Preregistration: Winter Retreat 2017/18

We are still building Winter retreat. If you know you would like to secure a spot for your family, we encourage you to preregister. There are 3 retreats, Winter retreat #1, 20-26 Dec, Winter retreat #2, 26-29 Dec & Winter retreat #3, 29 Dec-2 Jan.

A retreat to suit every family!

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Christmas season is special, but it is even more special to celebrate at White Sulphur Springs with a community of like-minded believers. It is beautiful here year-round but there is a wondrous beauty during the Christmas season.The quietness of the snow on the mountains, a table laden with good food, a warm hearth, the beauty of Heritage House illuminated in celebration of the season, life-changing connections with family and loved ones… Please come and experience for yourself why so many have made Winter Retreat part of their family’s holiday tradition.

 Some special events at Winter Retreat include:

 Winter Retreat is like no other time of year at the WSS. You are able to experience traditions and special events that only occur during Winter Retreat.

  • Christmas Eve festival
  • Christmas Communion Service
  • Manger Service with live Nativity
  • Carolling in the Cove
  • Skiing at local slopes
  • New Year’s Eve Communion Service
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration
  • Family Hours, Skit and Talent Shows
  • Ice Skating on the Pond
  • Candy-Making Classes

The information below is from last Christmas (2016/2017.) Speaker information will updated by the Sept 4.

Join the Family of God at White Sulphur Springs during Christmas for memories and traditions that last a lifetime. Be blessed and refreshed this Christmas season during one of our four Winter Retreat sessions. Dates for 2016 Winter Retreat are as follows:

Winter Retreat #1- 10% Early Bird Discount!


16-21 Dec.//Chaplain (CDR) Norman Brown, USN (Ret)

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About CH (CDR) Norman Brown, USN (Ret)
Commander Norman Brown, CHC, USN (ret) is a retired Christian Reformed minister and Navy Chaplain and graduate of the Naval Academy, Class of 1969.  After commissioning, he spent seven years as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer, during the Viet Nam Conflict.   He resigned his commission to attend Calvin Seminary, graduating in 1980.  After pastoring a church in Michigan, he returned to the Navy as a chaplain in 1983, serving 17 years in a range of assignments at sea and ashore, with both Navy and Marine Corps commands.  His final tour was as Deputy Command Chaplain for the Naval Academy, before retiring in 2000.  He then became Senior Pastor, Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church, Wyckoff, NJ, retiring from active ministry in 2012.  He now enjoys serving as chaplain for his Academy class, serving on his denomination’s Chaplaincy Advisory Committee, as well as writing and speaking.  Norm and his wife Ruth have been married for 47 years, are the parents of three grown children and have nine grandchildren.


Advent of the Christ: the Invasion Begins “The birth of Christ was an act of war, an invasion.” (John Eldredge, Waking the Dead, p. 16). The Son of God came to make peace between God and His people by waging war against the Enemy, Satan. Advent is the Church’s season for preparing to join the battle as we await His coming. What’s the Commander’s strategy for victory? How shall we train? What weapons are we given? On the final long weekend before Christmas, we’ll learn from His Word what the Incarnation of God’s Son means and see how we’re to prepare for His coming invasion. When Christmas comes, we want to be ready to join Him in the battle to redeem His people and triumph over the evil one.

Winter Retreat #2


21 – 26 Dec.//Chaplain (COL) Chip Huey, USA

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Chaplain (COL) Chip Huey, USA
Chip Huey is an Army chaplain, currently serving as the Director and Training and Leader Development at the US Army Chaplain Center and School.  He and Kristin have five children – all adopted – Isa, age 20; Sam, age 15; Ethan, age 11; Nathan, age 10; and Seth, age 9.  They live in Columbia, SC, except for Isa, who is an intern at White Sulphur Springs.


Celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth for all the people 
On the night Jesus was born, the Angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The great joy of the Savior, Christ the Lord, was for all the people.  Yet as the Apostle Paul asks, “But how are they to call on Him in Whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in Him of Whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  And how are they to preach unless they are sent?”  What better time than Christmas to think about missions?  We celebrate the joy of the Lord Jesus’ birth, a joy that is for all the people.  Yet many of those people have not heard – and need Christians to go and tell them.  We will look at missions and the missionary spirit while we celebrate the great missionary plan of our Missionary God!

Winter Retreat #3


26 – 30 Dec.//Chaplain (LTC) Dave Bowlus, USA

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Chaplain (LTC) Dave Bowlus, USA
Dave is currently serving as a student at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA. He has served as an Army Chaplain for 14 years to include service as the 75th Ranger Regimental Chaplain and the Division Chaplain for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  He  has multiple deployments as a chaplain, to include Iraq, Afghanistan, and Liberia. Prior to becoming a Chaplain, Dave served as an Armor Officer and is a 1993 USMA graduate. He holds a Master of Divinity and currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Ministry program with an emphasis on developing Christian leaders. He is married to Meridee, his wife of 23 years. Dave and Meridee have two kids, Andrew (18) and Savannah (12).


Who Do You Think You Are? Discovering and Fully Living in our New Identity in Christ

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new is come!” Do you know who you are in Christ? Dave will take us on a journey through the Bible to discover the facets of your new identity in Christ and how it applies to our lives today in the military community. The relevancy of this topic today is crucial in order to fully live the new life and overcome common booby traps that keep us from walking in it. Let the Gospel show you who you really are as a Christ-follower and experience His grace anew after Christmas and as you prepare for the New Year.

Winter Retreat #4  SOLD OUT

** Heritage House sold out. Please inquire about reservations at Harrison House with a 10% discount. White Sulphur Springs Office (814) 623-5583

30 Dec – 2 Jan.//COL Hous Waring, USAF (Ret)

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Col Hous Waring, USAF (Ret)
Bio: Hous & Tami Waring graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy four years apart, but they still met as a result OCF’s USAFA ministry hosted by Col Rob and Ginny Woodruff.  Over the course of the next 25 years they raised nine children and they now have three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and six grandchildren.  Their view of military ministry has been formed largely by serving in the AF fighter community, living in base housing whenever possible, supporting the chaplaincy, serving on the OCF council, hosting local fellowships and by combat flight duty ranging from Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM through to ENDURING FREEDOM.  Hous now serves on the OCF staff in Montgomery, Alabama where the family (three children remain at home) seeks to love the men, women and children assigned to Maxwell-Gunter AFB for various schools ranging from a few weeks to 10 months


Title of my Talk: Living the Christian Life Unbalanced
Description: An Air War College student declared this year that there are no good New Testament role models for how to live a balanced life in the military. He said that the apostles and writers of the NT books all seems to be a bit extreme. That got me thinking about what I encourage students and permanent staff and retirees to pursue. I am usually found reminding believers to not be ashamed, to share in suffering, to endure everything for the sake of the elect, and to preach the Word. Have I missed something by using Paul’s words to Timothy in this way? Do the Scriptures speak of a balanced life where we can successfully weigh out personal, professional, marriage, parental, and spiritual responsibilities against one another? Let’s wrestle this out together.

A Typical Day at Winter Retreat

  • 0830: Breakfast
  • 0950-1215: Teen-Children Program/Children’s Story hour (age 3-Grade 3)
  • 1000-1100: Fireside Talk with the speaker
  • 1115-1215: Adult Discussion with speaker
  • 1230: Lunch
  • Afternoon: Free time (various activities are offered depending on the day)
  • 1730: Dinner
  • 1900-1930: Family hour—Pettijohn Room
  • 1930-2030: Teen-Children Program/Fireside Talk with the speaker
  • 2030: Snacks & Fellowship in Dining Room
  • 2200: Quiet in Heritage House

Note: Arrival night dinner is at 1800. Guests are asked NOT to overlap between sessions.

“It’s clear that God is at work here. It’s a place where we can focus with attention to our spiritual lives. It almost doesn’t matter what the speaker/topic is, God still has something to say to us.”