Men (and two women) gathered at Camp Christian on April 12-13, 2013 for the annual Men's Retreat of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgia.  This year a new format was used, starting on Friday evening and ending on Saturday afternoon so that the Men could return to duties at their home church on Sunday.

Jerry GladsonRev. Dr. Jerry Gladson
- comes from Dalton, Georgia. He earned his B.A. in theology from Southern College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University. Ordained in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, he has pastored churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, California, and Georgia. The the author of twelve books, he now serves as adjunct professor of Old Testament Language, Literature, and Exegesis at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, and adjunct professor of religion at Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta. He and his wife, Laura, a licensed psychologist, have two daughters and four grandsons. In addition to spending time with their grandsons, they especially enjoy rummaging through old book and antique stores.

The Theme, presented by keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Jerry Gladson was: “Hearing the Gospel Again for the First Time"

Jerry talked about the strong desire among men in the church to strengthen their spiritual life. The path to renewal of spiritual life may be found in hearing, understanding, and taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to heart.

Friday Evening

As the men gathered on a beautiful spring afternoon, some could be seen fishing, rocking or just visiting with friends.  Friday evening began with some good home cooking including baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans with ham, salads, and of course coconut cake and Coca-Cola cake.  After dinner, Jill Trower and Mike Rucker led the men in a song fest.  Jill and Mike also favored us with a few songs as well.  It is always traditional that the recipient of the Layman of the Year award give the opening devotion and Ken Helton carried on that tradition with humor and inspiration.  Jerry then delivered the first of his three Keynote presentations.

After the keynote the men adjourned to the porch of Peachtree Lodge to hear Dr. Jay White deliver vespers.  An Ice Cream social finished the evening, the men departing to watch a screening of "Courageous", to visit some more or just to turn in.

Saturday

David GrandgeorgeSaturday morning started at 8am with a filling breakfast of eggs, sausage, grits and fruit.  At 9, Jill and Mike warmed us up again with song before Bob Grant delivered a devotion followed by Jerry's second keynote session.

After a short break, Bob convened the business meeting.  Several reports included John Anderson reporting on work that is needed at the Regional office to inside ceilings that are falling.  Tommy Freeman and Bob Frank-Plumlee also reported on coming workdays at Camp.  After election of officers, Rev. Frank-Plumlee installed the new officers for 2013-2014.  Those elected include President: Medie Still, President Elect: Jimmy Walker, Secretary/Treasurer: Will Perdue, Pastor Counselor: Rev. Jay White.  The men then adjourned for lunch!

After lunch and another round of song from Jill and Mike, Jerry brought his third message on Grace.  Rev. David Grandgeorge then provided a bible study which was followed by communion and a closing friendship circle.

If you missed this year, enjoy photos from the event below then resolve to make next years event which will also be a 2 day format at Camp Christian.


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