From Age to Age the Same

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Lutheran Older Adult Retreat

Growing In Christ XVIII

May 1-2 • Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton

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 at this retreat.

Keynote speaker

A much-loved Christian humorist, Jan Struck 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. Her keynote message is titled “New Every Morning!” based on Lam. 3:22-23.

Anti-wrinkle creams. Hair dyes. Teeth whiteners. Anything to look younger, society tells us. Yet the Lord has an even better “solution” to the aging process. He promises to make us new every morning — and His promises are true and guaranteed!

Jan will also provide some entertainment at the banquet Wednesday evening.

Bible study leader

Rev. Mark Femmel is 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 the end of November 2009. He loves to preach, teach Bible study and reach out to his community.

The Thursday Bible study will be based on what heaven and paradise will be like and is titled “It Gets Better!”

Registration information

If you desire a brochure and registration form for this retreat, call Margo Wolf at 618-622-0264 go visit, and click the “Forms/Registrations” link on the left side of the page, and then click “SID Older Adult Retreat.” Download and print (registration form is on page 5).

The registration cost is $100 per person, which includes four meals, snacks, and materials. Hurry — the deadline is April 17.

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 rooms will be available to the public at the regular rates, and the discount may not be available.

Call Pere Marquette Lodge at 618-786-2331. When making reservations, tell the lodge representative it is for the Lutheran Older Adult Retreat.


The retreat features 16 workshops in which participants can choose four to attend over the two days.

The retreat is sponsored by Older Adult Ministry of the Southern Illinois District and Lutheran Senior Services of St. Louis.