WELS & ELS Pacific Northwest Mens Retreat 2016

Apr 8, 2016 - May 2, 2017
Fort Worden State Park Port Townsend, WA, United States

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“How the Bible Came to Us”

"That's how you​ interpret it!" 
​What is the "IT" that we interpret in the first place?!  Join us as Prof. Paul Koelpin helps us understand how the Bible came to us and answers questions like: 
     How were the books of the Bible gathered into the book we use today?  What about other "religious writings" (both Jewish and Christian) from the ancient world?  How do critics challenge our view of the Bible?  What about the transmission and translation of the biblical text? 
​     This presentation will examine how the Holy Bible is a collection of prophetic texts, histories and letters.  God used many different authors from many different eras to pen his authoritative Word.  The Bible's "books" are gathered into what we call the "canon" -- a uniquely unified record of salvation history.   God bless us as Prof. Koelpin leads us in a profitable discussion about God's inspired Word.

Our Presenter

Prof. Paul Koelpin image

A native of New Ulm, MN, Koelpin has been a member of the MLC faculty since 1995, teaching European history and New Testament studies and coaching men’s soccer.  While still a student, Koelpin served as an instructor at Northland Lutheran High School and a vicar at Beautiful Savior Marietta GA.  At his graduation he was assigned as a tutor at Northwestern Lutheran College, and in 1992 he was assigned as an exploratory missionary to Columbia, MD, where he served as the first resident pastor of Christ Lutheran Church until 1994.  He is especially interested in modern European history, the history of Lutheranism and the Lutheran Reformation, immigration studies, and Bible history and background.

Friday, April 8

Early arrivers on Friday can have the option to golf 9 or 18 holes at Port Townsend Golf Course near the retreat site. Contact Bob Gronlund on Facebook if you are interested!

5:00 - 7:00 pmRegistration and dorm room assignments
(Come to dorm 225)
7:30 - 7:45 pmOpening announcements
7:45 - 8:30 pmSpiritual Growth 1
8:30 - 8:45 pmBreak
8:45 - 9:30 pmSpiritual Growth 2
9:30 - ?Fellowship & refreshments in dorm commons
(bring cards & games, if you'd like)

Saturday, April 9

8:00 am sharpBreakfast in dining hall                                               
9:00 - 10:00 amSpiritual Growth 3
10:00 - 10:15 amBreak
10:15 - 11:00 amSpiritual Growth 4
11:00 - 11:15 amBreak
11:15 - noonSpiritual Growth 5
NoonLunch in dining hall
1:00 - 2:00 pmSpiritual Growth 6
2:00 pm on...Free time
5:30 - 6:30 pmDinner in dining hall
6:30 - 7:30 pmSpiritual Growth 7
7:30 - 7:35 pmVote for next year's topic
8:00 pm - ?Fellowship & refreshments in dorm commons

Sunday, April 10

8:00 am sharpBreakfast in dining hall                                               
8:45 - 9:30 amSpiritual Growth 8
9:40 - 10:00 amBreak / prep for worship
10:00 - 11:00 amWorship service

Please check out of the dorm prior to 11:00 am

Registration Details

Cost for the Men’s Retreat is $160/man. Registration deadline is April 1st if paying by check. Early registrations are appreciated, since up-front costs need to be paid.  If you are registering using credit card or paypal, the account will come up as andrew.schwartz.  This is a temporary account and will be changed next year.  ALL FUNDS will be going directly to the WELS PNW BPS account.  NO FUNDS will be going to Pastor Schwartz.  (Questions?  Contact Pastor Andy Schwartz at 360-471-6300 or by email at andrew.schwartz@ctk-wels.org)

Directions to Fort Worden

From Seattle, Everett and points east, use the Wash. State ferries to cross Puget Sound and Hood Canal to Port Townsend.

From Tacoma, take Hwy. 16 (Narrows Bridge) to Hwy. 3 to Hwy. 104 (Hood Canal Bridge). Then take Hwy. 20 to Port Townsend.

From Olympia and points south, take U.S. 101 north along the west side of Hood Canal. Then follow Hwy. 20 to Port Townsend.

Look for the signs directing you to Fort Worden.
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Packing - What to Bring

  •   A Bible

  •   Toiletries (bedding/towels provided). If prone to cold, bring a sleeping bag

  •   Ear plugs if you're a light sleeper

  •   Cards/games for fellowship time

  •   A snack to pass, if you want

  •   Casual dress!

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WELS & ELS Pacific Northwest Mens Retreat 2016

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