Growing in Christ XVIII

‘Loving … forgiving … serving’ You are invited to gather with other older adults from Southern and Central Illinois and Eastern Missouri for a special opportunity to enrich your faith, fellowship and fun.

The Lutheran Older Adult Retreat, Growing in Christ XVIII, will be held May 1-2 at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton. The retreat theme, “From Age to Age the Same: Loving, Forgiving, Serving in a World of Change” is based on Heb. 13:8:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

The retreat, sponsored by Southern Illinois District Older Adult Ministry and Lutheran Senior Services, St. Louis, features 16 workshops — participants can choose four to attend during the two days.


Jan Struck will be the keynote speaker. A much-loved Christian humorist, Jan sees humor in every corner of what she describes as her lifetime of bizarre experiences. Her ministry is the blessing of serving the Lord as a popular speaker leading Bible studies, workshops and women’s retreats.

Jan brings a fresh approach to the journey of faith and uses her sense of humor as she shares her life with fellow travelers.

Bible study

The Bible study leader is Rev. Mark Femmel, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Maryland Heights, Mo. Mark was born in Indiana, grew up in Texas and now lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children. He has been at Zion since November 2009.

He loves to preach, teach Bible study and reach out to his community.

Registration information

If you desire a brochure and registration form for this retreat, call Margo Wolf at 618-622-0264 or visit and click the “Forms/Registrations” link on the left side of the page and download and print the form. The registration cost is $100 per person, which includes four meals, snacks and materials.

Lodging information

You must make your own reservations with Pere Marquette Lodge. Because the park and its facilities are popular, the cut-off date is April 17 for reduced-rate rooms ($89 for single or double) plus 11 percent tax. After this date, the discount may not be available and the rooms would thus be available at Pere Marquette’s regular prices.

Call Pere Marquette Lodge at 618-786-2331. When making reservations, tell the lodge representative that you are staying for the Lutheran Older Adult Retreat.