over the weekend

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this past weekend was our second annual parish retreat at camp mitchell, a gorgeous place in the middle of petit jean state park. we always have so much fun on these church trips. i love the people and the fellowship and the surroundings and the peacefulness at the camp. plus, we have a whole lot of fun. we are episcopalians, you know.

while the camp is owned by the diocese of arkansas, it does support the surrounding community. they have a CSA farm that is going on about 2 years where they grow tons of organic fruits and veggies as well as raise free-range chickens.

on saturday, we all walked to the lookout where it is believed that petit jean, a french girl who disguised herself as a boy to follow her love on a ship to the new world, died and was buried. legend has it that her spirit gives the place a mystical quality. i just think it’s really pretty.

we ended the weekend with eucharist in the open air chapel and we sang hymns to the sounds of the wind and birds. i’m always so refreshed and thankful for these quiet weekends. i can’t wait for next year.

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over the weekend

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on friday, i packed a bag for an overnighter at camp mitchell. it’s an episcopal retreat center in the heart of petit jean state park and it’s absolutely gorgeous out there. the sunrise can take your breath away.

i’m on vestry, which in the episcopal church is kinda like the governing body, and this was our yearly meeting to get to know each other better and do some hard core planning and organizing. and while this was really a business trip, there were still a few opportunities to get out, walk around the camp, take in the views.

it was pretty peaceful.