Black Rock Retreat Blog

By Nancy Engel |

The Lord Is My Shepherd…

(Written Thursday July 13, 2017) Tomorrow is a huge day for me. Medical tests will reveal what is happening in my body. In the places unseen. But this afternoon an errand took me near the Black Rock Retreat Labyrinth. Feeling the need for peace and a word from God my steps took me around the winding path. The surrounding trees filtered the harsh sunlight.  An umbrella of branches and leaves provided a refreshing coolness in the heat of the day. Laughter of children floated through the air from the pool. I asked God to speak to me and meandering along the labyrinth pathway I am reminded… Read More

By Kendall Keeler |

Investing in the Next Generation

  Wilmer and Joyce Hostetter first became involved at Black Rock Retreat when they were invited to serve in leadership roles. Lorraine Wenger invited Joyce to serve as Vice President of the Women’s Auxiliary, and during the years that she served as Vice President and then President, Joyce learned to know and appreciate the staff who worked at Black Rock Retreat. It was through them that she grew to appreciate Black Rock’s ministry. Wilmer served as a board member and eventually became chairman. He shares that he got excited learning about all that was happening to reach… Read More

By Jamie Sensenig |

Peter Fiorello Named Executive Director at Black Rock Retreat

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we introduce our next Executive Director of Black Rock Retreat, Peter Fiorello.  Peter has enthusiastically accepted the position and will commence his leadership full time in September.  He will be on site periodically throughout the summer as he makes his transition from his current post. Some background: Peter is currently Executive Director of Camp Spofford in Spofford, New Hampshire where he has served since January 2011.  Prior to that, Peter held Executive Director posts at Youth for Christ in Erie, PA and at Sacandaga Bible… Read More

By Nancy Engel |

God of the Silence

Friday night I stood before our Silent Sanctuary Retreat guests at Black Rock Retreat. It was the first few minutes of our time together. Many faces looking back at me were familiar, loved, have become a part of my support, my family. Many return to Black Rock Retreat for this event each year in January as a way to start the year off on a clear path. There were unfamiliar faces as well.....looking at me with uncertainty, expectancy, a little fear. What would these 37 hours of silence bring? I gave my welcome and opened my mouth to pray. One sentence came out. I paused. And that’s… Read More

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