When was the last time you put something on layaway? It was a term I heard often as a child. My parents lived just above the poverty line, struggled to provide four children a Merry Christmas, and annually put gifts on layaway. My parents weren’t the only ones. My mind’s eye still sees the line at the Sears Catalogue Store.
I want to invite you to put something on layaway. Our church’s annual retreat will be held at Lake Junaluska, NC, on March 4-6, 2022. You can reserve a spot now (put the retreat on layaway) for you and your family. The non-refundable deposit is $50 before December 31 and $100 after December 31. This year’s retreat will truly be a gift for your family and for your soul. Our retreat speaker is Phillip Gulley. Philip is a Quaker, author, comedian, minister whose words will open your mind, encourage your spirit, challenge your ruts, and double you over laughing. Philip’s book If Grace Is True still sits in my top ten books of all time. If Philip’s presence isn’t enough, our music will be provided by Kiddo Grandes (aka Tom and Corbin Baker). Tom and Corbin are residents of North Georgia and will be bringing us the joyful and refreshing sounds of true mountain music. Tom is ‘the’ banjo player on the North Georgia/Athens music scene, and his wife Corbin is a delightful vocalist. (You can check them out on YouTube—Kiddo Grandes.) Add to all this, we’ve got one of Carolina’s best shag bands coming for our Saturday night party, great activities planned for our children (Merry Christmas to all—kids 12th grade and younger attend for FREE!), and all rooms are hotel quality this year! No squeaky bunk beds and flat pillows this year! Register now; put the church retreat on layaway. It will truly be a wonderful gift for you and your family.

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