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.Register Now!
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.
Preliminary Retreat Schedule - October 29 and 30
Note: this is NOT an overnight retreat. We'll all sleep in our own beds on Friday night.
Friday, October 29
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, October 30
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
- 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:
2020: Walking Backward to Bethlehem: How Christ Permeates the Old Testament with Chad Bird
2019: Becoming Human Again: Restoration in Christ with Adam Morton