PW Fall Retreat

By Pat Oglesby

On Friday, Sept. 16, eleven Presbyterian Women members left the church for the annual Fall retreat to Montreat, N.C. We arrived in Montreat around noon and went right to work unloading cars and moving into the South Carolina Home at Montreat for the weekend. This always feels like a homecoming because S.C. Home is now a special place for all of us.

A little rain does not dampen the spirit, but refreshes the soul, as we take in the familiar sight of the blue mountain ranges. Fall is just beginning here with a few red leaves peeking through the green. After lunch at the Veranda Café on Cherry Street in Black Mountain we look around in the shops, making a few purchases here and there. Later back at the house everyone gets settled into their rooms and visits in front of the cozy fireplace in the living area.

On Friday night we dined at the Black Mountain Bistro and laughed and had a good time just being together. After a good night’s rest we woke early to smell breakfast cooking downstairs in the kitchen being prepared by our favorite chefs, Chuck and Thom. Chuck is the manager of S.C. Home and he and Thom do all of the work maintaining the home in excellent condition and overseeing improvement projects. At breakfast, the group presented to Chuck a framed pen and ink drawing of our church by Cathy Joyce (click here to read about it in the S.C. Home’s newsletter). The print will hang in South Carolina Home with portraits of other S.C. Presbyterian churches. Chuck expressed appreciation to the PW.

Then, a quick stop at the street market in Black Mountain and then off to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market for all our favorites. Some of the group went to the Moose Café for lunch and others headed off to Asheville and shopping at Biltmore Village. Back at the house, the ladies enjoyed the rocking chairs in the warm afternoon sun on the front porch.

In the evening Carol Johns presented an excellent bible study, “WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED – FOR WE ARE THE BRAVE WOMEN OF VAN WYCK PRESBYTERIAN”. Carol’s bible study helped us all realize how much we have to be thankful for, how much we value each other’s friendship, and how much being a part of this church family means to each of us.

We prayed, we laughed, shed a few tears, and hoped that next year we would be able to fill the whole house with women from Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. On Sunday morning we woke once more to the wonderful aroma of breakfast cooking downstairs. After gathering up all our belongings and trying to figure out where all the apples and cabbages would fit, we said “goodbye” to the mountains until we return again.

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