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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.



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...