On October 13th, with the leaves turning their beautiful colors, members of Trinity church will be descending on Shrine Mont for our (hopefully) annual retreat. It will be a weekend of fellowship on the beautiful campus of the Episcopal diocesan conference and retreat center located in Orkney Springs, Virginia. Families and couples have already signed up for activities on the campus such as bike riding, touring Shrine Mont, tennis, and hiking. Others will be riding the chair lift at Bryce Mountain Resort, zip lining, playing golf, or for the younger crowd, miniature golf. With some couples, they simply want to relax in the many rocking chairs available and walk in the peaceful setting. Nighttime activities include our own private Eucharist service in the Shrine, which is the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, finished with a campfire with s’mores and beautiful music led by Christian Myers and others. Last, but not least, is the fantastic food provided at Shrine Mont. When one mentions it, the response is always “And they have the best fried chicken!” By the time we leave on Sunday, we are relaxed and sated with the spirituality of Shrine Mont, ready to begin our week.