. She is a member of the award-winning, DC-based improv troup NowThis! and is a doting mother of three beautiful girls. She and her family reside in Northern, VA.
– Andy Argyrakis, Chicago Tribune

Visit Alyce’s website

Breakout Speaker
Nancy Hicks

Nancy Hicks has spent her life communicating on the stage as a concert singer and musical theater performer, on television as a QVC on-air Spokesperson, at church and in the classroom. As a professional communicator, inspiring people has been a core part of her work. Nancy Hicks Live has grown out of what most inspires her: knowing Christ, and expressing and igniting a life of passion for Him.

There is nothing more she’d rather communicate than this: God loves you…really loves you. His love draws you into a real relationship with Him. In and through Jesus Christ, you become fully alive, now and forever!

Nancy Hicks Live is a speaking ministry that reveals Christ’s love and transformation…born out of the ongoing realities in her own life. Through it she loves to lead people at any stage of their journey to and with God through speaking, Bible teaching, and mentoring. Her purpose is to express and ignite a life of full passion for Christ throughout audiences around the world.

Visit Nancy’s website

Breakout Session

Yes, I’m Called!

Why is it that Christians seem to struggle with stepping into who God has called and created them to be? We’ll explore what holds us back, and a vision for moving forward with confidence!

Breakout Speaker and Exercise Coach
Linda Seagears

Linda is delighted to have had the opportunity to minister to and with women for the last several years. As a pastor’s wife and nationally certified fitness instructor, she has a passion to guide others in their journey of health both physically and spiritually. God has opened doors for her to be a conference and retreat speaker in many venues including a District Women’s Retreat of Northern Ghana where over 700 women attended. She was recognized as a credentialed minister in the Assembly of God.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Linda has a degree in music and enjoys working with the youth and women of her church and substitute teaching in the public school. She is also a fitness instructor and area director with Body & Soul Fitness, an international ministry. Linda celebrated 25 years of marriage with her husband and best friend Rob, the pastor of Christ Chapel Mountaintop in Manassas and they have 4 beautiful children, 2 granddaughters and a son-in-law.

Breakout Session

From Heartache to Heart Healthy

Do you need to get serious about getting healthy? Join Linda to look at the effects of life’s challenges on our spiritual and physical bodies. What are some of God’s solutions to living a “healthy lifestyle”?

Artist and Breakout Speaker
Elva Hurst

Engage your senses through the story-telling and the amazing black light artistry of Lancaster County, PA artist Elva Hurst. An inspirational story will come to life and light up before your eyes! Elva will share the story of her Old Order Mennonite upbringing and education in a plain one-room school and how she discovered faith and freedom. Her chalk talks were born out of love for the art and a deep desire from within to share the same good news of the gospel that so radically changed her life and continues to bring purpose, excitement and fulfillment. She will share two different sessions Saturday afternoon titled “Be Encouraged” and “In a Garden of Flowers.”

Visit Elva’s website


All rates are per person and include two nights lodging, six meals, snacks, program and activities. Some optional craft workshops and activities require a modest fee.

Chesapeake Lodge
Rates begin at $229 per person.

Quad occupancy
Triple occupancy
Double occupancy
Single occupancy

Most rooms have two twin beds and one queen size bed, so triple occupancy allows for each person to have their own sleep space.

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!
Log Cabins are now open all year with an extended season for Campsites.
Log Cabin Rates: $279 per person, minimum occupancy of 4
Please note that there is a minimum occupancy required for all cabins.

Financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available.

Modest swimsuits are required…one-piece for girls of all ages!

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.

This is a Child Free Event. We love babies and children and we know you do too! But “Child Free Events” are your opportunity to be free from some of your normal daily responsibilities. It also provides a distraction free time for everyone to focus on the spiritual purpose of the event. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.