September 24-26, 2021 @ Lakeview Villages
Registration deadline is September 10, 2021
Adam Koontz has been on the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary since Fall 2019. A 2014 CTS MDiv alumnus, he was the pastor of Mount Calvary, Lititz, Pennsylvania, and planted Concordia, Myerstown, Pennsylvania. He successfully defended his dissertation on the imitation of Paul in the Greco-Roman world in January 2020 and has been awarded the PhD in Religion from Temple University. He currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Exegetical Theology at the Seminary in Ft. Wayne.
Dr. Koontz hosts a weekly podcast called “A Brief History of Power with Two White Guys” with RevFisk. He is also a frequent guest on another podcast called “A Word Fitly Spoken”.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Adam was raised in a small town in central Pennsylvania on the Appalachian Trail. He met and married his wife, Jennifer, while an honors major in comparative literature at Swarthmore College outside Philadelphia. He and Jen have seven children, Christian, Lydia, Isaac, Julia, Paul, Maria, and Thomas
First Loyalty: Love for the Nearest Neighbor
So often “love” is a club used against Christians for being unloving to some politically favored group of people. What does “love” actually mean in the Bible, and why is the Bible so practical and concrete about our duty of love? We will look at how the Scriptures describe love and how that’s spelled out especially in our homes and in our congregations. We will see how the Scripture’s teaching on love is the polar opposite of the culture’s and the media’s teaching on love.
Special Sessions & Activities
In addition to the keynote sessions, we have many other sessions of which you may take advantage. You will have opportunity to sign up for these optional small group sessions during check in on Friday night.
If you choose to not participate in these sessions, you can spend this time relaxing in God’s creation. We have attempted to build this retreat schedule so that everyone can get what they need out of their time at camp. We desire that you do what you need to do in order to be refreshed and brought closer to God.
Eat Like a King
You certainly won’t go hungry this weekend. To give you a glimpse of one of our special meals, we will prepare a whole hog and smoke it on a rotisserie roaster for 20+ hours until it literally falls apart and onto your plate!
If you enjoyed the “Medieval Challenge” of past gatherings, you will be sure to love the all new Gathering Quest. The Quest is designed to be completed at your own pace as an individual, or a small group. It will involve many of the beloved activities of the Medieval Challenge that you have come to love, but also has new elements including things such as Engineering Challenges, Problem Solving Puzzles, and Orienteering Searches. Complete as many or as few tasks as you desire and see if you have what it takes to fulfill the Gathering Quest!
Mini Golf Tournament
There will be a miniature golf tournament held at Camp Lakeview’s mini-golf course (by the shelterhouse) on Friday afternoon at 3pm. See if you can become a champion at the challenging nine hole course.
Bass Fishing Tournament
Enjoy Lake Wehmeier, the 10 acre lake at the Villages, which has been stocked with some very nice bass.
If you decide to extend your stay at camp by arriving Thursday night or by coming Friday morning, we will be offering additional activities for your enjoyment and manly fellowship. All 3G activities will be completed by 3pm on Friday afternoon so that anyone interested in participating in the Mini Golf Tourney will be able to do so. All Participants for the 3G activities will meet at the Lakeview Villages Lodge on Friday morning at 9:00 for orientation and departure to the selected 3G activity. Lunches will be provided by the Men’s Gathering staff as part of the fees for these activities.
Join us as we travel to a local shooting range for “Fellowship and Firing”. Please do not bring your own guns this weekend. The firearms will be provided, but the costs of the ammunition and range fees will be in addition to your retreat registration and will be paid directly to the shooting range. An orientation for the Gun Range will be conducted at the Lakeview Villages Lodge at 9:00 am on Friday Morning. Participation at the gun range is dependent on your completion of this orientation. We will release more information as we finalize the details for this event.
Join us as we travel to a local golf course for “Fellowship and Driving”. This may involve personalized instructions, driving range practice, or a round of golf depending on how the weather is treating us at that time of the year. Any costs related to this activity will be paid by the participant to the golf course and will be in addition to the retreat registration fees. We will release more information as we finalize the details for this event.
Giving Back to Camp
Join us as we work together in “Fellowship and Serving”. This activity will allow us to give back to camp by completing a servant project on site at Lakeview. There is no additional fee for this project as all project costs will be covered by Lakeview. Just give of your time and enjoy the fellowship of fellow servants. We will release more information as we finalize the details for this event.
What Does It Cost?
Stay tuned. This information will be available when registration opens.
Registration & Housing Options
|Extended Retreat (8 meals, 3 nights, basic programs)||$110||$100||$90||$80|
|Full Retreat (5 meals, 2 nights, basic programs)||$95||$85||$75||$65|
|Saturday Only (3 meals, most basic programs)||$50|
Extended Retreat 3G Activity Fees
|Gun Range||$15 (plus activity fees)|
|Golf Outing||$15 (plus activity fees)|
Previous year participants have contributed to our Help a Brother Out fund which helps defray the cost for those who might be unable to attend without some such financial assistance. If cost is standing in the way of your attending this year, please contact email@example.com prior to registering to determine what money might be available.