Spring Retreat 2016

Guest Speaker – Pastor Matthew Na

“Two Doors and the What If”

Ruth 1:16-17
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

“What a Door Can Teach You About You”

A community is made of many individuals. A healthy community is made up of individuals working towards health. But how can one work towards health if they don’t know what their issues are? You see, we all suffer from a kind of personal blind spot. If everyone is singing but one person isn’t; if someone has an irritating mannerism; if someone talks too much; if someone is a gossiper; if someone is emotionally needy and draining — if some person has a problem, who is the last person to know? The person who has the problem. The truth about you is you often don’t know the truth about you. So we’ll spend an hour looking at some key questions and how we can be people who are going and growing toward health and realistic self-inventory.

Reflection / discussion questions:

1. What are my strengths? Weaknesses?

2. What drives me?

3. What is my response style?

4. What do I really value?

“One Door and the What Will”

Psalm 24:7-8
7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle.

Matthew Na is a native New Jersey, born and raised. He is an ordained clergy in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and is currently serving as the Director of Operations and Worship at Cornerstone Church in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ and has previously served as lead pastor of Arcola Covenant Community in Paramus, NJ, as well as the Director of Professions of faith for the UMC’s GNJAC. He is a lover of pasta and pizza, prefers pepsi over coke, red over yellow sour patch kids, and anything regarding C.S. Lewis. The only thing he genuinely loves more than these is his wife, Sally, whom he has been married to for 13 years and their three boys: Lucas (6), Asher (6), and Elias (2).