This past weekend the women of our church retreated away to Westminster Woods.
We gathered with other Presbyterian women from all over the bay area and explored the theme of hospitality. We studied the story of scripture and saw that God has given us the ultimate hospitality by creating the “home” of the world in which we live. Throughout history as God’s people we have experienced both being at home and being without a home. In both, God’s instructions have been for us to integrate (Jeremiah 29). To make a home, a garden, a family wherever we are and to show Christ’s love in hospitality to others. We explored what is joyful and challenging about being a host and being a guest.
We also enjoyed rest and restoration. We slept over 8 hours each night and took naps as needed. On Saturday afternoon, we did some free fall zip lining, bollywood dancing, yoga and a short trip to the town of Occidental.
The food was delicious and the accommodations were warm and cozy. Best of all, we enjoyed each other’s company and worship with others in the woods. Women of the church, we hope you’ll join us next year. And EVERYONE, mark your calendars to retreat with us as a church in May (13-15, 2016) to Big Basin.