Pastors' Fellowship & Communion
It was wonderful to see so many of you (and your spouses) on April 25 -- to hear your voices, find out how you're doing, and catch up with what's been going on since we last gathered! It was especially meaningful to gather around the table and share communion.
Please continue to take advantage of the retreat plans and articles on this page. You are so important to the people who care about you and for whom you care! Taking time to care for yourself and your needs is crucial for your own health and relationships, but also so you can be present for others.
Stay tuned for information about an upcoming special seminar for pastors focused on helping congregations have healthy conversations about divisive issues. We're anticipating an in-person gathering sometime this fall with Scott Peterson, one of the pastors at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona. Scott was to have been with us at the Annual Leaders Retreat last year and we're delighted he's going to share his insights with us later this year.
-- Susan Janzen, for PLC and the Planning Group
Many thanks to congregations who released pastors from responsibilities so they could participate on April 25 and to those who have encouraged their leaders to take time for retreat and renewal, whenever that works into their schedules. Your support and care mean a lot. Thank you!
Ready-to-go Retreat Plans (from various sources)
*Personal Spiritual Retreat, Stephanie O'Brien
"Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace." - Jesus
24 hour retreat schedule, with modifications for half-day or full-day retreat
*House at Rest, by Roger Weber
For pastoral anxiety: On a dark night kindled in love with yearnings Oh, happy chance! I went forth unobserved, my house being now at rest.
Saint John of the Cross
*A Day with God: A Guided Personal Retreat of Prayer and Reflection, Rev. T. L. Weitzel
Written for a congregation in 2000, valuable time with God, even today.
DIY Retreat--Guides for Planning
*Draw Near: Creative Prayer Ideas for Beleaguered Preachers, Lynn Baab
*A Guide for Home Retreat, Biola University