All-Church Retreat

13 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017 | 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Save the date for our second annual all-church retreat, October 13-15, 2017!

The retreat will again be at beautiful Gull Lake Ministries in Hickory Corners, MI (near Kalamazoo). Registration will be between 5-7 pm Friday evening with optional dinner at the retreat center. The retreat will wrap up after lunch on Sunday.

Join us in exploring this year’s theme: Practice Sabbath. In practicing Sabbath, we are invited to walk the bridge between heaven and earth to meet the living and ever-gracious God. We will spend the weekend learning, sharing, and practicing Sabbath in four distinct ways:

  • Peace Within Ourselves
    Before we can create peace in the world, we need to find peace in ourselves. Let’s learn to be still and rest in God.
  • Peace Between People
    Sabbath is meant to strengthen the ties between family and friends. How do we create space to invest in our relationship with others?
  • Peace Between People & Nature
    Practicing Sabbath helps us stop, rest, and value our surroundings.
  • Peace Between People & God
    Instead of focusing on our own needs and desires, practicing Sabbath teaches  us to focus on God’s generosity and goodness.

There will be breakout sessions for kids as well. There  will also be plenty of time to enjoy the out-of-doors as well as the indoor climbing wall, bowling alley, game room, gym and pickleball courts.

Room configuration:

We will be staying in the (brand new) lodges and condos which offer family-oriented guest rooms, each with a private bath, a queen or king bed and one or two bunk beds. The lodges also have a large common space  with kitchen and dining area and a great room for meetings.  If you have any special accommodation needs please let us know on your registration.  Single rooms are available for an additional $50 for the weekend.
If you would like to choose a roommate please let us know. All facilities are handicapped accessible, however some walking terrain may be uneven

Register Now! Please complete the form and return it with your deposit or full payment to the church office. Make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church with “all church retreat” on the memo line. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Cost is $80 per adult and $20 for children ages 4-18. Children 3 and under are free. The retreat price includes lodging, meals, and activities. Questions? Contact Jill Vanderwal or Becky Yonan.