2018 Summer Congregational Retreat
Our churchwide retreat weekend will be held from Friday (7pm) June 22nd, until Sunday (2pm) June 24th. Please join us for a memorable weekend of retreat and rest as well as learning and community-building in beautiful Cedar Lake, Indiana (35 miles SE of downtown Chicago). See below for more information about the theme, schedule, accommodation, and pictures of the retreat site. Registration closes on June 7th and pricing will increase by $50 after June 1st, so please register early as space may be limited. Also, don't let cost be an issue in taking part and contact Pastor Peter at peter(at)immanuelcommunity.org if we can help with any financial assistance.
Retreat Speaker & Theme
Our retreat speaker will be Dr. Jerry Root who is the professor of evangelism at the Wheaton College Graduate School and he will be sharing with us God's heart for the lost and how we can better reach others with the gospel. Jerry was born and raised in Southern California, and he came to Christ while a freshman at Whittier College through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. While in college he played football and wrestled earning seven varsity letters. Jerry was a college pastor for 19 years at Granada Heights Friends Church in California, and College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He served four years as senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Santa Barbara, California. While in Santa Barbara he was the chaplain for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Jerry has been studying C. S. Lewis and a constellation of subjects related to Lewis since 1970 and both his M.Div. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation were about C. S. Lewis. He is married to Claudia (who will also be joining us) since 1975 and has four married children and thirteen grandchildren.
Accommodations & Amenities
Registration cost includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Please note Friday dinner will not be provided and so attendees are encouraged to either eat or bring dinner on their way in. The kitchen can also prepare allergy-free meals if notified beforehand so please indicate clearly any allergies when registering. Accommodations include rooms (to bed up to 5 or 6) with full private bathrooms. Nestled in a peaceful lakeside setting amenities include a tennis, basketball and gaga ball court as well as a softball field and playground. A game room is also on site equipped with table-tennis, pool, carpetball and fooseball tables. There are also lakeside activities such as a sand beach for swimming along with kayaks and canoes. Local vendors also rent jet skis and give boat tours. More information about the retreat location can be found at: http://www.cedarlakeministries.org/