Fall Retreat

On October 29 and 30, 2021, Matt and Anne Kennedy spoke to Grace Anglican Church at their annual Fall Retreat. Their topic was Failing Your Way to Glory: Good News for the Weary. Here is the audio from their talks. Enjoy!

2021 Fall Retreat Audio:

Session 1: Rich and Poor Together
Session 2: Well, That's Disappointing
Session 3: The Good News About Failing
Session 4: At the Very Least, Please Fail at Self-Care 

The Grace Church Fall Retreat (each October) is built around a series of talks, meals, and fellowship opportunities. It is a great time to get away (but not too far away!), relax, learn, and be rejuvenated. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of the page for an archive of past Fall Retreat recordings.) Nursery care and children's programming is available.

2021 Fall Retreat: Failing Your Way to Glory: Good News for the Weary

Life is full of striving. Striving to live up to our own hopes and dreams, striving to meet the expectations of others, and striving to embody the high calling that God has on our lives. Striving as hard as we do leads to exhaustion and defeat. But that is when the Gospel of Jesus sounds its sweetest. With their trademark incisiveness, wisdom, and wit, 2021 Fall Retreat speakers Matt and Anne Kennedy will look at the whole scope of striving (and losing) in life—from the pages of the Old and New Testaments to the pages of tabloid magazines—and help us see God's provision for those who come up short. Indeed, we will see that there is Good News, even for losers. There is rejuvenation for the weary. Even resurrection for the dead. The saving grace of Jesus Christ is poured out on those who fail to measure up and ultimately, in fact, creates the very life we've been striving to live all along. 

2021 Fall Retreat speakers: Matt and Anne Kennedy

Matt is the rector of Church of the Good Shepherd (Anglican) in Binghamton, New York. He grew up in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated with a B.A. in History from Southwestern University in 1994. After coming to faith in Jesus Christ in 1995, he served as a youth minister at Ascension Church in Houston from 1997 to 1999. He earned an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. He is married to Anne and they have six children. Matt oversees pastoral care, teaching, and preaching, administration, staff, and is committed to his singular passion—exegetical preaching.

Anne grew up in Mali, West Africa, came to America in 1995 for college, earned a B.A. from Cornell University in French and English Literature, and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2002 with an M. Div. Anne is married to Matt, homeschools their six children, blogs almost every day, oversees liturgy, music, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and makes lots of coffee in the church. Her popular blog is hosted at Patheos, and her book Nailed It: 365 Readings for Angry or Worn-Out People is available now.

Normal Retreat Schedule

Note: this is NOT an overnight retreat. We'll all sleep in our own beds on Friday night.

Friday
6:00pm - Potluck dinner with "main meat" provided. 
6:30pm - Childcare opens
7:00pm - Session #1
9:00pm - Optional fellowship trip to Sergio's World Beers

Saturday
8:15am - Childcare opens
8:30am - Gather and welcome
9:00am - Session #2 
10:00am - Small group Discussions/Break
11:00am - Session #3

Saturday afternoon: Optional fellowship trip to Huber's Farm

- meet-up #1: 1:00pm at the restaurant for lunch (click HERE to see the family-style menu; $21.99 per adult & $9.99 per child (ages 4-11)

- meet-up #2: 2:30pm at the playground (with the tube slide)

- meet-up #3: 3:30pm at the corn maze

6:00pm - Dinner (catered buffet dinner)
6:30pm - Childcare opens
7:00pm - Session #4

Cost:  Adults: $50 for one person or $90 per couple. Children: $15 each.
For financial assistance, please contact Pastor Nick. 

Past Fall Retreats:

2021: Failing Your Way to Glory: Good News for the Weary with Matt and Anne Kennedy

Session 1: Rich and Poor Together
Session 2: Well, That's Disappointing
Session 3: The Good News About Failing
Session 4: At the Very Least, Please Fail at Self-Care

2020: Walking Backward to Bethlehem: How Christ Permeates the Old Testament with Chad Bird

Session 1: The Layered Bible that Jesus Read
Session 2: Appearances of Christ in the Old Testament
Session 3: New Creation and New Exodus
Session 4: Christ as the New Tabernacle 

2019: Becoming Human Again: Restoration in Christ with Adam Morton 

Session 1: The Human Being, God, and the Ugly Ditch
Session 2: Created (to be) Human
Session 3: Conformed to the Image of the Son
Session 4: A Human is Justified by Faith