Agenda – Celebration of Ministry IV 2018

Celebration of Ministry IV:  Finish in Grace

Celebrating 35 Years of Public Ministry & Beginning to Plan for New Forms of Service in Retirement

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 35 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.
The Fruits of Faith: A Study of the First Epistle of John (Part 1)
Presenter:  David Valleskey

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

Beverages sponsored in part by a gift from WLS Alumni

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

7:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.
Dinner & 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.
The Fruits of Faith: A Study of the First Epistle of John (Part 2)

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Growing in Our Callings and Anticipating New Callings (first of three sessions)

Serving the Savior in Old and/or New Ways
Presenter: Charles Degner

Sheep in a New Pasture
Presenter: Fred and Mary Toppe

Retirement Planning Checklist
Presenter: Verlyn and Kelly Hahn

“My Ideal Retirement Would Be”
Presenter: Fred and Mary Toppe

11:30 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 the time to take such a tour.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Growing in Our Callings and Anticipating New Callings (2nd workshop session)

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Break between workshop sessions

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Growing in Our Callings and Anticipating New Callings (3rd workshop session)

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

Friday, April 20

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Fruits of Faith: A Study of the First Epistle of John (Part 3)

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Making the Closing Years of Ministry Your Best as Pastor and Pastor’s Wife
Presenter: Charles Degner

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

Printable Agenda

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