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Martha and Mary, models of hospitality and renewal…

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend a few days in the home of Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42)? Martha, renowned for her hospitality, bustling about making sure every need of yours is met. Mary, the icon of attentive listening, sitting at the feet of Jesus and reflecting upon each word. Each in their own way provided their honored guest a superior place of welcome and renewal.

The opportunity to experience both hospitality and renewal might be closer that you think. Guests of the conference center consistently mention the same two themes. They praise the hospitality they receive during their visit – from the greeters at the front desk to the servers in the dining area. The center staff strives to serve each guest as Martha, as if they’re in fact serving the Lord. There is also a beauty to the center that invites thoughtful reflection and listening. Like Mary, guests listen to the highly regarded speakers, reflect in the quiet chapel, or gain new direction in life as they walk the well-maintained grounds.

You’ll find a few of the upcoming events listed in the schedule below. I hope you can find one that appeals to you, so you can experience a taste of the hospitality and renewal offered in the home of Martha and Mary.

Scott D. Gilfillan, Deacon
Director, Catholic Conference Center

Upcoming events…

Here are a few upcoming activities at the Catholic Conference Center:

16-Aug: Catechist Certification Training; Chris Beal

18-Aug: Pre Cana Wedding Preparation; Sherill Beason
29-Aug: Partnering with Laity; UMC, WNCC

07-Sep: Ladies Retreat; Corinth Reformed UCC

13-Sep: Women’s Walk with Christ

20-Sep: Education Vicariate Training; Chris Beal

29-Sep: African American Affairs Ministry; Rosheene Adams

02-Oct: Congregation of the Mission; Our Lady of Guadalupe

04-Oct: Navigating Change in the Local Church; WNCC UMC

09-Oct: Big Sigh Ministries; jacqueline

19-Oct: Marriage Retreat; Williamson Chapel UMC

26-Oct: Renovación Carismática Católica; Cendi Lopez

08-Nov: Education Vicariate In-Service Training; Chris Beal

09-Nov: Retreat for Women in Recovery, contact center for info

Let us host your next event…

Weekends are filling up fast… but there are still a few openings.
Consider using the center for a:an Advent retreat
a wedding reception
corporate planning
board retreat

certification training
staff day of reflection
holiday party
Or if you know of someone who might have an event, feel free to forward this email. If you would like to know more, contact us.

Volunteer day scheduled September 29th…

The conference center has several youth groups, confirmation classes, and Knights of Columbus coming September 29th to participate in a work day to clear the trails, enhance the outdoor appearance, and beautify the property. For information on how you can help, email work day.

Below are some before and after pictures of some work that has already been completed…


Conference center wish list…

In my first six months, many have asked me how they can help enhance the center’s mission of evangelization and renewal. Here are a few thoughts:

  • Help purchase a new monstrance, for the many groups who are now having a perpetual adoration.
  • Convert the softball field into a soccer field and make the area a more inviting for soccer, ultimate frisbee, kickball…
  • Wall Statues of Mary and Joseph on the walls flanking the altar in the chapel.
  • Volunteer time to post on our social media sites (Facebook, website, other outlets).
  • Donate some time helping out in the office or around the center.

If you have an interest in any of the above, or have some ideas of your own, please contact me, Deacon Scott Gilfillan, I am grateful for all of the generosity and support you have given me in this new position.

May the peace of Chirst, which is beyond all understanding, be with you always.

<>< Scott

“Come away to a secluded place and rest awhile.” Mk 6:31
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