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Portsmouth & Prestonsburg Retreat to Strengthen Bonds of Fellowship

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Greenbo Lake, Kentucky—During the weekend of May 20-22, 65 brethren from the Portsmouth, Ohio, and Prestonsburg, Kentucky, congregations had the opportunity to gather for their annual spring retreat. We met at the beautiful Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Kentucky and focused on how to “Get Out of the Boat!” with attention on Matthew 14:22-33 Matthew 14:22-33 [22] And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. [23] And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. [24] But the ship was now in the middle of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. [25] And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. [26] And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. [27] But straightway Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. [28] And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be you, bid me come to you on the water. [29] And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. [30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. [31] And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? [32] And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. [33] Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth you are the Son of God.
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. Activities started with an interactive Bible study Friday evening in which the participants took the acronym BOATS and came up with a multitude of words and scriptures related to the topic of faith.

Saturday morning, we gathered for a seminar and roundtable discussion on the focus scriptures. This was followed by an escape room activity in which teams were competing for a position as a disciple! (The winning team with 1 minute, 52 seconds to spare was composed of Lisa McKinney, Shyanne Call, Reggie Warren and Seth McKinney). Sabbath school was held prior to Sabbath services, both of which were about the various aspects of faith. After services, all of the brethren met for a delicious turkey dinner prepared by the resort.

During the Sabbath evening, people joined together for three service projects: making sock cupcakes for a local women’s senior citizen facility, painting “Kindness Rocks” to be distributed around our communities and cutting out denim shoe pieces for people in Uganda. This was followed by a movie and fresh cookies.

The next morning, people packed up and prepared to go home. We’re already looking forward to next year!

Zoey Gabbard & Jordan Vargas