Registration Open!

Aug. 27-29

This summer, set aside your normal rhythms and make time to join us for a stimulating retreat of fellowship, connecting and new and deepened relationships. Come to be challenged by inspirational teachers and be renewed by worship and being in community with others. The 60+ Retreat is for adults 60 years of age or more.

Crescendo is a ministry initiative of the Make and Deepen Disciples mission priority of The Evangelical Covenant Church. This 60+ Retreat is a collaboration between  Covenant Harbor and Crescendo Ministry leaders Debbie Blue, Alan Forsman and Evelyn Johnson. Participation is limited. Online registration will be open soon.

Crescendo Leadership:

Debbie Blue Evelyn Johnson Alan Forsman

 

 

    

Prices

Prices below reflect the per person cost for the 60+ Retreat and include: lodging, six meals (Tuesday dinner-Thursday lunch) and programming. Some excursions have an additional cost. Scholarship assistance is available upon inquiry. Please contact camp@covenantharbor.org to submit a request.

Geneva Bay Center

Private hotel-style rooms, air-conditioned, bedding and linens provided

Single Occupancy – $279

Double Occupancy – $239

 

Lower Carriage House

Shared dorm-style lodging (split by gender), bunk style accommodations (lower bunk only), air-conditioned, bedding and linens provided

Per Person – $199

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dick Lucco, Pastor of Congregational Care and Spiritual Formation at Northwest Covenant Church, Arlington Heights
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Ramelia Williams, Director of Ministry Initiatives for Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church

 

 

Worship Leader

Rev. Dr. David Bjorlin, Pastor of Worship & Creative Art at Resurrection Covenant Church (Chicago) and adjunct faculty at North Park Theological Seminary.

Learning Experiences

Wednesday Learning Experiences

  • Fruitful and Flourishing in Later Years  (Part I)
  • Growing as a Disciple
  • Faith that Dwells: Grandparents on the Spiritual Journey with Children  
  • Mentoring: Together We Grow
  • Social Justice: A Biblical Framework

Thursday Learning Experiences

  • Fruitful and Flourishing in Later Years  (Part II)
  • Growing as a Disciple
  • Faith that Dwells: Grandparents on the Spiritual Journey with Children  
  • Mentoring: Together We Grow
  • Finances and your health: Surprising connections between money and your overall well-being

 

Learning Experience Descriptions

Two-day session: Part I (Wednesday), Part II (Thursday)

Fruitful and Flourishing in Later Years  

We love to watch our kids and grandkids learn and grow. But development doesn’t stop in childhood! The secret to joy and purpose in the later seasons of life is to continue to learn and grow. Come and explore how to continue developing emotionally and spiritually with insights from the Bible and developmental psychology. Leader: Steve Wong, Crescendo Resource Specialist and Pastor, Grace Community Church, Los Altos, CA

 

Sessions repeated on Wednesday and Thursday

Growing as a Disciple

All who choose to follow Jesus, regardless of age, are called to continually grow in their relationship with him and bear fruit. It’s an ever-deepening reconciling relationship to which we’re called – to God through Jesus Christ and to others. Be encouraged and engage in practices toward that end — so that we grow in our relationship with Jesus — for God’s glory and for our neighbor’s good. Leader: Doreen Olson, Executive Minister Emeritus – Christian Formation, ECC

Faith that Dwells: Grandparents on the Spiritual Journey with Children  

What does the spiritual journey with children look like? In what ways we can live into the gospel together? How do we enter into a child’s world? How does their social and intellectual development impact the way we interact? What can we receive from children? What can we give? Leader: Steve Burger, Director of Children, Family and Intergenerational Ministries, Make and Deepen Disciples, ECC

Mentoring: Together We Grow

We all have talents, gifts, and life experiences that others can benefit from. Explore the wonder-filled, life-giving act of mentoring in this practical session. Topics include: Biblical insights for mentoring, identifying the characteristics and approach of an effective mentor, and clarifying a definition of mentor that works for you and your church. Leader: Lynn Black, Adult Ministries Director, Countryside Covenant, McPherson, KS, and Midwest Conference Crescendo Coach

 

One day session only

Social Justice: A Biblical Framework (Wednesday only)

Is social justice part of the Gospel story or have we allowed social activism to attach itself to Christian mission and ministry? Explore a Biblical framework for Social Justice ministry. This is a group engagement learning experience. Come prepared to participate in developing a shared understanding of what the Bible has to say about social justice. Leader: Ramelia Williams – Director of Ministry Initiatives, Love Mercy, Do Justice, ECC

Finances and your health: Surprising connections between money and your overall well-being (Thursday only)

Money and financial health are linked. But what about the links to your physical and emotional health? Join in the conversation as we explore these links and get practical ideas to improve your financial health and overall well-being. Leader: Ann Wiesbrock – President, Covenant Trust Company, ECC

Excursion Options

Wednesday: 

  1. Lady of the Lake Boat Cruise ($27) – No capacity. Take a one-hour boat cruise aboard the Lady of the Lake, compliments of Lake Geneva Cruise Line, and enjoy the beautiful lake scenery and learn about the architecture and history of properties around Geneva Lake.=
  2. Geneva Lake Museum ($6) – Capacity 28. Explore the Geneva Lake Museum’s Archaic and Potowatomi Indian artifacts, 19th-century brick Main Street featuring historical residences, businesses, stagecoach, sleigh, nautical vessels, exhibits on historic lakeshore estates, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Geneva Hotel artifacts and photographs, and Sydney Smith/Andy Gump exhibit.
  3. Let’s Paint Together! ($15) – Capacity 20. Join us as Jessie Brandt guides us in some beautiful canvas paintings. She’ll teach us some simple techniques that will lead you to an end result you’ll be proud to hang in your home/room. This workshop is an additional $15/person and is fun for all! No prior experience required.
  4. Service Project at Covenant Harbor – No capacity. Volunteer to assist camp staff in projects around camp. Project options yet to be defined. Choices will be made available based on skill and abilities.
  5. Do My Own Thing –  I prefer to do my own thing at camp or off-site during excursion time.

Thursday:

  1. Lake Walk ($5) – Capacity 12. Learn about Geneva Lake history and some of its most famous residents. Then we’ll hit the lake path and see what makes this place so unique!

  2. Lake Geneva Clue Room ($29) – Capacity 26. Lake Geneva Clue Room presents a set of challenges and mysteries you’ll need to decode within 60 minutes in order to make your escape. Challenging tasks and puzzles are designed to challenge your imagination, leadership, cooperation, coordination and quick thinking.

  3. Let’s Paint Together! ($15) – Capacity 20. Join us as Jessie Brandt guides us in some beautiful canvas paintings. She’ll teach us some simple techniques that will lead you to an end result you’ll be proud to hang in your home/room. This workshop is an additional $15/person and is fun for all! No prior experience required.

  4. Lady of the Lake Boat Cruise ($27) – No capacity. Take a one-hour boat cruise aboard the Lady of the Lake, compliments of Lake Geneva Cruise Line, and enjoy the beautiful lake scenery and learn about the architecture and history of properties around Geneva Lake.

  5. Do My Own Thing –  I prefer to do my own thing at camp or off-site during excursion time.

The Schedule

*Subject to change*

Tuesday, August 27

  • 1-3:00pm Check-in at Geneva Bay Center lobby
  • 3:00pm First gathering
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Evening worship
  • 9:00pm After hours activity & evening snack

Wednesday, August 28

  • 7:15am Coffee
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Worship and gathering
  • 10:00am Morning break
  • 10:30-noon Learning experiences
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Afternoon excursions
  • 3:30pm Free time
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Evening worship
  • 9:00pm After hours activity & evening snack

Thursday, August 29

  • 7:15am Coffee
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 9-10:30am Learning experiences
  • 11:00am Worship and communion
  • 12:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Afternoon excursions
  • 4:00pm Depart for home