Thursday, August 9, 2007

Upcoming HS Youth Retreat

“How to Argue About Jesus”
A High School Retreat Sponsored by Higher Things
and Messiah Lutheran Church, Marysville, WA
October 12-14, 2007
Warm Beach Christian Conference Center
Stanwood, WA

ABOUT OUR RETREAT: Have you ever been in an argument about Jesus and it turned mean? Ever been told that arguing is wrong or futile? Ever felt bad because the other guy seemed to beat you in an argument on religious matters and you knew that you were right because of what the Bible says? Then Pastor Klemet Preus can probably help you! During this retreat, he will show you that many important Bible figures such as Paul, Isaiah, and even Jesus himself argued about theology. He will also show you how to avoid the pitfalls that lead to hard feelings and how to present your beliefs with calm certainty. This retreat about “How to Argue About Jesus” is for anyone who likes to talk or listen to things concerning our Lord and Savior. We hope to see you there!

ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKER: Pastor Klemet Preus was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His formative years were spent in St. Louis, Missouri where he attended Lutheran and public schools. He graduated from Concordia College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield Illinois. He has written articles on a variety of subjects, edited a book of his father’s sermons entitled Preaching to Young Theologians, and is the author of a recently published book entitled The Fire and the Staff, which is a discussion of the relationship between doctrine and practice in the church. The father of four children, Pastor Preus lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife Janet where he serves as the president of Higher Things and pastor of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church.

ALSO SCHEDULED: The Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer, Director of Admission at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana will join us to speak about “Christ in Popular Culture.” Rev. Stiegemeyer was born and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. A product of Lutheran schools, K-12, he attended Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1987-1991. There he met his wife, Julie, who is now an accomplished children’s book author. They have one child, a son, Jacob. Rev. Stiegemeyer served as pastor to Concordia Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A 1995 graduate from CTS, he returned to be the Director of Admission in 2006.
COST: $160 per participant, both youth and adult leaders. Price includes two night’s lodging, five meals, complimentary t-shirt, and speaker travel expenses.

REGISTRATION: Each group must fill out a “Group Registration” form, along with “Individual Registration” forms for each participant. Each group is also expected to provide at least one adult leader and sufficient transportation to shuttle your group to Messiah on Sunday morning. Completed forms with checks payable to “Messiah Lutheran Church” must be postmarked no later than September 28, 2007. All forms are included with this mailing with instructions on where to mail them. Space is limited to 40 participants, so register soon.

WHAT TO BRING: Sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, towel for showers, Bible, nice clothes for church on Sunday, money for recreation activities (see info about Free Time), frisbee if you wish to play disk golf (see info about Free Time), other personal necessities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Pastor Kurt Onken at Messiah Lutheran Church at 360-659-4112 or via email at

Tentative Schedule

5:00 – 7:00 pm Arrive/Registration
7:00 pm Dinner
8:15 – 9:00 pm Preus I
9:00 – 9:15 pm Break
9:15 – 10:00 pm Organized Fun
10:00 pm Compline

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Responsive Prayer 2
9:15 – 10:00 am Preus II
10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:00 am Stiegemeyer I
11:00 – 11:05 am Break
11:05 – 11:50 am Preus III
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 pm Free time/Recreation *
5:05 – 5:20 pm Responsive Prayer I
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 – 7:45 pm Stiegemeyer II
7:45 – 8:00 pm Break
8:00 – 8:45 pm Preus IV
8:45 – 9:45 pm Organized Fun
10:00 pm Compline

8:00 am Breakfast
After breakfast Clean-up and pack
9:45 am Depart for Messiah
10:30 am Divine Service at Messiah

*During free time there will be a variety of recreational opportunities provided at Warm Beach Camp. See the information included regarding those opportunities.

Recreation Opportunities

Warm Beach offers a variety of recreational opportunities. These will be offered during free time on Saturday afternoon. Make sure you bring enough money to participate in the activities in which you are interested.

Horseback Trail Rides
$13 per session/per rider
The Trail rides leave from the Stable area at 45 minute to 1 hour intervals, traveling single file through selected trails. The number of riders per session is 10 to 18 depending on the demand and type of group. Tickets are purchased through the receptionist starting at 8:00 am for sessions. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Climbing Tower
$8 per climber per hour
The Climbing Tower is a three-sided, 40’ tower with varying degrees of climbing challenge. Climbs are set up for 6 to 18 climbers per session. Facilitators help climbers on the tower in a way that teaches safety, new skills and outlooks. Rock-like hand and foot holds teach you to defy gravity as you tackle the three sides of our forty-foot Climbing Tower. Conquer "The Wall" and your fears, in a fun, safe, exciting and supportive environment. Tickets are purchased through the receptionist starting at 8:00 am for sessions. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

High Ropes Challenge Course
$10 per participant per hour
The High Ropes Challenge Course consists of different elements made out of wood, rope, and cable, 25’ above the ground. Sessions are set up for 10 participants per session. Facilitators help users through the various elements in a way that teaches safety, new skill and outlooks. The purpose is to get people out of their comfort zone into a situation of “perceived risk” where growth occurs from facing fears and challenges. Tickets are purchased through the receptionist starting at 8:00 am for sessions. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Giant Zip Lines
$5 per person
The Giant Zip Lines consist of two, side-by-side zip lines stretched out across a large canyon. Facilitators oversee every aspect of this exhilarating activity to ensure a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience. Tickets are purchased through the receptionist starting at 8:00 am for sessions. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mini Golf
$3 per person
Nine holes of fun are waiting for you at the Miniature Golf Course. Located next to the swimming pools and tennis courts, the course is great recreation for all ages.

Disk Golf
No cost
Played similar to ball golf, but uses specially designed flying discs thrown at metal "pole holes," or elevated baskets. Nine hole course. No charge. Disks (frisbees) are available for purchase at $3 each, or you may bring your own.

Recreation Fields and Gymnasium
Warm Beach has large recreation fields to toss a ball around or to play large group games. The Gymnasium will also be available for shooting hoops or playing volleyball.

Driving Directions

Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center
20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292, 360-652-7575 / 800-228-6724

From Points North (Mt Vernon, Bellingham)
• Going South on I-5 take exit 212 (Stanwood/Camano Island).
• Turn right onto Hwy 532 and travel approximately 5 1/4 miles west to Stanwood.
• Turn left at the 3rd light onto 88th Ave NW and go 1/4 mile to stop sign.
• Turn right onto Marine Drive and travel south for approximately 4 miles to Camp entrance on the right.

From Points South (Marysville, Everett)
• Going North on I-5 take exit 206 (Lakewood/Smokey Point).
• Turn left onto 172nd St NE, cross over freeway and proceed approximately 2 1/4 miles to the second stop sign.
• Turn right onto Hwy 531 (Lakewood Road) and travel approximately 6 miles to the stop sign at Marine Drive.
• Turn right onto Marine Drive and go approximately 1 1/4 miles to Camp entrance on the left.

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