Annual Claude & Pat Houbler Church Retreat
October 2-3
John Knox Center

Please come along to our 8th annual family retreat at the John Knox Center. Our schedule will be somewhat abbreviated this year but it will be just as informative and just as much fun! The main difference is that we will only have one morning session and we will not be staying for dinner. And in order to come together safely all our activities will take place outside at the pavilion.

As usual, two cabins will be available Friday for families wanting to spend the night, enjoy a campfire, eat some s’mores and gaze at the stars.  On Saturday at 9:30 am coffee and light snacks will be available at the pavilion. From 10 am until noon our very own Kellan Sarles will lead a discussion on this year’s theme of “Bridging the Gap”.  Children and youth can spend time at the nature center and the flying monkey. Lunch will be served on the pavilion and then everyone is free to enjoy the waterfront from 1 – 3 pm.

Activities include kayaking, fishing, volleyball and, for those brave enough, swimming.  There will be a Vespers service at 3:30 pm at the pavilion.


Friday Night Cabin: $5/person
(includes S’mores Bonfire on Friday Night and Continental Breakfast on Saturday Morning)
We need to know ASAP if cabins are needed, so please register early by Sept. 4th if you want a cabin.

Continental Breakfast: $5/person (all ages)
Lunch: $7.50/person (ages 11+), $3.75/person (ages 5-10)
Activities on Saturday: No additional Cost
(Nature Center and Flying Squirrel for children; Waterfront for all ages in the afternoon)


Friday, October 2
6:30-9:00 pm: Cabin Check In
7:30-8:30 pm: Welcome Bonfire

Saturday, October 3
9:30-10:00 am: Check In and Continental Breakfast at the Outdoor Pavilion
10:00-12:00 noon: Adults and Youth – Bridgebuilders Workshop led by Kellan Sarles
Children – Nature Center and Flying Squirrel
Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch at the Outdoor Pavilion
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Free time at the waterfront (Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boards, fishing, volleyball, swimming)
3:30 pm: Vespers at the Outdoor Pavilion

Registration Form

Registration is required by Sept. 18.

    Please check to reserve a cabin on Friday Night: YES
    # of people ($5/person)

    Please enter the number of people for each meal:
    Continental Breakfasts ($5/person)
    Adult Lunches ($7.50/person ages 11+)
    Child Lunches ($3.75/person ages 5-10)