Registration is closed. Please enjoy the talks, testimonies and worship playlist!


FRIDAY EVENING 10/10: Various hosts from the congregation will be set up for a bonfire with all the fix-ins for s’mores… BYO water and chair if you’d like, and join in for a SWEET evening. Host sites and times are available on the registration page.

Note: s’mores materials will be individually packaged, and each participant will be provided with a skewer and gloves. Hand sanitizer will also be available. Please plan to bring a face covering and be prepared to wear it when necessary. Additional, site-specific details will be sent to you after registration.


SATURDAY MORNING 10/10: Whether you’re up for a nice, flat stroll on a greenway in town or a fun, easy walk on a trail through the woods, there’s somewhere for you to join in on Saturday morning.

Check out the registration page to see which locations are available. All hikes & walks are scheduled to begin at 10am. Location-specific notes such as host contact info and meet-up details will be provided after registration. Please plan to bring and be prepared to wear a face covering when necessary.


SATURDAY 10/10 @ 2pm: Join in from the comfort of your very own kitchen and whip up something delicious alongside Julie and KyLee Lanford. This is an interactive, follow-along cooking class via Zoom. Visit the registration page to sign up!

Note: a Zoom link & a shopping list and recipe will be provided after registration. This course is kid-friendly and suitable for any level of culinary expertise!


SATURDAY 10/10 @ 4pm: Come one, come all … because who doesn’t love kickball? Join us for a family-friendly, anyone welcome game of kickball at Miller Park.

Note: Bottled water and hand sanitizer will be available. Please plan to bring and be prepared to wear a face covering when necessary.


SATURDAY 10/10 @ 7pm: All the fun you’d expect to have on Saturday evening at Montreat from the luxury of your very own couch, kitchen table, or back porch. Join us for laughter and light-hearted merriment as we play games you’ve heard of and those you haven’t!

Visit the registration page to sign up. You’ll receive a Zoom link after registering.


SATURDAY 10/10: If a low key movie night or an evening of college football with friends is what you crave for a Saturday evening, join us under the stars for an outdoor movie and/or tailgate. BYO blanket, chair, and snacks! Two locations available –with varying start times.

Note: hand sanitizer will be available. Please bring a face covering and be prepared to wear it when necessary.

What can we hope to learn this year at retreat?
Session 1

Joe is a beloved covenant partner and member of the First Pres family. He co-teaches the Eagles Wings Sunday School class faithfully, and we are thrilled that he has agreed to lead one of the devos at this year’s retreat!

To accompany his talk, Joe has provided a devotional companion guide. Be encouraged to use it as you reflect upon God’s word and the content of Joe’s talk. Download it by clicking the orange button below.

"Rejoicing in Hope" with Joe Moore
Session 2

Jeanette is a beloved covenant partner and member of the First Pres family. She is one of four teachers for the Students of the Word Sunday School class, and we couldn’t be more delighted that she is one of our speakers for the retreat this year!

"Patience in Affliction" with Jeanette Wilhelmi
Session 3

Katie is a beloved covenant partner and member of the First Pres family. While Katie self-identifies as “more of a writer than a speaker” we have to politely disagree with her… Katie is a gifted teacher and speaker, and we are so glad that she has agreed to share wisdom with us this year through leading a devotional!

"Faithfulness in Prayer" with Katie Satterwhite
Session 4

Bill is a beloved covenant partner and member of the First Pres family. He is an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker and teacher. We’re excited and thankful to Bill for leading us in a devotional talk this year at retreat!

"Overcoming Evil with Good" with Bill Satterwhite
Why Do We Share Stories?

With retreat this year, we’re embracing all things “all-ternative” and flexible. So our hope is that you’ll be able to engage with the formation in a way that makes sense for you. So, whether you sit and watch from your couch, listen while you’re out on a walk or drive, or get together with a friend and view it together, we pray that the experience of learning from others in the congregation reveals something to you about our loving God that ultimately draws you nearer to him.


Cherie probably looks familiar to you as you’ve seen her lovely face singing with the worship team, and she serves regularly on the hospitality team as well. She’s married to Will, and their kids are Jada, Javin, and Liam. Our church is made warmer by Cherie’s welcoming smile and genuine kindness to all. Get to know her a bit more by listening to some of her story!


Yvette is new to the First Pres family. She’s just joined the staff as our new Business Administrator. You’ll learn quickly that Yvette is charismatic and full of energy and wisdom. She has a teenaged son name Jeffrey, and we are thrilled to welcome both of them. Get to know her a bit more by checking out her story!


You may recognize Tim as he serves as an usher on the hospitality team and happens to be married to the beautiful and talented Ann Marie Sears who works on staff. Their kids are Ella Kate and Jackson. Tim is known for his playful humor and outgoing nature; he brightens our church in a big way. We’re grateful that Matthew McConaughey pitched in to help Tim share a bit about God’s reign over his own life.


If you have the pleasure of knowing Ty, then you know he is as humble and gracious as they come. He serves on the hospitality team, music & worship committee, and basically anywhere he’s asked to help out! He’s married to Nancy, and their high-school aged daughter is Meredith. As Ty will mention, they also have 3 adult children and a grandson on the way!

Michelle Collins

“God So Loved” by We the Kingdom

This song makes me smile so big I cry. Literally. I love that the good news of Jesus speaks through this song, and the catchy, upbeat rhythm fills me with immense joy as I recall God’s great love for ALL of His children.

Susan Orgain

”I Shall Not Want” by Audrey Assad 

I love all of Audrey Assad’s music. It cuts to my soul. This song reminds me to focus on God alone because He is all I need.

Greg Collins

“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” from Shane & Shane’s album: Vintage

This song takes me back to worshipping at retreats in high school. I can remember the feeling that it caused and the smile it always put on my face… and still does. The lyrics speak to the heart of our faith: the love God has for us and the love we should sing of everyday. 

Amy Carlan

“God is Good” by Jonathan McReynolds

I was introduced to this song in the spring. It is one I’ve listened to many times since then. It reminds me that God is Good all the time, and all the time God is Good.

Thomsen Tang

“Island” by Audrey Assad

Riffing on John Donne’s famous line, “no man is an island, entire of itself; … every man is a part of the main …” this recent work by Audrey Assad seems especially appropriate in our current context of isolation. Audrey Assad reminds us that as we are knit together under the shelter of God’s love, we must be shade and refuge and home to one another. What a hopeful encouragement to cross the seas that separate us in our distancing and our differences, and unite each individual “island” into one beautiful home in which Christ dwells.

Ann Marie Sears

“Build My Life” by Pat Barrett featuring Chris Tomlin

This is one of my favorite worship songs because it reminds that we live for Jesus and not ourselves. We build our life upon His love, and we put our trust in Him alone. This song has helped me so much during some tough times and really helps to shift my focus to His love, a firm foundation.

Peter Barnes

“Give Me Jesus” by Fernando Ortega

You can have all this world, just give me Jesus.  That says it all for me.

Amber Bryant

“Because He Lives” by Crowder, Johnnyswim, and Tori Kelly 

This hymn has been a favorite in my family for many years. The comforting familiarity of these words has been a salve for my soul in this season and a reminder that we “can face uncertain days because He lives.”

Blaire Spencer

“Gifts from God” by Chris Tomlin featuring Chris Lane

This song reminds me to be thankful for what I have in my life. I tend to have this mindset that I have a plan for my life, and when it goes off course I get  frustrated. I forget that God knows what I really need, and he always provides. When I take a step back and look at what God has given to me, my family and friends who are family, I have a lot to be thankful for.

Melinda Miller

“Thank You Lord” by Chris Tomlin, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line

I love this song… always reminds me of my “Blessings & Blessings & Blessings” and His love that NEVER ends!

Lovett Martin

“Fighting for Us” by Anthony Evans

I love this song because no matter our life circumstances and challenges, even if it’s a mistake we’ve made, God always fights for us!

Michelle Collins

“The Lord Reigns” by Gateway Worship

This song is a throwback of sorts for me. I’m tossing it in here because I just think sometimes praising God should be easy, fun, energizing, and contagious like a dance party. Nothing makes me want to celebrate with a little reckless abandon more than knowing “the Lord reigns forever King of all!” 

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