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Cedarkirk Reflection Ahead of November’s Church-Wide Retreat

Palma Ceia’s church-wide retreat at Cedarkirk this year is November 16-18, 2018. Below, Pastor Nicole Abdnour shares her reflections on the blessings Cedarkirk has to offer.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy God’s gift of creation through playing games, building relationships, and worshipping together along the Alafia River. The weekend will also provide the opportunity to canoe, zip-line, swim, hunt for shark teeth, go for walks, or just sit in a rocking chair. Register Online. (Forms are also available in the church office)

Check in on Friday afternoon/evening with dinner at 7 pm. The retreat concludes on Sunday morning with worship at Sanctuary in the woods. Families can stay the entire weekend or come to join us for activities and fellowship on Saturday only. A deposit of $100 will hold a spot for you and your family.

  • Adult Weekend (2 nights & 5 meals)= $125 per person /Adult Saturday Only (2 meals) = $32
  • Weekend Cost per child ages 3-12 (2 nights & 5 meals) = $100 / Saturday Only Per Child ages 3-12 (2 meals) = $25
  • Family Maximum = $425

All activities are included in pricing. Come one, come all!

Rev. Nicole Abdnour reflects on what Cedarkirk means to her…

If I close my eyes and create a mental picture of the view from the upper porch of Cedar Lodge looking down towards the river, I can inhale and smell the scent of homemade rolls mixing in with the wonderful scent of the outdoors. I can hear the dinner bell ringing along with the sounds of laughter and stories as people are drawn into the lodge.

Sometimes when I see this picture I am six years old surrounded by family — nuclear and church — gathered for a weekend family camp. Other times I’m an elementary school camper excited about spending a week away from my brothers with my best friend from home and the new friends we make from our village, or I’m in high school enjoying the challenges and responsibilities of participating in the SHL (Senior High Leadership) program. Still other times, I’m a youth ministry intern charged with leading a Presbytery retreat for middle school students. Or I’m a pastor preparing to lead worship for the summer campers.

The care and love I received through Cedarkirk’s ministries as a child modeled God’s love and care for creation, for community, and for me. The physical and spiritual environment not only provided me with the space and support to explore my Christian faith as a child and adolescent, but as an adult, it continues to remind me who and whose I am. Cedarkirk is part of the foundation of the Christian community that raised and nurtured me, and I am blessed it has been a constant in my life. I give thanks to God for those who have supported its ministries over the years by offering prayers, financial gifts, and time; I pray fervently that this legacy will continue to grow and provide transformative faith experiences for all who gather for generations to come.

Register for our church-wide retreat HERE.

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