What’s Happening at the 2013 Retreat?

What’s happening at the Retreat this year?

You may arrive on Friday afternoon any time after 3:00. Settle into your cabin and explore the park.

Dinner will begin around 6:30. There will be plenty of food available for late arrivals.

Friday evening-

Minute to Win it! All are invited to try their skills at these fast and furious challenges using household items like cups and ping-pong balls.  Can you balance 6 dice on a popsicle stick? Can you bounce a pencil into a glass? We’ll see. Just remember every second counts when you have a minute to win it!

Saturday morning enjoy the home baked delights of Sandra Engelhardt. Breakfast with Sandra has become a tradition at our UUFP retreats. I can’t wait for the raspberry almond torte! (Hint, hint.)

The boat dock is available all day for your boating pleasure. Take out a canoe, kayak or paddle boat and look for signs of beavers, stop and view the lily pads and gaze at a sunning turtle or two.

Create a nature labyrinth with Helene and Jeannine. First you’ll go on a hunt for twigs, leaves, stones, pinecones, etc. Then you’ll work together to create a walking labyrinth in the upper field. All are invited to walk the labyrinth, meditate and enjoy a time of contemplation in nature.

Join Sarah Davis for a discussion of the book– Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.  Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

Sarah will introduce us to this provocative book at the Retreat. If there is further interest, we will look at creating an adult RE class.

Group Memory Collage with Rosalee—This is a great activity for all ages. Bring your stories and memories of past retreats and your life at the fellowship. Together we’ll create a visual collage while sharing moments of loving community.

UU Prayer beads with Alicia—Have you ever noticed Rev. Andrew’s wooden bead bracelet? Did you know that it is actually a meditation tool? Alicia will help you make your own and explain the significance of each bead and how you can make it into a daily spiritual practice.

EcoBioGeoChemical Spiritual Adventure Hike with Robin— Doc Robin, Green Man! If you are looking for a fascinating way to enjoy and understand the marvels of nature take a hike with Robin. He will plan a path through the woods that will offer a scientific and spiritual way to view our world.

Spiritual Relationship class with Selena and Erick—Are you looking for a deeper more meaningful relationship with your partner? Selena and Erick will offer new ways to explore where you are at and find ways to create a richer connection.

Bridging workshop for teens with Joanne and Andrew—Our churches tend to do a great job getting our youth through Coming of Age but what happens next? The bridging ceremony for youth can be an equally important rite of passage. This class will look at ways to make bridging a more meaningful transition into young adulthood.

Cake Decorating with Brandy—Let them eat cake and decorate it too! Brandy will guide you in decorating cupcakes with homemade butter cream frosting. The results will be shared at the evening meal!

Later in the day we will gather for a group hymn sing and worship.  At General Assembly they offer a hymn sing before the Service of the Living Tradition. We’d like to offer our own hymn sing, Retreat style! Bring an instrument or your voice and sing some of your favorite hymns before joining in worship.

Lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday. Sunday morning we will have breakfast before we pack up camp. Everyone is asked to pitch in with set up, cooking or clean up sometime during the weekend. Sign-up sheets will be available.

Each evening enjoy time around the campfire. We’ll supply the s’mores!

Dogs are welcome to come to the Retreat as well. We just ask that they stay on a leash when on the paths and please do not bring them into the dining hall.

Haven’t signed up yet? Well what are you waiting for? J Go to www.uufp.org and click on Retreat 2013.

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