We are very happy to announce that this year's retreat will be at Lake Doniphan Excelsior Springs, MO, Labor Day Weekend, September 2 thru the 5th. We have a very exciting and fun filled weekend of events, classes, spiritual growth and stories. The theme for this year's retreat, is "Beyond the Horizon", referring back to Doctrine and Covenants Section 162 referring to the opportunity and blessings that are available if we can set our eyes over the horizon. Certainly we are in a position of harvest as we continue to focus on the horizon that is getting ever closer.
The 2011 retreat will be blest with the presence of Apostle Ron Harmon. Apostle Harmon heads up the US Apostle Team that is planning the 2012 [now 2013] US Conference. Apostle Harmon will share planning for the Conference, as well as answering questions about happenings and polity in the Church. Ron brings a thoughtful and deep ministry to his field and the Church. We welcome him into our group as we all get to know each other better throughout the weekend.
Our classes will be focused around "community building, reaching out, pathways for healing, extending hands of reconciliation and promoting peace", in addition to Apostle Harmon's offerings. There will be something offered that will challenge us to grow and increase our discipleship.
Evangelists' blessings will be offered for the first time at the retreat. If you feel the need for additional guidance and affirmation in your life, please consider this sacrament. Our Chaplain, Evangelist Charlie Robison will be available for this ministry. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and make arrangements.
Oh my goodness, did I say swimming? One of the newest features at camp Doniphan is a new level entry pool so those with disabilities will be able to enjoy a nice dip too! We will enjoy "Minute to Win It," GALA‐style, with Saundra Merth; similar to Gay Olympics, but less physical in nature. 'GAY BINGO' may be reprised this year; encourage Gladys Over (aka Nathan Phillips) to attend the retreat when you have the opportunity.
Now for the big moment, PARTY THEME "FLAMING HORIZONS". The colors for the this year's banquet are, ORANGE or RED or YELLOW and for those bold enough to dare,,,,,,,,WEAR ALL THREE! Boy if we thought the pink banquet was good let's see what we can do for this one. So please bring your talent, music, jokes, special and unique quirky things that we all love to do and share with all of our loved ones, and friends.
The SILENT AUCTION, an enormous and FUN event, will be held; so please plan on bringing items that will peak interest and create massive bidding wars; all in good fun! The funds raised from all of the events will help cover the expenses incurred at the annual GALA retreat.
The weekend retreat fee will be $175.00; GALA will subsidize additional costs. Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to cover expenses and an offering will be taken during the last service. Camperships will be available thanks to generous gifts designated for this purpose. WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE! If you feel that finances are an issue, please advise us as early as possible of the need. This is an important retreat because of the preparation for the 201 Conference, the need for us to be affirmed and reenergized through the relationships we have developed, and to experience the power of the Spirit moving in our lives to heal and restore our souls.
Lake Doniphan features a beautiful campground for walking with peaceful areas to relax and contemplate. Full linen service is provided, so there is no need to haul your pillows, blankets and towels. Full beverage service is available 24hours. I have also been told they have a new cook and the food has improved dramatically.
So please plan ahead, save up, check out airline flights (reserve early) and find that special knickknack to auction off. Most of all, practice that special talent to share with everyone.
See you in September.