Celebrating Woodlands 2015

Thank you for praying for our fall retreat. We had a wonderful time away.

Woodlands Camp Cleveland Georgia Lakefront Picture

Our retreats are typically a mixture of three ingredients: Fun, Fellowship, and Focus. You can trace the contours of our time along these three lines.


We enjoyed time playing in God’s beautiful creation. The weather was perfect autumn with blue sky afternoons and frosty evenings. We canoed on the lake. We ziplined. We played ultimate frisbee and basketball. We were thankful for the time to unwind.


A big part of retreat is having extra, unrushed time together as a student ministry and in small groups. This weekend we had time to meet in our cabin groups to connect, to discuss the bible lessons, and to pray for one another.


Our ultimate aim is to focus on God. Personal devotions in the morning, worship sets overlooking the lake, Bible lessons in the chapel, conversations with friends and leaders…these are all ways to refocus our hearts on what matters most. This year we considered three major parts of our faith: justification, sanctification, and glorification.

We are thankful for this break in our busy fall schedule. We are thankful for the serene weather, for safety as we traveled and played, for extra time together, and for God blessing His Word as we stepped back to reflect on his work in our lives.

Thank you again for partnering with us in prayer.

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Derek Griz

I am a Christian, a husband, a father, and a pastor (Immanuel Church). I write from those perspectives. Connect with me on Twitter (@derekgriz).