Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake

Peace Church within the Empire

February 10-12, 2012 (Friday-Sunday)
Canadensis, PA (in the Poconos)

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Adult Program

Youth Options

Childrens Program

Location

Schedule

Registration

Other Info.

Resources

Contact Us




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Adult Program

Youth Options

Childrens Program

Location

Schedule

Registration

Other Info.

Resources

Contact Us

Family retreat with separate programs for adults and children, sponsored by The Peace and Justice Committee, Eastern District Conference and Franconia Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church USA.

Adult Program:

Peace Church
within the Empire

with Alan Kreider and Eleanor Kreider

After seventeen centuries of close alliance between church and state in Western nations, Christendom is (fortunately) on its way out. Drawing on the Kreider's recent book "Worship and Mission After Christendom," we will explore how the church has both resisted and succumbed to empire values throughout history, and explore models of church that reclaim Jesus' example and teaching of what it means to live in the "kingdom of God."

Eleanor Kreider taught Worship and Missiion at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), combining a background as a musician and a teacher with her experience as a missionary in England. Alan Kreider is Professor of Church History and Mission at AMBS (retired).

For 30 years, Alan and Eleanor lived as mission workers in England, where they transformed the London Mennonite Centre into a teaching and resource center on Christian discipleship in the Anabaptist tradition, urban mission, and conflict mediation. They also planted a Mennonite church, were among the founders of the Anabaptist Network, and spoke and organized as participants in the peace movement. After returning from England in 2000, they became mission educators with Mennonite Mission Network.

While in England, Alan and Eleanor also taught at Luther King House, Manchester, and at Oxford University, where Alan directed the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College. As itinerant preachers and teachers they spoke throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and in many countries. They have authored a number of publications, several of which are included in the Resource List below.


Youth Options:

This year we are not offering a separate program for youth, because many of our congregations now hold winter retreats specifically for high school and junior high youth. However, youth will be welcome to participate in this retreat if they come with other family members. Some mature youth may benefit from participation in the adult program; also, there will be an opportunity for a few youth to help with the child care. Please check with us for details.

Note that we can also work with church youth group leaders to help plan a youth retreat with a peace and justice theme.


Child Care/Children's Activities

We will provide child care and activities for children up to age 12 during the adult sessions. Pat and Maria Pietrak will lead peacemaking activities for children ages 6-12. We also appreciate parents or other adults who would like to help out with child care for one or more of the sessions.


Location

Spruce Lake Retreat Center
5389 Route 447, Canadensis, PA 18325.
(570) 595-7505
www.sprucelake.org
Spruce Lake Retreat is located 2.5 miles north of Canadensis on PA Rt. 447, in the Pocono Mountains.

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, February 10
7:00 PM Check-in
8:00 PM Opening program for All
Music, sharing of peace stories
9:30 PM Snack*
11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
Saturday, February 11
7:30-7:55 AM Morning Prayers
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00-12:00First Session
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30-5:00 PM Free Time** - outdoor and indoor activities available
  - 1:00-5:00 PM Videos / Discussion
5:00-6:00 PM Dinner
7:00-9:00 PM Second Session
9:00 PM Snack*
11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
Sunday, February 12
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30 AM Final Session
10:45 AM Worship Service with Communion
(adults & children)
12:15-12:45 PM Lunch

*Please bring bagged snacks (cookies, pretzels, chips, etc) to share with others during the evenings. You are also encouraged to bring your own mug for snack times or coffee during the program sessions.
**During "Free Time" on Saturday afternoon there will be videos and discussion time (on peace issues) as an alternative to outdoor recreation. (There will not be child care or children's activities on Saturday afternoon. Parents are encouraged to enjoy recreation with their children.)

  • After Sunday lunch you and your family may stay for more recreation or head for home.
  • Weather permitting, the following winter recreational activies are available at Spruce Lake: cross-country skiing with ski rental, tubing, and ice-skating (bring your own skates).

    Registration Information

    [Printable Registration Form]

    Please plan to register early; space is limited. Sometimes we have had to turn away families because of the space limitation.

    Most rooms accommodate up to four people (a double bed and a bunk bed with private bath), and one or two additional family members may be accommodated in the same room on the floor if you wish to bring sleeping bags for them. Single adults who wish to room together should send in their registration forms together, otherwise they will be paired with other singles if space is limited. (Note: There is an additional $50 charge for a single person who requests a private room.)

    Cost to Participants:

    $165.00 Adults
    $75.00 Youth (rooming with parents)
    $45.00 Children (Ages 6-12)
    Children under 6 are free!

    --------------------- Registration Form ------------------------------

    Name_________________________________________________________
    
    Address______________________________________________________
    
    City, State___________________________________ZIP____________
    
    Phone______________________________E-mail____________________
    
    Child's Name              Age                        Sex
    ____________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________
    
    ____Adults @ $165.00 each   __________
    ____Youth @ $75.00 each     __________
    ____Children @ $45.00 each  __________  
           (Additional donation __________ )      
                           TOTAL___________
                 Amount Enclosed___________
         Amount Due at Check-in _____________________
    
    [It is possible for adults to register for only the Saturday 
    program; cost is $40, including lunch and supper. Check with
    us for additional details.]
    
    Make checks payable to:
                       Eastern District Conference
    
    Mail this registration form to:
         Becky Felton
         942 Camp Trail Road
         Quakertown, PA 18951 
    
    Registration deadline is January 20, 2012*
    [*Availabilty of meals & lodging not guaranteed after Jan. 20th -- check with Registrar] Any questions? Need more information? Call Becky Felton, 215-536-7935, E-mail: bbfelton@verizon.net or Robert Walden, 610-861-0653, E-mail: RWaldenPA@entermail.net

    Financial Information

    Our registration rates are listed on the registration form above, but the actual cost of the retreat is substantially greater than what the participants pay. The difference is made up with funds from the Eastern District / Franconia Peace and Justice budget. Registration charges cover personal expenses for lodging and meals, but not our program costs such as honorariums, travel, and accommodations for our presenters, publicity, and other miscellaneous expenses.

    Your donations are much appreciated since they allow us to provide scholarships for low-income families or individuals.

    Some financial help is available for those who find it difficult to pay the amount we charge. We want to enable as many people as possible to attend this retreat. (Contact Bob Walden, 610-861-0653.)

    Special needs: If you have dietary restrictions or require other special accommodations (e.g., diabetic, or vegetarian, or difficulty climbing stairs, etc.) please include information about your needs.

    Camp Policies

    • Public areas and recreation areas are to be vacated by 11:00 PM. All areas are to be quiet after this time.
    • We strongly object to smoking. Under no circumstances is anyone permitted to smoke in any rooms of any building.
    • Pets are not permitted.
    • Guests are requested to leave their shirts on while at camp.
    • Use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted.
    • Motorized recreational vehicles (minibikes, snowmobiles, etc.) must be registered at the camp office before using them on the grounds.
    • Electrical appliances, such as electric fry pans, are not permitted.
    • Radios, tape players, etc. are permitted only in rooms designated for your group and only with the volume low. They are not permitted in public areas or outside.

    Resources - Peace Church within the Empire

    For more information about the Peace and Justice Committee, see efpjc.ppjr.org.


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    Last Updated: 2/9/12
    Created: March 20, 2011