Winter Retreat

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Toah Nipi, Feb 15th-17th 2019.

Each year, Boston Healthcare Fellowship/CMDA hosts a retreat at Toah Nipi in New Hampshire during President's Day Weekend to gather the healthcare community for a time of rest and spiritual care. We regularly have over 100 people from all areas of the healthcare field come to fellowship together and encourage each other to draw closer to the Lord in the midst of the demanding schedule of healthcare employees, researchers, and students.

The theme for this year’s retreat is “Picking Up the Pieces of God’s Image.” Our speaker will be Bill Pearson, PhD. He is an associate professor of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at Augusta University Medical College who has over 30 years of experience in medical ministry. He has a history with Boston. He founded the Boston Healthcare Fellowship and helped to found the Longwoood Christian Community. We are excited to hear what he has to share with us! 

The following is a description of what Bill will be discussing:

From Genesis 1 we learn that humans were made in the image of God. Our intended purpose was to steward creation as a community of regents. We were not made to flourish as high performing parts of machinery. Humanity bore God’s image well until sin and corruption entered the world and distorted the image of God in us. Jesus’ mission was about restoring and even progressing the image of God in people and societies. However, we have trouble fully understanding this because we don’t share the same cosmic worldview as the Biblical writers.  Comprehending the background and elements of this Biblical narrative are critical to advancing human progress today, especially in healthcare and biomedical science. Therefore, on this retreat we will take a fresh look at the mission of Jesus while expanding our own worldview so we can be more effective imagers of God in our life and work.

Other goals for the retreat include:

  • Time away from Boston to reflect and to draw closer to God

  • Connecting with other Christians in healthcare

  • Relaxing and having fun

Details:

  • Toah Nipi is located at 252 Old Ashburnham Rd, Rindge, NH 03461

  • The retreat will go from Friday, Feb 15th at 9:00pm to Sunday, Feb 17th at 2pm

  • Co-hosted by BHF and CMDA

  • Fun activities will include: outdoor and sports activities (weather permitting), board games and more!

  • Childcare will be available during the speaker and small group sessions.

Transportation:

  • A bus will be chartered for transportation up Friday night and back Sunday afternoon (first come first served).

  • Additional transportation will be arranged with other attendees via www.groupcarpool.com. More information will be provided in January.

  • There will not be an organized van going up or coming back Saturday.

Costs:

  • Adult (age 13+):

    • $123 for entire weekend (2 nights, five meals)

    • $75 for overnight Friday - Saturday daytime OR Saturday - Sunday

    • $35 for Saturday only (includes three meals)

  • Child (age 3-13):

    • $62 for entire weekend (2 nights and five meals)

    • $40 for overnight Friday and Saturday daytime OR Saturday - Sunday

    • $25 for Saturday only (includes three meals)

  • Children under 3 are free!

  • If you cannot bring your own sheets or sleeping bag then indicate that during registration and pay an additional $7 per person when you register.

  • The entire weekend may cost more in terms of time and money but the opportunity to connect more deeply with people and to unplug from work is a worthy investment!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Childcare - currently seeking anyone interested in helping with childcare during the speaker and small group sessions.

  • Worship Team - is currently seeking volunteers to lead worship, play keyboard, guitar, sing vocals, percussion, and a bassist.

  • If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, please email bostonhealthcarefellowship@gmail.com and/or make a note in the comments section of your registration.