Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake

Conflict: An Opportunity
to Improve Relationships

February 14-16, 2014 (Friday-Sunday)
Canadensis, PA (in the Poconos)

8.5"x11" poster (pdf)


Retreat Brochure (pdf)

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

Weather Advisory: This retreat will be cancelled only if Spruce Lake Retreat Center is closed - a very rare occurrence, since the center is designed for winter recreation. If in doubt, check with Spruce Lake, 570-595-7505.

This week's forecast calls for a foot of new snow on Thursday, and additional light snow is expected during the weekend. The Pocono region is well-equipped for dealing with winter weather, but watch for hazardous road conditions.
For current weather information and updated forecast, check accuweather.com.
For information about road conditions and traffic, check PennDOT Travel Info.

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:

Conflict: An Opportunity
to Improve Relationships

with Ron Hertzler and Lorie Hershey

The adult program will address the issue of dealing with conflict and ways to make it a positive experience instead of one that separates and destroys. Personal reflection while identifying individual conflict management styles as well as practice at the art of listening will be part of the weekend. The retreat will feature simulations and role-plays for participants to hone some of these critical skills needed to be good conflict resolvers.

Ron Hertzler is chair of the Social Studies department at Christopher Dock High School where he teaches courses in history, Bible studies, social issues and conflict resolution. Ron has 37 years experience in education as a teacher and school administrator.

Lorie Hershey is pastor of West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship which went through an intense discernment process in 2012 to clarify the church's position regarding sexual orientation and church membership. Lorie worked in music therapy prior to her pastoral education at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.


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. 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 14
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 15
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
  - 12:45-5:00 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 16
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30 AM Final Session
10:45 AM Worship Service with Communion
(adults & children)
12:00-12:30 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
    $100.00 College Students
    $ 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    __________
    ____Students @ $100.00 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:
    	Carolynn Boyd, Registrar
    	1162 Lucy Drive
    	Schwenksville, Pa 19473 
    
    Registration deadline is January 24, 2014*
    [*Availabilty of meals & lodging not guaranteed after Jan. 24th -- check with Registrar] Any questions? Need more information? Call Carolynn Boyd, 610-489-9084, E-mail: peaceretreat@ppjr.org 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 - Conflict: An Opportunity to Improve Relationships

    [Publications / Presentations / Resources from guest speaker - TBA]


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


  • Location: http://efpjc.ppjr.org/retreat/efp132.htm
    Last Updated: 2/11/14
    Created: August 7, 2013