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Men's Retreat


  • Mount Carmel Family Camp 800 Mount Carmel Dr NE Alexandria, MN (map)

The Men’s Retreat at Mount Carmel Ministries is hosted by our sending church, Cross, and the speaker is our dear friend, Denis Haack. This is a great opportunity for us to enjoy the fellowship we have as brothers-in-Christ, to worship together, and to enjoy a few days of fun and relaxation. 

This year, our speaker is Denis Haack, a member of Church of the Cross. Denis is also the editor of Critiquea bi-monthly publication, author of The Rest of Success: What the World Didn’t Tell You About Having It All (1989), and blogs at A Glass Darkly. He lectures on Christianity, culture and Christian faithfulness when invited at L’Abri conferences, public venues, church conferences and is visiting instructor in film and theology at Covenant Seminary. He is working on two books, one on Christian faithfulness in a pluralistic world and the other on learning to hear. You will certainly enjoy his teaching.

Who’s invited? All men, 16 years and older, are invited to attend. Also, if you have friends outside of our congregations who would benefit from a weekend away with marvelous teaching, we encourage you to invite them as well.

Registration is due by Wednesday, January 9. This covers food, one single bed for two nights, and facilities fees. If cost is prohibitive for you to attend, please let Pastor Peter know, as scholarship funds are available.

Why the new venue? I’m glad you asked! First, prior years at the North Shore were becoming more and more expensive (reaching over $200 per person for a retreat). This new site is much more reasonable.

Second, we want a better common space. We were outgrowing the group spaces at our previous location, and always struggled to get everyone together around meals and free time. Mount Carmel has a nice, large dining area, where we can all eat together (with meals made for us) as well as a great meeting space, game room, and other group spaces. Of course, there are also still plenty of spots to be by yourself, too, if you simply need some time to recharge or dive into a book.

After an extremely busy Christmas season, I’m very much looking forward to a time of refreshment and recreation with many of you. See you soon!

—Pastor Rick

Earlier Event: December 30
Combined Service of Thanksgiving
Later Event: February 6
Newcomer's Dinner