This is a picture of the Hong family, Joan, David and children. Obviously, they are having fun. They also have a Taconic story.
When Joan was in 7th grade she attended one of the Church of the Nazarene youth retreats at Taconic. Joan says, “It was definitely an experience of a lifetime that helped build a foundation for me as a young Christian and begin to take my faith seriously.” Joan followed up this decision by being baptized in the lake at Taconic!
Moving ahead a few years, Joan was a post graduate student serving at an annual youth retreat that she had been faithfully serving in for years. The youth retreat was with a handful of small, local churches around the Tri-State area. This particular year they were back at Taconic. Joan was giving back, and doing so at Taconic, the place where it started for her. “I'm always grateful for this retreat center as many memories have been established here.”
Taconic is also “where I met David for the first time. He was invited by his cousin to serve as security staff. Since that time, we hadn't communicated much until we met again one year later at Nyack College.” From there, the rest was history; we got engaged in less than six months and married a year later.
I, Randy, met them and heard their story when I was chatting with them a couple of years ago.They were back at Taconic, serving as leaders on a youth retreat with the church that they now work at. They are both on staff at the church.
A great Valentine’s story that started at Taconic. We set the table for people to meet Jesus, to grow in Christ, and … to meet their spouses!! What more could you ask?
We love sharing stories, like the one above, about God working in people's lives at Taconic. Do you have a Taconic Story you would like to share? Send your story and a picture or two to email@example.com and keep an eye out for it in one of our upcoming newsletters!
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The View From Here
A few words from our Acting Director, Randy Prentiss
Leap Year & Taconic
You probably know this, but I just learned it. “Nearly every four years, we add an extra day to the calendar in the form of February 29, also known as Leap Day. Put simply, these additional 24 hours are built into the calendar to ensure that it stays in line with the Earth’s movement around
the Sun.” (history.com)
In other words, leap year keeps the seasonal calendar in sync with the astronomical calendar. It is a course correction. It keeps things in sync.
Jesus often spoke of course corrections. Here is one example:
Mark 6:31 New Living Translation (NLT)
31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.
There is so much ‘coming and going’ in our lives. So much! Things go out of sync when left unattended. This is true of life as well as the calendar. This is true in our faith journey as well.
One of the best ways to do a course correction is to get away; to leave the chaos…, to retreat…, rest…, and return renewed. I encourage you to get away, to book a retreat at Taconic. Make it a
personal retreat, a small group retreat, a leadership team retreat, or any of a number of special group retreats. The hardest part is making it happen. The best part is the benefit you will receive.
Psalm 46:10 NLT
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!”
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