This year we began our retreat at Wesley House. We prepped two classrooms for painting by cleaning the walls, removing staples from trim work and repairing holes throughout the rooms. Then we painted the rooms. There is still much to be done to prepare the new Wesley House location for the start of the school year. If you can help by volunteering or donating supplies, please call Wesley House at 524-5494.
After we ate lunch and cleaned up the painting supplies, we hit the road for the retreat center. It's a quiet place away from it all where we can clear our minds. After unloading our belongings, we sat down for our first session. Throughout our three days together we brainstormed big ideas for Church Street. We talked about goals for mission and outreach and about the formation of new small groups. We planned activities and services for the year to come and beyond. We also were able to fellowship over meals and get to know each other a better which was a wonderful blessing! Each day we would take time for morning and evening worship. Coming up in next week's Messenger, Pastor Andy will share more on some of the ideas that came from our retreat. It's a great time to be a part of Church Street and the staff are all very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful congregation.