What to Expect

2022 XA College-Age Fall Retreat
Oct. 21-23
Bongiorno Conference Center
430 Union Hall Road, Carlisle, PA


After you sign up, we hope you'll share this link and help us get the word out.

Early dorm registration (through Sept. 26) is $59. After that, dorm registration is $69.

Registration for small motels (based on 2 person occupancy) is $99 per person.

Registration for large motel rooms (based on triple occupancy) is $99 per person. (These rooms can house up to 5).

Linens are included for large and small motel rooms. If you register at the dorm rate you can purchase a Bed in a Bag for $12 or bring your own linens at no extra charge.

Registration includes your lodging, 4 meals (3 Saturday and breakfast on Sunday) plus after service food on Friday and Saturday evenings and all services, breakouts and programs. What a bargain!

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2022 Chi Alpha College-Age Fall Retreat.


Zach Wable

We're so excited to announce that Zach Wable is our speaker for the 2022 XA College-Age Fall Retreat! He'll be sharing about the Holy Spirit's work in our life and we are so excited about all the Lord has planned for us through Zach's ministry.
Zach is a Pennsylvania guy and has worked overseas in a Muslim context in East Africa since 2013.
He's part of Live Dead, which exists to see churches planted among Unreached People Groups through teams. He's done everything from teaching English and playing/coaching basketball to partnering with and training African churches at the local and national levels.
Zach loves Chi Alpha and has partnered with us for almost 10 years. He is passionate about mobilizing and sending more workers overseas, specifically to peoples and places where Christ is not known.
Those who attended our first XA College-Age Fall Retreat may remember Zach as he led a small group and also taught one of our breakouts.
Please pray with us that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct Zach as he prepares for this exciting weekend in the Lord's presence. And that God will prepare our hearts for the Spirit's work in and among us.


Why Does Jesus Talk about Money so Often?

Jesus uses money as a tool to reveal our true priorities. Central to our faith is the fact that God created everything and it ultimately belongs to Him. We are stewards (or managers) of God's resources-this includes our money. Stewardship isn't just an aspect of the Christian life; it is the whole of the Christian life.

With Phil and Val McLeod, Chi Alpha Philly missionaries

Understanding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

In the Book of Acts, the early church had an encounter with the Person of the Holy Spirit that changed their lives forever. This Baptism of the Holy Spirit empowered them to build the Kingdom of God in ways they could never have done on their own. We believe this same baptism is available to believers today. You may ask: What exactly is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? How do I ask for it? How do I know I've received it? Join us as we discuss this wonderful gift from God, and explore Scripture to answer pressing questions.

With Bri Messinger and Jonathan Mendoza, Chi Alpha missionaries at Edinboro University

Suffering: Let's Talk About It

Psalm 23:4a "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death" Perhaps not the most appealing subject, but one we all experience. In fact, suffering may be one of the few guarantees you have in life - it will come. Why does it come? How should I respond when it comes? What hope do we have? What is God going to do about it? All good questions! We will look at how the Bible can equip us to walk through it and help others walk through it.

With Paul Waldecker, associate pastor at State College Assembly of God and Chi Alpha pastor at Penn State University

A Missional Life: Opportunities to Serve

If you have the slightest connection or passion for missions - whether to go or send others to go - this session is for you! Through biblical texts and modern day testimonies, you will walk away from our time together full of faith that God fulfills His promises and His name will be made great among the nations!

With Zach Wable, our retreat speaker

Necessary Conversations for Serious Relationships

If you are in a serious relationship, want to be in a serious relationship, or are trying to figure out what went wrong in your previous serious relationship, this breakout session is for you. We will explore, time permitting, TEN areas of concern for every couple. Don't miss out on a great future.

With Joe and Heide Barrale, Chi Alpha missionaries at the University of Delaware

The Real You

What comes to mind when you think about yourself? Kindness? Love? Acceptance? Shame? Resentment? Condemnation? The Lord has created us uniquely and in His image, but all too often our negative views of ourselves and our pasts keep us from seeing ourselves the way God does. During this breakout we will take time to process how we see ourselves, how God sees us, and why those two often don't line up. Our prayer is that God would bring breakthrough from shame, self-hatred, and unforgiveness into the realization of who the real you is in Jesus.

With Alycia Bini, Chi Alpha missionary at Penn State Behrend

Transitions: How to leave college well and stay connected to XA alumni

Changing life seasons can be difficult, especially graduating from college after you've been well-connected in a community of faith. Finding a church, navigating unmet expectations, and establishing new community where you can be discipled and disciple others are just some of the challenges graduates face. Join us as we discuss how to transition well and live life on a mission.

With Danny Walters, XA alum and member of Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill

XA Internship: A Year of Giving and Growth

Ready to change the world? Have you considered a career in campus ministry? The most strategic mission field in the world may be calling your name! In this breakout, we'll explore the "Campus-Missionary-In-Training" program. The CMIT internship with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is a 9-12 month opportunity to learn and develop the character and competencies necessary for a calling and mission among college students. It includes a biblical and practical ministry education, character development, and a wide variety of skill acquisition required for campus ministry service. Our heart is to reconcile students to Christ and transform the university, marketplace and the world!

With Ally Sarring and TJ Schaefer, Chi Alpha missionaries at Edinboro University


Friday, October 21
4 to 7:45 pm - Check in
8 pm - Session 1 in the Activities Center
After Session

Pizza, s'mores, bonfire, and activities at the playground area
Light-up volleyball behind the tennis courts
Group games including Signs inside the Activities Center
Ping-pong and foosball in the Activities Center game room
Game room with tons of board games in Hotel A
Video games in Hotel C
Space for prayer in Hotel B

Saturday, October 22
7:30 am - Coffee available in the Activities Center entryway
8 am - Breakfast in the Dining Hall
9 am - Session 2 in the Activities Center
11 am - Breakout Elective 1
Noon - Lunch in the Dining Hall
1 pm - Breakout Elective 2
2 to 3 or 3:30 pm - Campus/Young Adult Group Time (If you're not with a group, please meet in the Activities Center entryway)
3 pm - Free Time
Chill / Study
Pick-up basketball / tennis / volleyball / frisbee at the outside courts
Disc golf
Outdoor games at the playground area
Board games in Hotel A
Prayer Room open in Hotel B / Prayer Walk (see map here)
Walking trail - map in retreat booklet
5 pm - Dinner in the Dining Hall
7 pm - Session 3 in the Activities Center
After Session

Hot dogs, s'mores, bonfire, and activities at the playground area
Light-up volleyball behind the tennis courts
Group games inside the Activities Center
Table tennis and foosball in the Activities Center
Game room with tons of board games in Hotel A
Mario tournament in Hotel C
Space for prayer in Hotel B

Sunday, October 23
8 am - Breakfast in the Dining Hall
9:15 am - Have everything out of rooms
9:30 am - Session 4 in the Activities Center
After Session - Group Photo

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