Monday July 2, 2018
Dear friends of the Adult CE Port-O-Call Retreat,
I am writing on behalf of the Port-O-Call Retreat committee to share sad news regarding Randy Marks, who with his wife Dawn, was able to be a part of this year’s retreat in May. At the retreat, Randy shared that he was diagnosed with cancer just weeks after being with us for the 2017 Port-O-Call Retreat. Since last June, he has endured an intense regimen of chemotherapy and its devastating side effects. But despite all the attempts made medically to overcome this disease, yesterday morning Randy passed from this world into the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Just a few days ago, Randy learned that the cancer was advancing. As his health rapidly deteriorated, he was told his chemo was being stopped permanently, and hospice care began. He wrote these encouraging words in an email on June 27, “To the unbeliever this news would be devastating...but to those of us who walk with Jesus, this is the beginning of a new journey. Unless God heals me, which I know He absolutely can with or without chemo, I am beginning to walk through the Valley. The preposition "through" makes all the difference!! This Valley is temporary!! The Great Shepherd is our Guide and with Him there are no Dead Ends. The same God who led us in will lead us out and our destination will be the "Portals of Paradise"!! ”
Dawn wants all of their Port-O-Call friends to know of these recent events and expresses appreciation for your prayers on their behalf. A Life Celebration was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday July 7 at the Hershey Free Church, 330 Hilltop Rd, Hummelstown, PA 17036. Visitation was be from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. (Click here for obituary.)
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Dawn - contact me for her mailing address.
It was a blessing for us that Randy and Dawn were able to attend this year’s retreat because, regrettably, this year was the final Port-O-Call Retreat. After forty-four years of gathering at the beautiful New Jersey seashore, circumstances have led the committee to end this wonderful tradition. So, thank you to all who participated in these memorable retreats for over four decades. We look forward to that day in Heaven when we’ll all be together again with those we love.
When we all see Jesus, what a day of rejoicing that will be!
God bless you all,
For the Adult CE Port-O-Call Retreat Committee
44th Annual Adult C.E. Retreat
This year we celebrated Christmas at the beach! Thanks for joining us at the famous Port-O-Call Hotel on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ
May 8-10, 2018 with extended retreat started May 7
SEE WHAT YOU MISSED at the 2017 Retreat: watch video HERE
Watch 2016 Video HERE
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