By Rosalee Mohney

What’s Next? is a question people have been asking themselves since our very beginnings. During the new 2018 Older Adults Retreat, we will be exploring answers for a few of the ‘What’s Next’ questions we are asking in today’s world.

The September Older Adult Retreat will be held at the Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center about 20 minutes outside Ellensburg, Washington. And, in case you’re wondering, you can get to Lazy F within a 3-4 hour drive from most spots in the Pacific Northwest Conference.

New! If the construction of the new lodge proceeds as anticipated, this year’s retreat will be one of the first groups to have meals in the new setting.

Three What’s Next? questions which will be explored are:

  • What’s the Next thing I should do to help my family be better prepared for a natural disaster?
  • What’s Next for those who have immigrated to Washington State?
  • What’s Next in our spiritual lives? How do Older Adults keep their spirituality and faith alive?

Retreat Leadership

Wendy Riddle, a retired licensed local pastor who has served several church sin our conference, will lead the discussion on ‘What’s Next’ to do for yourself and your family in the event of a natural disaster.

Riddle will introduce the ‘Connecting Neighbors’ program, new developed within the denomination just a few years ago. In the PNW, we are all too familiar with wildfires, floods and earthquakes in our region and this is a great opportunity to learn more about how to be more personally responsible in emergencies.

Rev. Jen Stuart, pastor serving Ellensburg United Methodist Church (with special guests) will be leading a worship service and a discussion on the organization ‘Justice for Our Neighbors.’  Central Washington’s Justice For Our Neighbors (CWJFON) supports a hospitality ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Learn ‘What’s Next’ for immigrants wanting to raise their families in a new country as they escape the unhappiness of prior lives.

Cathy Raymond, a Certified Lay Minister serving Tumwater United Methodist Church, will be leading the Retreat in new spiritual development discussions through various methods of art, story-telling, and guided discussions.  Lots of laughter has been promised, also!!

The 2018 Retreat will be stimulating, energizing, fun, and faith-filled, with room for wonderful meals, music, free time and just plain fun!  The setting is in the gorgeous Manastash canyon where Lazy F resides; in September the canyon is ablaze with the gold leaves of fall.

Registration is open already!  You can register online (CLICK HERE) or call the Lazy F office for a paper registration form, 509-962-2780.

Questions? Contact Rosalee Mohney, Dean,


Rosalee Mohney serves as Wildfires UMVIM Coordinator for the PNW Conference, and also as dean for the Older Adults Retreat.

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