Eight Questions to think about:
- What wrongdoing is the hardest one for me to forgive?
- Why is growing old so hard to do, and why is maturity so under-valued?
- What is “centering prayer,” and is it something I should know about and maybe even do?
- Do I have any “spiritual gifts” – and if so, what are they, and what should I do with them?
- Would I really write if I had several days away from home with all that time set aside just to write?
- Where is the “Christian community” for LGBT Christians, and how does “the church” fit into that?
- Can reading the Bible do more than simply inform me about God – can it really change me?
- Why in the world would I ever want to be together with people and not talk?
Why am I asking these questions? I’ve been talking with Pastor Joan Gunderman and Spiritual Director Ken Lund about possible retreat topics for Whispering Winds to offer over the next several months. Each of the retreats we now have scheduled addresses one of the above questions.
The retreat schedule is listed below. Most of the retreats are from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays, cost $50, and include lunch. More details are posted on our website. Here’s a direct link. http://whisperingwindsretreathaven.com/retreatsevents/publicretreats.html
If you would like to receive a flyer with more information about the retreats, please email me at MarianKorth@Gmail.com. Feel free to request any number of flyers if you would like to share them with your friends or church groups. I’ll be happy to mail you as many as you can use to help us spread the word about these retreats.
In addition to the public retreats listed below, Pastor Joan will be leading a “Great Reads” Group on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30, a book discussion group that meets once a month. Pastor Joan will also lead a Spiritual Formation Group on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30, also once a month. Information about these groups is also included on the website.
Here’s our current retreat schedule.
April 28 Forgiveness – Challenge & Gift. Led by Joan Gunderman. 9am – 4pm.
May 26. Wrinkles Don’t Hurt. Led by Joan Gunderman. 9am – 4pm.
June 2. Centering Prayer – an Introductory Workshop. Led by Ken Lund and another presenter commissioned by Contemplative Outreach International. 8:30 – 12:30.
June 16. Spiritual Gifts. Led by Joan Gunderman. 9am – 4pm.
July 1-8. Retreat for Writers. Hosted by Marian Korth. Flexible: from 1 to 7 days, day-time only or overnight.
July 21. LGBT Christians and “the church.” Led by Ken Lund and Marian Korth. 9am – 4pm.
August 18. Formational Scripture Reading: From Information to Transformation. Ken Lund. 9am – 4pm.
November 10. Solitude Retreat. Led by Ken Lund. 9am – 4pm.
If you want to set aside more time to keep focused on the retreat topic, you are invited to reserve a room to stay overnight the night before and/or the night after the retreat for any of the retreats. (Inquire about our special room rates during public retreats.)
So, which of the eight questions intrigues you most?
If the answer is “all of them,” great! I’ll look forward to seeing a lot of you over the next several months.
If the answer is “none of them,” let me know what questions you are thinking about. We can always make changes or additions to our retreat program – or we may be able to recommend other resources that may be helpful to you.
On an entirely different subject, we had a wonderful memorial service for “Emma” at Whispering Winds on Saturday. God gave us all an extra special remembrance of “Emma” – the redbud tree, the flowering crabs, the Korean Spice Viburnum tree, and the bleeding hearts were all in full bloom – from the palest pink to the brightest pink, and every shade in between. Pink was “Emma’s” favorite color. We couldn’t help but remember her wherever we looked on that beautiful, sunny day.