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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 18-20


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.



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.



An Outdoor Experience


with Beth Jones


Thursday, July 26, 6:30pm - Saturday, July 28, 4:00pm


Cost: $150 includes meals, lodging, and materials. 2ceu

Minimum of 8 partipants.



However and wherever we encounter the outdoors, we can discover a journey back to the ancient pathways of faith, a re-discovery of healing, hope, creativity and courage –   of union between Creator and creation in simple, humble, joyful places. We invite you to encounter God's guidance through the seasons of life and nature to release fears and burdens, receive silence, renew our joyful creativity and respond to God's leading.                                              



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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