Confirmation retreat thoughts

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We had a wonderful time on retreat with the confirmation class to the ARC Retreat Center, a residential spiritual community in central Minnesota’s pine woods.   Carl, Jane, and I were all proud of our students’ interest in and openness toward communal living.  The resident staff were impressed as well.  Together, we:

– helped prepare our yummy meals in the kitchen

– watched and discussed the classic coming-of-age movie Stand By Me

– helped ARC staff move wood for the furnace that heats the lodge

– shared a Bible study on Genesis 32:22-32

– participated in 10- and 20-minute silent prayer (!)

– played games in the snow

– shared worship and Communion together

Here are some of the students’ reactions to the experience:

I am hard pressed to think of the thing that I like most about ARC, but I think my favorite aspect is the fact that the whole place is heated by water.

The thing I liked most here is the kitty, Joey, that lives in the wood place.

At ARC, I had fun and a great time.

I liked how everyone here is always really nice and it’s really cozy.

I loved how everyone participated in everything.  The sense of community and equality was great.

I had a marvelous time.  We played many fun games and also learned about ourselves and our faith.  Given the opportunity, I would come back to ARC in a heartbeat.  It was great to take a break from the world and relax.  I think I’m speaking for everyone when I say I can’t wait to come back!


It was so fun.  I want to come every month.

Wow!  Good stuff.  Thanks, everyone, for a lovely time together.



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One Response to Confirmation retreat thoughts

  1. Francie Domstrand says:

    What a great opportunity! Thank you to all who helped this happen.