THIS IS YOUR WEEKEND!
Wherever you are in life, you surely have daily demands and responsibilities. Some are necessary, and some we take on ourselves. Feeling purposed and needed can be good, but those things compete with our time for Jesus and our relationship in Him while also robbing us of time for ourselves and solitude. As we will learn from our bible study this year, “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry”, having rest and time is one of the most important things needed in keeping our relationship with Jesus and others. This weekend is for resting in Him, and finding your rest too. No expectations, no responsibilities. Show up, get settled, enjoy.
WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE, AND SHOULD I EAT BEFORE I GET THERE?
Since the ride to the retreat center is significantly longer than in the past, we are excited and expectant to see you anytime after 3:00pm. If for some reason it would work best for your schedule if you can arrive before then, please let us know, and we’ll be glad to assign a task to you to help prepare for the arrival of the other guests.
With such a large window for arrivals, we will not be preparing a meal for the evening. Instead, we will have charcuterie boards with tasty snacking items. Please feel free to have a meal before you arrive if you need.
It’s not required, but if you would like to bring a snack or item to share (brownies, salsa & chips, veggie platters, for example – no need for anything extravagant unless you’re inclined!), to provide for a stocked kitchen for snacking throughout the weekend. There is a main kitchen in the main house, but there are also a few kitchenettes in some of the other rooms. As in the past, we’ve always been blessed with the amount of snacks that guests bring, so we’re sure there’ll be enough to divvy up!
WHAT DOES THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND LOOK LIKE?
We’ve put together a tentative schedule for you, but keep in mind that it is subject to change. For the most part though, it looks like this: relax, get with God, chit-chat, snack, sleep, repeat. No worries if you feel like skipping breakfast on Saturday morning, or if you decide to sleep in on Sunday – go ahead! It’s your weekend.
This year, your lovely hostesses will be preparing ALL of the meals, so please bring your patience as well – they will be doing the best job they can, but sometimes the kinks need to be worked out on the job. Charcuterie boards will be out on Friday Night in lieu of a meal. Saturday breakfast will consist of egg casseroles, a pancake bar, yogurt and granola, strawberries, and blueberries, and various juices and coffee. Lunch will consist of a few choices of soups and a salad bar. Dinner will be Mexican favorites like tacos, fajitas, and just about anything that you can think of that goes with it. Sunday breakfast will be the same as Saturday, and if you’re able to linger on Sunday, we’ll bring all the leftovers out to finish up.
Meals and Bible Study will take place in the Living Room/Dining Room of the Main House. Should the weather be pleasant, there are outside amenities such as a pond, a paddle-boat, a fire-pit, and a gazebo. We think it’s a great find, and we are excited to host our retreat here this year!
Sheets, blankets, and towels are provided, but you are welcome to bring along whatever you need. All guest and room assignments have been made ahead of time, but we are glad to reconsider upon arrival any needs that may have been overlooked.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO BRING?
One of the crafts we’ve planned for the weekend will be similar to what we’ve done in the past. The first craft will require that you bring a shirt or clothing item of your choice. There are four options below. You decide which design you want and whether you want the text in white or black (the flower will always be pink!), and we’ll have it ready for you ahead of time. You bring an article of clothing, and we’ll bring your chosen design and heat press!
But, the most important thing you can pack though is your beautiful smile and your heart for connection and faith! Other things like snuggle items for getting cozy during the sessions and afterwards when we’re just chilling – items like a couch-blanket, and/or a comfortable pillow are always nice to have along. Make sure to pack comfy clothes for relaxing (jammies / joggers / sweater), and slippers or cozy socks too. You’ll want to have your bible handy during the sessions. Some enjoy playing games on Saturday night, so if that’s you and you’ve got some really fun games, bring them along as well. There will be lots of chairs there, but you’re welcome to bring your own for the Sessions or for the Campfire outdoors. Last but not least, bring a heart and mind ready for God and what He will do!
We hope this answers all the questions you may have, but if not feel free to reach out via email email@example.com.