Men Looking Forward to 2020 Retreat! (4/24/20)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in EventAnnouncement, Friends & Fellowship, men, UMM | 0 comments

The Men’s Fellowship group has set aside the weekend of April 24-26 as a time to “retreat” from the day to day activities of “normal life.”  This year’s retreat marks the 19th straight year that we have held our retreat at the Black Rock Retreat Center in Quarryville, PA!  Over the years we have met in October, December and, more recently, in March.  But unlike the recent tradition, our retreat will be in April instead of March.  Each year has its similarities, and yet- each year is a unique experience…


Writer:  Matthew

The theme of our retreat will be entitled “Following the Master- Studies from the Book of Matthew.”  From the sermon on the Mount in chapter 5 through the Great Commission in chapter 28, the book of Matthew teaches us many challenging messages.  During the weekend’s four sessions, we’ll dig into these lessons to see how they apply to us as men and how we can “deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.”


Speaker:  George Devol

Our speaker for the weekend will be a familiar face to us- Pastor George Devol.  Pastor George led our retreat in 2018 when we studied the book of Philippians, and we are excited to be able to meet with him again. 

Pastor George DeVol

Pastor George has been serving full-time in ministry for the past twenty years.  He is currently serving as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Cape May Court House where he and his family have been for the past two years.  In his time in ministry Pastor George has spent several years as a youth and family pastor as well as the director of Camp Haluwasa in Hammonton NJ.  During this time, he has had the privilege to serve as a guest speaker at a number of churches, ministries, and retreats. 

Pastor George has a master’s degree in the Bible with a specialization with youth and family ministry.

He has been married to his wife Shannon for 18 years and they have 4 children.  His interests include sports, hiking, and outdoor activities.  


Here’s a look at the last retreat that Pastor George led with us (2018)…

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Men’s Fellowship Refocuses during 2018 Retreat! (3/16/18)




All men 17 and older are invited to attend.  The Black Rock Retreat Center provides a variety of lodging options, and we have made reservations for cabins and for Hotel (lodge) rooms.  All of the meeting, dining, and lodging areas are located within easy walking distance on the Black Rock grounds (transportation during the weekend isn’t needed).

The Black Rock Retreat Center is located in Quarryville, PA. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from Pitman to Black Rock, and car pools will be organized. Plans are still in the works, but here’s how our retreat weekends usually play out:

  • Friday- Dinner at the Quarryville Family Restaurant (Optional)
  • Friday- First session
  • Saturday morning- Session #2
  • Saturday afternoon- free time
  • Saturday evening- Session #3
  • Sunday morning- wrap up and worship.  Depart by noon.



We have two options on where to spend your nights.  All of these facilities are on the Black Rock Grounds (everything is within easy walking distance- you won’t need your car all weekend).  Unfortunately, the Whipporwill “A Frame” lodge that we’ve enjoyed for the past few years is not available (another group booked it before us…).  The price shown is the entire cost for the whole weekend (including meals).  Click the link for more info on each facility…

  • Bunk Cabin:            $130 (sleeps 10.  No linens- bring a sleeping bag and towels)
  • Maranatha Hotel:   $186 (sleeps 3 per room.  1 Queen & 2 Twin beds w/sheets) 

Click this link for more info about the:  Black Rock Facilities



Lots of it!  On Friday we’ll meet at a local restaurant (optional).  After that,  all meals are included and served in Black Rock’s cafeteria…

  • Saturday:  Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner
  • Sunday:    Breakfast and lunch



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