Annual Women’s Retreat

Registration Now Open

Use the Retreat Brochure to register and for more information:

Brochure – Outside

Brochure – Inside

View and/or print the 2017 Women’s Retreat Poster for display at your church.

General Information

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9am — 5pm
Hilton Pleasanton at the Club
7050 Johnson Road, Pleasanton, California


Rev. Calvin Goligher was ordained and installed as Pastor of First OPC in October 2016. Calvin grew up in Vancouver, BC. He studied history at Simon Fraser University, and then prepared for ministry at Geneva Reformed Seminary in Greenville, SC. He and his wife Joanne have two young children.


Christian Courage

Courage is not one of the fruits of the Spirit. It is not one of the three chief virtues in the New Testament (see, for instance, 1 Thessalonians 1:3). Paul wrote a hymn about love (1 Corinthians 13), but no hymn about courage. Jesus said the meek would be blessed, but he didn’t mention any blessing for the courageous.

Christian women are encouraged to be submissive, and to cultivate a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4-5). Peter doesn’t specifically mention that women should be courageous.

So, why should the women of our presbytery spend a whole day learning about Christian courage? Because all Christians, and therefore all Christian women, are called to worship in an idolatrous world, to witness in a hostile world, and to serve in a dangerous world. Because all Christian women are called to exercise faith, hope, and love, which look a lot like courage out in real life. Because all Christian women are engaged in spiritual warfare against terrible enemies, armed only with God’s word, Christ’s sacraments, and prayer. Because all Christian women are disciples of a courageous master.

One final reason: because, to slightly paraphrase Daniel 11:32, “the women who know their God will stand firm and take action.”

Registration Information (Conference Only)

  • Cost per person
  • Regular: $60.00 (register by October 1, 2017):
    • Regular: $60
    • Youth: $35 (under 18)
  • Conference Registrations (make checks payable to “The Presbytery of Northern California & Nevada”):
    • Teri Walling 14 Donegal Court Apt 19, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Hotel Information (For Overnight Lodging)

Hilton Pleasanton at the Club
7050 Johnson Drive
Pleasanton, CA   94588
(925) 463-8000
Rooms: $63 per person with Double Occupancy (This rate includes a hot breakfast; please note: A tip for the waiters is not included in the price). $36 per person if you choose to stay with
4 in a room. If you need help finding a roommate please contact Teri Walling. Group Code: OPC (Cut-off Sept. 22)

Hilton Pleasanton at the Club website
Map: Hilton Pleasanton at The Club

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