Apr, 26, 2019
Register now to experience joy, community, fun, and spiritual growth at the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) Retreat at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, N.C. on April 26-28.
The Reverend Anna Rainey Dickson will lead the retreat, focusing on “Forgiveness: Seeking Wholeness in a Broken World.”
Anna grew up here at First Presbyterian Church and is the daughter of Margaret and Rusty Rainey. She has served at White Memorial Presbyterian and First Presbyterian in Raleigh. In 2016, she and her husband returned to Charlotte, where she currently serves as a Parish Associate at Myers Park Presbyterian. In this season, she is enjoying living at the challenging, yet rich vocational intersection of pastoral ministry and motherhood; her two children attend the Weekday School.
One of Anna’s favorite verses in the Bible is “We love because God first loves us,” because it so simply summarizes what it means to follow Christ. But loving others isn’t always simple. Henri Nouwen says that “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among those who love poorly…and sometimes we all love poorly.” It seems then, that if we are to love the way God calls us to love, we also need to learn how to give and receive forgiveness.
Come to the Women’s Retreat to hear stories from scripture and life about people who have experienced the kind of love called “forgiveness.” Come to dig a little deeper into what it means to say, “In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven,” and consider how this might help us live into deeper, more authentic relationships with God, self and others.
We will reflect, talk, pray and rest together, and leave with some practical ways to apply what we’ve learned in our everyday lives.
$363 – private room/private bath
$289 – double room/private bath
Costs include two nights and five meals
Register on the Now@First page on the church website. If you would like to request financial assistance, please contact the Reverend Katherine Kerr. For additional information, contact Mary Weeks Fountain.