The 18th Annual Grand Canyon Synod Retired Pastors’ Retreat
For Pastors, Deacons, Spouses, Widows, and Widowers
Are you new to retirement? Or have you been retired for some time now? Either way, we’d like to spend some time with you! We too are the “retired” among the Grand Canyon Synod’s roster of saints. Please join us for a two-night gathering of new and old friends at this year’s Grand Canyon Synod Retired Pastors’ Retreat ~ a time for fellowship, worship, and learning in a peaceful desert setting.
Rev. Dr. David Lose will be our primary teacher/leader (Senior Pastor of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, professor, former President of the ELCA’s seminary in Philadelphia, PA and author of soon-to-be published book Why Don’t My Grandchildren Go to Church? (And What Can I do About It). Bishop Deborah Hutterer will present a State of the Synod report. The Rev. Steve Holm, a retired parish pastor and devotional writer, will again serve as Chaplain.
The retreat begins on Monday, October 31st at 1:00 PM and ends with lunch on Wednesday. The program includes small-group gatherings, fellowship times, and a special worship service for All Saints Day. We also encourage you to take time before and after the retreat to explore the unique offerings of Carefree and Cave Creek.
Room and Board
Rooms at the retreat center will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with additional lodging at the new Hampton Inn just across the street. All meals (from Monday dinner through Wednesday lunch) will be at the retreat center.
Participants will be assigned to rooms at Spirit in the Desert on a “first-come/first-served” basis. Additional guests will be assigned to the new Hampton Inn, just a short walk from the Retreat Center.
Registration fees are based on actual costs (rooms, meals, and program expenses) for two days, two nights, and six meals, reduced by generous gifts from many sources!
Donations from synod congregations make possible an approximately 50% reduction from actual costs.
- Double occupancy: $175 per person, $350 for two people
- Single occupancy: $225 for 1 person
- Commuter price: $125 per person
**Please register ‘special needs’ promptly (ADA – physical mobility rooms are limited). We kindly request that you be vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19.
To inquire about attending this retreat, please contact Retreat Registrar Jan Fosen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (602) 758-0875.
Scholarships are available! Inquire about availability with Jan Fosen.