Pastors, their families, and congregations are exhausted. This has been a time of too many challenges and too many decisions. And, yet, God remains faithful even in the hardest of times. God’s faithfulness enables and enlivens us for such a time as this. When we are exhausted, God gives us rest. When fearful, God declares, “Fear not!” When confounded by this world, God comforts us with His faithfulness. Because of who God is, we are able to be a faithful presence in this world. “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.
When & Where
October 10 - October 13Shanty Creek Resort
5780 Shanty Creek Rd
Bellaire, MI, 49615
Registration is closed.
- Pastors/Deacons/Vicars & Wives: $140/person
- Emeriti & Wives: $70/person
- Emeriti Lodging 50% off
Note: District makes Emeriti lodging reservations.
This year the compassion ministry will benefit pastors and their wives’ mind, body, and soul in four different ways: contribution to the Sower’s Fund, free counseling sessions, notes of encouragement to new pastors, and opportunities to exercise.
The Sower’s Fund of the Michigan District, LCMS was initially established in February 1992 as a result of needs that arose for which there were no budget funds. These were various emergency needs, mostly of wives and children of professional church workers who had nowhere else to turn.
The Sower’s Fund is used today for immediate assistance for health care, counseling, shelter, etc. Requests for funds usually come to the President’s office through the Circuit Visitor or Congregation Ministry Facilitator who have been made aware of special emergency needs when no immediate assistance can be found from a local congregation, city, state, federal, health insurance, etc.
You will have an opportunity to contribute to the fund during the worship offering. If you would like to make a donation online, you can do so through Paypal (accepts credit cards as well).
Notes of Encouragement
Please consider writing a note of encouragement or tips for success to a new pastor. You can send that note to Debbie Hughes at Michigan District, LCMS; 3773 Geddes Rd; Ann Arbor 48105.
As in previous years, there will be opportunities to go for walks. More details to come.
5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire MI 49615
Registration Link – www.shantycreek.com/reservations/mi-district-lutheran-church/
Deadline to register is September 10, 2021.
- Guest Room or Studio Condo $125
- One Bedroom Parlor $160
- One Bedroom Condo $217
- Two Bedroom Condo $332
Area Attractions, Restaurants, and More
If you are looking for additional information about the area, please visit the Traverse City Tourism Website.
Additional Free Time Opportunity at Mammoth Distillery
Blending Experience – $125 per person for the class and 750ml Infinity Whiskey bottle. $80 for any additional bottle of Infinity Whiskey.
Each individual receives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design their own bottle of Infinity Whiskey. The class allows the guest to manipulate their own recipe almost like a snowflake, one of a kind. They will be presented with 14 year Rye, 17 year Rye, 14 Straight Bourbon, 17 year Bourbon, and either a 17 year Rye aged in Scotch barrels or 10 year Bourbon aged in Ice Wine barrels. Once the guest settles on their blend, we will bottle it on-site with a private label.
Mixology – $40 per person
Each individual has a personal station with a variety of Bar Utensils. Each guest is then walked step by step through making 3 to 4 classic and craft cocktails. After each cocktail guests are given time to enjoy the cocktail they have completed. The number of cocktails included in the class is designed around the time the group has. Unlike the Blending Experience, the Mixology class is enjoyable regardless of class size.