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Columbia Union Men Strengthen Faith at Annual Retreat

By Beth Michaels

About 125 men from across the Columbia Union converged at the Mt. Aetna Camp and Retreat Center in Hagerstown, Md., for the fourth annual Maryland Men of Faith (MMOF) Conference. Attendees represented 24 churches from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, delivered the keynote/divine hour message, following this year’s theme, “What Doest Thou Here?” Referring to 1 Kings 19, he compared the cave that Elijah was in to the caves we find ourselves: the cave of “materialism” or “moral impurity.” Weigley spoke about the power of Jesus to bring us out of any cave.

Other seminar presenters, who well represented the Columbia Union, included John Appel, ministerial director for the Chesapeake Conference, who addressed moral purity; Steve Jencks, pastor of the Atholton church in Columbia, Md., who spoke on the importance of having devotional lives and solitude; and Robb Long, pastor of the Triadelphia church in Clarksville, Md., who provided insights about experiences that are key to being “merry” married men.

Attendees also participated in the annual outreach offering. This year, the men donated $919 to Maranatha Volunteers International to help them build wells in Mozambique.

“Many men shared with me the need for this event—how it refreshed them, encouraged them, and challenged them to go and be more about God's business at home,” says Tony Williams, co-founder of MMOF and a member of the Baltimore First church in Ellicott City, Md.

To learn more, visit mmof.org. Recordings of the recent seminars will be available soon for free download.