Restore us, O God;
   let your face shine,

that we may be saved

Psalm 80:3 (NRSV)

A day retreat to Welcome the season of advent

"FROM darkness to light"

Saturday, December 5th, 2020


 “Our spiritual life depends on his (Jesus') perpetual coming to us,

far more than on our going to him. 

Every time a channel is made for him he comes;

every time our hearts are open to him he enters,

bringing a fresh gift of his very life, and on that life we depend. 

We should think of the whole power and splendor of God as always pressing in upon our small souls.” 

- Evelyn Underhill




What to expect?

A day focused on Jesus.

The day will include guided meditations, scripture reflections, music, art, quiet moments for sacred listening & journaling, a session of tending to our bodies with Christ-centered Holy Yoga which will include light stretching & deep breathing, and an optional time of brief sharing after the day is done.  All activities are optional throughout the day. 


The day is designed to usher you into the presence of God and to allow Him to minister to your mind, heart, body and soul, as He knows best what you need.

Advent, which simply means "coming" or "arriving,"  is the beginning of our Church calendar, our new year. How many times have you heard recently-  "I can't wait until this year is over!" 

Well, the season of advent is the arrival of our new year, but oh so much more than that- as we ponder the first arrival of God made flesh, and His glorious second coming into our broken world.

This will be a real time of retreat, not a conference or a workshop, not a time to build fellowship even.  This is a "you and Jesus" day.

What we hope to offer is a true retreat, a time for you to withdraw from your regular day and focus your attention solely on God. We'll use some spiritual practices to aide you in communing, focusing and resting in Him.

What we hope to offer you is a real retreat,

a time to step away 

and create some sacred space for you to commune with God.

The day will be facilitated by Spiritual Director & Retreat guide, Cecilia T. Whitacre.

Items you'll need for the Day: 

  • Take a few minutes to designate and create a comfortable quiet space in your home where you won't be disturbed or distracted. A "shut the door" place. Perhaps sit by a window if you can.

  • Gather your Bible, a journal, pen, a candle, colored pencils, some coffee or water, handy snacks and perhaps an icon or picture of Jesus - whatever helps to usher you into God's presence.

  • A Computer for connecting on Zoom (it is not recommended to use your cell phone or have it near if possible). 

  • Prepare & have ready your food items needed for lunch on your own with Jesus, from 12-1pm.

  • You'll be sent some handouts to print the day prior, have those printed and ready

Why take a retreat?

Unplugging and setting this time apart to give Jesus your undivided attention can bring much needed restoration, comfort, rest, hope and healing to your weary soul.

​"Jesus invites us to be with him, offering our full and undivided attention to him. When we choose to retreat, we make a generous investment in our friendship with Christ.

We are not always generous with ourselves where God is concerned.

There has never been a time when the invitation to retreat is so radical and so relevant,

so needed and so welcome.

It is not a luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual life." 

-Ruth Haley Barton, Invitation to Retreat

When is the Retreat day?

Saturday December 5th, 2020 from 9:30am to 3pm.

A quiet waiting room will open at 9:15am with reflective music.

An optional interactive sharing time will be held from 3-3:30pm, following the retreat.

There will be several short breaks during the day and an hour long break for lunch from 12-1pm.

Suggested Offering?

A suggested offering of $40.00 is greatly appreciated.

Scholarships are available to those experiencing financial hardship. Submit a request for assistance here.

Payment can be made below with PayPal, or to avoid processing fees use Venmo (cecilia-whitacre), Chase QuickPay or send a check in the mail.

1421 E. Gloria Dr

Palatine, IL  60074

(Fees are non-refundable, but transferable to another attendee)


This retreat is being offered Online using the Zoom Webinar platform.

This allows us all to be safe and also for those outside the state to join in.

There will be an optional interactive sharing time and Q&A held in a Zoom Meeting room, just following the retreat from 3-3:30pm.

Register today!

Please register by 12/2/20.

Pay here...

"Come…let us walk in the light of the Lord."

Is 2:5