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Fall Retreat in Laguna Beach

Beu and MaryA Time for Centering Before the Holiday Rush
Friday, November 8, 2013

Led by Rev. B. J. Beu
Author, Spirituality Specialist, & UCC Pastor


Mary J. Scifres
Author, Consultant, & Coach
~Connecting Church and Culture~


Find rest and renewal for your soul as Mary and B. J. lead a time of centering before the holiday rush. Through meditation, worship, quiet conversation, and reflective journaling, we will celebrate our connection to the Great Mystery.


Your spirit will be strengthened as you prepare to lead others in the rich spiritual journeys that mark late November and December.  We will sing, drum, listen, read, write, share our stories, experience the texture of silence, and find God at the center of it all.  Lunch and snacks will feed our bodies while the retreat feeds our souls. Come in anticipation of new beginnings and new birth as we prepare to move into a season of anticipation.


$50 Early Registration includes Lunch & Materials

Register with credit card via PayPal at maryscifres.com or

Email maryscifresministries@gmail.com

By November 1 for early registration rate

Top of the World Retreat
28825 Top of the World Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


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Rev. B. J. Beu serves as pastor of Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach, CA. where he lives with his spouse, Mary Scifres, and their son, Michael. Before coming to Laguna in 2008, Beu spent 13 years as pastor of the Fox Island United Church of Christ in the Pacific Northwest Conference.   Having heard his call to ministry in the mountains of New Mexico and again on a Lakota Sun Dance in South Dakota, Beu brings a unique perspective to spirituality and renewal.  His pastoral calling has always been closely connected to his gifts for spiritual focus and direction.  As a passionate believer in creative worship, Beu has also co-authors and edits “The Abingdon Worship Annual” with his spouse Mary Scifres.


Rev. Mary J. Scifres, United Methodist Pastor and Abingdon Press Author, is a national consultant, preacher, teacher, and coach in worship, visioning, leadership, and church growth.  Having served churches across the nation, Mary brings a broad perspective and diverse understanding of both church and culture.   Mary is author of Searching for Seekers , The Abingdon Worship Annual, Just In Time Special Services, Prepare! and The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner.

Top of the World Retreat is the Laguna Beach home of Mary & B. J.  Located on both Shady Lane and Top of the World Drive, this multi-level home includes view- and garden-retreat decks for your enjoyment.  Workshops take place in the spacious living area, and lunch is served in the adjacent dining room, with seating both outside and in.

Top of the World Retreat offers comfortable space and time to learn, reflect, and retreat.  Situated above the Laguna Wilderness Canyon, this sacred space provides lovely vistas and a quiet place for conversation, contemplation, and education.

Lunch includes salad, grilled chicken, and dessert.  Light snacks, coffee, tea, and filtered water will be available throughout the day as well.

Come early or stay late to walk the nearby park or canyon paths or stroll through the Old Top of the World neighborhood.  Just down the hill, enjoy the quaint ambiance and lovely beaches of Laguna, complete with two public paved trails, dozens of beach accesses, five city parks, and one county park.  Art galleries, shops, restaurants, and hotels abound in Laguna Beach.   Click here for Laguna Beach lodging and recreation information.

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