March 12, 2019
Lake Flora greeted us as a frozen sheet gradually thawing as the weekend progressed much like myself as a card-carrying introvert. The optional one-day silent retreat with a group of seven lead by Steve Schmidt was a perfect way to begin. I was quickly reminded how much of my day is normally filled with verbal communication and how relaxing it is to have permission to let that go.
Eighteen more brothers joined us for the main retreat that started with dinner on Friday. The program led by Rev. Kevin Bechtold offered a combination of presentation and small group discussions covering the history of the Church, the current state of Church/human progress and looking toward the next 150 years. These proved to be fertile topics for questions, discussions and getting to know people better. Don Jenkins, Charlie Torres and Tad Anderson allowed us to share some great music, centering us at the beginning of a session and closing.
What provided me insight & better understanding of each person was a session where we presented a symbol that that we brought and described the meaning of that symbol. This was a chance to hear stories not often shared.
Perhaps my most memorable activity was my first attempt at Frisbee Golf with three gents during free time Saturday afternoon. Not even my ineptitude with the disc could detract from sharing a wonderful walk with very patient friends in a forested park on a beautiful day. —Jon Daniel