Debra Barton
Dec 31, 2021

Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. -Phil 4:5 Gentleness is a gift we can give to others and ourselves as we journey together into a new year. Beginnings challenge our well-worn pathways and we are invited to claim a different kind of wisdom, even a new direction. And what may seem to be new is actually the wisdom and courage that is already yours through Christ. Gathering for prayer, exploring the spirituality of ... Continue reading...

love, healing
Dec 4, 2021

Love is the Greatest Healer! Scientific studies are proving the healing power of love! A compassionate, caring presence to another fosters physical cures, psychological healing and spiritual well-being. As the song from Broadway expresses beautifully: “Love Changes Everything!” During this experiential program we will: • reflect on how love is a state of being • reflect on ways the human and divine love heals body, mind and spirit • ponder the qualities and empowering effects of God’s abundant love • ponder ... Continue reading...

sprout
Nov 12, 2021

Our Making All Things New retreat will provide you with plenty of tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest. Our healthy living retreat is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which focuses on a whole person approach to being well: body, mind, and spirit. This retreat is perfect for anyone who is ready to make some changes in their life, especially in the areas of prayer, diet ... Continue reading...

Sep 24, 2021

Peace In the Middle of the Pieces So often people ask, "What tip will help me move forward through hard seasons in life?" But there is no magic wand answer to that question. The real question and conviction becomes, "Are you willing to do the work, break up the broken thoughts, stand firm in emotional upheaval, and get grounded in truth when it feels like life is in pieces?" It takes work, not wishing; and this ... Continue reading...

women's wellness
Sep 23, 2021

Peace In the Middle of the Pieces So often people ask, "What tip will help me move forward through hard seasons in life?" But there is no magic wand answer to that question. The real question and conviction becomes, "Are you willing to do the work, break up the broken thoughts, stand firm in emotional upheaval, and get grounded in truth when it feels like life is in pieces?" It takes work, not wishing; and this ... Continue reading...

silent night, Christmas blog
Dec 27, 2020

We hope that you're enjoying this time of Christmas. If you are feeling lonely, due to the many restrictions in place right now, we hope that this can assure you of the One who can see us through even the darkest of pandemic days. Fr. Michael Schleupner shares this reflection on "Silent Night" and we have shared a prayer about God's Presence too. May you feel that Presence today and always, enjoying the quiet reflection ... Continue reading...

changes, pandemic
Dec 9, 2020

As autumn begins to make its exit, the temperatures have dramatically dropped in our area! This change can be reflected in many analogies about ourselves too. Take a moment to read this beautiful poem as we seek the Spirit of hope and strength. Spirit, blowing winds of change into our world and letting loose the leaves of last year’s experiences, I am being tossed around too, slipping under what I can’t seem to let go of. The golden sunlight shines through ... Continue reading...

pandemic, lights
Nov 20, 2020

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read about how she's lifting her spirits right now.   Breaking the Rules to Find the Light I am what you would call a Christmas enthusiast. I love everything Christmas...the special church services, songs, movies, pageants and the decorations. I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for family members, driving around looking at lights, the smell of Christmas cookies in the oven and the ... Continue reading...

Aug 30, 2020

Before each of our staff meetings at the Retreat & Conference Center, we begin with a prayerful reflection. It isn't uncommon for that reflection to be read from one of Sarah Young's popular "Jesus Calling" books. These daily devotionals select a passage from Scripture and then share the author's wisdom on how Jesus is speaking to us, making it personalized. As we worship and rest today, we hope that you will also be comforted by ... Continue reading...

Jul 29, 2020

As our country honors the late Congressman John Lewis this week, we remember this politician and brave civil-rights leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district since 1987. Let's pause and be inspired by his words... “You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. ... Continue reading...