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Winter Retreat Engages Young Adults in Bible Study and Fun in the Snow »
Twenty-three young adults converged at a cabin in Silverthorne, Colorado for the Young Adult Winter Retreat sponsored by the RMC Youth Department.
Friday night saw Cassie Ahrens-Learned leading in worship songs, followed by RMC youth leader Kiefer Dooley, who engaged the group in a lively discussion on the parable of the lost sheep found in the Gospel of Luke 15, In a nearly 90-minute consideration of the parable, young adults became passionate about its various details and applications.
With the option of hanging out at the cabin or joining Summit Fellowship in Copper Mountain on Sabbath, participants who stayed at the cabin, engaged in various small group Bible studies and enjoyed the breathtaking views and crisp mountain air with sledding, snow shoeing, and zip lining in the four feet of fluffy snow in the cabin’s backyard. Those that attended Summit Fellowship enjoyed music led by Cassie Ahrens-Learned and Shannon Werner. Kiefer Dooley presented the spoken word on the importance of being 100 percent truthful with others and ourselves, emphasizing that a half truth is still a lie.
Sabbath evening vespers consisted of more worship songs followed by a discussion on the second parable in Luke 15 of the lost coin. After vespers, the cabin was filled with laughter and fun as young adults engaged in such games as Telestrations and Catch Phrase.
Ski enthusiasts enjoyed an early Sunday morning breakfast before hitting the slopes. Others, preferring additional rest and relaxation, enjoyed a later, leisurely breakfast.
The final worship discussion focused on “Home," the RMC Youth Department theme for 2019, discussing the third parable in Luke 15 on the two sons. Discussion highlights included observations on how the younger son made a physical pigpen out of the Father’s inheritance by wasting it on everything meaningless in life.
Meanwhile, the older son made a pigpen out of the Father’s estate by trying to earn what was already given him--sonship--and by having a rotten and resentful attitude toward his returned brother instead of a celebratory attitude like the Father.
The young adults left the retreat rejuvenated and spiritually refreshed, with many expressing their gratitude for the retreat, saying it provided a great environment for rest, relaxation, reflection and growing together with other young adults in a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
–- Brent Learned; photo by Andre Mendez