Agenda – Celebration of Ministry III 2018

Celebration of Ministry III: Excel in Grace

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

April 18 – 20, 2018 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.

Wednesday, April 18

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Meet & Greet Mixer for pastors and wives
from all four retreats

2:45 p.m. –  3:20 p.m.
Welcome, Agenda Overview &
Making the Most of the Blessing
of Your Brothers and Sisters
Presenter:  Rich Gurgel

3:20 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.
Break to Bible study

3:30 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.
Stand Firm in the True Grace of God:
A Study of 1 Peter (Part 1)
Presenter:  Mark Zarling

4:30 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.
Break & Prepare for Worship

5:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.
Communion Service
Preacher:  David Valleskey

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

6:30 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.
Fellowship at Casa Rio
(430 Commerce – between Commerce & Market on the Riverwalk)

Beverages sponsored in part by a gift from WLS Alumni

7:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.
Dinner and Celebration of Ministry at Casa Rio
Speaker:  Rich Gurgel

8:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m.
Fellowship continues at Casa Rio

Thursday, April 19

9:00 a.m.  – 10:15 a.m.
Stand Firm in the True Grace of God: A Study of 1 Peter (Part 2)

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Growing in Our Callings
(first of two sessions)

Workshop for Spouses:

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

Workshop for Pastors:

So What Does “Excelling in Grace” Really Look Like- For Me?
Presenter:  Forrest Bivens

Workshops for Couples:

Financial Stewardship and Retirement Income
Presenters:  Verlyn & Kelly Hahn

The Best Years
Presenters:  Rick & Cyndi Loewen

11:45  a.m. –  3:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own and enjoying the Riverwalk

Those planning to visit the Alamo should note that guided tours are not available in the evening.
This could be a time to take such a tour.

3:00 p.m. –  4:15 p.m.
Growing in Our Callings (second session)

4:15 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.
Break to Bible study

4:30 p.m. –  5:30 p.m.
Stand Firm in the
True Grace of God:
a Study of 1 Peter (Part 3)

5:30 p.m. – ????    Evening free for individual plans for dinner/fellowship/entertainment

Friday, April 20

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Stand Firm in the True Grace of God:
a Study of 1 Peter (Part 4)

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Preparing for the Future:
Make the Last Two Decades of Ministry Your Strongest!
Presenter:  Forrest Bivens

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Prepare for Worship

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Closing Worship with Affirmation of Ordination Vows
Preacher/presiding minister:
Rich Gurgel

Noon
Conclusion of retreat – check out

The Drury’s “Kickback” offers generous complimentary food and beverages. It begins at 5:30 p.m.
(A few each year have made this their evening meal.)