Head up! The second annual family retreat at Redeemer-Fort Wayne is scheduled for Tuesday August 3, 2010 through Thursday August 5, 2010. Don't miss it!!! Make sure you schedule around this if at all possible, and figure out your housing ahead of time. Details below.
2010 Retreat Theme- The Catechism: the Heart of the Lutheran Home
Main Speaker: Rev. Peter Bender
Cost: $25/adults, $20/18-12, 11 and under free, maximum cost per family: $90.
2 meals and Square Dance and lesson included, daily eucharist, activities for all ages.
There are a number of housing options available in and near Fort Wayne for those who are attending the conference:
Downtown Hotels are the closest to Redeemer and include the Fort Wayne Hotel (a Clarion Hotel) and the Hilton. These are about five minutes from the church. There is also a reasonable bed & breakfast downtown, the LaSalle B&B. The number for the LaSalle is: (877) 422-0851.
Hotels at Interstate 69 & Hwy 24 are about 15 minutes from Redeemer and those at Interstate 69 & Lima Road are 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic. These two locations have most of the national chains. The Marriott on Coldwater Rd. is about 20 minutes away, and is fairly close to the seminary, for those who want to get in a visit.
The closest nice hotel with a pool is the Hilton downtown. The Ft. Wayne Inn is also downtown and has a pool, but it doesn't come highly recommended. The Hilton is 5 minutes.
There is a new Holiday Inn across from the IPFW Coliseum, with a pool. It had only been open a couple of months when we stayed there for the first retreat so everything is very nice. It is only 10 minutes from Redeemer, but we found it difficult during heavy traffic to return small kids there for naps.
The Marriot on Washington Center/Coldwater is also very nice. It is 15-20 minutes from Redeemer. They have a nice pool.
There are also a couple nice places southwest, in Aboite township, on or off Jefferson Blvd, near Lutheran hospital, that have pools and are nice. However, they are also about 20 minutes from Redeemer.
For those who wish to camp, Johnny Appleseed Campground on Coliseum Blvd. is an oasis in the middle of the city. There are camper hookups and facilities. The phone number is (260) 427-6720. There was also a local homeschool family last year who was willing to have people camp on their property. If you are interested in more information about that option, email secretary.redeemer - at - gmail - dot - com.
Plan to attend in August 2010!!! I highly recommend this retreat. Lots of large families attend, and it's a great time for our kids to develop lasting friendships with people who share their beliefs. You'll be nourished with Christ’s Body and Blood every day. I guarantee lots of great preaching, teaching, group discussions, and socialization time. If you want to see the schedule of the extra sectionals we enjoyed in 2009, click here.
See you in Fort Wayne August 3rd !!!