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Events for Pastors
Pastors’ Sabbath Retreat 2018
Scheduled for April 30 - May 2 at Marygrove Retreat Center. Contact Sandy Kolder,, 906-235-5945 with questions. Download a registration brochure.

“What are we doing here?: Pursuing mission into the mountains of ministry.”
Rev. Gary Step is the Assoc. Director of Congregational Vitality for the Michigan Conference. Gary’s major responsibility is to promote and create a culture of church growth, health and vitality, including providing leadership, coaching and coordination of the Vital Church Initiative (VCI). Gary is a dynamic and engaging presenter addressing church renewal and evangelism.
Gary is married to Lori. They are blessed to have four grandchildren all under four years old! They enjoy camping and fishing in the summer and skiing in the winters.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace…” Romans 15:13


Monday - April 30

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Arrival

6:00 PM Check In

7:00 PM Gathering Worship with Holy Communion

Tuesday - May 1

7:30 AM Spiritual Stretch Yoga

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:30 AM Morning Worship

10:00 AM First Conversation with Gary Step


12:15 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Free Time

4:00 PM Second Conversation with Gary Step

5:30 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Community Time

Wednesday - May 2

7:30 AM Morning Prayer

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:30 AM Third Conversation with Gary Step

11:30 AM Concluding Worship

What are we doing here?
Pursuing mission into
the mountains of ministry