One of the great Immanuel traditions is the Summer Retreat. We’ve had big name speakers before and some unknowns (i.e. people within our church). This year we’re going to do something different. We won’t have speakers. The three sessions on Saturday will be open discussions with everyone contributing.

The question for discussion is What Is Christian Community?

#1 – What’s the Basis of Christian Community

#2 – What’s the Means of Christian Community

#3 – What’s the Goal of Christian Community

On Sunday morning we’ll be having our regular worship service at the retreat and the sermon will be on the Obstacles to Christian Community.

All in the context of Christian Community!

The suggested donation is $85 per adult, $15 per kid, but money should absolutely not keep any one from coming. It’s a whatever you can afford policy.

If you plan to be there, please RSVP to Cyndi at koinonia as soon as you can.


· When is it? July 26-28.

· How far away is it? About 1 hour and 45 minutes southwest of the city.

· When can I arrive? Anytime on Friday afternoon. But if you can’t come then, come whenever you can get there (even if it’s just for the Sunday service).

· Will I need to take a vacation day from work on Monday to recuperate? No, the pace is relaxed. You can take naps. There’s planned and unplanned time. You don’t have to prepare any meals (there’s a yummy cafeteria). It’s designed to be a time of refreshment and you can be back in time to unpack and get to sleep early on Sunday night.

· Are the accommodations Five Star? Not quite, but it’s not camping. There’s AC and electricity. There are bunk rooms for men and women and private rooms for families with kids.

· Do I have to bring my own bedding/towels? No. That’s provided. Just bring toiletries and clothes to get dirty in and a swimsuit.

· Is it kid friendly? Of course! There’s open space, hay rides, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, sports, etc…

· Can I see the stars there? Yes, you can!