WHEN: Friday, August 16th thru Sunday, the 18th – 2019
WHAT: Practical teaching of God’s Word & good food! Competitions include; fishing, a potato gun shoot, ax throwing, and the 1st Bemidji Pit Master BBQ Cookoff! Everyone is invited to join us Saturday at 12:30 PM for tasting, voting, and awards for the cookoff entries!
COST: $65 registration.
Please support the retreat with a donation when coming for partial visits.
REGISTRATION: Registering online early.

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Pastor James L Johnson, 57, is a long-time pastor and former journalist who loves sports.
God called him to be a pastor when he was 25, covering college football at the Miami Herald. Jim and Linda were married in Upper Michigan in 1987. Linda, who grew up in a pastor’s family, once told her extremely patient mother: “I will never marry a pastor!” For once, she was wrong.
After graduating from pastoral training school, they raised nine children while serving the Lord in ministry full-time.  For 10 years, Jim directed a discipleship training school for college students, teaching about 800 young adults. After serving two churches in Southern California and in northern Minnesota, he now helps Christians who hope to plant new churches. A favorite place for him is Fosston, MN, where he first learned to pastor a church.
Jim now helps churches start new churches around the country. He is national director of church planting for the AFLC, a family of 250 congregations. Jim and Linda have a home in Otsego, Minnesota. They have two teenage boys at home, and two adult children in college.
A native of Bloomington, Minnesota, and a former hot dog vendor at the Old Met Stadium, he is a long-time fan of the Twins and Vikings. He also loves fishing, hiking, hunting, and reading history books and biographies. He has been a follower of Jesus since 1977.


FRIDAY, August 16th
4:30-5:00 PM – Arrival / get settled
6:00 – Intro / Supper
7:30 – Session 1
8:30 – Competition
9:00 – Bonfire + Roasting
SATURDAY, August 17th
7:00 – Devotions
8:00 – Breakfast
Fishing Competition / Begin cooking for BBQ Pit Master Challenge
12:00 – Lunch / BBQ Challenge tasting & voting!
2:00 – Session 2
3:00 – Competitions
5:00 – Supper
6:00 – Session 3
7:00 – Potato Gun Contest
8:00 – Bonfire + Roasting
SUNDAY, August 18th
8:00 AM – Devotions
9:00 – Breakfast
10:00 – Morning Worship & Session 4
11:00 – Camp Cleanup / pack up
12:00 – Lunch

LOCATION: On Grace Lake near Bemidji. Kayaks, canoes & a rowboat are available on the grounds or bring your own boat.
– Map for directions
– Map to the boat landing
– Grace Lake contour map

WHAT TO BRING: Bible, pen(s), sleeping bag, pillow, clothes, jacket, towels, swimwear, bug repellent, toiletries, and plastic bags for clothes

FISHING COMPETITION: Try for the winning church trophy in our annual fishing competition!!  The trophy is given to the church who catches the longest fish from Grace Lake. The competition will be catch and release.  Entries to win are submitted by photos with some form of readable and standard measurement in the photo.

BEMIDJI PIT MASTER BBQ COOKOFF: Think you’ve got the grillings skills to win 1st place? Enter into our 1st Bemidji Pit Master BBQ Cookoff! Participants must bring their own pre-packaged uncooked pork loin ribs, their own grill or smoker with any needed fuel source (coal or propane). The winner will be chosen by a blind taste test of men attending the retreat.

POTATO GUN CONTEST: Bring your own gun, fuel source, and potatoes. This year’s contest is target based. Targets will vary in size and distance, so be prepared. Do you have the best spud gun shot in the North? We’d love to see you prove it.

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