2017 WELS & ELS Pacific Northwest Mens Retreat
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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.
- Christian Freedom in the Cause of Reform
- Teach the Word to Children
- Appreciate The Role of the Old Testament Law
- Good Works
- Conversion and the Will
- Lord’s Supper
The registration deadline will be January 29,2017 (or earlier once at capacity) to allow for pre-work/online discussion on the above lessons. The pre-work/online discussion will determine which six lessons the retreat will cover.
Prof. Paul Koelpin
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.
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 pm||Registration and dorm room assignments|
(Come to dorm 225)
|7:30 - 7:45 pm||Opening announcements|
|7:45 - 8:30 pm||Spiritual Growth 1|
|8:30 - 8:45 pm||Break|
|8:45 - 9:30 pm||Spiritual Growth 2|
|9:30 - ?||Fellowship & refreshments in dorm commons|
(bring cards & games, if you'd like)
Saturday, April 22
|8:00 am sharp||Breakfast in dining hall|
|9:00 - 10:00 am||Spiritual Growth 3|
|10:00 - 10:15 am||Break|
|10:15 - 11:00 am||Spiritual Growth 4|
|11:00 - 11:15 am||Break|
|11:15 - noon||Spiritual Growth 5|
|Noon||Lunch in dining hall|
|1:00 - 2:00 pm||Spiritual Growth 6|
|2:00 pm on...||Free time|
|5:30 - 6:30 pm||Dinner in dining hall|
|6:30 - 7:30 pm||Spiritual Growth 7|
|7:30 - 7:35 pm||Vote for next year's topic|
|8:00 pm - ?||Fellowship & refreshments in dorm commons|
Sunday, April 23
|8:00 am sharp||Breakfast in dining hall|
|8:45 - 9:30 am||Spiritual Growth 8|
|9:40 - 10:00 am||Break / prep for worship|
|10:00 - 11:00 am||Worship service|
Please check out of the dorm prior to 11:00 am
Registration deadline is January 22, 2017 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@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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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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