Weekend on the Bay…A Couples Getaway! - Nov 4-6, 2016

A fall weekend at Sandy Cove is the perfect time for a couples getaway!

2016 Weekend on the Bay A Couples Getaway

Spend time together – laughing, talking, resting – getting to know each other all over again.

“55 Years….and Counting!”

Gordon and Gail MacDonald on what makes a long-haul marriage prosper.

Couples selfie

Plan a romantic weekend away from your normal hectic lives to escape and unwind together.

Weekend on the Bay

A Couples Getaway

Weekend getaway


Schedule subject to change

4:00 pm Registration & Check in
5:30 Dinner
7:30 Session 1
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
Making it Stick!
9:00 Snack Break

8:30 am Breakfast
9:30 Session 2
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 3
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 Free Time
5:30 Dinner Buffet
7:00 Concert
8:30 Snack Break

8:30 am Breakfast
10:00 Session 4
Worship & Teaching
Spaghetti Time
12:00 pm Lunch

Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!

What they're saying...

“The speakers brought up very relevant topics that allowed me to look into my marriage and have meaningful discussions with my spouse.” -John, Catonsville, MD

“The worship and teaching really centered on growing together in our relationships with each other and Christ. Such a tranquil setting too.” -Scott, Mechanicsburg, PA

“My husband and I were able to reconnect and have some much needed crucial conversations that will strengthen our marriage.” -Kathy, Milford, DE

“Good worship, good speakers and topics – bibically based. Scriptures on walls. Beautiful location and grounds. Friendly people. Plenty of time to connect with my spouse.” -Lissa, Laurel, MD

“Thank you for the opportunity to allow my husband and I a weekend to ourselves to reconnect and reflect on our many blessings and things the Lord might have us to work on.” -Megan, Honesdale, PA

“You can feel the Spirit here. I think the founder would be overjoyed to see his dream fulfilled.” -Donnie, Bear, DE

“After almost nine years of marriage, we enjoy our time here at Sandy Cove. Our first time here was six years ago. The tools we learn here are invaluable to our marriage.” -Daniel, Gardners, PA

“We had an amazing time. This was our first weekend away in years. It was awesome to reconnect with each other and God this weekend.” -Pamela, Lincoln, DE

“This weekend gave us some tools and insight about our marriage. How to grow and become more like Jesus!” -Debbie, Perry Hall, MD

“Great, inspiring worship. Times for quiet reflection. Places to be alone in God’s presence.” -Dale, Newburg, PA

“The speakers spoke to our hearts and to our relationship. They gave real world examples on how to improve our marriage.” -Kip, North Beach, MD

“Listening to the speakers and other couples helped us renew our faith in God and each other. Taught us how to put Christ first.” -Candy, North East, MD

“Gave time to be alone with my wife to enjoy each other.” -Michael, Westminster, MD

Special Guests

Gordon and Gail MacDonald

Gordon and Gail will share the highs and the lows, the challenges and the joys, the laughter and the tears of over 50 years of marriage and ministry.

Gordon and Gail are known around the world for their deep love for God’s word, His heart for the world, and His design for marriage. They have raised two children, now adults, and have poured into their grandchildren what it means to live life fully as Christ followers.

Gordon MacDonald was named Chancellor of Denver Seminary in 2011. He served as interim president of Denver Seminary (2008-2009). He is an author, speaker, and teacher. He was a pastor for more than forty years, most recently the senior minister at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. When he stepped down from that position, the Grace Chapel congregation honored him with the title, Pastor Emeritus. Other pastorates were in New York City, Southern Illinois and Kansas. For three years MacDonald was president of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Gordon has written more than a dozen books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known book has been “Ordering Your Private World” which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost a million and a half copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen or more languages. Among his other books are “A Resilient Lfe,” and “Who Stole My Church?” which was a nominee for the Gold Medallion award and also won Christianity Today’s recognition as book of the year in the church category.

Gail MacDonald is an author, speaker and counselor to women who live with leadership responsibility. Gail usually speaks to the issues of human relationships, spiritual disciplines, and leadership dynamics. Born in Illinois and educated at the University of Denver, Gail has spent over fifty years alongside of her husband who was the pastor of four congregations. The first church the MacDonalds led was located in the prairies of Western Kansas (ranching country) where they lived seven miles from the nearest paved road and twenty-five miles from the nearest town. The MacDonalds have lived in suburban America, (their longest ministry in Lexington, Massachusetts), as well as the heart of New York City where–far from the “wild west”– they experienced urban life at its best. In the past years Gail MacDonald has spoken for Focus on the Family at their pastor’s wives conferences across America. She is highly involved with faculty and student women at Denver Seminary. She also spends time in consultation with women in Christian leadership who are seeking encouragement and spiritual direction. Her books include “In His Everlasting Arms”, “The Heart of the Master” and “High Call: High Privilege”.

The MacDonalds live on an old farm they call Peace Ledge near Concord, N.H. Their greatest enjoyment is in their two married children and five grandchildren. Beyond that the MacDonalds are hikers, bikers, skiers, and voracious readers.

Breakout Speakers
Stuart and Tracy Palmer

Breakout Session: “Vive La Difference!”

Join us for an afternoon workshop filled with laughs and fresh insight into this ‘becoming one’. We’ll take a lighthearted look at our differences in temperament and discover the benefits of embracing them! The Palmers believe that ‘working’ on your relationship should be fun AND significant all the while laughing in the arms of your mate.

Stuart and Tracy Palmer are the creators of a wildly unique marriage enrichment program called The Dance of Marriage. Ten years ago they left traditional careers to pursue non-profit work reaching into families with God’s love. It has been an adventurous ride, to say the least. Currently on the tail end of the parenting race launching two one-of-a-kind young adults, they are head over ‘heels’ excited about an empty nest!

In their 25 years of marriage, the Palmers have radically pursued God’s mysterious design for marriage, this “Becoming One”. Candid testimonies of their mistakes, trials, and victories will inspire you in your own pursuit of the best that God had in mind when he created us male and female. In the most recent decade, through God’s leading and passionate study, Stuart and Tracy have developed this fresh and creative approach to coach others toward biblical unity.

“What makes The Dance of Marriage so powerful is that it is a hands-on, real time, learning experience where God reveals ‘ah ha!’ scriptural truths that make instant changes in your heart, mind, and picture of partnership.” Discover that ‘working’ on your relationship can be fun AND significant, all the while laughing in the arms of your mate!

The Palmers travel from S.C. to deliver weekend conferences to countless couples in a variety of venues…even aboard a ship!

Visit The Dance of Marriage website

Saturday Night Concert Artist
Mark Cable

Mark Cable has been ministering full-time through music since 1981. His 100 yearly engagements take him to churches and conference centers throughout the Eastern United States. About two thirds of Mark’s concerts are “Great Date Night” events for couples. The rest are church-wide events for all ages: Special Sunday morning concerts, Friend Day concerts, family nights, and church banquets. He also leads worship and speaks for various family camps and Mens’ Retreats throughout the year. Over the years he has had the opportunity to share the stage at conference events with musicians and speakers such as DC Talk, SuperChic, The David Crowder Band, Louie Giglio, Randy Stonehill, Duffy Robbins, Twila Paris, Greg Speck, David Burke and Walt Mueller.

An accomplished acoustic guitarist and songwriter, Mark has released 19 CDs and has received radio airplay on Christian stations across the U.S. His latest CD is entitled “Because He First Loved Us”. He and his wife, Dodi, live in York, PA and have six children: Bethany, 27, Jordan, 24, Ben, 23, Luke, 20, Noah, 18 and Lydia, 10. Mark is a licensed minister of the Gospel and has served in the Men’s Ministries, AWANA, the Biblical Counseling/Discipleship ministries and as an elder at his home church, Grace Fellowship, in York, PA. He helped start and has served as the huddle coach for the West York Area High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. Mark is currently in his tenth year as 7th/8th grade boys basketball coach for West York Area Middle School.

Visit Mark’s website

Saturday Night - Late Night Comedian
Gordon Douglas

30 years of comedy in 37 states and 4 countries!

Gordon Douglas has been married to his wife Dawn for over 35 years. They have five natural children and have opened their hearts and home to a whole lot more. But most importantly, Gordon is someone who lives and loves to laugh!

His comedy skills took him from the nightclubs in Philadelphia to Hollywood – and then ended up in ministry! But 15 years ago a wild thought came to him…he didn’t have to give up comedy for the ministry – he can do both, often at the same time!​

So since returning to the comedy world in 1995, Gordon has been in 37 states and 4 countries and has been featured on a variety of television and radio programs. What makes Gordon different? His unique ability to connect with everyone from teenagers to senior citizens. His comedy program has been seen on both Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines. But his favorite events are for Church groups where there is a mixture of fun and faith, love and laughter.

Learning from his comedy heroes Bill Cosby and Red Skelton, Gordon’s comedy mixes real life stories with “off the wall” physical comedy and his own hilarious view of life. You will relate to his side splitting stories from his life- like dropping the sermon notes into the grave at his first funeral to his demonstration of changing his first diaper, to his now famous “pantyhose dance” that has folks rolling in the aisles. He helps us see the funny things all around us and find joy no matter what we are going through.

​But he is more than funny ! With genuine humility, honesty, and passion Gordon often weaves life lessons into his programs of the things he’s learned in the ordinary and often painful events in his life that include some tragic deaths, his wife’s victorious battle with cancer, and his dads many years confined to a wheelchair.

Who needs a comedy writer? His unique home offers hours of comedy material and inspiration for living life to the fullest. When he and Dawn were told they couldn’t have children, they were deeply moved by the biography of Keith Green, and they opened their hearts and home to 8 boys (only 3 at a time), a missionary family with four kids, a young couple with a baby. Also living with him are his “in-laws” and some “out-laws.” YES – 2 prisoners under house arrest!

Visit Gordon’s website

Worship Leaders
Matt and Kim Goss

Born in Lewisburg and raised in Jonestown and Lancaster, Matt grew up in a very musical family and started ministering through music at a young age. They toured as “The Goss Family” and often sang and performed in churches across Pennsylvania. On his own, Matt played at school dances, coffee houses, and youth groups throughout high school and college. A big kid at heart with a dry humor, and a constant ability to make people laugh, Matt’s quick wit is the source of lots of laughs around the office and in practices.

Matt earned his two-year music certificate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has served as LCBC’s worship leader since May of 1999. Matt shares that his philosophy of ministry is “to prepare the way for the Holy Spirit to open hearts and minds to genuine worship through the arts.” He is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, tubist, composer, arranger, choir director and, of course, worship leader. From August to January, you’re likely to find Matt talking Eagles football and coaching from his armchair.

His other passions include motorcycles, pretzel dogs and long johns. Matt and his wife Kim have been married since 1996 and live in Lititz with their four children: Isabella, Caleb, Lilah and Adeline.


No rate increase for 2016!

Rates are per couple and include two nights lodging, six meals, snacks, program and activities.

Chesapeake Lodge
$498 per couple

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!
Log Cabins are open all year.
Log Cabin Rates: $498 per couple

Financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available.

Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks for guys, one-piece for girls of all ages!

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.

This is a Child Free Event. We love babies and children and we know you do too! But “Child Free Events” are your opportunity to be free from some of your normal daily responsibilities. It also provides a distraction free time for everyone to focus on the spiritual purpose of the event. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.