October 12th – 14th, 2019 | Redwood Christian Park
We’re excited that you’re considering attending this year’s family retreat! We pray that God will work through this weekend to help you draw closer to Him and also to the SFBC community. 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 Alan Ginn from LRI, Leadership Resources International, as our speaker. Pastor Alan is the Regional Director for Asia at LRI, whose goal is to train and mentor pastors in Asia, Latin America and Africa where seminary level training is usually not readily available. However, Pastor Alan had served as a pastor for many years before finally ‘retiring from the pastorate’ and joining LRI so he’ll be speaking to us not only as one with missional experience but years as a pastor.
Our theme for this year is “Finishing Well”. It is a topic that is not just relevant to those in retirement; it applies to all of us. Finishing well isn’t merely something you strive to do during your ‘golden years’ but rather your entire life as a believer and servant of God. Join us to learn how we can truly live a life that will, by God’s grace, result in, as Paul had stated in 2 Tim 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”
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.
Five types of housing accommodations are available:
Each Cabin (both Single & Family) have bunk beds and a private bath. You will need to bring your own linens (sleeping bag or sheets and blankets, pillows, and towels).
Select-1 Rooms have beds with linen provided (sheets, blankets, pillows and towels). There are men’s and women’s bathrooms located centrally inside the building.
Select-2 Rooms have beds with linen provided (sheets, blankets, pillows and towels). Each room has its own bathroom.
Deluxe Rooms are similar to Select-2 with beds, linen and private bath. The difference is they are a just a bit more spacious and better furnished.
Nursery (ages 6mo to 3 yrs) and Children’s Program (ages 4 to 10 years) 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.
Old Gems in New Settings – Dale Low
Description: Have you ever come across an Old Testament quote while reading a New Testament passage? Ever wonder why it is there? The Holy Spirit moved ancient authors to sprinkle these gems into the text so we could have a fuller and deeper understanding of God’s plans for us. Come with us to uncover some of these gems.
How to Face Death & Dying – Pastor Henry Tam
Description: “I’m not as afraid of death as I am of dying.” Since the fall, every person has faced death and dying. We will too. The shadow of death causes fear for many. How does faith in Christ help us to live in the face of death and dying? Come and find out.
Quitting the Race: Warnings Signs of Apostasy – Pastor Ray Fung
Description: People leaving the faith is not new. Whether it be pastors that seem to have labored for the gospel for years, or lay people who devoted countless hours for Christ only to later deny the faith altogether, we realize this is a sad reality in the church. This workshop is designed to be a self evaluation of our own hearts to ensure we keep ourselves from compromises that may lead us to leave our First Love.
Uprooting Bitterness – Joanna Ng
Description: Each one of us have been wronged in a situation, or was wronged by an individual at some point in our lives. Your response might have been anger. This anger can easily develop into bitterness. Then the bitter feeling slowly starts to take a stronghold in your life. As a believer, you know that God’s Word instructs you to put away all bitterness (Ephesians 4:31). How can you uproot bitterness? In this workshop, we will look at biblical principles applied in a case study regarding uprooting bitterness. (This is the same “women only” Sunday school class taught during SFBC’s Biblical Counseling Conference this past June).
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?
Registration will begin Saturday morning at 9:00AM.
What meals are included and what if I have dietary restrictions?
Seven meals are included with your registration, starting with lunch on Saturday and ending with lunch on Monday. 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. Rates are not yet available.
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.
If you have additional questions, please contact the retreat team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Only online registration is available this year. If you need help in registering, retreat staff will be available on Sunday mornings to help you register. They can be found in the worship hall lobby after each worship service.
One Form per person: Please fill out one form below for every member of your family. A family of 4 will have to submit this online form 4 times. A confirmation email will be sent for every submitted registration.
Early Bird Pricing is valid through September 8th. Final Registration deadline is September 29th.
Your registration will not be considered complete until payment is received. To receive the early bird price you need to be sure your payment is turned in no later than September 8th.
Please make checks payable to “San Francisco Bible Church” and include “church retreat” on the memo line. Checks can be turned in at the registration table in the worship hall lobby after the 1st English worship service or before and after the 2nd English worship service.
You can also mail your check in. Please address the envelope to:
San Francisco Bible Church Attn: Archie Lee 401 Taraval St. San Francisco, CA 94116.
Cancellations/Refunds will be allowed for emergencies at the discretion of the retreat coordinators.