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By Nancy Engel |

A Fond Farewell

The current Oakwood Dining Hall and Chapel are no more. The oldest building on our grounds has been dismantled and a modern, bigger dining hall and chapel will take its place. We are excited for this new addition.  Many hours and much labor have already gone into the dream that will soon become a reality. But nothing can take the place of the myriad of memories that echoed around those spaces. A few days ago I ventured into the empty dining hall. I remembered attending Black Rock Retreat banquets in this space, retreat meals, many loud summer camp meals both as a camper and a counselor… Read More

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 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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