May 1st Day of Renewal

The Dead Sea Scrolls
Dr. Tim Doty will return to the Day of Renewal on Wednesday, May 1. Prior attendees can testify that the program he chooses will be informative and entertaining. You have heard about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Yet what do you know about them? Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Essenes and the early Christian church were alternative paths in the context of ancient Judaism, different ways in which the Jewish tradition might be appropriated and representing different interpretations of scripture. Tim will discuss how the Dead Sea Scrolls illuminate the context in which Jesus lived and invite your questions. 
Rev. Tim Doty has served Presbyterian congregations in Heartland Presbytery, Presbytery of the Miami Valley and is serving as pastor at First Presbyterian in Geneseo, Illinois. He is a friend of Kirkmont Center, having served as counselor and director of the Adventure Camp, as well as on the Board of Trustees. Tim is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin; Harvard Divinity School; and has a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University.

Stargazing the night of April 30
We hope this Day of Renewal is timed with the redbud blossoms and with the Eta Aquariids, a meteor shower associated with Halley’s Comet. The shower is visible from about April 19 to about May 28 each year with peak activity on or around May 5.

Jim’s Kirkmont Updates
Jim Sexstone’s observations and ideas as the new Executive Director were a highlight of the last Day of Renewal. He will share and welcome your input.

Time Outdoors
Take a guided tour of the campus or a guided nature hike through the woods. Or, spend some time on a service project in the garden or washing windows. Or stay on the porch or inside to practice origami with Donna Courtney.

Enjoy lunch as Kirkmont Center continues to move toward homegrown and locally sourced menus.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Croft House. 
Programming runs 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $18 a person and $15 each up to three companions. $30 a person to stay overnight. 
Please let us know you are planning to come by calling us at (937) 593-2141 or emailing