January 17-18, 2020

Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND

Man Up!

Presenter: Rev. Jeffrey Hemmer, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fairview Heights, Illinois

Rev. Jeffery Hemmer is the husband of (in his opinion) the best woman in the world; the father of six delightful children (when they’re delightful); the pastor of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois; a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia Seminary; the author of Man Up: The Quest for Masculinity (CPH, 2017) and Behold the Man 2019 sermon series and devotions for Lent and Easter; a wannabe farmer; maker of some things; fixer of some things; grower of beards; and general curmudgeon.  His big truck is probably a sign of his insecurity.

Pastor Hemmer promises not to call you effeminate, shame you with his perfect manliness, or kick you in the shorts.  But he’ll tell you about Jesus, who may well do all three of those things.

Are you tired of a culture that wants to ignore the differences between men and women?  Do you think being a real man is little more than having the biggest muscles, guns, and truck and knowing how to get your woman to submit to you?  Are you fed up with signing syrup-sweet love songs to Jesus in church?  Does your wife think this retreat could teach you a thing or two about being a real man?  Are you just looking for something to do on a weekend in January?

Come, hear what a Real Man is and does.  Genuine masculinity is not a matter of taking back your rights or standing up for yourself.  It’s about seeing yourself as a means for the good of others, about learning to live in your calling to be a husband, father, man, son, hero, hearer, and more for the benefit of those God has given you to serve.  In Jesus, you have both the perfect Icon of masculinity and also the source of courage and hope when you fail in these manly endeavors.

For 30 years men have enjoyed the camaraderie of these retreats–thought-provoking scripture-based presentations, fellowship, music, good food, card games, skeet shooting, etc. Father & son duos are encouraged to come.

Begins with supper Friday at 6:00 P.M. & ends about 1:00 P.M. Saturday

Cost – $80Includes:  3 meals, lodging, speaker, snacks, games, fireside chats, etc. Bring:  Bible, bedroll, personal items, warm clothing, & friends

Contact Corey Isaak to register: Call 701-281-0240 or E-mail: corey.isaak@gracefargo.org

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