The Heartbeat of Shalom

Time to sign up for retreat!

September 7-9, 2018

“…be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts” (Ephesians 5:19)

Shalom is a community with a pulse. We echo a Divine drumbeat for the world which responds to injustice with prophetic songs of resistance. We echo a drumbeat of Sacred hospitality and generosity, inviting everyone to the Welcome Table. We echo a drumbeat of Belovedness, joining together to delight in God’s good creation.  And we echo a drumbeat of Love in authentic prayer and sharing, speaking truthfully and caring for each other in difficult times.

As Shalom begins a season of listening to and naming our gift and call, we will follow our tradition of rejuvenating retreats and frame our gatherings in the context of the rhythm and heart songs of our Shalom family.  We’ll be joined by music therapist and community music specialist Robby McCoubrey, who will lead us in a time of connecting with each other and the Spirit through rhythm and song, inclusive of all ages and abilities.

Shalom’s Fall Retreat is held at Highland Retreat Center in Bergton, VA, 30-40 minutes NW of Harrisonburg. Upon arrival or anytime you have a question, stop by the Hospitality Table located in the lobby of Red Oak Lodge.
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.
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. This year we will again have childcare for ages 0-5 during Saturday morning activities, although the session is intended to be multi-generational. 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 churchwide cooperation to help maintain an environment that is as safe and fun as possible!

Friday Night
6:30 – 9:00 BYO Dinner / Snacks, Arrive when you can, Indoor / Outdoor Games, Snacks
All youth sleep with family and under family supervision

10p – 8a QUIET HOURS  

7:30am  Morning Prayers – Sharon/Valerie
7:30 – 8:30a Breakfast, clean-up
8:45 – 12:00 Childcare Available for 0-5
9:00 – 11:30 The Heartbeat of Shalom with Robby McCoubrey
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Music, Walking, Restings
Heartbeat II w/ Robby (details TBA)
A Walk in the Woods

1:30 – 5:00
Porch sitting & chatting
Soccer Game
Giant Dutch Blitz
Gaga, Human Foosball (lower camp)
Talent show prep

5:30 Supper
7:00 Talent Show
8:30 – 10pm Youth nighttime game
10:00 Youth Sleeping arrangements for 6th-12 graders– room assigned and/or tent w/ 2 approved adults

10p – 8a QUIET HOURS

7:45am  Morning Prayers – Sharon/Valerie
8am Breakfast
9:00 Worship Prep – youth & adults
10:00 Worship —  A time of Praise & Celebration, Ps 146, Isaiah 35, Eph 5:19
11:30 Group photo
11:45 Set up tables
12:00 Lunch
1p Clean Up and departures