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Men’s Spring Retreat
April 5, 2019 - April 7, 2019
Sign up now for the 2019 Men’s Spring Retreat – April 5-7 at the Evergreen Comfort Suites Hotel in Evergreen, CO.
Our meeting room and all lodging rooms will be in the Comfort Suites hotel, only a few minutes west of Denver near I-70. All rooms have microwaves, small refrigerator and television. The hotel has an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and fitness room. The cost is $180 for a double room (2 men per room, separate beds) or $280 for a single room. That cost covers Friday and Saturday nights, and catered dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday, and breakfast Sunday. Dinner on Saturday night will be on your own tab as we go to a café in Evergreen.
SIGN UP NOW BY sending email with your name and preference (day only or overnight) and your room choice (single or double) to retreat chair Steve Baska at firstname.lastname@example.org, then send a check to Steve at 1323 Castlepoint Circle, Castle Pines, CO. 80108. Write your check to St. Andrew united Methodist Church and put men’s retreat in the memo line.
Here are details on our sessions:
SATURDAY morning session — 8 to 11 a.m. — Discussion on “What exactly do men believe God is?” Rev. Andy will do a brief introduction speaking for a few minutes on how God has been perceived over the ages by different religions, then we will discuss in groups
what we believe.
In our covenant groups at St. Andrew recently, men have shared widely different views on what “God” is to them. Some say God is an intelligent being who created the universe and brings all people home to him in a traditional concept of Heaven; others say God is only the energy of the universe and that humans are only energy that returns to that central source. Let’s discuss our different views and how we arrived at them and how that affects our lives. What is your concept of God and why?
SATURDAY afternoon session — 1 to 4 p.m. (followed by dinner in Evergreen somewhere) – Discussion on “How do we and most men practice the Christian faith (or simply spiritual life) in areas of prayer, reading, service to others, social issues, church worship,
perhaps meditation and other practices?”
Andy will start us with a few minutes of explaining the practices and noting that our concept of what “God” is often determines how we practice the spiritual life. Some of our men admit they never pray and they rarely read the Bible. Why? We will discuss in small groups first, as we seek men to open up and share honestly when they pray or why they don’t; where they serve and why, and so on, to help our attendees see what other men actually are doing.
SATURDAY evening session — 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – “What are our life challenges?” Building on the safe sharing done in today’s sessions, we will ask men to share what they are facing today in their lives, their families, and how St. Andrew can help. Would you like advice from this group of supportive men? They will be here for you. How do you feel about growing older and your health? Let’s share our concerns in this safe space. And how can the church improve its offerings? (Music singing at end of session led by Bob Eilert).