2017 WELS & ELS Pacific Northwest Mens Retreat

21 - 23 Apr, 2017
Fort Worden State Park Port Townsend, WA, United States

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“The Word Endures: Lessons from Luther Yesterday and Today”

This year's retreat will be a set of lessons focusing on certain practical applications of the Word to situations that occurred during the course of Luther’s reform efforts.  Reforming the Church confronted Christians with many challenging situations.  They were used to following the decrees of church authority; Luther directed attention rather to the Word.  He was unwavering in his confidence that the Word of God guided the life of faith—both individually and collectively as the “Body of Christ.”  It was always Luther’s conviction that he was not starting something new—he was returning to the truth as it was revealed in the Scripture. 
The topic selections intend to highlight Luther’s distinctively scriptural theology.  Reforming was about educating, patiently and persuasively, by applying the Word.  People would come to see how the medieval Roman Catholic Church had obscured the truth with man-made decrees and procedures.  They would come to appreciate how Spirit-worked faith in the gospel produced its own sense of unity, confidence and conviction as the “Lutheran church” emerged.  Luther was truly a teacher—more than anything he wanted people to understand clearly the teachings of Scripture.  This set of lessons will contain excerpts of Luther’s teaching as he aimed to clarify God’s truth for the people.

  1. Christian Freedom in the Cause of Reform
  2. Teach the Word to Children
  3. Appreciate The Role of the Old Testament Law
  4. Good Works
  5. Conversion and the Will
  6. Prayer
  7. Marriage
  8. Lord’s Supper

From the vote/survey, the retreat will cover lessons 1, 4 - 8. 

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 21

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 22

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 23

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

  • If paying by check, the registration deadline is April 14, 2017.
  • Use limited quantity code "EARLY" for the promo price of $190 (down from $210). Early registrations are appreciated, since up-front costs need to be paid. 
  • If you are a called worker, reach out to Pastor Schwartz for a limited quantity discount code (if you do not already have one). 
  • If you are registering using credit card or paypal, the account will come up as Andrew.Schwartz@ctk-wels.org, which is now a Business Paypal Account. 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. 
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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. Once in Fort Worden head toward Dorm 225. 
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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!

Sponsored by WELS Parish Services of the Pacific Northwest &

2017 WELS & ELS Pacific Northwest Mens Retreat

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