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It’s a white, cold, January day now, but imagine a warm summer evening with golden beams floating through branches of a Wisconsin forest… bunk beds, campfires, deep blue with white crested waves lapping lazily against a beach, hanging with fellow believers in your church, being encouraged and challenged spiritually…

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Summer Retreat at Lake Geneva Conference Center on August 19-21!

That was a great weekend! Thanks again to all who came out to the Summer Retreat (over 90 people!) and all who helped make it happen.

Share your photos from the weekend on Facebook and be sure to tag Immanuel Baptist Church and/or use the hashtag #ibcsr2015.

Resources from the Retreat including recordings of sessions should be available soon.

And while it’s all still fresh on your mind could you email info at immanuel dash baptist dot net with answers to this short survey?

(1) What are your top two highlights of the weekend?

(2) Were there any aspects of the retreat that were negative for you? Do you have any suggestions for improvement?

(3) Was the theme – the 7 Deadly Sins – helpful for you? Any particular encouragement that can be passed on to one of the speakers?

(4) What did you think of the Lake Geneva Conference Center facilities, food, and environment? Would you like to go back there again next year?

(5) Anything else that would be helpful to share?



The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble;

he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.

Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.

Let them praise your great and awesome name – he is holy.

The King is mighty, he loves justice – you have established equity

in Jacob you have done what is just and right.

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,

Samuel was among those who called on his name;

they called on the LORD and he answered them.

He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;

they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

O LORD our God, you answered them;

you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain,

for the LORD our God is holy.

Songs –

Holy, Holy, Holy” by John Bacchus Dykes and Reginald Heber

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 32:3-5

When I kept silent,

my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD” – and you forgave the guilt of my sin.


Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him

and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Songs –

Not in Me” by David L. Ward and Eric Shumacher

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend



What is the church?

A community elected for eternal life

and united by faith,

who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together.

Song –

O Great God” by Bob Kauflin

SCRIPTURE READING – Acts 4:36 – 5:11

SERMON – “Coming Out As A Sinner”

Song –

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” by Fernando Ortega, John Andrew Schreiner, and Joseph Hart


Song –

The Power of Cross” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend


Song –

All I Have is Christ” by Jordan Kauflin






As we look forward to our time together let us be praying that the Lord would guide us through the weekend and soften our hearts to make His love known more.

Below are some details for the weekend:

Registration starts at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 31st. Dinner is not provided so please plan your own. At dusk there will be a campfire with snacks. On Saturday breakfast is at 8:30 AM with the first sessions starting in the Cedar Room at 9:15 AM.


We will be staying in rooms with bunks. Families will have their own room and then couples and singles will be divided into rooms of men and women. The linens provided are pillows, blankets, pillowcase, sheets, washcloth, and bath towel.

What to Pack


Toiletries – soap/shampoo/toothpaste/etc.


Beach Towel


Bug Spray-Bug Spray-Bug Spray!


W South St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

This address will get you to the correct location via Google Maps. When it says you have arrived at your destination continue straight to Gate 3, then turn left and park at the gym.

For a more conventional approach:

Take I-94 West toward Milwaukee and exit at Hwy 50 (just past the IL/WI border). Go West on Hwy 50 to Lake Geneva (26 miles). Turn left onto Hwy 120 (Edwards Blvd.) at the Wal-Mart. Proceed on 120 for about a mile then turn right onto Bloomfield Rd. Continue straight ahead through the 4 way stop, Bloomfield Rd. becomes South Street.

Turn left at Gate 3 and proceed to the gym parking lot.


Once you have parked in the Gym parking lot, which is accessible from Gate 3, follow the signs back up the way you drove in to the Bayview Center / Cedar Room where you will find all the registration information and room assignments. Please make sure to sign in so we know the correct amount of people spending the night and eating meals for the Conference Center.

A map of the Conference Center is attached for your reference.

Please contact me with any questions or comments.

Many Blessings,


As we look forward to our time together at Lake Geneva Conference Center here are a few details of what will be taking place. Arrival – Anytime after 4:00 PM on Friday, July 31st. Dinner is not provided; however, there will be a campfire with snacks that evening. On Saturday there will be 3 sessions spaced throughout the day. The speakers for these are as follows: Saturday Morning:

  • Anger – Daniel Deurbrouck
  • Greed – Mike Avink

Saturday Afternoon:

  • Sloth – Peter Ferris
  • Pride – Dave (International Missionary that we support)

Saturday Evening (Men and Women will be separate):

  • Envy – Mike Erington/Sarah Ferris
  • Lust – Jonathan Morgan/Vivian Sapthavee
  • Gluttony – Ryan Christie/Lindsey Avink

After worship on Sunday there will be a small event that will end around 2:30 PM. Odds and ends: -The preferred payment methods for the Retreat are checks (made out to Immanuel Baptist Church w/ Retreat in the Tag/Memo line) and cash. -There are multiple people needing a ride to the Retreat, if you are one of those people ask around and try to find a ride. As well if anyone has extra space in their vehicle please drop an email to me and I will help coordinate with anyone who may need a ride. Many Blessings, Matt

The Summer Retreat is less than 3 weeks away. The suggested donation to help cover the cost this year at the Lake Geneva Conference Center is as follows per person:

Adults: $110

Children (ages 5 and up) $60

Children: (under 5) $0

Money should not prohibit anyone from coming, however. Give what you can.

We are excited about the Retreat and the sessions that we will have together. Along with that there are many activities outside of the sessions that will take up the 3 hours of free time that is available in the afternoon.

The list below shows all the free activities that one can participate in throughout the day. As well, there are many paid activities below that are not included in the cost of the retreat through IBC. If you would like to participate in any of these paid activities please get a group of people together that fits the minimum requirements. I need to know (1) what activity you would like to do, and (2) who is doing it with you. This must be completed by Monday July 20th. If you end up adding on any paid activities please add this on to your suggested donation to help cover the cost for IBC.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Matt Durant



FREE Gym Activities:

Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Volleyball, Floor Hockey

FREE Outdoor Activities:

Sand Volleyball
Outdoor Basketball – Full Court

Disc Golf, Playgrounds, Horseshoes, Canoes/Paddle Boats

Nature center

Paid activities per hour or person:

-Giant Swing – “Screamer!” (9 person min., at least 48 Inches Tall) $5/ person/ swing

-Zip Line (9 person min., at least 10 yrs old) $5/ person/zip

-Climbing Wall (9 person min.) $10/hr/person OR

$175/1st hr. & $150/ea. additional hr.

-Paintball (9 to 28 players: Must be 12 yrs old)

$18/person and $5 per refill

-Black Banana Waterslide (10 person min.) $25/hr

-Banana Boat Rides (8 person min.) $5.50/person

-Boat Rides (8 person min.) $4.50/person

-Mountain Bikes $5/hour

The dates and location for the 2015 Annual Immanuel Summer Retreat is now set!

Mark your calendars for July 31st through August 2nd. This year we’ll be going to the Lake Geneva Conference Center.

More details to come…

If you could use a quick refresher on why evangelism matters, check out this week’s featured video from the Summer Retreat.

This week’s featured video from the Summer Retreat is Pastor Nathan and Sarah Ferris talking about why gender roles matter. Check it out.

To investigate this topic further, watch this panel discussion at the latest Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference –

ec·cle·si·ol·o·gy – the doctrine of the church

This is perhaps the most important issue for our time. Watch Peter Ferris’ excellent treatment of this topic in this week’s featured video from the Summer Retreat –

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