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 2019 Camp Arcadia schedule.
Family Week 1
Speakers: Ken Chitwood & Heather Choate Davis
Re-Imagining Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations
What do you think of when you think of “Islam”? Whom do you picture when you think of Muslims? How might we envision ways to love our Muslim neighbor despite what we see in the news? In these sessions, Ken will help us explore the ways Christians have imagined Islam past and present, challenge what we think we know about Muslims, and invite us to re-imagine our relationship with Islam and Muslims alike.
Rev. Ken Chitwood is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and conducts his research with UF’s Center for Global Islamic Studies. Ken is also Assistant Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Gainesville, FL
God’s Visionaries: Seeing the Big Picture
Throughout the history of Christianity, God has called on certain believers to see big picture truths and act on them in their contexts. By looking at the lives of five faithful visionaries – George MacLeod, Teresa of Avila, Brother Roger, Phyllis Tickle, and Teilhard de Chardin – we might begin to detect patterns in God’s Vision for His people, and grow in our ability to recognize the visionaries He has placed in our own lives.
Heather Choate Davis is a writer, speaker, theologian, liturgist, and servant of the Living God in the City of Angels. In 2013, she received her MA in Theology from Concordia, Irvine, and is now completing a two-year intensive training in Christian Formation and Spiritual Direction.
Family Week 2
Speakers: Scott Christenson & Marc Schwitchenberg
The Gospel Truths
Nearly everything we know about Jesus come from the four Gospels, but what do we know about the Gospels themselves? These lectures will din into how the Gospels came to be, the discoveries of modern Gospel scholars, and the unique perspective of each Gospel writer as they share the hope of Jesus with us.
Rev. Scott Christenson is Senior Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Schools in Orange, CA.
NEW STEPS: A Study of Colossians
Do you keep track of how many steps you take each day? Thanks to motivating new technology like Fitbits and other fitness apps, Fitness tracking has become nothing short of an obsession for many of us! God’s Word indicates a true relationship with Jesus brings about an even greater motivation to not just walk, but walk joyfully with purpose every day. And while physical exercise is important, we have opportunity to get spiritually healthy as well!
Rev. Marc Schwitchenberg serve as Senior Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church & School in Rochester, MI.
Family Week 3
Speakers: Josh Woodrow & Kristin Lewis with Bob Unger, Cantor
Reclaiming the Place of Lament in the Christian Life
The practice of lament is nothing new. The majority of the Psalms are songs of lament. Jesus laments over Jerusalem days before his crucifixion. Lament is a healthy expression of sadness, grief, repentance, and even resolve. In an era of Christendom that leans toward triumphalism what is the proper place of lament in the Christian life? We will examine the history and practice of lament in order to reclaim it’s place in the Christian life.
Rev. Josh Woodrow is the founding pastor of Bridge City Community in Chattanooga, TN – an intentionally multi-ethnic urban ministry humbly pursuing reconciliation, justice, and mercy.
For Such a Time as This…
How do stories such as Esther and other help us listen for God’s call in our lives? God called, equipped, and utilized ordinary women and men for vital and important ministry. Sometimes we can think that God’s call is only for those called to be pastors or deaconesses. We will explore how Biblical and contemporary stories unpack ideas of vocation. How might God be calling each of us in our everyday life?
Deaconess Kristin Lewis is interim campus minister at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.
Bob Unger is the Director of Worship and Music Ministry at Resurrection Lutheran Church and Schools.
Family Week 4
Speakers: John & Monique Nunes
Borders and Boundaries
Sparked by her soulful music and their spirited talks, Monique and John will lead a conversation about God’s work at borders 1)literally, in the sense of physical places, and 2)symbolically, in the sense of navigating transitional spaces in life; for example, caring for ageing parents. One type of border we will unpack is a boundary, required for all healthy relationships.
Rev. John Nunes, Ph.D, is the President of Concordia College New York, where Monique Nunes, his wife, also works as the Senior Director of Student Experience.
Family Week 5
Speakers: Bill Wangelin & Heath Carter
Living Fully Human
In the fast paced age of technology, we can often be drawn into a disembodied existence, withdrawing from each other, God, and the rest of creation. Jesus helps restore these relationships, allowing us to live as fully human creatures, experiencing God’s grace in all its various forms. Understanding what if means to be fully human gives us a clearer picture of how we operate within creation, our families, and our community to glorify God.
Rev. Bill Wangelin is the Senior Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Lansing, MI.
On Earth as it is in Heaven?
There’s a lot of talk about social justice these days but what should Christians think about it? Reflecting together on stories drawn from lives of believers, both past and present, we’ll tackle that big question and many others besides. By the end of the week we’ll look to have a better sense of what we mean when we pray, “your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Dr. Heath W. Carter is an associate professor of history at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Family Week 6
Speakers: Scott Bruzek & Arthur Just with Paul Maier, evening lecturer with Bob Unger, Cantor
Beautiful Work: Prayer as Loving God and Others Thoroughly
Prayer is beautiful work, but just its mention can unnerve us with feeling from inadequacy (it’s so hard for me!) to guilt (I’m so bad at it!). Let”s see if we can embrace prayer as a gift of privilege and joy – even though it always remains a cry from the helpless (us!) – because it springs from the invitation, instruction, and energy of our Lord.
Rev. Dr. Scott Bruzek is Senior Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton, IL.
Rev. Dr. 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 7
Speakers: Pat Ferry & Gretchen Jameson with Jonathan Kohrs, Cantor
Hear the Echo: faith and Witness, Generation to Generation
Psalm 48 declares one generation’s promise to the next: “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation.” As God’s people, we want what’s best for our children and for our children’s children. Is the next generation prepared to follow Jesus in a post-everything world? Is yours? There’s ample information to help us prepare. There’s even better counsel in the biblical Truth of God’s Word. Let’s look at the identity, worldview, and motivation of the young (and the not so young) and discover new ways to tell the changeless Story in a world utterly changed.
Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry is President of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor (CUWAA).
Gretchen Jameson is Senior Vice President for Strategy and University Affairs, also at CUWAA.
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 8
Speakers: Matt Popovits & David Zahl
Drunk on Discontent: Why Bigger and Better Never Ever Deliver
Discontent is a familiar feeling for many, fueling a constant longing for something bigger and better. Is there such a thing as a life free of envy and comparison? Is it possible to live at peace and to let go of wondering if you’re settling for less? Together we’ll talk about our incredible appetite for more, a world drunk on discontentment, and how Jesus sobers us up for something much more beautiful.
Rev. Matt Popovits is Pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Houston, TX.
Grace When Everything Is Religious
We’ve all heard the reports about emptying pews and the rise of the religious “nones.” Yet a close look at the world reveals that people are as pious as ever – it’s just the targets of our devotion that have shifted, to everyday pursuits like career, parenting, politics, romance, and food, etc. Together we’ll survey a few of these secular religions, explore how they function (even for Christians!), and how the Gospel meets us even there.
Mr. David Zahl is executive director of Mockingbird Ministries, editor of the Mockingbird Blog, co-host of The Mockingcast, ground minister and licensed lay preacher at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA.
Family Week 9
Speakers: Gabe Kasper & Sunitha Mortha
The Holy Fool – An Archetype for 21st Century Spirituality
One of the great archetypes in literature is the “Holy Fool.” This is a character who challenges accepted norms in a culture for the sake of pointing to a larger truth that others are missing. In our surface level world the pursuit of a deep spirituality will certainly look foolish, but in this literary archetype we find an unconventional yet compelling model for deeply following Jesus in the 21st Century.
Rev. Gabe Kasper, Pastor at University Lutheran Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.
How do we engage the “other”?
One of the defining questions of missions is “how do we engage the “other”? Today, the church must respond to this question in a way that’s relevant to our context. How should we understand the why and how of mission when some of the largest Lutheran church bodies are in the Global south, and our public spaces both globally and locally are so polarized? To do so, the church must grapple with the sociological implications of its theological affirmations and develop leaders with new competencies to facilitate dialogue across cultures.
Rev. Sunitha Mortha is Director for Mission Education and Interpretation, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Global Mission Unit, Chicago, IL.