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 relays or shoot archery. You will be engaged spiritually through the daily adult 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 or 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 2017 Camp Arcadia schedule.
Speakers: Scott Giger & Scott Keith with Jonathan Kohrs, Cantor
Distraction: Does Busyness Counteract Faith?
This is an age of distraction. Digital messaging and social media keep people over-stimulated and under-connect
ed. Information is available at our fingerprints, yet many seem ignorant to the world beyond their interests. Distractions make us feel busy. Yet God speaks, “Be still and know that I am God.” Can distractions ever be a good thing? Can a mind renewed by Christ grow through distractions? Together we will discover ways to focus on the things of God.
Rev. Scott Giger is the Pastor of Outreach & Discipleship, Site Pastor at Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Fishers, IN.
Radical Grace in the Family
Fathers and Mothers, Sons and Daughters, as well as Grandparents and their role in the Christian Family. Salvation always comes to us on the lips of another, often on the lips of a family member. Sessions will focus on both theoretical and practical ways Christian Families can share God’s grace and the Good News of Jesus Christ with one another more vibrantly.
Dr. Scott Keith is the Executive Director of 1517 The Legacy Project and adjunct Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine, CA.
Jonathan Kohrs is an assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University Chicago and minister of music at Grace Lutheran Church in Northbrook, IL.
Speakers: John Nunes & Matt Peeples
Being an Adult: What Does this Mean?
We will consider some of the following questions: Is Senator Ben Sasse’s assertion correct, that “we are lining in an America of perpetual adolescence”? Who or what is responsible for this? What are the characteristics of an adult? Can adulthood be taught? What is the role of faith in adulthood formation?
Rev. John Arthur Nunes, Ph.D. is the president of Concordia College–New York. Previously he served at Valparaiso University and as CEO of Lutheran World Relief.
The Art of Riding a Bike
Have you ever heard the phrase, “it’s like riding a bike.” It’s someone’s way of saying it’s easy! But is that true? The truth is riding a bike can be one of the easiest things you learn to do, but as you grow it can become one of the most challenging things you do. That reminds me of the picture Paul gives us in his letter to the Ephesians of living a life shaped by the Gospel. At the most basic level the gospel story is simple and easy for anyone to grab a hold of. But as you learn to live the gospel story out in your own life it can become one of the most challenging things you do, the kind of thing you spend a lifetime perfecting. Join us as we learn the art of living out the gospel in our everyday lives.
Rev. Matt Peeples is pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, NJ. Previously he was a church planter in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Speakers: Gabe Kasper & Josh Woodrow with Max Murphy, Praise Music Leader
The Gospel According to…
St. Paul writes, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Paul can say this because he rightly understood that in Christ, God is redeeming all of creation – not just you and I. This means we can practice cultural discernment in observing redemptive narratives through earbuds, e-books, and existential thought. Join us as we explore the gospel according to Chance the Rapper, Soren Keirkegaard, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tottenham Hotspur, and The Replacements just to name a few.
Rev. Gabe Kasper is pastor at University Lutheran Chapel in Ann Arbor, MI. The last five years he spent planting churches in Austin, TX.
Rev. Josh Woodrow is pastor and urban missionary of Bridge City Community in Chattanooga, TN.
Rev. Max Murphy is Pastor of Contemporary Worship at Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Carmel, IN
Speakers: Ryan Peterson & Sarah Salzberg with Kevin Hildebrand, Cantor
How Do I Know? A Simple Approach to Complex Decisions
We all face daily decisions in life and sometimes our decisions seem to have significant and even life-altering consequences. How do we discern the will of God appropriately, especially given the many voices that seek to influence our decision making process? The week will include Biblical narratives, appropriate stories, and a very practical filter for processing significant life decisions.
Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson serves as Campus Pastor and Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Ann Arbor, MI.
Job: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Church
While some Old Testament books get completely ignored, others, like Job, get used and abused. Starting with the very central question of the book of Job through some less than comforting friends, all the way to Yahweh’s whirlwind sermon, we’ll dig into the ancient wisdom of Job that is so needed in our contemporary world. And like all OT books, get ready to see how it is all about Christ!
Sarah Salzberg teaches Old Testament Theology at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, CA.
Kevin Hildebrand is Cantor at Concordia Seminary and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN.
Speakers: Matt Popovits & Rachel Eells
How to Adult: Maturing in Christ in an Age of Indulgence
Adulthood doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Through trial and error and the example of others we’re largely left to just figure it out. Thankfully the Christian faith offers a picture of responsible living that is clear and compelling, albeit counter-cultural. It’s a picture of adulthood made in the image of Jesus, whose short life not only saved the world from sin but shows us how to live in the world with uncommon character and profound purpose.
Rev. Matt Popvits serves as pastor at Our Saviour New York, in New York City as well as the host of “The Spiritual Howcast” and “ThredPops” on YouTube.
Living into Our Vocations
Identity can be defined in a number of ways, but for people of faith, our relationship with our creating, redeeming, and life-giving God and our relationships with one another in community are central. We will explore the concept of vocation, considering how at any point in our lives, we hold various roles in which our gifts are used to meet the needs of others.
Dr Rachel Eells in the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Concordia University Chicago. For 12 years, she taught in Lutheran elementary schools.
Speakers: David Maier & Dean Nadasdy & Paul Maier, evening lecturer with Bob Unger, Cantor
Your Needs – God’s Answers
Jesus had needs…many needs…just like us. But, after his disciples observed numerous aspects of his life, they asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We will explore our “needs” – some deeply personal, yet perfectly known by a loving God – through a careful study/review of the Lord’s Prayer. Let’s be “won,” cared for, renewed and directed by God’s answers.
Rev. David Maier is President of the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Virtue Ethics: The Fruit of the Spirit
Participants will look at virtue ethics with an emphasis on the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians – joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – applying what they learn to their relationships.
Rev. Dean Nadasdy is president of the Minnesota South District of The Lutheran Church –Missouri Synod.
Lutheranism After Luther
A review of what happened after Luther’s death in 1546 up to the current 500 year celebrations and how they were regarded by non-Lutherans.
Rev. Dr. Paul Maier is a best-selling author of fiction & non-fiction 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.
Speakers: Brian Davies & Ryan Tinetti
Finding Identity and Belonging: The Ministry of Jesus in Luke
In a world of labels, everyone is searching for a sense of identity and belonging. In a transformative way, Jesus invites us to find peace with Him and in who He declares us to be. Together we’ll explore how throughout the Gospel of Luke, Jesus uses narratives, parables and teachings to bring this message home to His disciples and to us.
Rev. Brian Davies is pastor at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake, IL.
Working to Rest: Recoving Leisure in a Culture of Total Work
It’s become commonplace to recognize and lament the constant demands of work in our world. We’re “eating the bread of anxious toil,” in the words of Psalm 127. In these sessions we’ll look at how the biblical teaching of the Sabbath can provide respite in our non-stop culture and learn practical ways for how we can recover rest as a regular discipline.
Rev. Ryan Tinetti is pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Spokane, WA
Speakers: Mike Newman & Stacy Martin
What is the antidote to the onslaught of negative news, tiring days, daunting challenges and the constant temptation to give up hope? We will celebrate four God-given qualities that counter the hopelessness of a turbulent world. Walk in the footsteps of the prophet Jeremiah and hear from some compelling authors as you are refreshed and equipped to carr a life-giving message back home.
Rev. Mike Newman serves the Texas District of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as a Mission & Ministry Facilitator.
The Vulnerable God
The kind of God is whom one believes has implications for one’s life. The Gospels proclaim that God self-reveled in Jesus Christ is a God who is weak in power, but strong in love, in other words, a God willing to be vulnerable to pain in the freedon of love. we will engage with the Gospels in an attempt to (re)discover together what they have to say about divine vulnerability and the radical nature of God displayed in Scripture.
Stacy Martin serves as Executive Vice President for Programs for Lutheran Services Florida. She previously served at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services as their VP of External Relations & Development.
Speakers: Greg Finke & Johnson Rethinasamy
Joining Jesus as a Daily Lifestyle
Jesus is on a mission in the places you already live, work and play. He has been sent by His Father to redeem and restore your local community. And He invites you to join Him. In this presentation Rev. Greg Finke will make you laugh and realize that joining Jesus on His mission is simpler than you think and a lot more fun.
Rev. Greg Finke is an author and the Executive Director of Dwelling 1:14, a mission and discipleship training organization based out of Houston, TX.
World Religions & Christian Apologetics
In order to help us to appraise contemporary american religious landscape, global migration and trans-religious expressions around us we will discuss a major and minor world religion each day. This conversation will prepare everyone especially those who work among various religious and cultural diversity settings.
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, NY. He grew up in India.