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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.



for Pastors and CLM’s


with Pat Woolever & Kathy Harvey Nelson


2018-19 Dates: Sep. 11, Oct.9, Nov. 13, Mar. 19, Apr.9, May 14

Topics will follow!


COST is $25 per session.

Bring a bag lunch! .5 CEU’s per session.


The Center for Spiritual Formation is offering a series of Sabbath Retreats, designed especially for clergy and CLMs who are serving churches. We gather at Orchard Hill in Millerstown at 9 a.m. for worship and a time of exploring the Word together, as partners on the journey with Jesus. Following lunch, a guided activity will be offered in which you may participate. Or, you may use the afternoon for hiking our trails, walking the Labyrinth, or taking a much-needed nap! We regather at 3:30 for sharing and communion before leaving at 4:30. Come for each Sabbath or select a few.



A Silent Retreat In The Benedictine Tradition


With Kathy Harvey Nelson


Monday, Oct. 22 at 6:30PM to Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10AM


$135 includes meals, lodging and devotional materials, 2CEU’s


What happens at a silent retreat?  We are silent, with conversation at meals.  There is time for reading, reflection, walks on the mountain, but the core of the retreat is keeping canonical hours--the hours for prayer that monks have kept throughout the centuries. Canonical office is an ancient, but, fear not!, adapted, liturgy that retreatants participate in every three hours--day and night-- with night participation at your option.  


The flavor of the retreat is to bring Christ into the focus of each moment and to practice savoring being in His presence.  You will come away relieved--from carrying life alone when you were never meant to--and refreshed--having gotten to know your Lord and yourself in new ways. A past participant wrote, “ 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.”



A Faith Community’s Response to Grief & Mourning


with Ron & Carol Swift


Saturday, September 29, 9:00am - 3:00pm


$50 includes lunch, materials & 1 CEU


People do not resolve, recover from, or “get over” grief, but they can, over time, become reconciled to their losses as they find hope, healing, and renewed meaning and purpose in their lives. Join us as we explore the mourner’s six reconciliation needs and consider the compassionate response of a faith community in times of sorrow.

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with Elaine Moyer, UCC Pastor serving Ickesburg Charge

and Center Board Member


Saturday, September 6, 1:00-4:00pm


$35     .5 CEU’s


Snacks& drinks provided.  


Being a church leader in a rural community is a unique kind of ministry!  Have you longed for conversation with others who share your questions, concerns, joys, and passion for rural ministry?  If so, join us as we learn & share together about the challenges and blessings of rural ministry.  Be ready to return to your community renewed and inspired!                                                    ..



with Elizabeth Taylor, pastor, Sugar Valley Charge

and Chaplain, Lock Haven University



Saturday, September 15, 9:00am-noon



Albright United Methodist Church

47 East Main Street



Cost: $20.00           .5 CEU’s        minimum of 10 participants


Elizabeth will share  the history of pray beads, how to pray with beads, and then guide & equip you to make prayer beads for your use, or for others.  

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