Care Net Pregnancy Center of the Hudson Valley

Care Net Pregnancy Center of the Hudson Valley is affiliated with Care Net, a network of over 1,100 pregnancy centers. Their mission is to empower people to make life-affirming choices and they have been serving Dutchess County, New York since 1986.

As Care Net upholds the sanctity of human life, the foundation of their ministry is the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only Christ can give unconditional love, forgiveness and the offer of salvation that their clients and their families need. Care Net is committed to sharing this offer of hope with their clients.

Mid-Hudson Love Inc.

Love In the Name of Christ is a proven outreach model that helps churches help people in need. It is one of the most effective management, mobilization, and networking tools available to churches today.

Using the Love INC model, local churches come together as a network. It's a cooperative effort that makes a lasting impact on individuals, families, and children in need.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Vassar College

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty. They minister to students and faculty through small group Bible studies, large gatherings on campus, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship and life-changing conferences and events.

World Renew

World Renew, formerly the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is the relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church. World Renew reaches out in God's name to people, both in North America and around the world, who are struggling with poverty, hunger, disaster, and injustice to help them find lasting ways to improve their lives.

Sketching as Prayer

Led By: Melissa Fischer
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“Since all life is holy, we don’t want to let it pass by unnoticed. We give our attention as fully as we can to what we are doing at the moment and to what is going on around us. Being present here and now helps us to be mindful of the continuing presence of God. “(from OHC’s Associates Rule)

While most of us would like to be mindful of God’s presence, it is often difficult to notice that which is quiet and subtle. God more often whispers than shouts and leaves fingerprints for us to seek rather than neon lights flashing in our faces. Sketching can be a pathway to being present here and now, seeing those fingerprints in the world around us, and becoming aware of God’s presence. And in the process we are drawn into prayer, either with words or in silent communion with the Master Artist.

In this retreat we will open our sketchbooks, eyes, and hearts to God’s presence in his creation. We will cover the basics of sketching to capture the essence of a subject, whether person, animal, or landscape, and look with eyes of faith into the world to see God’s touch all around us, as we enter into prayer through the pages of our sketchbooks.

Melissa Fischer combines art and writing in her sketchbooks, with a particular interest in sketching from life in order to see and share the wonder and beauty present in the world right around us. Melissa teaches and occasionally exhibits her art locally and during artist residencies, but her real passion is helping people step out of the rat race and into quiet awareness of God’s presence through recording the ordinary moments of life in a sketchbook journal. Visit to see Melissa’s artwork and blog.

Resonate Global Missions


Resonate isn’t just a metaphor for our work, it’s a picture of the future we pursue. People all over the world are hungry to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and it is our mission to live and share that good news. 

The Christian Reformed Church has a rich history of sending missionaries, planting churches, engaging students through campus ministry & international schools, and a passion for fulfilling the great commission. Through this transformational work, we amplify Christ’s love in every direction.

Together, we can reach across cultural barriers and forge partnerships within new communities of faith both here in North America and around the globe. Thank you for your prayers and support as we pursue this mission together.

Missionary Support

Liam and Jessica Starkenburg in Nicaragua

Stepanie and Spiridon in Moldova
Brian and Carin Roberg at Penn State, Pa