Early Feast Deadline Nears; Seminars Announced

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CHICAGO, IL (March 18, 2008) – Would you like to explore an even richer life together as a married couple? Or, perhaps you are a parent or a teenage girl trying to understand challenging issues facing adolescent girls?

Maybe your curiosity centers instead on more effective ways to share Christ with family and friends, or rediscovering the joy of the Sabbath that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of busy lives.

These are but a few examples of the large number of topics to be explored during The Feast, which will take place June 21-24 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin, immediately preceding the 123rd Annual Meeting June 24-26.

For those who have not yet registered for the Feast, be advised of the approaching March 28 deadline to take advantage of the discounted registration fees.

Another important consideration is housing – the conference center reports that accommodations are going fairly quickly. Once on-site conference housing facilities have been filled, later registrants will need to look for housing off-site. For those planning to fly, be advised that waiting to make arrangements risks the possibility of full flights as hundreds of individuals planning to attend both the Feast and the Annual Meeting lock in their tickets. Visit the travel and lodging section of The Feast website for more information.

In the “Marriage Map” seminar, life facilitators Neil and Sharol Josephson will guide participants through an exercise designed to encourage individuals to go deeper with God and with each other. The workshop provides tools and a framework that will encourage an even richer life together.

Ginny Olson explores issues facing adolescent girls in “The Dark Side of Girl World.” Olson is co-director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and assistant professor of youth ministry at North Park University and North Park Theological Seminary. Topics to be explored include sexuality and dating, self-injury, depression, and relational aggression. This seminar is designed for youth.

Pastor John Martz from Arvada, Colorado, takes a look at discerning the call of Christ to help those around us without becoming swallowed by the very needs being addressed. Martz suggests that the establishment of boundaries will not only help Christians avoid burnout, it will prevent unhealthy and counterproductive patterns in those who are being helped.

“The New Birth in Lost People” is the tantalizing theme of John Teter’s workshop. The author of “Getting the Word Out” and pastor of Fountain of Life Church in Long Beach, California, Teter will focus on “God’s role in leading us to partner with him, as he graciously brings about the new birth in the life of sinners.” The focus text will be the Gospel of John, chapters 1-4, highlighting John’s evangelism theology of a sinner needing signs and witness to truly believe in Jesus.

“Recovering Sabbath in a Culture of Hurry” suggests Ted Nordlund’s emphasis on the Sabbath as a means of recovering a healthy perspective in life. A Covenant pastor and director of A Shepherd’s Counsel in Minneapolis, Nordlund believes “restoring the big picture of a loving and purposeful God, who stands behind and interacts with creation, changes the way we view life, work and our relationships. Recovering Sabbath also restores us to the sacred rhythms of life.”

These are but a few of the seminars and speakers. For a more complete list, visit the seminars section of The Feast website. An identical slate of seminars will be presented on Sunday and Monday, from 11 a.m. until noon, so that participants can take advantage of more than one seminar. A list of late afternoon seminars may be announced later.

For those interested in sharing rides to The Feast or sharing a room with someone, visit this unique new feature on The Feast website.

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