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41st Annual Family of Gethsemane Retreat

February 25-26, 2023
Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville, TX

Register to join us for “Into the Wild: 41st Annual Family of Gethsemane Retreat” at Camp Chrysalis! This is a very special opportunity for friends and all members of the congregational family: singles, couples, those with and without children, from the very young to the not-so-young in years, but all young in spirit.
View the printed retreat brochure.

  • All are “Called by Grace,” to come to a relaxed informal time to share thoughts, histories, dreams, conversations, laughter, songs, the bread and wine of communion, the fresh air of the hill country, and good food.
  • “Led by Faith,” you may hike to the cross on the mountain, read your Bibles, play, eat, visit, and rock on the porch.
  • “Welcoming All to Share God’s Love,” we will meet new friends and have time to relax and be with those we may not know so well. This is a great event to invite friends to share in the family life of Gethsemane.

RETREAT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
10-12 noon Registration, fellowship, set up and move into your cabins
12:00 p.m. Lunch!
1:30 p.m. All ages gather together
3:00 p.m. FREE TIME! Hike to the cross, baseball, kite flying, resting, fishing, singing, soccer, canoeing, nap, R & R, rocking, visiting
5:30 p.m. Sing–A–Long and group photo at the dining hall!
6:00 p.m. Supper
7:00 p.m. Family of Gethsemane (FOG) Talent Show
8:00 p.m. Campfire Communion Service
9:00 p.m. S’mores, games, singing

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26
7:00 a.m. Coffee available!
8:45 a.m. Morning Worship and memorial brick laying
9:30 a.m. Sunday Brunch & Free Time
3:00 p.m. Check Out
*Schedule subject to change

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sleeping bag, sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Quilt for grass sitting
  • Flashlight
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Hiking shoes or tennis shoes
  • Jacket or sweater for chilly nights
  • Sports equipment
  • Board games (Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Dominoes, Risk, cards, etc.)
  • Snacks, chip, dips, sweets, etc. for evening sharing
  • Musical instruments
  • Talent and props for the FOG Talent Show
  • Great attitude; leave troubles behind
  • ONLY COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
  • Sorry, no pets at the camp!

COST

Cabins With All Three Meals (prices are per person):
Adults (13 & up): $95
Ages 4-12: $55
3 & under: Free

Tent Camp or Book Your Own Motel – if you tent or stay in a motel, these costs apply as a camp usage fee and include meals (prices are per person):
Tent campers (13 & up): $35
Ages 4-12: $18
3 & under Free

Saturday Day Use ONLY:
$25 per person (includes 2 meals)

Add On Friday:
You may come in Friday evening after 7 p.m. for only $15 per person but must be reserved in advance. No meals included.

Extra offering gifts are welcomed to help cover any additional expenses and activities.

HELP PAVE THE WAY!
You can leave a lasting impression by purchasing a personalized brick, which will be installed in the pathways around Camp Chrysalis. For $75 you can inscribe 3 lines of text on a 4X4 brick.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday, November 6 at 10:30 am

Remember to “Fall Back” one hour this Sunday!

The names of persons having received the final commendation of the baptized community since All Saints’ Sunday 2021 will be read during the 10:30 am festival liturgy. Family members/friends are invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones. The faith community is blessed by saints having lived their baptism as well as those with whom the Gospel is lived today. All Saints’ Sunday reminds the church community, that by the grace of God, the baptized live and die in God’s mercy and love

BRIDGES TO HOPE: Free Virtual Mental Health Training for Clergy & Faith Leaders

Join us for “Bridges to Hope: Free Virtual Mental Health Training for Clergy and Faith Leaders” led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Thursday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. to noon. All faiths welcome!

Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, it’s not uncommon for families and individuals experiencing mental health issues to turn to a faith leader first for help. Yet faith leaders, staff and key outreach volunteers are often lacking the information, education, and resources to be the “bridge to hope” needed as people navigate serious, sometimes life-threatening, mental health issues.

Workshop Details:

  • An informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders
  • Simple ideas for building “bridges to hope” for your faith community
  • A tool kit of community mental health resources
  • A tool for developing an action plan to address the needs in your community and optional post-training support

Family of Gethsemane Retreat

February 29 – March 1 is the 38th annual retreat at Camp Chrysalis (near Kerrville, Texas) for the Family of Gethsemane. Please consider being part of the fun!

The theme: “Leap into Lent” —1 Peter 5:6-8. Registration brochures available in the narthex.

This is a very special opportunity for friends and all members of the congregational family: singles, couples, those with and without children, from the very young to the not so young in years, but all young in spirit.

All are “Called by Grace” to come enjoy a relaxed, informal time, to share thoughts, histories, dreams, conversations, laughter, songs, the bread and wine of communion, the fresh air of the hill country, and good food.

“Led by Faith”, you may climb to the cross on the mountain, read your Bibles, play, eat, visit, and rock on the porch.

“Welcoming All to Share God’s Love”, we will meet new friends and have time to relax and be with those we may not know so well. This is a great event to invite friends to share in the family life of Gethsemane.

Please print the 2020 Family of Gethsemane Retreat Brochure and return to Dar, Belinda or Pastor Susie by February 16th.

Pentecost: Birthday of the Church and Youth Led Worship

The Festival of Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit calling the church community into life. Pentecost is the third major festival in the life of the church catholic. Gethsemane calls the names of persons baptized into the “one holy catholic and apostolic church” through congregational ministry since Pentecost, 2017. May the Triune God: Creator, Redeemer, Spirit bless the baptized to live the faith of the holy, catholic church giving witness to their identity as people of the eternal promise.

GETHSEMANE YOUTH LEAD PENTECOST WORSHIP
May 20th, Gethsemane youth, led by high school seniors, will lead the community in Pentecost worship. Graduating seniors and Sunday School teachers will be recognized at a reception during the Sunday School hour, 9:30am in the Multi-Purpose Room. All are welcome!