Fall Jr. High Retreat Update 2019

Jr. High Fall Retreat Gets Stuck!

Around 100 youth and adults gathered November 8-10, 2019 for a great weekend of engaging sessions, fun activities and powerful fellowship.

We were excited to host the following congregations for the amazing retreat:

  • Bethel Reformed (Sterling)
  • Grace Lutheran (River Forest)
  • Lutheran Church of the Master (Carol Stream)
  • Salem Lutheran (Sycamore)
  • Shepherd of the Prairie (Huntley)
  • St. John’s Lutheran (Ashton)
  • St. John’s Lutheran (Sterling)
  • St. Matthews (Princeton)

The weekend started with large group activities led by Michelle (program director for LOMC) to help us get to know each other and moved into our first session with Mr. Rob (exec. director for LOMC) and the introduction of what it means to be stuck and how it feels to be stuck. Throughout the event Mr. Rob led the group in moving from feeling stuck in life to affirming our “stuck in faith” relationship with a Creator that knows and loves every one of us.

We discovered to get unstuck in life we can also rely on prayer and serving others to get out from the things in life that keep our hands tied. Despite a cold weekend the sun was shining and groups were able to engage in a great service project in the Norm Nelson Program Center, speed friending in the Moline Dining Hall and team building, hiking and games outside before dinner.

The weekend finished Sunday morning with a special worship service with Holy Communion featuring music that retreat participants practiced on Saturday.

Special thanks to all our churches, youth leaders as well as our awesome volunteer staff who made the weekend truly awesome!!!

It was a great weekend to bond with your own church group as well as meet so many others. A unique experience in this hectic life to retreat to a space where we can rest in our relationship with God and each other.