October 6th – 8th, 2017 | Redwood Christian Park
We are a family and the annual church retreat is a great opportunity for each of us to get to know other family members better. Whether you’re new to SF Bible or been with us for years, the annual retreat is chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones. We hope you’ll join us for a fantastic time; a time of rest and relaxation; a time of fellowship and encouragement; a time of growth in our relationship with God as we study His Word and spend time with Him.
This year we are blessed to have Pastor Harry Walls from Grace Community Church in Sun Valley CA as our speaker. Pastor Harry is one of the elders at Grace Community as well as a pastor over the church’s Cornerstone Ministry (for young marrieds and families). With over 30 years as a pastor, he has a lot to share with us regarding what God has taught him about “measuring and maximizing one’s life”.
This year’s retreat will run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Official check-in begins at 4pm on Friday with the opening session starting in the evening at 7:30 followed by a workshop. Our speaker sessions will be on Saturday morning, Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. Since some of you may be coming to the retreat after work, the Friday dinner is an OPTIONAL meal (see registration form) which you’ll have to sign up for.
Retreat will be at Redwood Christian Park in Boulder Creek, CA located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Facilities include a Christian bookstore, a coffee lounge, children’s playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, outdoor ping pong tables, and various hiking trails. There is also a nursery, toddlers’ playroom, and playground.
Registration forms are available on the literature table in the worship hall lobby or can be downloaded here: 2017 Retreat Registration Form. Early Bird Pricing is valid through September 3rd. Final Registration deadline is September 24th.
Please turn in your completed form along with your payment to either: Stephen C, Matt L, Dennis W, or Archie L. Make checks payable to “San Francisco Bible Church” and include “church retreat” on the memo line. Cancellations/Refunds will be allowed for emergencies at the discretion of the retreat coordinators.
Because a limited number of each type of housing is available, priority is on a first come, first served basis. Note that this year we have fewer Select Rooms than previously, so if you are interested in a Select Room sign up as soon as you can.
Four types of housing accommodations are available:
Nursery (ages 0 to 3) and Children’s Program (ages 4 to 10) will be provided during the main speaker sessions and workshops. Be sure to indicate on the registration form whether or not you plan to bring your children to either program so that we can provide adequate staffing.
Prayer – Pastor Roger Jeong
Description: Outside of Bible reading, prayer is perhaps the most neglected spiritual discipline in the Christian life. At times this is a result of the busyness of life, but also can stem from a lack of understanding on prayer and how to pray. What does Jesus teach us about prayer? Find out as we take a closer look at the Disciple’s Prayer. Scripture Passage: Matthew 6:7-13
Fatherhood – Ming H.
Description: Experiences that God has taught me about fatherhood – Teaching kids the ways of God, the Word of God, patience, discipline and raising kids to respect others and to love God. Scripture Passage: Proverbs 2:1-5; 3:1-5
Christ’s Atonement: What, Why and Who. – Craig H.
Description: Christ’s atoning death on the cross is a key theme, if not the critical component of the Gospel message. Yet the doctrine of atonement has generated considerable discussion and debate among Christian scholars. What does atonement mean? How was atonement provided before Christ? For whom did Christ die? How should Christ’s atonement impact one’s daily Christian’s life? Through a study of various Bible passages, this workshop will survey the doctrine of atonement, including the issue of the extent of atonement. Scripture Passage: Mark 10:45; Romans 5:8-10
Christianity Across Ethnic Lines: “Is Racial Reconciliation a Gospel Issue?” – Levon P.
Description: In this workshop, we will explore the topic of race, the implications that the Gospel has on this subject, and its application to our modern church context. Scripture Passage: Acts 6; Philippians 4
What if I need a ride or can provide a ride for others?
If you need help finding a ride to the retreat or if you can provide rides to others, please indicate this on your registration form. You will be notified before retreat who your driver or passengers are. Driving time from San Francisco is approximately 1½ hours. Detailed driving directions will be provided a week before the retreat.
What time should I arrive?
You can arrive any time during the afternoon of October 6th but you won’t be able to check-in (or access your room) until 4pm. Friday Dinner is optional.
What meals are included and what if I have dietary restrictions?
Five meals are included with your registration, starting with breakfast on Saturday and ending with lunch on Sunday. There will be an optional dinner on Friday which you will have to sign up for. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please indicate that on your registration form. RCP’s menu generally has options for diabetics and vegetarians. Limited gluten-free options are also available.
Is there a discount for coming part time?
There is no discount at this time for those who either leave early or arrive late.
What if I can only attend during the day?
If you can’t stay overnight at the retreat, you can come down for a day. Two meals are included in the Day Pass. See registration form for rates.
Is there financial aid?
Financial assistance is available for those regularly attending SFBC. Contact one of the retreat coordinators for more info.
What else should I know?
RCP camp policies prohibit pets, alcohol, coffee pots, portable stoves or similar items in rooms or cabins. Quiet hours are from 11 PM to 8 AM. Coffee, tea, and hot water are available throughout the day in their Brookside lounge from 6:30 AM to 11 PM. Wi-Fi internet is also available throughout most of the campgrounds. There is cell phone reception for Verizon or AT&T, but not for T-Mobile.