We are just a week away from one of our favorite events that we do, the Winter Retreat. The Winter Retreat is a special weekend where we take our student ministry out of Sheridan for a time of focused teaching, worship and a chance to just get away from all the distractions we face. This event is for every one involved in our student ministry. This year we will be lodging at Beech Springs Camp in Louann, AR. This will be the first time we have stayed at this location; it is a beautiful site and sure to be a place that will become near to our hearts after our weekend there.
The dates of this year's Winter Retreat are December 12-14, 2014. A $20 deposit was due on Sunday, November 23rd and this year we did a fundraiser to help us raise money to lower the overall cost of the trip (typically the WR costs $65). We were able to raise about $2000 and so there will just be a remaining balance of $25 that will be due when we leave for the retreat on December 12th. (Total cost of retreat - $45). We will be leaving FLBC @ 5pm on Friday, December 12th and returning at approx. 3pm on the December 14th. Students will need to bring money to eat at a fast food restaurant on the way down to the retreat. There will also be an option for students to participate in horse-back riding on the Saturday we are at Beech Springs at an additional charge (at this time we do not know the price). Each student will be required to fill out a DRIVE Medical Release Form as well as a release form from Beech Springs camp. (You can download a DRIVE form here). Note: this form will only need to be filled out 1 time this school year for every event we do. If you have multiple students in our youth ministry, only 1 form is necessary for all of the students from your family.
We hope that you will go ahead and save the date for your student(s) to attend this very special weekend with us. We guarantee if you were to ask our students who have been a part of our group throughout the last 6 years, which event has had the biggest impact on their spiritual walk with Christ, you'll find that the overwhelming response would be our Winter Retreat. For those who have never attended, it's hard to put it in words; just something you have to experience yourself. We hope that this will be the year!