Parish Retreat 2019
October 25 - October 27
The 2019 Parish Retreat will be at Christ Church on October 25 – 27. REGISTER HERE!
WHAT’S THE PLAN?
Join us on Friday, October 25th for an evening of fun together and then again on Saturday, October 26th for a full day of activities! Saturday will include sessions together where we will hear from our guest speaker, Steve Garber, author of Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good. Also on Saturday you are invited to join workshops to engage in dialog and hands-on activities to learn about how God has made us, called us and is sending us into areas of culture and life.
WHAT’S THE COST?
$45 per person | $150 maximum/family
We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for you to come to the retreat so we have scholarships available! If you need a scholarship, or would like to contribute towards the scholarship fund EMAIL US (email@example.com) before you register.
WHAT ARE THE WORKSHOPS ABOUT?
The Church and Race (with Cliff Warner and Corey Tabor):
One of the most urgent and important social issues facing society and Christians today is that of racial justice and the role of the church in our neighborhoods and communities. Our rector Cliff Warner and special guest Corey Tabor will hold an honest discussion about this sensitive and vital topic.
Vocational Discernment (with Bill Walker):
How are you supposed to discover God’s will for your life when it comes to decisions about things like college, careers, relocation, finances, marriage, family or other significant relationships? What does Scripture say about vocational discernment, and how have Christians historically understood the process of hearing God’s call in these areas of our lives? Director of Vocation Bill Walker will lead this conversation.
Stories of Common Grace for the Common Good (with Steve Garber):
For those wanting to spend more time with our keynote speaker and esteemed guest, Steve Garber, this breakout session will feature further stories, dialogue, and time for questions with Steve that have to do with how we’re called to take responsibility for the common good in the world and what examples he’s seeing of this around the country and the world.
Vocation and Suffering (with Christine Warner):
Some of us have experienced deep disappointment, frustration and pain when it comes to our vocational aspirations. Maybe you’ve even wondered if you have a vocation at all! And what is the relationship between vocation and suffering? Christine Warner will share and reflect on her own on-going journey in the face of physical pain, vocational setbacks, and the limitations of our bodily life and temporal life.
Invisible Austin and Neighborhood Renewal (with Bethany and Steven Hebbard):
From tech companies and start-ups to live music, trendy restaurants, and celebrities, Austin has become known for everything that is “cool.” But what about the neighborhoods and jobs in Austin that don’t make the headlines? Where is God in the midst of the communities like the historic Eastside where Christ Church now finds itself, and what is our calling and opportunity as a congregation when it comes to being part of renewal at the local level? Join Bethany and Steven Hebbard as they talk about the invisible side of Austin that they’ve seen and how we can partner in God’s work of redemption on the margins and with the city’s most vulnerable people.
Faith and Film (with Matt Aughtry):
Filmmaking is arguably the premier medium of storytelling in our time, and as Christians, we believe we have the most important story to tell of all. Join Rev. Matt Aughtry who helps direct the Worship and Media Production ministry of Baylor University chapel to discuss the calling that Christians have today in working at the intersection of faith, film, and media in culture.
How to Read/Study the Bible (with Drew and Sarah Smith):
No matter what your age or experience in following Jesus, one thing many of us would like is a little instruction on how to better approach the reading and study of the Bible. Come to this interactive session led by the Dynamic Smith Duo as they give helpful practices and principles for engaging the Scriptures.
Play Guitar with Wes:
An interactive workshop and guitar-playing session with worship pastor Wes Crawford. Bring your guitar and a capo, Wes will bring song sheets from our Christ Church repertoire, and we’ll play a bunch of songs together. If you know more than 6 or 7 chords, you should be fine—you may come away with a few new guitar skills under your belt!
Rethinking Retirement (with Bill and Yvonne Taylor):
It’s possible that many of us will close the chapter on regular paid employment at some point, but that doesn’t mean we close the chapter on a vocation. Join Bill and Yvonne Taylor for a conversation on giving your life away and following Jesus in the “retirement years” of life.