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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 CLMs


With Pat Woolever and Kathy Harvey Nelson


              Oct.  31 - Abiding: Making Home (Ephesians 3:17)

              Nov. 28 - Heart: Hiding these things in our heart (Luke 2:19)

              Mar.   6 - Prayer: Communicating with the God who loves you (Matthew 6)

              Apr.  17 - Healing: When we have been hurt (Ephesians 4:31-5:2)  

              May  15 - Living: This side of Eden (Galatians 5)


$25 - 1 CEU per session

Bring a bag lunch!


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 9:00 a.m. for worship and a time of exploring the Word together, as partners on the journey with Jesus.      Following lunch, a guided actiivity will be offered in which you may participate.  Or you may use the afternoon for hiking our trails, walking the Labyinth, 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 one or two.






A Peer Group Retreat


With Bill Stewart and Debbie Heisley-Cato


Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00AM-3:00PM


$25 or $90                      .5 ceus


Are you actively doing Spiritual Direction? Have you had situations or feelings during or after a session that you that you would like to talk about with another director, or a small group of your peers?   Our day at Orchard Hill will focus on both the types of supervision used in Spiritual Direction and on growth as a director. Think about sessions that have raised questions for you, outline them and bring them along. Come away for a day of fellowship, worship and learning, and return home with some resources and perhaps the chance to help form a peer group near you.

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With Elaine Moyer


Friday, May 18, 6:30PM till Saturday, May 19, 10AM


$135 includes meals, lodging and materials


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 and share together about the challenges and blessings of rural ministry. Be ready to return to your community renewed and inspired!



A Silent Retreat In The Benedictine Tradition


With Russell Hart


Monday, April 23 at 6:30PM till Wednesday, April 25 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.




A Faith Community's Response to Grief & Mourning


With Ron & Carol Swift


Saturday, March 24, 9:00 a.AM - 3:00PM


$50  Includes lunch, materials.





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.