2019 WINTER RETREAT
JANUARY 27-29
CONCAN, TX
WHO:
Pastors, seminarians, ministry staff, congregational leaders and spouses. The retreat is an opportunity for ministry leaders and spouses to get away and be enriched through a time of fellowship, worship, prayer, education, and recreation. ALL ARE WELCOME!

WHAT:
Our Winter Retreat offers two parallel tracks. Participants may choose the Leadership Track or the Devotional Track. Everyone on both tracks will share together in common worship and fellowship times.

WHEN:
Sunday PM, January 27 to
Tuesday AM, January 29

WHERE:
Our Winter Retreat is held in Concan, Texas, a beautiful resort community located along the Frio River. The Dream Catcher and Rain Dancer cabins (located near the intersection of Comanche Rd. and Cypress Ln.) serve as our retreat home. Each is designed to host large family gatherings in various sleeping accommodations. We do our best to accommodate married couples in private rooms with queen bedrooms, but we may not be able to do so depending on the total number of registrants.

COST (includes program, lodging, and meals):
$60 by January 18
$75 after January 18



PROGRAM:
The Leadership Track will be led by Rev. Ralph Mann, D.Min., Senior Pastor at Bulverde United Methodist Church. Bulverde UMC is a congregation that has seen significant ministry growth, outreach, and organization change in his 7 ½ years as their pastor. Participants will discuss leadership approaches and processes to position their congregation to address the mission field and strive for excellence.
Recommended reading: 
  • Winning on Purpose: How to Organize Congregations to Succeed in Their Mission by John Kaiser
  • Direct Hit: Aiming Real Leaders at the Mission Field by Paul Borden
  • Assaulting the Gates: Aiming All God’s People at the Mission Field by Paul Borden
  • The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World by Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk.

To purchase these books, you will find all of these titles on our recommended reading page under "Church Leadership": www.lcmctexas.org/recommended-reading .

Please note, Ralph will not be discussing the books in detail, but will be leading us in leadership discussions and organizational development to further our missional outreach.

The Devotional Track will be led by Ms. Laurie Grube, Director of Worship at Martin Luther | Church on Main in Giddings, TX. More details to be announced.

WHAT TO BRING:
Please bring your own bed linens, towels, toiletry supplies (including soap and shampoo), Bible, book (optional), pen or pencil and paper for notes. Also remember to bring a snack and drink to share and any games and/or sports equipment desired for recreation time (e.g. golf clubs, frisbees, volleyball, basketball, etc.).

FOOD:
There is no professional catering for our meals to help keep costs down. We thank Greg and Alicia Knippa and the people of Zion, Castroville for coordinating our meals. PLEASE INFORM US IN ADVANCE OF ANY SPECIAL DIETARY CONCERNS. 

Attendees are asked to bring snacks and/or a dessert as well as any special drinks to share. Coffee and iced tea will be provided.

HELP:
This retreat is largely put on by participants volunteering their time and talents. Please be willing to help with food setup and cleanup. We are also responsible for basic cleanup - "leave the place in as good a shape as we found it." Thanks for helping to keep our costs to a minimum to maximize participation in this retreat!

SCHEDULE:

SUNDAY
4:00 PM Arrival (Come when you can!)
6:00 PM Supper
7:00 PM Worship with Holy Communion 
8:00 PM Fellowship

MONDAY
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Devotions 
9:30 AM Session 1
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM Session 2
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Session 3
2:00 PM Free Time / Recreation / Golf Outing at Utopia
6:30 PM Supper 
7:30 PM Worship 
8:00 PM Fellowship

TUESDAY
8:00 AM Breakfast - 
9:30 AM Closing Session – Reflections, Sharing, Prayer, & Worship 
11-ish AM Clean-up and Depart (Leave when you must!)

WHAT TO BRING:
Bring your own bed linens, towels, toiletry supplies, Bible, book (optional), pen or pencil and paper for notes, games and any equipment desired for recreation time.

MEALS:
There is no professional catering for our meals. This will keep cost down. PLEASE INFORM US IN ADVANCE OF ANY SPECIAL DIETARY CONCERNS:  bryce@lcmctexas.org .

Attendees are asked to bring snacks and dessert to share, plus their own special drinks for themselves. We will provide coffee and iced tea.

HELP:
This retr eat will all be run by volunteers. Please be prepared to help with food setup and cleanup. We are also responsible for basic cleanup - "leave the place in as good a shape as we found it."

LOCATION AND ACCOMODATIONS:
Concan is a beautiful resort community located on the Frio River. Except for the cleaning service fee, our use of Dream Catcher and Rain Dancer cabins are donated by Steve and Debra Zerr of Hondo. These cabins were designed to host large family gatherings and each can sleep more than two dozen people in various sleeping accommodations. We will do our best to accommodate couples in private rooms with full or queen bedrooms, but we may not be able to do so depending on the total number of registrants. Learn more about  Dream Catcher  and  Rain Dancer  Cabins.  Click here for facility use policies .

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