Agenda – Celebration of Ministry III 2015

Celebration of Ministry III: Finishing Well in Grace

Celebrating 25 Years of Public Ministry & Finding Strength for the Future

April 7-9, 2015 at the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

 Other than joint opening and closing worship, all agenda items are unique to the 25 year retreat.

Tuesday, April 7

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Welcome & Overview of Agenda
Presenter: Rich Gurgel

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Maximizing the blessing of your brothers & sisters in San Antonio and beyond
Presenter: Rich Gurgel

During the first two agenda items above, there will also be some time devoted to help the wives to get (re)acquainted with one another since many may not have met before.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stand Firm in the True Grace of God: a Study of 1 Peter (Part 1)
Presenter: Paul Wendland

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Break & Prepare for Worship

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Communion Service
Preacher/presiding minister: Mark Zarling

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Break to walk to dinner/fellowship at restaurant

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fellowship at Casa Rio
on the Riverwalk

Beverages sponsored in part by a generous donation from WLS Alumni

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner & Celebration of Ministry
at Casa Rio
Speaker: Mark Zarling

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fellowship at Casa Rio

Wednesday, April 8

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Stand Firm in the True Grace of God: a Study of 1 Peter (Part 2)

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Break

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Preparing for the Future I: Financial Challenges & Opportunities
Presenters: Verlyn & Kelly Hahn

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Break to Workshops

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Growing in Our Callings (first of two sessions)

Workshops for Spouses:

Caring for Ourselves to Care for Others: Body and Soul
Presenter: Sally Valleskey

Recognizing Your Gifts & Maximizing Their Use: Serving from Strength Inside & Outside the Congregation
Presenter: Kathie Wendland

Workshops for Pastors:

Caring for Ourselves to Care for Others: Body and Soul
Presenter: Rick Loewen

Adjusting and Adapting within Your Vocations
Presenter: Forrest Bivens

Workshop for Couples:

From Silver to Golden: Thriving Not Surviving in the Empty Nest Marriage
Presenters: Mike & Betsy Woldt

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch on your own and enjoying the Riverwalk

Those planning to visit the Alamo on this day should note that guided tours are not available in the evening. This would be the time to do so.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Growing in Our Callings (second session)

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Break to Bible study

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Stand Firm in the True Grace of God: a Study of 1 Peter (Part 3)

5:15 p.m. – ????
Evening free for individual plans for dinner/fellowship/entertainment

Thursday, April 9

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Stand Firm in the True Grace of God: a Study of 1 Peter (Part 4)

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Preparing for the Future III: Make the Last 2 Decades of Ministry Your Strongest!
Presenter: Rich Gurgel

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Prepare for Worship

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Closing Worship with Affirmation of Ordination Vows
Preacher/presiding minister: Rich Gurgel

Noon
Conclusion of retreat – check out

The Drury’s “Kick-Back” offers generous complementary food and beverages.
It begins at 5:30 p.m. A few each year have made this their Wednesday evening meal.