Friday, June 13, 2008
Going to Bender's
Glenda at I Shouldn't Be Doin' This has brought it up a few times. Kristi has talked about it too. I'm getting excited myself.
Next Wednesday evening begins the Catechesis Symposium of the Concordia Catechetical Academy. We call it "Going to Bender's" for short. LOL
Pastor Peter Bender has been a personal hero for some time. He is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Sussex (suburban Milwaukee), Wisconsin, and the CCA is an auxiliary of that parish, which promotes Luther's Small Catechism, and the formation in the faith that we call "catechesis." While this is not required, it is by far the one that has the most direct applications to my daily parish ministry.
The sessions are stimulating and informing, yet accessible to laity as well. It is a very "family friendly" conference. And the two Divine Services alone make the 1000 mile round-trip worth it!
Of course, the food is another highlight. Peace provides a beautiful and tasty spread on Wednesday night. We also go to Kopp's, a local frozen custard place, on Thursday nights. Thursday lunch is always Weissgerber's, an amazing German restaurant. Mmmm....what a great trip!