More Than Just a House

“Our fundamental covenant is that we care for one another.”

See what the CCC Retreat House means to so many of our members:  Come as You Are

Information for the Upcoming Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday, October 22, 2017, in the Sanctuary following worship

The Congregation will consider, and vote upon, plans and financing to renovate CCC’s Retreat House and property in West Virginia

NOTE: Child care will be available in the Social Hall, with food provided.

Excitement is Growing, as are Pledges!

In the past three weeks $130,000 has been pledged to the restoration fund

On October 22, 2017, the congregation will vote on whether to proceed with the Phase 1 renovation of the Retreat House. Having financial pledges for this project in hand on October 22nd will help ensure an enthusiastically affirmative vote. Please prayerfully consider what you are able and willing to commit and submit your pledge.

Please fill out this form and return it to Dave Main, Clerk of the Rolls, not later than October 21: Letter of Commitment

Feedback Welcome!

As we move closer to the Congregational Meeting, please send your feedback to the leaders of the CCC. It will be kept confidential. If you would like to have your comments shared with the congregation during the meeting in October, you must identify your name. We value your input and comments. A hard copy of the form is in the CCC Office, or you can submit your comments on line Here.

Discerning the Way Forward

In 2015 a small team was assembled to hold listening sessions with congregation members to discern uses and programs for our West Virginia property

Fifty Years of Family & Friends, Retreat & Fellowship

A special album of remembrances compiled by Susan Gray for the Retreat House’s 50th Anniversary celebration:  Remembrances

The Retreat House Task Force

At a Special Congregational Meeting in 2012, the congregation approved a capital campaign, a percentage of which would provide funding to be used to “retool the Retreat House and restore it to its original functionality.”  Following a successful capital campaign, the current Task Force was authorized by the Executive Council in May 2013 with the assignment to fulfill the intent of the Capital Campaign by developing a Master Plan. The Retreat House Task Force presents these documents and drawings to help report on our current status in fulfilling CCC’s intention of “retooling the Retreat House and bringing it back to its original functionality.”

March, 2017 Summary Report and Presentation

Almost Heaven

With the purchase of the Retreat House in 1965, CCC acquired a pastoral retreat center on the Cacapon River in West Virginia.  A pre-Civil War farmhouse, the Retreat House is a beloved homing beacon for generations of CCC members and families. Among the treasures found there was an original painting by Virgil Williams, a 19th Century American artist.  The painting, View of Mt. Katahdin (Maine) from the West Bank of the Penobscot River, was displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gallery of American Art until the building closed for restoration.  In 2007, the church sold the painting at auction, where it was purchased by an anonymous buyer.

Read Gary Mason’s history from “Beyond the Great North Mountain”