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VCS Staff Retreat

The 2022 Staff Retreat is for all VC Staff Members.* This one day retreat will be a fulfilling experience of connection, laughter, and joy.

OCTOBER 17, 2022
8:30am - 2:00pm

Pre-Retreat Podcast
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 Post-Retreat PodcAST
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Childcare Services* | Register by Friday, October 7

Childcare for school aged children will be offered. Morning childcare is scheduled from 9:00-11:00am. Please pick up your child for lunch 11:00am - 1:30pm. Afternoon childcare is from 1:30-2:00pm for Let's Pray Groups. Childcare is onsite in a room adjacent to our meeting room. 

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Register by Friday, October 7

Schedule of Events

8:30 am 


Enjoy the drive to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk while listening to our morning devotional podcast to prepare our hearts and minds for God. 
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  • 8:30 - 9:00am – Arrival and Check-In
    Bagels, Fruit and Coffee reception
  • 9:00-11:00am – Morning childcare. Please pick up your child for lunch.



9:05 am 

Staff Retreat Service 

  • 9:05 - 9:10am – Welcome and Roadmap
  • 9:10-- 9:30am – Worship with Sam Talbert
    Sam currently serves as the worship pastor at Menlo Church, San Jose. Sam is a 3rd generation pastor and grew up at Westgate Church. Sam’s passion is to see people enter into the presence of Jesus through music. He now lives in Aptos with his wife Natalie and his two children.
  • 9:30 - 10:00am – Message by Pastor Dave Lomas
    Dave was born in the central valley of California. He began following Jesus as a junior in high school, started in ministry in 1997, and was ordained at the age of 21 as a youth pastor. After serving vocationally in ministry for 10 years, he felt called to plant a church. In 2007, Dave and his wife Ashley moved to Carpinteria, California, to begin the process of planting with the Reality Family of Churches. It was there that God called them to move to San Francisco to start Reality SF. They moved in 2009, and after a year of prayer meetings, Reality SF started in 2010. In addition to serving as an elder at Reality SF, Dave serves as Teaching & Vision Pastor, responsible for the overall pastoral vision and teaching of the church. He and his wife live near Mt. Davidson with their daughter Juniper Blue and golden doodle Prince. Dave’s first book, The Truest Thing About You, was a project that came from his lessons pastoring the first few years at RSF.

10:00 AM

Boardwalk, Beach Party & Lunch

  • 10:00 - 10:45am – Connection Time for Staff with Amy Hernandez and Shirley Hitchcock (Optional for those that want to connect with others)
  • 10:00 - 10:50am – Learning Lab: “Praying without Ceasing” with Jon Sizelove
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm — Quiet retreat with Dr. Steve McGriff
  • 10:00am - 1:30pm – Arcade Free-Play including Mini Golf, Laser Tag & Volleyball
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm – Exclusive Rides: Giant Dipper & Bumper Cars
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm – BBQ Buffet Lunch is Available

1:30-2:00 PM

Let’s Pray Groups

Enjoy a time of fellowship as we connect and lift we one another up in prayer. 

Afternoon childcare is from 1:30-2:00pm for Let's Pray Groups.

2:00 PM

Event Concludes

Enjoy our afternoon devotional podcast on the ride home!

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