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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Retreat Reflections

    Retreat Reflections: Trinity Grand Island UMC’s Retreats

    November 8, 2018 / By Kathy DeGlopper

    The lakeside setting at Asbury Retreat Center is the ideal place for a craft retreat. The Trinity Grand Island UMC’s Crafters have been enjoying our retreats there since 2015. Asbury is a gorgeous rustic setting by Silver Lake with small rolling hills for walks and hikes. It is a picturesque place to watch the seasons change. We usually stay two to four nights.

    The Manor, where our group stays, feels like a hotel. There are two rooms on the first floor that are handicap-accessible and are used by two ladies in our group who need those accommodations. There are rooms on the second floor for 2-3 people per room with spacious, private bathrooms and comfortable beds.

    Our crafters are blessed with large tables for working on our projects in the Koinonia Building. We enjoy a variety of crafters here: scrapbooking, quilting, card making, jewelry making, knitting, rock painting, beading, and more! Sometimes the girls just like to read on the rocking chairs on the porch at the Manor overlooking the lake. If weather permits, there is an outdoor fire circle for a fun campfire time, which we did last year.

    The meals are terrific! Working with the staff, we selected our menu. The buffet service is excellent. We even make menu suggestions for future visits, and they are honored! Also, special diets, such as “gluten-free” are accommodated, if needed. They are very adaptable to our needs.

    The staff is marvelous and if there are any small issues, they are taken care of right away! It has been and always will be a blessing to stay at Asbury.

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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."