The 13th Annual Men's Retreat

In the beginning was the Word: Christ through the Old Testament

September 17-19, 2021
Camp Croix
1945 Gold Star Rd
Danbury, WI 54830

“To the law and to the testimony! If people do not speak according to this word, there is no dawn for them.”

When Isaiah confronts a people who are lost in fear and trembling, who do not know where to turn as disaster overtakes them, he points them back to Scripture. Dr. Lawrenz takes us through a tour of how the entire scriptures, from beginning to end, testify about Christ: through the Torah, ancestral line of Jesus, and prophetic witness.

Pricing & Registration

Registration for 2021 is closed. If you would still like to attend, please contact us and we can look into it.
(through August 23)
After August 23
Full weekend $130 $150
Full weekend (Student) $75 $85
Saturday only $90 $100

Includes: Meals* (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast), lodging and camp access (two nights), instructional materials, and T-Shirts (not guaranteed for late registrants).

* Saturday only registration includes lunch and dinner

If you have any questions, contact the Salem Lutheran, Stillwater MN, church office at (651) 439-7831.

Location: Camp Croix

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This year the Men's Retreat will be held at Camp Croix in Danbury WI, just a little over two hours northeast of the Twin Cities. Supported by WELS churches, surrounded by 160 acres of forest, and boasting 2,100 feet of lakeshore along Lake Rooney, Camp Croix hosts four weeks of youth Bible camp, plus family camp, retreats, conferences, and other events throughout the year.

For weekend retreaters, sleeping accommodations include the lodge and four-bunk cabins. There are also a number of spots for RVs with power and water connections. Please let us know if you would like to bring a camper or other RV. Boats are also welcome, and can be accommodated with the available docks.

COVID statement/statement for life: If you are feeling sick, please stay home.


Friday, September 17

5pm Dinner - As you arrive
9pm Welcome and Devotion: Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony! If people do not speak according to this word, there is no dawn for them.”

Saturday, September 18

8am Breakfast and Fellowship
9am Session One: One testimony: Christ is the common thread through both testaments.
Mid-morning Break
Session Two: The testimony of ritual discipline
12 noon Lunch
1pm Session Three: The testimony of incarnation from Judah to Mary
Mid-afternoon Break
Session Four: The testimony of prophetic hope
4pm Free time
7pm Dinner
Vespers, Bonfire, and free time

Sunday, September 19

7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Session Five: Q/A
10am Wrapup / 2022 Planning / Free time
11:30am Pack up / Clean up

Speaker: Dr. John Lawrenz

Dr. John Lawrenz

John C. Lawrenz, 76, is a retired professor and missionary. Married to Phoebe with three children and 11 grandkids. Father's roots in Town Lomira WI. Attended WELS schools, plus Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where he earned a Ph.D. Served as a home missionary in Gainesville, FL for four years. Subsequently spent twenty years in WELS ministerial education (Sixteen years at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, four years at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, four years at synodical headquarters, and four years at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI). Mission work in India, Ukraine and China. Summer archaeologist in Israel with Tel Aviv University 1970-1999. Sent to Hong Kong in 2004 to begin a seminary there. Served as Old Testament professor and president at Asia Lutheran Seminary until retirement in 2013. Lives in east Milwaukee. Member today at St. Marcus (WELS).

Dr. John Lawrenz is easily one of my favorite professors and human beings on the planet. I deeply, fully respect this man. His energy, joy, humor, and insights into God's Word make his teaching effortless to enjoy and understand. You won't want to miss hearing him speak!

While all are welcome, this retreat is designed for the adult men of WELS/ELS churches. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons 16 years or older.

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