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September 6-8, 2019

Save the date!

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The annual Shalom retreat is an opportunity to get to know each other, laugh together, and enjoy our community. We share in the hospitality of meal prep and cleanup, sit around and talk for longer than Sunday mornings usually allow, and rest from the barrage of weekly duties and communications. Whether it is your first Sunday at Shalom or you have lost count of how long you have been around, consider joining us for the retreat!

Folks are welcome to come for some or all of the retreat. Attendance usually peaks for the Saturday night meal and talent show, and during Sunday worship and lunch. The retreat is a relaxed environment with some planned activities and plenty of free time for unplanned activities. Bring your puzzles, games, sports equipment, and your family!

Shalom’s Retreat is held at Highland Retreat Center in Bergton, VA, 30-40 minutes NW of Harrisonburg. (Directions below.) Note that many carriers have limited or no cell phone reception.

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Lodging is available outdoors in well equipped camp sites with a bathhouse and pavilion, indoors in bunk rooms in Red Oak Lodge, and also in a limited number of hotel-style rooms in Mountain View Lodge. Many also commute. All lodging and food expenses are covered by Shalom, except for foods you sign up to provide for meals.  All lodging and food expenses are covered by Shalom, except for whatever foods you sign up to provide for meals. Shalom’s Hospitality Committee asks folks to sign up to bring food and/or help prepare a meal during the retreat. Sign-ups are below.

What to Bring:

  • Bed linens, covers, pillows
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Food for the meal you signed up to provide
  • Bug spray and sunscreen (or other supplies for being in nature)
  • Musical instruments for impromptu singing/jam sessions
  • Outdoor games
  • A talent to share at the talent show Saturday evening
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Childcare, Children, and Youth In 2016, in addition to recommitting to our Safe Congregation Policy, Shalom adapted to the growing numbers of young children and youth now attending retreat by offering greater space and supervision in the areas and times when parents are not directly responsible for children. We often have childcare for ages 0-5 during some Saturday activities. Saturday night after the talent show, youth will lead games and then have designated / supervised places for more play and sleep. At all other times, those under 18 are expected to have a parent or designated guardian on site. We’ll continue to need parent, youth, and church-wide cooperation to help maintain an environment that is as safe and fun as possible!
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Sign Up!

Complete the Lodging/Attendance Sign up in the form below, then proceed below that to the various Take-them-a-meal sign-ups for bringing food and helping with meals.

Please note that Friday night is BYO Everything. We will not be providing food for dinner that night. We DO need a few able-bodied people to help us get organized in the Kitchen and dining areas fairly early in the evening. Please sign up for Friday night set-up if you think you can help meet that need!

Highland Retreat 14783 Upper Highland Drive Bergton, Virginia 22811

Phone: 540-705-0554 E-mail: info@highlandretreat.org

Directions: Go north on Route 42 out of Harrisonburg. Go until 42 Ts in Broadway and turn left (at the train tracks) onto route 259. You’ll go about 15 miles and the road will start to head north. When you’re about a mile from Highland there will be a road to the left for Bergton. (It’s well-marked). Continue on 259 and Highland will be on the right. There are 2 entrances. You want the first one, which goes up towards the office and the lodge. If you get to the West Virginia state line you’ve gone past it.