This letter comes to you from the
Northeastern States Men's Retreat Committee. For 31 years, many of us
have referred to it as the "Kent Men's Retreat", but sadly, we regret to
inform you that our time hosting this annual event at the Kent School
has come to an end.
A few weeks back, our chairman, Patrick
Keller, was contacted by the school and told that they had been
presented with an opportunity to host an international master chef
summer program. This would provide a summer long program that would
bring 300-400 students to participate over the course of
Regrettably, Todd Marble, our contact at Kent
School, informed us that we will need to find another location for 2018
and forward. Todd also has informed other schools in the area of our
need and provided a nice recommendation on our behalf. To date none of
these sites has been able to meet our needs.
So we are asking all of you for some help.
First and foremost, we want your prayers. We are confident that the Lord
will bless us with an alternative location for this wonderful retreat
through our combined efforts and prayers.
Secondly, we need all
of you to keep your eyes and ears open to possible places we could use.
We feel that the more of us who are seeking leads; the more likely we
can find something quickly.
With this in mind, here is a list of
criteria we are using to find a suitable place to hold our annual Men's
prefer the second weekend of June (8-9, 2018) but dates from late May
through June are OK.
We are open to looking at schools, camps, or retreat
centers that can sleep sleep 200+ men for a \
Friday evening and Saturday program.
3. The location must have an auditorium, gym, or
conference hall able to seat 200 persons.
4. We need a facility that could provide meals for
us or have a kitchen area where we could either
cook or hold food to be catered.
5. A place that has recreational activities for
those who attend is preferable (ex. - basketball court,
athletic field, etc).
6. And finally, to keep this event affordable
we need a facility that would cost in the range of
$100-125 max per person. (We were at $90 last year with an
incredible deal for lodging,
meals, speaker fee, etc.)
We are contacting several venues that we discussed
at our last committee meeting on Saturday. We ask that you please
contact Patrick Keller with any leads you may know of. He can be reached
203-218-9517 VM/TXT or email him at
Brethren, thank you in
advance for your prayers and suggestions to help us find a new home for
our retreat. We look forward to continuing this event where men may come
together next June for the wonderful fellowship, renewal, and praise to
the glory of God!
Love in Christ,
The Northeastern States
Men's Retreat Committee