November 6, 2022 – November 8, 2022
Beginning at 5 PM

The First Call Retreat is a gathering of rostered ministers in their first three years of ordained ministry. Continued theological education, relationship development between colleagues and synod staff, and time to rest are emphasized in this time together. The retreat will be Nov. 6-8 in Chamberlain, SD, at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. Your room can be booked directly through the hotel, and is a separate cost from registration. We look forward to providing this space to gather and support you in your ministry.
Registration Cost: $200

Registration closes October 7, 2022

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center at Cedar Shore
1500 Shoreline Dr, Oacoma, SD 57365
Venue Website

Reserve on your own by October, 7, 2022

Speaker Information: 
The chaplain for the retreat will be Pr. Stephan Sandness. Pastor Stephan began his ministry at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Spearfish, SD) in 2013. A 1990 graduate from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, Stephan first served in Gillette, Wyoming. In 1994 through 2012, he served congregations in southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin.

The speaker for the retreat will be Timothy J. Wengert. Timothy J. Wengert is emeritus professor of Church History at the United Lutheran Seminary (Philadelphia). A parish pastor for seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin with a doctorate from Duke University, he taught on Philadelphia’s faculty from 1989-2013. He has researched the Reformation, was co-editor of the English edition of The Book of Concord (Fortress, 2000) and translated Luther’s Small Catechism, used throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His annotated version of the 95 Theses (2015) has also been widely used. In addition to books on Philip Melanchthon and Martin Luther, he co-edited The Annotated Luther, the Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, and authored both Reading the Bible with Martin Luther (Baker, 2013) and Word of Life: Introducing Lutheran Hermeneutics (Fortress, 2019). His most recent publication is a commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Augsburg Confession: Renewing Lutheran Faith and Practice (Fortress, 2020).

Many a modern or post-modern commentator has turned Matthew into a book of rules, tempting the preacher to trade the gospel for a mess of moralistic pottage. By observing how the reformers (Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon) approached Matthew and paying attention to Matthew’s central point, we discover how jammed pack with good news this gospel really is. Prof. Wengert will help participants rediscover the law and gospel in this precious book and apply its comfort to the terrified people of our day.

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  • First Call Retreat
    11/06/2022 - 11/08/2022
    5:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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Venue Website:

1500 Shoreline Dr., Oacoma, South Dakota, 57365

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