Dowagiac First Christian Church
121 Oak St.
Dowagiac, MI 49047
"Remember the Sabbath Day ... and Take It!" is the theme of this year's Clergy Retreat led by Pat Zandstra, certified spiritual director and former staff member of Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS), Grand Rapids.
Registration deadline is April 3, 2013. Cost for the Retreat: overnight accommodations: $155.00, all-inclusive; commuters: $70.00, all-inclusive. Use brochure to register, call regional office or register online now - see below.
“Why it is Important for Clergy to Keep Sabbath” is the focus of this year’s retreat. Participants will explore, via facilitated group discussion, three reasons why it is important for clergy to keep Sabbath. "We will take a look at why it is important to God that his beloved clergy keep Sabbath, why it is important to the spiritual life of a clergy person to keep Sabbath, and why it is important to the clergy’s congregation that their clergy keep Sabbath" shared Zandstra.
Participants should bring their Bible, a journal, a sketch book (optional), a digital camera (optional), appropriate clothes and footwear for strolling on the 95 beautiful acres of fields, woods, and gardens of the St.Francis Retreat Center. “Come apart and rest a while” with your colleagues and with God.
Pat Zandstra served as an agricultural missionary in Ecuador following graduation from MSU in 1969. Following stints as a campus minister and on the faculty of MSU horticulture department, Pat became Director of Spiritual Growth and Development with River Terrace Christian Reformed Church, East Lansing. She has a Masters degree in Counseling. At CTS Zandstra helped design a spiritual formation program for MDiv and MA students. She currently serves as a spiritual director to pastors, priests, professors, para-church staff members. She has been married 35 years and has three children and two grandchildren. She loves to read and travel.
Retreat schedule and further details in 2013 Clergy Retreat Brochure, attached below.