2011 D.C./Maryland/Virginia Fall Retreat
Through thick and through thin, we are told to do whatever is necessary to "get ahead". Whether this be in our studies or in our careers, there is much work to be done. This fast paced mindset often times causes us to "fall behind" in our spiritual connections with the Lord. This year's Fall Retreat sought to reconcile our ideology of getting ahead with our Orthodox spirit through the discussion of one simple phrase, 'Rely on the Lord', "Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." - Proverbs 16:3.
The retreat was held in St. Thomas Orthodox Church - 28201 Kemptown Road Damascus, MD on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The speaker for this event was Mr. Sunil Mathews, a devoted lay member with a passion for MGOCSM's mission of worship, study, and service. His ability to convey thought provoking strategies on how to develop a better relationship with Christ was bolstered through his use of practical and historical examples. After the lecture, all of the attendees partook in group discussions which were separated into two categories, MGOCSM and FOCUS. There was strong discussion on how Orthodox Christians could rely on the Lord when confronted with temptations in school and the workplace.
This year's retreat opened up a fresh, new perspective on how to synch our spirituality with our numerous secular responsibilities. We learned that in life we play many different roles, whether it be student or co-worker. By relying on the Lord, we can learn how to fine tune our performance in the most important role, that of a Christian.
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