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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Retreat Reflections

    Retreat Reflections: Quilt by Faith at Casowasco

    November 13, 2018 / By Brenda Swanson

    Four years ago, friends of mine encouraged me to sign up for a “Quilt by Faith” retreat at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. I attended church camp there for several years when I was younger and knew how beautiful it was. Even though I was not a “quilter,” I decided to sign up. I had no intentions of sewing or doing any of the projects. However, those friends encouraged me to go shopping with them and even made sure I had a sewing machine. I agreed to go.  

    Once I got to Casowasco, I was greeted with open arms. The retreat leaders, Debbie and Kathy, welcomed me even though I had no idea what I was doing. I got hooked and have been attending every year since then. We are given projects with instructions or we can work on our own from home.  

    We always have one service project to benefit a local charity, nursing home, or sometimes third world country needs. Everyone there is helpful, and I have developed a lot of friendships throughout the years. Along with the quilting, we have a daily devotional time, after breakfast, which continues to strengthen our relationship with God.  

    I now attend twice a year, spring and fall. The atmosphere and surroundings at Casowasco put the icing on the cake. The rooms are warm, comfortable, peaceful, and quiet. You can also take a breathtaking walk along the lakeshore or just sit on any of the porches to reflect on the beauty. I’m so glad that I was invited four years ago!

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    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."