Pilgrimages & Retreats

with Pastor Linda

RETREATS

Why go on retreat? 

Jesus modeled retreating when he’d leave the crowds to be by himself to spend time in prayer, for example:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. – Mark 1:35

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:16

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. – Luke 6:12

It’s not a new concept at all — the idea of retreating for growth, reflection, rest, and relationship with God — but to our 21st century culture that’s always “on,” it’s difficult to step away. We will spend time learning from one another. We will spend time listening to our deepest desires. We will laugh and rest and worship.

Cost & more details coming soon!

Faith: Finding the Light

Summer Retreat 2022

Montreat Conference Center
Montreat, NC

August 19-21, 2022 

Closest Airport: Asheville, NC
(free transportation to the Retreat Center will be provided)

Hope: Living the Light

Spring Retreat 2023

St. Francis Springs Prayer Center
Stoneville, NC

March 31 – April 2, 2023 

Love: Being the Light

Fall Retreat 2023

TBD

October 6-8, 2023 

PILGRIMAGES

2019 Holy Land Pilgrimage
Mount Arbel, Israel

“Are you afraid?”

This is the question I was asked most often when I was preparing for my first trip to Israel. Truth is, I wasn’t. Not one bit. Years ago, when I gave Jesus my heart and my life, I asked God to direct my steps. I promised God that I would follow Jesus wherever I was led. I had no idea at the time that it would be all the way to Israel! But it was. Truthfully, I had no desire to go prior to this prayer. But God gave me the desire: “Go.”

And so, I went.

Holy Land

Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus

March 3-15, 2023
with Pastor Linda

$4,944*

For many years, I have been studying and teaching about the Bible. As a Christian educator, ordained in the United Methodist Church, I have been blessed to lead others into the God stories that still impact our lives today. One of my seminary professors told me years ago that the Holy Land was the fifth gospel. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John only set up the story – it unfolds in Israel. It will change your life and deepen your faith to walk in the footsteps where Jesus walked. As we read his words, “Follow me,” on the rocky shore of the Sea of Galilee, the well-known story comes alive – and it becomes ours. 

If you choose to join me on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I will prepare you through our classes to learn the stories that will describe the places we will see. If you don’t know the stories, come and learn them with me. You do not have to know the Bible to know Jesus, but when you know Jesus, you want to learn more about his story. Let me teach you.

We will travel with our host, an Israeli-American escort.  We will arrive in Tel Aviv, meet our phenomenal guide, and drive to a kibbutz on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee. After a wonderful Mediterranean meal, we will get a good night’s sleep. For the next few days, we will explore the sites around the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus lived and taught. We will tour a vineyard with the winemaker and owner. We will then travel south towards the Dead Sea. We will visit Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We will ride a cable car to the top of Masada, the historic palace of King Herod.  And we will float in and on top of the Dead Sea. 

Finally, we will travel up to Jerusalem. The excitement and anticipation will begin to grow as we enter into the Holy City.  We will go to our hotel for a good night’s rest before the next leg of our journey.  We will walk through the Old City, beginning in the Upper Room and then to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will touch Mount Moriah and the rock that held the cross of Christ. We will pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and from the top of the Mount of Olives, where Jesus ascended into heaven. Along the way, we will stop to reflect on the stories within the Scriptures that unfold God’s plan to save the world. 

To close the trip, we will travel to Bethlehem and see the historic church that has been built over the cave where Jesus was born.  While in Palestine, we will get a sense of the tension within this holy land. Your life will be marked deeply by the sites you will see, the people you will meet, the food you will taste, the land that you will touch, and the holy moments that you will feel.

Towards the end of my first trip, as I was overlooking the city of Jerusalem, deep within my heart I heard the words, “Go to the land that I will show you.”  I knew in that moment that it was God who had invited me, led me, and was showing me this land.  And I knew God wanted me to bring you to see it, too.

* The tour cost is per person sharing a double/twin room, based on a minimum of 20 participants. Space on the tour is limited in order to provide participants a more personal experience.

Registration: $100 per person, non-refundable deposit, plus $28 per person for the group insurance policy.

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2022. Register by June 1, 2022 and save $50 from the final tour cost.

Interested but not ready to register?
Stay informed by contacting us or using the Register Your Interest button below.

Informational meetings will be held soon.

Greece & Turkey

Cruise in the Footsteps of Paul
Aegean Sea
October 18-29, 2023
with Pastor Linda

$5,459*

* The tour cost is per person sharing a double/twin room, based on a minimum of 30 participants.

Monthly classes are included, beginning in January.  

Registration: $500 per person, non-refundable deposit, plus $36 per person for the group insurance policy.

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2022. 

Interested but not ready to register?
Stay informed by contacting us or using the Register Your Interest button below.

Informational meetings will be held soon.

I was surprised when I initially saw the Garden of Gethsemane outside the walled city of Jerusalem. I don’t know what I was expecting but I’m sure it wasn’t this. I thought the trees would be larger and that there would be grass to sit upon. Instead, there was an iron fence around a small plot of land that held some of the oldest trees known to mankind. I stood among others lined up along the fence. I felt I was all alone even though I was in the midst of a crowd. I knew a few but most all were strangers from around the world. There was a stillness within me—a silence. And then deep within my heart: “Here. He was here.” Was he? Had Jesus actually been near the very place I was standing? My heart seemed to think so. My mind could convince me that it was unlikely. But on a pilgrimage—the heart is in charge.

Follow your heart. Come, and walk in the footsteps of Jesus with me.

Communion at the Sea of Galilee

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