February 20-22, 2013
Serra Retreat Center, Malibu

This year we feature all of us together as the primary attraction, collaborating in fellowship, worship and great fun with a bit of rest and renewal.  The site overlooking the blue Pacific in the Malibu Hills is breathtaking and speaks for itself.

Our presenter this year will be Dr. Mark Labberton, the Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Seminary.  In addition to having the most extensive job title in church history, Mark brings a wealth of scholarship and pastoral experience that has a real international flavor to what he does.

He has been recommended by many of you over the years for his influential input in preaching and in how we relate our worship and preaching to the particular cultural settings we find ourselves serving in.  I happen to respect Mark for, not only his deep insights but also for his willingness to share openly with us what his own personal walk has taught him and is teaching him presently.  His two most recent books, the Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice (2007) and The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (2010) are prophetic in their scope and most helpful to any of us who preach and teach.

Reservations this time around include some options. To come and share a room with a colleague would be $250 for the two nights.  Cost if you would like a single room would be $300 for two nights.  This of course includes room and board, full access to Mark and his presentations and the great delicacies that only those descendants of Fr. Serra can offer, and the best fun and fellowship this side of Geneva! Scholarships are available.  You can sign up either clicking or typing in the registration site in your internet browser, or do so through the LRP website, but however you do it, get it done soon. The registration site for Pastors Retreat is http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5047443038#.

If you are a serious and committed member of Los Ranchos, you must seriously consider this event to openly express your commitment to your ministry here and to the collegial fellowship of our presbytery. Over the years the gatherings have proven to be a catalyst for relationships that carry us through challenging times in our calling.  If you find the cost too steep to cover, please let us know.  We have funds set aside for the purpose of making sure we do all we can to get all of our pastors there for this time of renewal.

Do your very best to block out these dates.  We begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and are on the road headed home by late morning on Friday.  If you have any questions, shoot me an email ([email protected]) or call Tim McCalmont at 714-557-3340.