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Pecometh Notes

Worship Planning at Pecometh

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Fri, Apr 05, 2019 @ 14:04 PM

Whatever your worship "style," it takes a lot of work to make sure that our worship services are consistently engaging and life-giving. 

We are planning two retreats this summer (one new, one time-tested) that can help pastors and church leaders lay the groundwork for great worship this fall and winter.  

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Topics: Thriving Churches, Retreats

New Things in Store for the 2015 Re:View Confirmation Retreat

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 16:02 PM

The Re:View Confirmation Retreat has grown over the years from a couple dozen participants in 2012 to 60 youth and 15 adults last year.

This year we've got a few changes in store so that we can keep providing an engaging and enriching group retreat for small confirmation classes. 

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

Shhh!! Silence & Solitude at Pecometh

Posted by Rev. Sally Dolch on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Imagine time away from home, work, and obligations to: savor God’s natural world, succumb to the restfulness of quiet; still the noise and busy-ness within; and seek connection with your body, mind, heart, and spirit!

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Topics: Retreats

The Keys to Confirmation: Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 @ 14:01 PM


One of the goals of a United Methodist confirmation program is to help students understand our Wesleyan theology. Sometimes we struggling to teach theology in an engaging way, but I believe one of our Wesleyan ideas - the Quadrilateral - can be one of our greatest strengths in teaching students. 

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

This Methodist idea could transform confirmation... and the world.

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 13:01 PM

II have a hunch that has been developing for about a year. It started when I was teaching confirmation last year, and began to take shape as all of those trend pieces and blogs were flying around about Millennials and the Church. I suspect that the Methodist tradition has a few ideas that would really make a difference in the faith formation of Millennials… if we can dust them off and present them in the right way. In particular, I think one of these ideas could be particularly helpful in Confirmation. But you’ll have to read on to see what it is…

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

A Lifetime at Pecometh: Charles Adams

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Fri, Sep 06, 2013 @ 15:09 PM

I first came to Camp Pecometh with Dr. James Hardcastle in 1980 for the annual United Methodist Men’s Retreat. I haven’t missed a UMM Retreat since.

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Topics: Outdoor Classroom, Faith Formation, Retreats, Transforming the World

Can Christians do yoga?

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 13:05 PM

For a lot of people, yoga is a little scary.  I suspect that many people wonder “Can Christians do yoga? Can I do yoga? Is there such a thing as Christian yoga?”  

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats, Spiritual Health

Practicing Silence a Few Minutes at a Time

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 14:01 PM

When I tell people about our upcoming Silent Day at Pecometh, people often say "A whole day of silence? That sounds hard!"  

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

Pecometh Memories

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 16:11 PM

"17 students gained an opportunity of a lifetime.  D'Andre, a student with cerebral palsy and has limited use of his legs and arms was supported in climbing up the challenge wall.  This was a moment I wanted all my students to see as it demonstrates that no matter how tough the task, there is always a way to be successful.  Sometimes you may just need a little help from your friends."  - Brad Weiner, Educator, Flowers High School

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Topics: Camp Staff Alumni, Outdoor Classroom, Supporting Pecometh, Retreats

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