Fall Retreat

The Grace Church Fall Retreat (each October) is built around a series of talks, meals, and fellowship opportunities. It is a great time to get away (but not too far away!), relax, learn, and be rejuvenated.

Scroll down for details about the 2021 Fall Retreat.

2020 Fall Retreat: Walking Backward to Bethlehem: How Christ Permeates the Old Testament 

In Hebrew the word for “in front of” is the same word for “past.” We face the past as we walk into the future. Beginning with Genesis, we walk backward through the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings all the way to Bethlehem. We see the Son of God appearing in promise, in theophany, in prefigurements, in worship. From beginning to end, the OT is about Christ.

2020 Retreat Speaker: Chad Bird. Chad is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, Lutheran Forum, and other journals and websites. He is also the author of several books, including Night Driving & Your God Is Too Glorious.

2020 Retreat Session Recordings:

Session 1: The Layered Bible that Jesus Read
Session 2: Appearances of Christ in the Old Testament
Session 3: New Creation and New Exodus
Session 4: Christ as the New Tabernacle

and coming up next Fall...

2021 Fall Retreat speaker: Matt Kennedy

Matt is the rector of Church of the Good Shepherd (Anglican) in Binghamton, New York. He grew up in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated with a B.A. in History from Southwestern University in 1994. After coming to faith in Jesus Christ in 1995, he served as a youth minister at Ascension Church in Houston from 1997 to 1999. He earned an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. He is married to Anne and they have six children. Matt oversees pastoral care, teaching, and preaching, administration, staff, and is committed to his singular passion—exegetical preaching.

Preliminary Retreat Schedule (dates TBA)

Note: this is NOT an overnight retreat. We'll all sleep in our own beds on Friday night.

6:00pm - Potluck dinner with "main meat" provided.
7:00pm - Session #1
9:00pm - Optional fellowship trip to Sergio's World Beers

8:15am - Childcare opens
8:30am - Gather and welcome
9:00am - Session #2 
10:00am - Small group Discussions/Break
11:00am - Session #3

Saturday afternoon: Optional fellowship trip to Huber's Farm
- meet-up #1: 1:00pm at the restaurant for lunch
- meet-up #2: 2:30pm at the playground
- meet-up #3: 3:30pm at the corn maze

6:00pm - Dinner (catered buffet dinner)
6:30pm - Childcare opens
7:00pm - Session #4

Cost:  Adults: $50 for one person or $90 per couple. Children: $15 each.
For financial assistance, please contact Pastor Nick. 

Past Fall Retreats:

2020: Walking Backward to Bethlehem: How Christ Permeates the Old Testament with Chad Bird

Session 1: The Layered Bible that Jesus Read
Session 2: Appearances of Christ in the Old Testament
Session 3: New Creation and New Exodus
Session 4: Christ as the New Tabernacle 

2019: Becoming Human Again: Restoration in Christ with Adam Morton 

Session 1: The Human Being, God, and the Ugly Ditch
Session 2: Created (to be) Human
Session 3: Conformed to the Image of the Son
Session 4: A Human is Justified by Faith