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Lenten Retreat

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Lenten Retreat

Daniel Bonner

Friday - Saturday, March 17 - 18, 2017, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm on Friday, and 9:00am - 5:30pm on Saturday
At Fairfax Presbyterian: 10723 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
$99 Suggested Donation

"Living Reconciliation"

Reconciliation is not a destination but a resting place on our journey with Jesus. Reconciliation with God is the pathway to living into the new relationship that we have with Him through Jesus Christ, John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (ESV) And as we live into this truth, and continue on our journey with Jesus, we then become reconcilers.  This is illuminated for us in 2 Corinthians 5:17-18: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling, the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

As we journey through Living Reconciliation, our leaders will help us to fully understand what this means to us individually, relationally and then community-wide. There will be an opportunity for personal reflection, lively group discussion, interactive exercises, and confession. The retreat will conclude with a worship service to include communion.


Josh Ruiter

Josh Ruiter is currently serving as a pastoral assistant at Church of the Advent in Washington, DC. He recently graduated from Liberty University Seminary and Josh has recently been ordained to the transitional deaconate in February of this year, and by the grace of God be ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Church in the coming year. Before joining Church of the Advent Josh served as a youth pastor in Potomac, MD and as a missionary to Jamaica, where he met his wife, Candice. Josh and Candice live in Maryland with their two dogs, Jiji & Moose, and love to spend time hunting, visiting Jamaica, and being wanna-be foodies wherever they are at. Josh finds his deepest passion in ministry working to build a vision for the church as God's family in the world, for the glory God, and good of his world.

Joseph Acanfora

Joseph Acanfora is Pastor of Church of the Apostles, Anglican in Fairfax, Virginia and an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of North America.  Prior to serving at Church of the Apostles beginning in late 2012, he served as pastor at Christ Church, Gilbertsville, NY and as Pastoral Care Coordinator at Hospice of Chenango County, Norwich, NY from 2006 – 2010. Joe and his wife Beth have been joyfully married since 1983 and have three grown sons.  He enthusiastically strives to serve his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and has a heart to serve those in need, and walking alongside others as they grow in discipleship and leadership.

A.J. Gunther

A.J. Gunther is the Chaplain Resource Manager at United States Army Garrison, Fort Belvoir.  He served for 8 years as a U.S. Army Chaplain on tours in Haiti, Afghanistan, and South Korea.  Prior to the military, A.J. served for 7 years in parish ministries both on church staffs and as a solo parish pastor along with being a campus pastor in college ministry for 4 years.  His wife Mary Beth is a retired Army Bandsman and accomplished musician who loves the Lord.  His life scripture verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  His ministry model is “to share the living well by offering cold cups of water.”


  • March 3, 2017: Optional Lodging Reservation Cut-Off
  • Registration deadline: There is none! We'd love for you to come even as a walk-in.


  • $99: Suggested Donation
  • $79: Optional Lodging Price (this amount should not be paid to Church of the Apostles, but to Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfax - see details below)

The registration includes a workbook and light refreshments and snacks plus lunch on Saturday. Scholarships are available.  To request a scholarship please contact Deborah Torres at

Conference Schedule

  • Friday, March 17, 2017: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017: 9:00am - 5:00pm (doors open at 8:30am)

Optional Lodging

The Hilton Garden Inn has arranged a special group rate if you would like to stay at the hotel. $79 + tax per room. Each room has 2 full-size beds. Spend the night with a friend or friends and have a true get away weekend. Please make your own arrangements by calling the hotel at 703-385-7774. Be sure to mention you are part of the "Lenten Retreat." Deadline for the group rate is March 3, 2017.


For further information or questions, please email Kristin Colligan at or call the church office at 703-591-1974.