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45 South West Street, Carlisle PA 17013

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All events are held at Orchard Hill

Rte. 17 & Orchard Way, Millerstown, PA 17062

unless noted otherwise.



Learn to manage yourself and your church effectively and courageously


With Barbara Lemmell


2018 DATES

March 20-22

May 22-24

Sep 11-13


You have a vision for your church, but aren’t sure how to get there;

You want to be proactive rather than reactive to the demands of pastoral ministry;

You’d like to learn how and when to say “no”;

You want to be more effective in your ministry and your life.


All organizations, including the church, operate as systems of interpersonal relationships. At their best, these systems draw out excellence in their people.

At their worst, these systems become stuck, undermining and sabotaging

even the most well-designed plans for change. Understanding a system’s

dynamics helps leaders regain perspective, re-establish vision, and renew growth.


Click to download the 2018 brochure and registration form.


Contact the Center for Spiritual Formation for more information.



With Kathy Harvey Nelson


Fri., June 23rd at 6:30 p.m. till Sat., June 24th at 4:00 p.m.




includes breakfast, lunch, lodging,

Lance Witt’s Replenish: leading From a Healthy Soul,

and 1 ceu


Life comes at us so hard and fast that sometimes it seems as though its demands are greater than our energies.  You may be even be ready to look for a different occupation or a change of vocation.  You may have lost your “joy in the Lord.”  You may need to take some time to draw away from the everyday and allow Christ to help you “detox your soul.”  During our time together, we’ll explore ways to sustain a lifetime of spiritual health, spend time alone with God, and allow him to transform the next part of our lives as our souls are renewed, refilled and replenished.

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J. Henri Nouwen Revisited


With G. Edwin Zeiders


Fri., July 21st at 6:30 p.m. till Sat., July 22 at 3:30 p.m.




includes overnight lodging, breakfast & lunch, materials and 1 ceu


We will explore “The Journey from Loneliness to Solitude”; “From Hostility to Hospitality”; and “From Illusion to Prayer,”  informed by Henri Nouwen’s writings, leadership, and his spiritual quest for holiness and wholeness. Ultimately he sought to understand what it meant for him to pursue the sacred personally, together with others, and his vocation as a deeply committed Christian. The retreat will assist each of us answer the question: “What does it mean to live life in the spirit of Jesus Christ?”  Four sessions will include [Friday] the nature and discipline of the spiritual journey; [Saturday], three sessions with time for reflection, journaling and dedicated prayer.



A Ministry of Spiritual Direction Graduates’



With Russell Hart


Saturday, July 29th, 10:00 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.




includes lunch and group Spiritual Direction


Since 1998 the Center has graduated eighty persons from its Ministry of Spiritual Direction program.  We have much to share and much to celebrate.  We hope that you will join us for a day of sharing, group spiritual direction, and a time of individual reflection in the Center’s environs.  Meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends.

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A Retreat for Young Adults


With Michelle Bodle


Fri., Oct. 20th at 6:30 p.m.  till Sat., Oct. 21st at 3:30 p.m.


$100 for individuals & $150 for couples


Includes overnight accommodations, breakfast & lunch, materials and 1 ceu


Are you looking for a different way to connect with God, or an opportunity to have an honest conversation about your faith as a young adult.  If so, then this retreat may be for you.  The retreat will include worship, Holy Communion, fellowship, and opportunity for personal renewal and reflection.  Contact for more information.



Silent Retreat In The Benedictine Tradition


With Kathy Harvey Nelson


Mon., Oct. 23rd   at 6:30PM till Wed., Oct. 25th at 10AM


$135 includes meals, lodging and devotional materials


God’s first language is silence, and we will experience this fully in the environs of Orchard Hill where we will practice the seven daily offices of the Benedictine tradition and celebrate Eucharist.  But mostly, we will practice the presence of God.  One of our past participants has written:  “The routines of day to day life have a tendency to become so routine that I do my tasks by my own power.  A few days away reminded me of the importance of being still before God, of receiving his power through the Holy Spirit, and doing all I do through his power.  This has reminded me that I need a “mini” retreat every day.”


Writing An Icon 2018:



With Russell Hart


Park Forest Village United Methodist Church

1833 Park Forest Ave., State College, PA


Friday, Jan. 26th at 6:30 p.m. till Saturday, Jan. 27th at 4:30p.m.


$75.00 including instruction and materials, and 1 ceu


Henri Nouwen writes of Our Lady of Tenderness, “To whom do we belong?  This is the core question of the spiritual life.”  This icon gradually became for him a strong yet gentle invitation to leave the “compulsive and divisive milieu of the world, and enter the liberating and uniting milieu of God.”  Her eyes, “gaze upon the infinite spaces of the heart where joy and sorrow are no longer contrasting emotions, but are transcended in spiritual unity.”  Writing an icon is more than an art project.  It may even be called “coming home.”




With Jean Blackie, Russell Hart & Others


Saturday, Oct. 14 th from 9:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.


Moscow United Methodist Church

126 Church Street, Moscow, PA 18444

Church Phone: 570-842-7251


$35.00 includes a “farm to table” luncheon, materials & 1 ceu


Jesus enjoins the path to voluntary simplicity: “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain

the whole world and lose his own soul?” But voluntary simplicity or personal restraint

will do little good if not welded to bold, practical steps that address the forces promoting

“industrial food production” and wasteful consumption. The task may be daunting, but

there could be many more people ready to say “enough” than prevailing opinion



Accepting and living by sufficiency rather than excess offers some practical ways to live

more simply and compassionately...