2020 Fall Retreat
We are so excited for our 7th annual Veritas fall retreat! It will be a spiritually refreshing weekend away from Chicago to grow in your faith and enjoy time with friends from Veritas. Our speakers this year are Kelli and Peter Worrall. We will enjoy worshipping and learning from the Word together.
The retreat will take place at Gull Lake Ministries in Hickory Corners, Michigan. There will be a contingency plan in place should travel to Michigan become restricted due to Covid-19 city regulations. You can check out the retreat facilities at www.gulllake.org. We’ll be staying in beautiful cottages, enjoying delicious meals, and taking advantage of various activities.
Everything You Need to Know about Retreat
Speakers: Kelli & Peter Worrall
Bio: Kelli and Peter are friends of Pastor Kirk and Amy. They also are faculty members at Moody Bible Institute and authors of the book: 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twenty-Something Selves. Read more about their story here.
—The cost for the retreat is $115.
—A $10 discount (retreat cost $105) is available to those that memorize 10 Bible verses. You can check the appropriate box on the registration form and indicate the person you recited the verses to when you pay.
—The deadline to register is Wednesday September 16. You can pay online via credit/debit card or your bank account.
—A limited amount of scholarship funding is available. To apply for scholarship funding, please reach out to Pastor Kirk at email@example.com.
—If you would like to donate toward the retreat scholarship fund, choose “Scholarship Donation” in the optional items to donate (in $20 increments).
—Gull Lake is approximately 165 miles from Chicago, and the drive takes about three hours (in good traffic). When you register, please be sure to let us know if you’ll be driving, if you can take passengers, or if you need a ride.
—Because of Covid-19, we will likely be making cabin assignments with carpool arrangements in mind. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
—If there are any details that will help in the process of making carpool arrangements (i.e., you can’t leave until 6:00pm Friday, or you can head out early, or you can take passengers but the back seat of your hatchback is tight) please let us know in the “comments or questions” section. That will help as we work to match everyone up.
—We hope you can leave with us and carpool from the church at 1:00pm Friday October 2. Check-in begins at 6:00pm (EDT) at Gull Lake Ministries. Friday night will be a time of games, fun, and enjoying each others company.
—On Sunday, we will return to Chicago by about 5:00pm.
—Check-in opens at 6:00pm Friday October 2. Dinner will not be provided. The surrounding area has several restaurants, both fast-food and sit-down. (Remember, Michigan is in Eastern Time, so Gull Lake is an hour ahead of Chicago.)
—Our group will be housed in beautiful cottages, and there will be between 3-8 people per cottage. Rooms are hotel-style, NOT dormitory or camp-type lodging. Each room is fully furnished, and has sheets/blankets/towels. Most rooms have their own bathrooms; in some cottages, two rooms share a bathroom.
—You may request a specific roommates, or we can assign you to a room. Each room will have 2–3 people, each with his/her own bed. When able, please request roommates with whom you would also like to carpool. We will do our best to respect all requests; however, the room list is contingent on the number of people coming and the space we have available, so please note that requests can’t be guaranteed.
—Serving times are 8:00am, 12:30pm, and 6:00pm. Mealtimes last for one hour, so be sure you’re on time!
—Due to COVID-19, breakfasts and lunches will be pre-boxed. There will be eating spaces available outside, or you can eat in your cabins. Dinner on Saturday will be served from behind plexiglass in the dining hall by attendants wearing masks and gloves. Seating will be spaced out and a limited number of people will be able to sit at each table.
—Gull Lake can accommodate those with special dietary needs as long they have advance notice. If you have dietary restrictions, please fill out this form no later than Thursday September 17.
Upon arrival at Gull Lake Ministries, you must check in at the registration desk for a temperature check and to turn in your Covid-19 symptom check waiver (See your registration confirmation email to print waiver).
Housing and Carpool:
Housing and carpool assignments will be made with the goal to limit close contact among persons. We will attempt to assign housemates to the same cars, etc.
Masks are to be worn at all times while indoors. You may remove your mask in your own cottage, but please wear a mask while in the conference center facilities or in other cottages besides your own. Also, we will be meeting in a larger meeting room this year to allow for more social distancing. Speakers and worship leaders may not be wearing a mask to allow for effective communication, but we ask that all attendees wear a mask while they are not communicating from stage.
Masks will not strictly be required while outdoors, but we request you use discretion and consideration for those around you. If you are interacting with someone who is wearing a mask, please wear a mask as well. If you are within 6ft of someone, please consider wearing a mask. At all times, we want to foster an environment that is both safe, and feels safe, to those attending the Veritas retreat.
Breakfast and lunch will be served as pre-boxed meals. There will be outdoor seating available, or if preferred, individuals can take their meals to their cottages. Saturday night dinner will be served inside the dining hall by staff members standing behind plexiglass and wearing gloves and masks. Tables will be spaced out and limited to 6 persons per table.
Snacks will be available at your cottages and outside the conference hall, but drinks and snacks are not permitted in the indoor gathering spaces.
Planned group activities will be outdoors, although some indoor activities may be available if people want to access them during their free time. The facility and equipment are sanitized each night.