Our Churches Clergy Directory Districts Staff

February 11, 2014

Earlier this month, I finally got away for an overnight retreat at the Kittinger Cottage at Camp Loucon near Leitchfield, and I am so glad I did! Even though the pastor's retreat cabin has been available for booking several months now, this was my first opportunity to enjoy its amenities and spend some quality time with God. I opted to do so with my close friend and accountability partner, Rev. Chris Howlett (Christ UMC, Lexington). It has long been our practice to take individual retreats, then get together jointly for a time of reading, reflection, and fellowship. We were able to do that in a setting of silence, solitude, and comfort.

I discovered years ago the benefit of taking personal retreats. At first I was wary of leaving my church for fear of what my parishioners might assume was a dereliction of duty. But I soon discovered...in every church...that my folks WANT me to be refreshed, renewed, and to have spent regular time with God. The Kittinger Cottage has two bedrooms (can sleep two couples comfortably), a washer/dryer, kitchen with island, living room with fireplace, Internet & television access (if needed), bathroom, front-porch overlooking the small lake, a dining table, and full sets of several Bible commentaries and devotional works. We were there during perhaps the coldest day and night of the year, but the gas logs and heating in the cabin kept both of us warm.

I will be returning again to the cabin for another getaway, and I would encourage you to do the same! If you need more information, contact Warren Hopper or Bridget Hutchinson at (270) 242-7160...they will be more than happy to assist you in making reservations. What a gift Loucon's Kittinger Cottage is to the ministers of our conference!