Retreat to the Redwoods
The Old and the New ( by Jeanette Calixto, board member) I became part of First Baptist Church of Alameda in 1997. It wasn’t long before I heard of Redwood Glen …the horse camps, that time when M’s camper fell out the cabin window and D’s camper intentionally rolled […]
The Old and the New
( by Jeanette Calixto, board member)
I became part of First Baptist Church of Alameda in 1997. It wasn’t long before I heard of Redwood Glen …the horse camps, that time when M’s camper fell out the cabin window and D’s camper intentionally rolled in poison oak, the church retreats when my now-adult friends were teenagers. My congregation included two previous executive directors, a program camp director, several board members, dozens of staff and counselors, and van loads of people with great stories of great times. Soon my stories and those of my kids were added to that bibliography.
Oh, the nostalgia of looking backward. The positive experiences turn to legend. The negative experiences pick up humor or perspective along the way and somehow don’t seem so bad anymore. But nostalgia can make change difficult, keeping us focused on what is lost rather than the possibilities ahead. How can we go two years without summer camps as we’ve known them? Who will we find to replace Larry as our next executive director? And whatever happened to that fabulous, diabolical seesaw in the playground?
The last time I was at Redwood Glen, I was hiking around with my photographer husband searching for good shots. Which means I was paying more attention than usual. I looked at one of the massive redwoods, with deep-ridged bark like armor worn by the old soldier. Pushing out of a knothole was a sprout, colored that light bright green of new growth. I saw a living, growing parable …the tiny tree drawing strength and stability from its host, and the aged tree living on longer and with a new shape because of the young one. Past and future conjoined in the present.
Redwood Glen is awash right now in that bright color of change. We have to revamp, restart, renew, reimagine… holding both the old and the new in a sacred present. Please pray with us for God’s grace and guidance in meeting this moment.
Your Family At Redwood Glen
Limited Space Available
Redwood Glen is prepared to be available to your family for weekends stays, starting July 31 through the Labor Day weekend.
Here are the details:
- Cabins and Siden Center rooms are available.
- $160 per person for 2 nights and 6 meals. (Single Occupancy add $50 cleaning fee)
- Labor Day weekend – $240 for 3 nights and 9 meals.
Other details: Meals will be boxed takeout only. Face coverings will be required to pick up meals and whenever in a building. Swimming pool will be available for limited family groups.
Spaces will be limited so click the “reserve a spot” email link below, and give us your name, which weekend you’d like to come and how many in your family. You can also call for reservations at
650-879-0320 (For Guest Services, extension 10)
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