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Get Away!

by Rev. John Weston, Senior Pastor on August 7, 2019


Twinlow United Methodist Camp

 

Get Away!

 

We can't run all the time. We can't keep doing one ministry event after another after another after another. Do you know any Energizer Bunnies who would reply to that,“Sure we can! 'I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me'”? Jesus himself, as a human being, was go-go-go. But even he saw the necessity of pulling back and at least trying to rest and re-focus.
 

Mark 6:30-32 30 The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and what they had taught. 31 Then Jesus said, "Let's get away from the crowds for a while and rest." There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn't even have time to eat. 32 They left by boat for a quieter spot.

 

Sounds great, huh? Can you imagine a quiet time with Jesus? Re-fuel? Get to really chew on some of his deepest insights into life and people and God? We need that. Jesus wants us to have that. Now the reality is we don't always do it. Even in the above example from Mark's Gospel, the ministry retreat gets interrupted by a little event called The Feeding of the Five Thousand (“Look, Mom! No plans!”).

 

Coming up in September, the Greater Northwest Wesleyan Covenant Association has organized a retreat to take place at Twinlow Camp, Sunday evening, September 22nd through Tuesday morning, September 24th. I will be leading worship. Our own Pastor Larry Eddings of Wind of the Spirit Ministries will be presenting. And our keynote speaker will be Pastor Walter Fenton, a United

Methodist clergyman and senior advisor to the Wesleyan Covenant Association. Pastor Walter will be speaking about the future of the United Methodist Church, what can be known about the likely denominational split, and what is still up in the air. Any of you wanting the latest developments and practical things to consider and pray about as we move forward should attend this event. But most of all, we will gather with United Methodists who want to be faithful to God in a fashion that more closely resembles the priorities and attitudes of the 1st century church. Getting away will be good. And I promise we won't have to feed five-thousand people. You might, however, need to wash one hundred forks, knives, and spoons.

 

I know it's a little old school, but if you want to register, just come to the church office, Monday - Thursday, 9am-4pm and we'll get you a registration form to fill out and mail in. $125 includes two nights lodging in hotel style accommodations AND all your meals!

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