Special Events

From men’s and women’s retreats to our book discussion groups, we invite you to join us for special occasions and events throughout the year. Book mark this space and keep checking back with us to see what’s coming up next!

Women’s Spring Retreat 2020

May 1-2, 2020 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Toms River

“The women’s retreat year after year opens my eyes and perspective. I love being surrounded by women of such strong faith and hearing the amazing experiences they share.” – shared at the end of the 2019 Retreat

Our two-day retreat includes dinner on Friday night at 6 pm followed by Session #1. Breakfast on Saturday morning at 8 am followed by Session #2 and Lunch on Saturday at noon followed by Session #3.

Cost: $100 – includes meals, facility fees, and retreat materials. Partial retreat scholarships are available. See Pat Grill for information. 

Call the church office or stop by the Welcome Center for more details. $50 Deposit due by February 15th. Balance due by March 15th.

Interested? You can also sign-up here.

Dinners for 8

“Dinners for Eight” is an opportunity to share life together – over a casual dinner with other PCTR members.  It’s eight adults around a table in a home or restaurant, once-a-month, sharing food and conversation. It’s an opportunity to get to know other members and friends at PCTR.  

This is not a highly structured event or a Bible Study. This is a time for hospitality. You can meet new members, along with sharing dinner with people you might know, but don’t really get to spend time outside of worship with them.  We are setting up “2020 Dinners for Eight” in the months of February, March and April.

Connections Through Crafting

Join us at these “hands-on” events where we can share our stories through the things we create – and spend time with and swap ideas with other people who share our passion! Everyone is welcome – no experience needed – supplies provided.  Join us for a great time of learning and sharing! 

Connections through Crafting

Join us at these “hands-on” events where we can share our stories through the things we create – and spend time with and swap ideas with other people who share our passion!

Everyone is welcome – no experience needed – supplies provided

Join us for a great time of learning and sharing!


Card Making
Saturday, April 25, 2020
12 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Mission Room
Coordinated by Terry Lynn Bright & Mary Pabst

Book Discussion Groups

Throughout the year, we will host four Book Discussions on Sundays at noon. These events will feature a popular book, usually from the New York Times Bestsellers List – and provide an opportunity to discuss the book in a casual setting with a facilitator to help guide the discussion. Everyone is welcome! A light lunch will be available.

February 23, 2020 

Join us for our next book discussion. We’ll be reading “The Aviators Wife” by Melanie Benjamin and then meeting on February 23 at 12:15 pm to discuss it.  “In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.”

Our gatherings begin with a light lunch. Stop by the PCTR Welcome Center mid-January to purchase your copy of the book and then come back in February to share your thoughts on it.

May 2020

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life — until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?

August 2020

Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.