A very important part of Questhaven's growth has been the quiet procession of contributors, the "silent partners" making up the background of this Retreat's activities. The gifts, tithes, hours of service, and prayers of these persons have created a sustaining flow of loyal support that is vital to Questhaven's existence and unfoldment. A remarkable history...
The Christward Ministry and Questhaven Retreat have a remarkable financial history. Since our founding 60 years ago, we have been sustained wholly on faith, supported almost entirely by love offerings, tithes and bequests. Other sources, such as book sales and guest cottage rentals, essentially are nonprofit services.
For the Retreat's financial needs, its founder, the Rev. Flower A. Newhouse, visualized an open pool, with fresh inflow entering and a natural outflow leaving the pool, providing for the maintenance and growth of the Retreat.
Since its founding in 1940, the Retreat has grown to include the Church of the Holy Quest, Friendship House, Academy & Library, office, Retreat House, guest facilities and several residences. It is still growing, thanks to continuing contributions of those who support this work. All the while, the Retreat remains debt-free–a noteworthy record.
This spirit of giving that sustains Questhaven is the unifying, ennobling, and rewarding part of spiritual pioneering that the founders of this work exemplified. It rests solidly on the quality of faith with which they courageously purchased the bulk of the land forming this Retreat in 1940, near the end of the great depression, creating what today is a unique spiritual treasure beyond price. We hope all those who come to these holy grounds will join in the great adventure of advancing the worth of these acres consecrated to the Lord Christ forever. There is no better time than now, as we begin the Third Millennium, nor any more fruitful investment in Christianity and its future.
1. Tithes: One of the most beneficial practices is tithing. Tithing opens the wellsprings of the giver's own inflow. Giving a portion of one's income on a regular basis fulfills the theme of an open pool and activates forces that more than return the portion tithed. Most tithers choose the portion of 10%, but any amount is a good and valued beginning.
2. Gifts and love offerings: Many individuals make special gifts related to their own sense of gratitude or corresponding to their own financial blessings. These are deeply appreciated.
3. Volunteer services: The gifts of time and energy on the part of countless individuals have been invaluable to the maintenance and enhancement of the Retreat's property and activities. The voice and bell choirs and the temple dancers, along with the Sunday School teachers, coffee and luncheon servers and "Servers in Action" volunteers are prominent examples.
Less visible, but certainly appreciated, are those who regularly care for the Church, the landscaping and watering of the Retreat, along with those who devote time to prayer needs, provide transportation, visit the sick or home-bound, and perform numerous other acts of thoughtful service.
4. Wills and bequests: Over the years, the Ministry has been generously remembered in the wills of a number of benefactors. Such gifts are often the principle means of major improvements. Individuals who wish to provide the Ministry with either form of remembrance can have the services of the Ministry's attorney, if desired.
Events Calendar is updated to provide our up-to-date schedule of events.
Sunday Podcasts are available along with minister bios, in case you miss a service.
Audio Downloads can now be purchased for newly digitized talks given by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse!
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Prayer by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse to close a service in 1970.
Casa de Angeles, our most utilized guest facility, was built nearly 20 years ago. These accommodations are currently receiving some much needed loving attention and renovation. We are adding new flooring, color and an Angel theme to uplift each of its' single and double occupancy rooms.
In an effort to raise funds for this project, we are releasing a series of talks from our digital archives given by Questhaven's past Director, Dr. Stephen Isaac.
Dr. Stephen Isaac, became a lifelong student of Flower A. Newhouse after meeting her when he was only ten years old. He not only became a minister of the work here at Questhaven but also its director following Flower's passing. For over 50 years he taught, counseled, lectured and wrote by her side. As a psychologist, he took his love of Flower's teachings on the Christward Way and his fascination with the study of human nature into his life and lectures.
We invite you to listen to them online. If you are benefiting from them and would like to make a donation toward this project, we would be so grateful. These talks focus on overcoming our human tendencies and struggles to find our way more readily with God. This is a theme that really speaks to our times.
Available podcasts by Dr. Stephen Isaac:
03/23/69 The Disciples of Jesus
A correlation is drawn between what happened in Palestine so many years ago and the drama taking place in us today. We need to keep this grand perspective in order to fully appreciate not only the Lord Christ but His influence as it was expressed upon and through His Disciples.
03/18/79 Discernment–Distinguishing Between Good and Evil
Dr. Stephen Isaac discusses the meaning and importance of the spiritual quality of discernment.
06/07/70 Where Personality Ends and Character Begins
This talk illustrates the creative power to change that is innate within us—how at the center of our nature is a desire to do good.
Thank you in advance for all your support. We are striving to have every part of Questhaven welcoming all who come, in the highest expression of loveliness.
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