UMW Spiritual Retreat - March 18th
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Is this Zanadu? Well, not quite.......but
In planning this retreat,
our committee had many glitches to overcome and get around in a
relatively short period of time. How great is our
Lord! We were relieved and thankful that circumstances fell into place, problems were solved, and we
experienced a wonderful retreat, a blessing to all of us!
Wow! We were blessed to have our
retreat in this lovely Manhattan Beach
mansion which is right on the strand! It is the "beach vacation home" belonging to
the daughter and son-in-law of one of our members, Sarah. We had to carpool
because of the lack of
parking. Once we arrived, it was a lovely beach villa, which everyone
enjoyed being in - Just the right place for a retreat.
Ocean Views from the Verandah which is off the Living Room
It has three stories. They bought this property, tore down the existing home and built this glorious one. It
has an elevator, hard wood floors, spacious rooms, lots of bells and whistles and a huge recreation
room on the first floor, which opens up to the beach. We were on
the second floor.
share their lovely home with others -- Let groups come in and use the
second floor for meetings, retreats etc. for free, which is great for
us. Many of our members are widows and / or on a limited income, which
kept the price down to just 10 dollars.
View of beach and PV in the distance.
Direct view from verandah.
I couldn't decide which picture to post, so I did both!
Our retreat theme and me. I'm happy because things so far are going smoothly!
early participants, waiting for continental breakfast to be served. We
had 22 women come to the retreat, the first one we have had in 5 years!
Everyone is enjoying
fellowship and the food! Sarah's kitchen helper, Maria is standing in
the background. She was a tremendous help.
Ellen and Mary (past presidents / board members) having a good time!
Alyce Fields is our board member in charge of reading material / UMW library.
Betty Calame led the improv exercises to loosen us up! No, she isn't wearing a flower hat!
(Ok, so I have to watch the viewer more closely before I take the picture.)
Our retreat leader, Demaris and our music leader, Peggy in action.
Demaris is leading the
program. A brief synopsis: First, We explored the many mission projects here and abroad
which UMW supports. We then shared how the Lord has used us to grow love in
others, and thought about what other ways we can spiritually grow by
showing love to people in our lives. Demaris planned some interesting activities which kept the program moving.
Preparing for the next activity.
It's time for some more music. Peggy holds forth!!!
After enjoying the morning's
activities, women wait for lunch to be served. Ellen in the pink
sweater is telling an amusing story, while the retreat committee gets
to work in the kitchen.
Donna Howland prepares the salad. She coordinated this retreat and did
a lovely job! She and her husband are expecting a baby in May!
Lunch is ready - Great sandwiches, Donna's wonderful potato salad, fruit, green salad and chips.
The ladies have worked
up an appetite, which is a good thing because we ordered quite a few
sandwiches! We had cheesecake (melted in the mouth), fruit salad and
pies for dessert. Yes, I confess I broke my diet and had a small
piece of cheesecake!
still looking happy - things are going very smoothly. Thrilled that
everyone is enjoying themselves and that it is actually happening! So
has enjoyed the program and the fellowship, not to mention the glorious
view inside and out!
Alice is also pleased, but she has the same problem Tom has in that she closes her eyes too!
Peggy (my mother) is in the middle, Margaret is chuckling from a conversation she
just had with the person next to her. (Yes, the counters are
Quite a few women fit around this huge table in the side dining room.
Ellen, Alyce, Donnie and Carol sit
down to enjoy this feast. (Uh oh! Ellen is looking annoyed. Sorry Ellen,
no one is safe from a person with a new digital camera!!!)
Jill, Nanny Peggy and Margaret are good sports and put up with me and my camera!!
(No, Nanny Peggy isn't about to eat the flower center piece. Just an optical allusion.)
Roberts practices a little after lunch. She is a gifted song composer
and also has adapted the children's book, The Three Trees into a
children's Easter musical. She has also written and composed
children's musicals for Christmas as well.
Women gather to begin again.
After lunch, we
resume the retreat program. By the end of the retreat, everyone
felt spiritually refreshed, and really enjoyed the day!!
One more picture of the beach, before my camera batteries died!
Purpose of United Methodist Women:
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to:
Know God: Experience freedom as a whole person through Jesus Christ;
a creative, supportive fellowship; Expand concepts of mission through
participation in the local and global ministries of the Church.