by Steve Hunt

What do moon dogs, red stew, and clergy wrestling all have in common? That’s right, they were all highlights of the 2014 Redeemer/Cross men’s retreat. Nearly 70 men from both parishes attended the 10th annual event, up from the two who attended the inaugural retreat in 2004.  After a nine-year stint at Lutsen, the retreat made its first sojourn to the beautiful Cove Point Resort, about fifty miles from Duluth in the small hamlet of Beaver Bay.  The “brisk” temperatures were no deterrent to two days of winter hikes, cross country skiing, and a special clay pigeon shootout at the local Beaver Bay quarry. Sunshine welcomed the men in the day and a special moon dog encircled the yellow orb on Saturday evening. Google it if you are scratching your head.

Three wonderful worship sessions were central features of the weekend. Pastors Christian and Nathan Dickerson from Church of the Redeemer taught about the life of Jacob from Genesis 27-32.  God’s great mercy and pursuit of a man filled with frequent folly and deceit offered hope to modern seekers with feet of clay.  Thanks to Paul and all the worship team for the music; the bass harmonies of 68 men were superb as well. Small group prayer closed each session as the men lifted each other up with hopeful supplications.

Despite Christian’s second consecutive runner up performance in the euchre tournament, he vowed to return next year for his 11th retreat. As the alpha male, he will need to guide his pack next year.  Special kudos to Blair Carlson for his hard work in the kitchen and Peter Berg for organizing the gathering. The Cove Point staff was terrific and I learned Trevor Pope has the gift of detecting radar (thanks for driving!).  Ask Christian or Nathan about the clergy wrestle sometime.  Hope to see more of you menfolk there in 2015.