In this time of rapid and disruptive change in both church and society, it is sometimes hard to stay focused on Christ’s central message. Come away with Bishop Graham and pastors and deacons from our synod for prayer, reflection and conversation around what matters most.

ABIDE WITH ME: The Why, the How and the What of the Gospel
Sunday, April 2 (program begins 3:45 p.m.) – Monday, April 3 (departure at 3 p.m.)
at Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center in Jefferson, Md.

Cost: $25/person
Registration deadline: Registration open now through Wednesday, March 15

The purpose of this two-day retreat for leaders in the Metro D.C Synod is to take a collective deep breath, have conversations about our faith and recover a sense of joy in God’s Spirit so we can help others do the same. We do this to begin to prepare to connect with new people in our communities.

Let us go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest a while. ~ Mark 6:31
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. ~ John 15:9

This retreat will provide the spiritual basis for our goal of reaching 3,000 new people through the New Connections campaign.

Special guest: The Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett, Professor of the New Testament at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will lead us in discussion.

Why follow Jesus?
How can we re0capture a sense of a living experience of God in our lives and empower people to live in their daily lives?
What is the Holy Spirit calling us to be a “church?”

Draft agenda:

1-3:45 p.m. Gather as you are able and rest
3:45 p.m. Welcome and introductions
4 p.m. Why Follow Jesus: The Heart of the Gospel
6 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Discussion
8 p.m. Devotions
8:45 p.m. Rest
8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Devotions
9 a.m. How do we recover a sense of a living experience of God and empower others to live it too?
9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m. Discussion and prayer
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. What is the Holy Spirit calling us to be a ‘church?’
12 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Discussion and prayer
1:30 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. What is next? Thinking about Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost
3 p.m. Depart