Regrettably this year's retreat is canceled
Here's more information from an email we sent out July 29
Good morning friends,
We hope this email finds you and your family well in these trying times. We’re writing to you because you
attended the Chi Alpha / College-Age Retreat last fall at the Bongiorno Conference Center. We rejoice in the
wonderful time we had that weekend.
Because of the coronavirus, we had promised to let you know by Aug. 1 if we would be able to hold the retreat
Unfortunately, due to restrictions in place at several of our universities represented at retreat, student
groups like Chi Alpha won’t be able to travel this fall. So regrettably we’re writing to let you know we have to
cancel this year’s retreat. It is a difficult and disappointing decision for us to have to make and we
understand it is disappointing for many of you. We had so looked forward to gathering and experiencing the
Lord’s presence with all of you.
However, a number of universities in our area have moved all but a few classes online and some of those are
severely restricting access to campus. This means campus ministry at several universities across our region will
be mostly online as it was in the latter part of the 2020 spring semester.
We’d love to say we were rescheduling, but in reality still have no idea if our campuses will be open and / or
student organizations allowed to travel in the spring 2021 semester. Many of us are just hearing of fall 2020
plans earlier this week. And some universities' previously announced plans are extremely fluid.
Also, yesterday we were notified that National Chi Alpha and Assemblies of God World Missions will be postponing
Chi Alpha’s World Missions Summit which was scheduled for January 2021 in St. Louis. The reason given is for the
safety of students, staff and missionaries, which of course is our major concern as well.
We join you in praying for those who have been sick and those with family members who have suffered because of
this pandemic. And we pray that soon we’ll be able to gather with this wonderful group of college students and
young adults and their leaders and staff. Until then, we continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and
pray for the Lord to do great things in your hearts.
Becky Reigel, Joel Schreiber and the retreat committee
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