To Israel

A Memory By Rev. Robin Johnson

In January 2018, Eldon and I were blessed with the opportunity to join Vicki Carlson, Donna Godbout, Dave Goudy, Mary and Rick Jones, and Mary Page on a journey to Israel. We traveled with Bishop Smith and others from the NC Synod.

Some of the places we visited were Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Dead Sea, Bethany, the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem. And yes, you really can float on the salt water in the Dead Sea!

I have many wonderful memories of this trip, and many of you know it was the catalyst for spurring me to go to seminary 18 months later. One of my favorite memories of this trip was watching our dear friend, Dave Goudy.

No matter where we went, Dave would soon separate from the group and meander off with his camera. He blessed a number of people with his beautiful photo notecards.

Traveling to Israel is life-changing. If you get a chance to go, I urge to pray about making it happen.

Wild Women

A Memory By Rev. Robin Johnson.

The event: Wild Women Retreat.
The place: Lutheridge in Arden, NC.
The year: 2020.
The month: March.
Cue the dire music? Never!

A dozen members of Saint Peter’s Women of Faith joined women from around the state at a spirit-filled Wild Women Retreat from March 6th to 8th in 2020. The retreat at Lutheridge was led by Pastor Mary Canniff-Kuhn. The theme was Jesus’ I AM statements.

Pastor Mary is a wonderful storyteller and the discussions were lively. We had great fellowship, including a line dance, good food, crafts, and times set aside for enjoying nature or resting. My favorite memory was the line dancing where almost every woman – young and old – got up and danced.

However, my strongest memory has to do with when this retreat happened. Doesn’t the date sound familiar? I shared a room with Donna Godbout, a retired nurse. I remember asking her about why there was such a big hoopla over this strange new virus that people were talking about. Boy, did Donna give me an earful about what could happen! And – everything she told me COULD happen – DID. One of our women came home with Covid, as did others. And then everything shut down.

But oh, we had a blast. In fact I’m all for doing it again — except the Covid part.

Attendees to the best of my memory: Bonnie Bolea, Anita Bowman, Vicki Carlson, Jeannie Craig, Donna Godbout, Robin Johnson, Sharon Jordan, Roxanne Pratt, Lynette Rickard, Sandy Reibert, Brenda Williams.