It has been a long tradition with FGUMC/Christuskirche to have at least one retreat per year.  The Serra Retreat has become the center, at least for two days out of the year, of our spiritual universe. We drive there, and by the time we hit the entrance, we are in retreat mode — like a big exhale.

Under the patronage of Saint Junípero Serra the Serra Retreat is a perfect setting to move forward in our spiritual life, embodying Serra's famous statement: "Always go forward, never turn back." 

The setting is beautiful.  Full of peace, serenity and reflection. Located between the mountains and the ocean in Malibu, California, the Franciscan Friars continue the ecumenical tradition begun in 1943 for welcoming group and private retreats, as well as workshops. Serra Retreat provides a superb opportunity for church groups to come together to reflect and share.  So, we "come and rest a while"  mindful of the saying: If you are too busy to make a retreat; you are too busy.


First German Speaking United Methodist Church, 556 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202