Family weeks are times of inter-generational vacationing. With the mission of Camp Arcadia as a guide, the entire experience of a family week has been developed to renew the whole person in fellowship with other Christians. Worshiping, playing, learning, resting and eating are all important parts of this community experience.
During a family week you might square dance, play basketball, shuffleboard, softball, tennis or soccer, create a craft, participate in a talent show, compete in family gamess or shoot archery. Every member of the family will be engaged spiritually through the daily morning Bible study, presentations and worship.
Each of our family weeks is unique in that different speakers bring their knowledge and style to the program. While adults are in their program, children (age three through college) are engaged in their own Bible study and activities led by our program staff. A nursery for those under three is also available. Daily programming also features activities (athletic, craft and nature) for children and adults to do on their own or in family groups. Volleyball is played each evening after dinner and is followed by another family participation event.
You will find places at Arcadia to be by yourself, have intimate conversations with others, and be with small and large groups of people. At Arcadia, you will find the time to experience each of these types of community.
- View a sample schedule for Family Weeks 1 – 7 at Arcadia (seven day retreats).
- View a sample schedule for Family Weeks 8 & 9 at Arcadia (six day retreats).
Learn more about each of the family weeks by viewing the 2020 Camp Arcadia schedule.
Family Week 1
Speakers: Ron Glusenkamp & Peter Mayer
A week of reading and singing God’s promises. Jesus promised, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” He is the destination and the journey himself. Exploring the ups and downs, the ins and outs of being a follower of Jesus Christ in the 21st century. We will walk and talk our way to Emmaus where we recognize Jesus in the Bread of Life. Bon Appetite!
Rev. Ron Glusenkamp is the Director of he Campaign for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Peter Mayer is a singer, songwriter, musician who has toured for years with his own band and also as lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett. Those years of playing have taken him to many stages, countries, churches, and living rooms. Peter was born in India, where his father was a missionary.
Family Week 2
Speakers: John & Monique Nunes
God’s TimeZone: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever
The creator of all time and space desires to redeem every nook and cranny of our lives. As we discuss the meaning of the mystery of finitude and eternity, we will look at ways of “making the best use of the time.” (Ephesians 5:16)
Rev. John Nunes, Ph.D, is the President of Concordia College, New York
Monique C. Nunes, MA, is the First Lady of Concordia College, New York
Jonathan Kohrs is an Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University Chicago and minister of music at Grace Lutheran Church in Northbrook, IL.
Family Week 3
Speakers: Scott Bruzek & Arthur Just with Kevin Hildebrand, Cantor
Letting His Stories Be Our Story: The Unexpected Kingdom Bestowed by Jesus the Christ
To an anxious, grim, and fractious world, Jesus offers a life of righteousness, peace, joy, and hope. But nothing in what Jesus says and does confirms our natural assumptions about God or us. Instead, Jesus’ stories, many of them parables, carry us into a contrary Kingdom, bidding us to stay and flourish, not just someday but right now. The cost is mysteriously high, but the end is otherworldly and eternal.
Rev. Scott Bruzek is Senior Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL
Rev. Arthur Just is Chairman and Professor of the Biblical Studies Department at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN.
Kevin Hildebrand is Cantor at Concordia Seminary and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN.
Family Week 4
Speakers: Matt Popovits & Sarah Salzberg
Irresistible : A Call to Captivating Living
Love him or hate him, you couldn’t take your eyes off of him. The person and message of Jesus were captivating. The same is true for the first Christians, who so embodied Jesus’ message that they were irresistible to outsiders. Can the same be said of God’s people today? We know the answer. We’ll wrestle with what it will take for us to again be those whose message and manner of living captivates hearts.
Rev. Matt Popovits is Pastor of St Mark Lutheran in Houston, Texas.
Exodus: What They Didn’t Teach You in Sunday School
You were taught that Exodus was about a cute baby stuck in a basket, an angry god sending a plague of frogs and a bunch of ridiculous rules about tattoos and bacon. Well, maybe there’s more going on than a kid’s book shared on early Sunday mornings. In fact, if we’ve been misunderstanding the book of Exodus, there’s a good chance we’ve been missing out on the full weight of the Gospel.
Sarah Salzberg, M.Th, serves as an Old Testament Theology teacher at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, CA.
Family Week 5
Speakers: Fred Niedner & Chad Foster
All You Need Is Love
Love stories, some of them rarely told or studies, tie the scriptures together. Over a lifetime of hearing those stories, we have come to inhabit them, put them on like garments, and thanks to the Spirit working through them, we learn to live in perfect harmony. Or so say Colossians 3:14
Rev. Dr. Fred Niedner taught biblical studies in Valparaiso University’s Department of Theology for 40 years. As a “Senior Research Professor” since 2014, he assists with Valpo’s new faculty orientation and the Institute of Liturgical Studies.
First-Century Pathways: Following Rabbi Jesus
Jesus was a Jewish rabbi. Martin Luther once said, “Without this language of Hebrew there can be no understanding of Scripture, for the New Testament, though written in Greek, is full of Hebraisms.” With a rabbinical background, Dr. Chad Yeshayahu Foster, presents the teachings of Jesus and the Gospels in their authentic Hebraic culture and context. Have fun learning the Jewish background of our Christian faith, maybe even pick up a little Hebrew, and see some of the most familiar stories of the Bible in an entirely different light.
Rev. Dr. Chad Yeshayahu Foster is both and ordained LCMS pastor and an ordained rabbi. He has studied at Christian seminaries and Jewish yeshivas in England, France, and Israel. Currently, he serves as Teaching Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus , IN.
Family Week 6
Speakers: David Maier, Michael Ziegler with Paul Maier, evening lecturer and Bob Unger, Cantor
What is God Like?
What kind of God is He? How can you expect Him to act toward ALL His creation? At first glance these questions seem academic or perhaps simple for the “seasoned” Christian. Inevitable, honestly, however, they touch the deep recesses of your spirit and their answers effect life, character, and destiny. To your questions God provides answers; not all, but enough to gratify your intellect and enchant your heart. May God ravish and equip us.
Rev. David Maier is President of the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Mark’s Gospel: Rehearsing the Reign of God
The first hearers of Mark’s Gospel probably heard it in one sitting, in the amount of time we devote to watching a movie. It was presented by a storyteller from memory, full of action and emotion. Rev. Zeigler will rehearse this experience for you in five sessions. Sit back and listen – do not try to read along. Allow the reign of God to engage you in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the 10th Speaker of the Lutheran Hour, LHM, St Louis, MO.
Rev. Dr. Paul Maier is a best-selling author of fiction & nonfiction and retired Professor of History at Western Michigan University.
Bob Unger is the Director of Worship and Music Ministry at Resurrection Lutheran Church and School.
Family Week 7
Speakers: Brian Davies & David Zahl
Connected to Christ: Why Community Matters
In a world of increasing hyper-individualism, loneliness and division, the Lord draw us into something radically different – community as a church family. Together we’ll explore how Jesus invites us to find identity and belonging in Him and His Church. You were made for this!
Rev. Brian Davies is Pastor at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake, IL.
Low Anthropology: Translating the Doctrine of Sin into Contemporary Language and Experience
There was an infamous bit of graffiti in my hometown that read simply “Jesus is the Answer.” Above it, some mischievous hand had scrawled “But what is the question?” The addendum, while cheeky, was perceptive. So often our witness gets bogged down by the cultural baggage associated with certain terms, leading us to retreat into comfortable enclaves where we don’t have to explain ourselves. Nowhere is this trend more pronounced then when it comes to “sin” — a truth without which the Christian faith loses much of it’s coherence and nearly all of it’s urgency. Together we’ll spend a week looking at how we might connect the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a world very much struggling under the burden of something it has lost the ability (or willingness) to name. Think of it as a crash course in translation for the sake of loving our neighbors.
David Zahl, executive director of Mockingbird Ministries, editor of The Mockingbird Blog, co-host of The Mockingcast, and author of Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It.
Family Week 8
Speakers: Gabe Kasper, Mike Newman, Johnson Rethinasamy, & Tanner Olson
Storyteller King – Fresh Perspectives on the Parables of Jesus
In his book The Storytelling Animal, writer Jonathan Gottschall says “We are, as a species, addicted to story.” And it’s true. We love to tell stories and we love to consume stories in movies, books, or around a campfire with our friends. And stories have incredible power. They shape us, transform our thinking, and give us insight into the world. It’s no wonder, then, that nearly one third of Jesus teachings come in the form of stories – called parables! Join us this week as we dig deeper into Jesus’ parables and how they might speak a fresh word to us today.
Rev. Gabe Kasper, Pastor at University Lutheran Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI
Rev. Michael Newman is President of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Rev. Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy is the Mission Executive for the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and pastors a multicultural/multiethnic church called Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone, New York. He grew up in India.
Tanner Olson is an author, speaker, and poet. He started the creative project, Written to Speak in 2013 and lives in Nashville, TN.
Family Week 9
Speakers: Ryan Tinetti & Adam Carnehl
Reading Backwards: How to interpret the Bible like Early Christians
From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have read and interpreted the Bible in a way unlike any other book. In the words of one contemporary biblical scholar, they “read backwards,” interpreting the whole of the Scriptures through the lens of Jesus’ death and resurrection. This week we’ll learn this ancient method of biblical interpretation and then see it at work within the Gospels and other early Christian writings.
Rev. Dr. Ryan Tinetti is Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arcadia, MI.
Nurturing the Christian Imagination
It’s delightful to watch a little child using her imagination. Simply a puffy, while cloud can provide hours of delight and fascination. Why is this? Well, maybe we are designed by our Creator to enjoy beauty and draw truth from it. in these sessions we will explore the power of imagination, discovering the place it has in the life of a Christian as a pathway or portal to the Divine.
Rev. Adam Carnehl is Associate Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont, Minnesota; he is a lifelong Arcadian.