As part of First Presbyterian’s goal
of providing opportunities
for spiritual growth and exploration
for our congregation,
we offer two spiritual retreats annually.
Mt. Angel, Benedictine Abbey
Our first retreat of the year follows the hectic pace and joyful noise of the holiday season! We gather together up at the Mt. Angel, Or Benedictine Abbey for a weekend in January or February to soothe and grow the soul. The monks, who have resided up on the top of a plateau overlooking the Willamette Valley for over one hundred years, host our church group in their comfortable retreat house. We have a keynote speaker whose workshops are woven in with unstructured time to enjoy the beautiful setting and we are free to partake in the lovely services which take place throughout the day and evening at the Abbey church. It is a most meaningful and enjoyable time of spiritual renewal and fellowship.
Our summer spiritual retreat is a newer tradition. Last summer was our first which we held closer to home at the Congregational Church here in town with their lovely facility and grounds. Our topic was “Endings, Beginnings, and Thresholds”, with excellent and inspiring leadership. We had tie for worship, journaling, large and small group sharing, and personal time for spiritual exploration through art and prayer. Of course, great food is always a part of our retreats!
Our 2014 Summer Retreat is entitled “Spirtuality of Place” and our presenter is Rev. Jen Butler, Associate Minister at First Congregational United Church of Church. Click here for more info.