June 10-12, 2016 | Murray Grove Annual Gathering


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Murray Grove Annual Gathering

Two Nights!!   June 10-12, 2016

Each year members of our congregation get together for a cookout and gathering at the Murray Grove historical site and retreat center located in Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Exit 74, Garden State Parkway). This year’s gathering will be Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12.


Murray Grove is an important historical site in our Universalism heritage with a history dating back to the 1700’s. We are fortunate to be located so close to this special place and this gathering is an opportunity to relax, get to know one another better, and explore our Universalist roots.

Friday night there will be cookout/potluck dinner and campfire.  Saturday we enjoy an indoor pot-luck dinner. Sunday will include a participant-led Children’s Chapel/Sunday service. There is also a labyrinth to enjoy, a ga-ga pit and playground for the kids, and swimming is usually available.

Everyone is invited and kids especially enjoy the event!

Overnight accommodations are dormitory style housing with two twin beds per room and shared bathrooms. We have 30 spaces available if you want to stay overnight. The congregation will purchase food for breakfast and lunch. To offset expenses, we are requesting a donation of $25 per adult and $10 per child per night, or $50 per adult, $20 per child for the weekend (babies free). All children must be accompanied by an adult.

A donation of any amount will be gratefully accepted, and please do not let the cost keep you at home. If you can’t join us for the full weekend, please consider coming up on Friday for the cookout or Saturday for a portion of the day.

During the gathering we will need help with the cookout, campfire, and with organizing activities and intergenerational games. If you have a hobby or activity to share with folks (Yoga, Zumba, birding, arts & crafts, etc) this is a great time to share it with other members of the congregation. If you are interested in attending or participating, look for more information and sign-up sheets on Sundays in May or contact Heidi Jannsch at sjsdre@gmail.com