The very first Family Experience Week at the Woodlands is underway! This week is all about experiencing the U.P. and connecting with God and our families in His creation.
Sunday, after a fabulous breakfast and chapel service, we took off for our first U.P. experience. We headed to Presque Isle where we shared a lunch the U.P. is known for....pasties! What a delicious and fun experience for us to enjoy together. We then went to Black Rocks. We chose to NOT leap into and experience the frigid water, but we saw several brave souls doing so. We saw a wedding party getting photos taken nearby....beautiful! Then, we parted and went our separate ways to enjoy time together as families. One family experienced a hike to see a waterfall. Others checked out some shops in Marquette. Another family opted to go back to the Woodlands to experience some fun family time on the lake.
Monday we traveled to Indian River to experience a 5 mile canoe trip. This was a time of team work as we navigated the river. The weather and scenery were beautiful. We found this experience to be challenging at times, but tranquil as well. The time together "unplugged" from technology and away from our daily commitments was refreshing. What a blessing to experience time together while enjoying God's creation!
The families met back together at the Woodlands for dinner, followed by chapel. As usual, the food is terrific and the staff is wonderful. Brian spoke during chapel on Sunday about authentic faith and how God can be trusted. He will do all He has promised to do. In response to our trust and faith, God promises to guide us. Monday he spoke about spiritual disciplines. As we read Scripture, pray, journal, and memorize Scripture, we are developing spiritual disciplines. We were reminded that our minds will be our greatest strength or downfall.
We ended our days by experiencing a pontoon ride around Little Lake, a campfire, and s'mores! We are excited about experiencing UPBC at the Woodlands, the U.P., and time with families during this week. Our prayer is that each family here will find themselves uncluttered and simplified as they experience God's love for them this week.
- Directors, Brian and Julie Richmond