January 25th, 2017

Cabin at Alta Mons

Cabin at Alta Mons

Seeing Jesus:
In the Word, in ourselves and in the world. 

PW Winterlude 2017, February 24th and 25th

More than twenty years ago, Virginia Bethune, who has now moved away, came up with the idea of having a mid-winter retreat for Presbyterian Women.   Hildegard Circle took on the challenge and held a retreat at Camp Alta Mons for the first time in January 1997.  Since then, the retreat has expanded to include all Presbyterian Women from BPC and women from a few other local churches.

The Winterlude retreat has been held almost 20 times, mostly at Alta Mons.  Some years there has been ice on Purgatory Creek, some years the weather has been nearly balmy.  Some years, Styles Falls at the end of the trail has been full and loud, and some years the creek has been a quiet trickle.  Some years, folks walk to the falls, and some folks take naps every year.  We watch the trees and pond out the big windows in the gathering area; once we saw wild turkeys!  Some years we invite an outside guest speaker/leader; some years we find folks in our midst to lead us in a topic that interests them.  

Throughout all the variations, every year we have times of laughter, times of quiet contemplation, good food, great singing, meaningful informal worship, great conversation and opportunities to get to know one another better, deep sharing, prayer and rest.  The fire in the fireplace is a focal point, and the rockers around it are always in demand.  I always appreciate being able to eat food I didn’t have to cook myself, and being able to leave the weekend chores behind for a couple of days!  

 All women are invited to join us this year on Friday and Saturday February 24 and 25.  We have invited Suzanne Stelling from Knoxville to lead our program on Seeing Jesus. You can mail or take your payment to the church office.  

Due to the fact that we have to let Alta Mons know our numbers for lodging and food, the deadline for sign-up is 10 days away, February 5.  So don’t put it off.  Sign up today! I hope to see you there!

Sarah Windes

Scripture Readings: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12

The prayer list can be found here.