The Retreat begins on Friday night around 8 PM and ends with lunch on Sunday. The cost per couple for 5 meals, 2 nights in motel style lodging (queen size beds) and the program is approximately $350. The August newsletter will have the theme and more details. To reserve your spot for these limited number of rooms, make a check payable to EGUMC and mark Couple’s retreat in the memo section. Room assignments will be make according to date of registration. So those who register first will have lakeside views. Please see Pastor Kathy for more info.
Elk Grove United Methodist Church offers an annual couples retreat at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center on Lake Tahoe. It’s a wonderful weekend in October–usually the fall colors are vivid, the air is crisp and during the day the sun is warm (unless it rains or snows!). The retreat is designed for committed or married couples and is for both the straight and GLBT community. It’s a time to strengthen, renew, nurture, and enjoy your relationship with your partner as well as a time for you to connect with God as individuals and as a couple.
The program includes worship, singing, group discussion, couple interaction as well as some individual time. The retreat begins Friday evening with get acquainted games such as “Truly Wed” (a takeoff on the Newly Wed Game) and an introduction to the program. Saturday includes a facilitated (or maybe structured) program as well as afternoon free time. Sunday morning there is a closing program, worship and lunch together before heading down the mountain.
Past topics have included: Time Starved Marriages: How to Stay Connected at the Speed of life; Understanding Your Partners Love Language; Appreciating our Differences (using the Myers Briggs Personality resources); and 10 Great Dates.
Free time options include a leisurely walk along the lake front; snoozing in one’s room; walking or hiking on one of the many nearby trails; taking a boat ride on the lake; shopping; miniature golf; checking out what is happening at the casinos; bike riding; reading; chatting; laughing…
The Presbyterian Conference Center is located on Lake Tahoe and most of the rooms have a lake view. All of the rooms have their own bath, queen size bed and are hotel style rooms. Meals are served in the lovely dining hall that has a lake view; special diets are accommodated and the food really is good! For additional cost, couples may come up a night or two before the retreat begins or stay after.