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WinterBlast info

Winter retreat is this Friday! Woohoo!


Travel Details

We'll be meeting at church at 3:45pm on Friday, Feb 5, so we can leave by 4 and beat the traffic. We are driving two vehicles (looking for a second minivan, if you can spare it...) and are planning on stopping for dinner, so please have cash ready for that.

We'll be back to church between 1:30 and 2pm on Sunday the 7th, and are stopping for lunch then, as well. Your student will need cash for this as well.


Packing List:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Warm winter gear
  • Helmet (Helmets are required on the ice. Pilgrim Pines has some available, but it is helpful if some campers can bring their own)
  • Ice skates and sleds (optional, Pilgrim Pines has some)


If you have not yet filled out our medical release form, please print and fill out both pages and bring it to church on Friday. You can find it here.

Joy and I will be leading this trip, and we couldn't be more excited! Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.



WinterBlast Registration!

Our Middle School's winter retreat, WinterBlast, is just around the corner! We head up to Pilgrim Pines on February 5 to 7 for this fantastic weekend away.

Registration will happen through Pilgrim Pine's website, which you can find here. The cost for this event is $120. We do have some scholarships available, and you can contact Pastor Chris about that.

Exact times for pick up and drop off will be coming out soon. Who's excited?



WinterBlast recap


Belong. Believe. Become. 

 That's what WinterBlast was all about. We learned about how Jesus, whenever he meets anyone, first makes sure that they know they Belong with him and his family, and then helps them to Believe and Become all that God has in mind for them.

So we spent a lot of time at this year's winter retreat just being together! And, oh man, it was a ton of fun.

Our students got to help lead some songs, Squanto-style. We played some really intense ping-pong, won some awesome prizes in the up-front games (including a Wii U!), and played a couple great games of Spoons (or 'Bursts, cause we had plenty of starbursts and zero spoons).

And, yes, some students were thrown into the snow. And, yes, they did get their revenge.


During the day on Saturday, we had a couple different teams participate in a cardboard sled race. All our teams did awesome! One of the boy's teams even won an award for "Shortest Journey!" 

Our broomball team did outstanding this year! We won the whole tournament, bringing home the "Golden Broom" for the first time in many, many years, where it will stay for many, many more years, I'm sure. Way to go!


After braving the snow and the cold on the drives up to and back from Pilgrim Pines, we really did bond together as a group. There is a definite feeling of "belonging." It was a privilege to show off our camp, Pilgrim Pines, to some students who had never been up there before. It was a joy to spend time with such amazing middle school students as these!

Special thanks go to Joy and Jared, who volunteered their time to spend the weekend with our students. They're amazing!

I'm already looking forward to next year. Till then, here's a brief video with some highlights of the time:

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Prepping for WinterBlast!

Click the photo for more info on the retreat

Our Middle School winter retreat is at hand! 

It's going to be a fantastic trip, and I'm pumped about each student that's attending.

We are providing transportation to and from the retreat. Here are some details about travel and such:

  • We'll be meeting here at church at 4:30pm on Friday, February 6, so we can be ready to take off by 5.

  • Please bring cash for dinner on the way up, and lunch on the way down. There will also be time to buy Pilgrim Pines gear, so bring extra spending money if you would like.

  • We should be home on Sunday, February 8, between 1:30 and 2pm. Pick up will be here at church. I will email with a definite time on Sunday when we stop for lunch.

Weather looks like it'll be beautiful, but cold up at Pilgrim Pines, so please pack appropriately. Here's a suggested list from the Pines:

  • Warm Clothes (layers are great!)

  • Winter hat, gloves, scarf, pants, jacket, boots, etc

  • Ice Skates (if you have them)

  • Bible

  • Sleeping bag/pillow

  • Towel/bathroom stuff

  • ** One of their new policies requires any guest playing on the ice to wear a helmet. Pilgrim Pines will provide helmets, but guests are encouraged to bring their own

Finally, please print and fill out both sides of this medical release/emergency contact sheet. You/your student can't come with unless we have that signed form!

As always, feel free to send me an email with any questions or concerns.