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St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat

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Come to the high desert for rest, renewal and fellowship.  For over 30 years, members and friends of First Lutheran Venice have been retreating to St. Andrew’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastic community in Valyermo, CA. This year our retreat will be held from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Over the weekend, we order our time together around the monks’ prayer schedule so that those who wish may join them in the chanting of The Psalms. On Saturday we will have time together to consider how God’s word can lead us in our daily lives.  (Stay tuned for more details.) There is ample unstructured time to read, walk, pray, nap, and visit the Book & Fine Art Store.  On Saturday night, we’ll screen a film and enjoy some wine and treats. On Sunday morning, we’ll close with our own special worship service beneath the aspen trees in Father Eleutherius’s garden.

The retreat is open to anyone in the FLV church and VLS school community. The cost for the weekend is $180 per person for a shared room (including six tasty meals). If you would like a private room, the cost is $230. For more information about the Abbey, please visit their website: St. Andrew's Abbey

st andrews abbey retreatThere are 17 rooms (each with 2 single beds), available to First Lutheran Venice now, but we need to confirm that we will use them.  To reserve your space please e-mail Rachel Swanger at or call her at (310) 397-1603 (no texts to this number, please).

For those who reserve a spot, deposits are due by October 22nd. Checks should be made out  to St. Andrews Abbey (you may pay half now/half on arrival, or the full amount now) and given to Rachel or to Brenda in the church office no later than October 22, 2017.