This past weekend, Bryan and I got to go on an Adult Retreat with our church, Heritage Bible Church, to the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center in Brevard, NC. The Wilds is a special place to us: it’s where we met! We each served four summers, Bryan as a lifeguard for three summers and a counselor his last summer, and I as a waitress my first summer, counselor the next two summers, and Assistant to the Manager of the Snack Shop and Store my last summer. It was this last summer that we met. I had finished one year on contract staff at the Wilds after graduating from college. My second year on contract, Bryan was on my crew! It was here that we fell in love: we became friends, and then best friends, and then decided to stay best friends for life.
Three years ago, we went on our first HBC Adult Retreat and enjoyed listening to Dr. Doug Finkbeiner of Calvary Theological Seminary in Landsdale, PA. This year, he was back! We were so excited when we heard he’d be the speaker. We arrived Friday night for dinner and the first message, then he preached Saturday morning and evening (with a long free time in the afternoon to do camp activities and fellowship), and finished on Sunday morning with a final message, followed by brunch. It was wonderful! The weather was gorgeous, the music was beautiful and the entire experience was refreshing!
The theme of the weekend was God’s love, specifically as it is shown in His pursuing us. God pursues us when we suffer, when we rebel, when we get complacent, and when we fail.
The next four posts will be my notes from the sermons this weekend. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If you want to hear them for yourself, you can download them at Sermon Audio here.