A Promise! I solemnly swear that I will never again complain when my turn comes around to host a retreat at Lakeshore. NEVER! We miss you. NOT KIDDING! It has been lonely on the hill and the loss of fellowship with our guest groups has been heartfelt.
While I fully understand the precarious situation the COVID 19 pandemic puts us all in and the importance of safety, Lakeshore remains open to you and all our guest groups as we look to the Fall retreat season. Certainty for any planning is hard to hold with any confidence. So, on behalf of Lakeshore, I want to make a couple of offers to those of you considering a retreat/meeting in the uncertain future. They are as follows:
– If you schedule a retreat or meeting with us between now and May 31, 2021, we will NOT require a deposit to hold your place on the calendar. We want you to know that there is no risk to you if you get on our schedule and have to later cancel due to this pandemic. – If you need to cancel a scheduled retreat, even up to the last days, there will be no late cancellation penalty. We will understand completely.
I was proud of our staff when we were able to successfully operate 5 weeks of our 2020 Summer camp schedule. We followed well thought out protocols and adapted them to circumstances that arose and CDC guidelines as needed. When we needed to end camp a week early to ensure the safety of our campers, we were able to do so with confidence and transparency.
Of course, in the experience of camp, we learned a few things that we think might be helpful to you as you plan for your retreats and the vital ministry that happens at them. I am attaching some of those lessons and hope they will be helpful to you.
We really do miss you and hope to see and/or hear from you soon.
Life, Love, and the God of Grace, The Rev. Gary D. Lawson, Sr. Executive Director