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Summer 2021

We have lots of ways to engage in the St. Philip the Deacon faith community this summer! Check out these activities and sign up for these great opportunities for fun and fellowship:

Walk in the Woods
Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m.—Register online, no cost
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Mother Nature gives us a free membership to improved health, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Let’s get together and enjoy all that God gives us in the great outdoors! All are welcome…men /women, younger/older, experienced/newbies. Come join the fun! We will meet on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer at Fish Lake Park on Bass Lake Road for a morning devotion, a walk in the woods, and a light breakfast to follow.

Vacation Bible School
June 14-17 from 9-11 a.m.—Register online
Join us for a four days of adventure-filled learning at “Treasured” VBS, where each kiddo will discover how priceless they are to God. Held outdoors in the SPD parking lot, the days will be filled with music, story, games, experiments, friends, learning, growth, and more! Because of the uncertainly of what things will look like with COVID restrictions at that time, VBS is set to be held outside, with a limited number of spots available. Precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of all involved (designated meeting spots, smaller groups, minimal interaction among groups, staying outdoors, no food distribution, etc.)

Summer Fishing Retreat
June 17-20—Learn more and register today!
Join SPD Outdoors for a time of faith, fellowship, fun and fishing at the 7th Annual SPD Outdoors Summer Fishing Retreat on beautiful Lake of the Woods. June marks the onset of shoreline activity in the main lake and is one of the most productive times of the year for walleye. Located 5 1/2 hours (315 miles) north of St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, Lake of the Woods has a reputation as one of the premier fishing lakes in the country. Accommodations and guide service will be provided by Ballard’s Resort just outside of Baudette, Minn., where the Rainy River enters Lake of the Woods. You will enjoy two full days of fishing on a guided charter boat, with all necessary fishing equipment provided.

Kids Biking with Trisha
Tuesdays, June 22 and July 13—Register online
Mother Nature gives us a free membership to improved health, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Let’s get together and enjoy all that God gives us in the great outdoors! Come join the FREE fun! Baker Park has a beautifully scenic 6-mile paved loop. Kids who can successfully complete the 6+ mile loop will begin our time together with a devotion, ride the loop, and then have a short breakfast to follow. Meet near campground ranger station at 8 a.m.

We Can Help Wednesdays
June 30, July 7, 14 and 21—Register online
This program is for elementary kids, who have completed K – 5th grade, to experience the act and importance of service. Each day will be divided into a service project at one location and entertainment at another. Kids love these outings, where they learn that they can make a difference by their acts of service, and then spend an afternoon at one of our great area recreational destinations. Note: We Can Help Wednesday plans are subject to schedule variations.

Summer Bike Outings for Adults
We are blessed to have so many trail options near us to embrace the outdoors. Let’s hop on our bikes and see what we can see as we pedal along. No cost. Register online so we can update you in case of weather changes.
– Outing 1: Dakota Regional Trail
Thursday, July 8, 7 a.m.
We’ll take an out-and-back trip, about 15-20 miles total, starting in the parking lot and heading west.
– Outing 2: Lake Rebecca Park, between Rockford and Delano
Thursday, Aug. 26, 7 a.m.
An 8 mile trail.

Women in the Woods with Trisha
July 16-18—Register online by June 1
We will spend two nights in a cabin at Heartwood near Trego, WI. All cooking and clean-up will be done for you by Trisha. You simply come and enjoy time in the great outdoors! There will be a lot of free time for you to walk, bird watch, swim, kayak, hike, read, rest, craft, chat, bike, whatever brings you joy and helps you relax. This is your time to refresh and reconnect with God. Scenic views should be prevalent. We have an entire duplex cabin rented, which means 8 separate bedrooms. There is room for more than one person per bedroom, or you can choose to room singly. The duplex has running water with indoor bathrooms and shower.

Backpacking Trip for Adults
July 25-31—Learn more and register today!
Located in the Rocky Mountains of southern Montana, Christikon Bible Camp lies near the center of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The surrounding high county ranges from 9,000 to 11,000 feet. We will spend seven days backpacking the mountains in search of friendships, community, and peaks.We willhold two pre-trip meetings to help prepare the group. Packing list, daily schedule, and safety precautions will be our main topics to help all campers feel comfortable and confident.

Summer Sunrise Yoga
July 26 and Aug. 16 at 6:30 a.m.—Register online
Join certified YogaFaith instructor Amanda Berger for a sunrise yoga practice at Wayzata Beach. This class is perfect for all levels. We’ll be practicing on sand, so bring a beach towel to put under your mat (to help keep it clean). Cost: $5 per person

St. John Summer Retreat for Adults
Thursday evening, July 29–noon, Aug. 1
Revealing Revelation: Drawing Back the Curtain on the Bible’s Most Mysterious Book
Join us for a weekend-long deep dive into the book of Revelation with Luther Seminary Old Testament theologian Dr. Michael Chan. We will explore Revelation’s rich imagery and connections to church music (“Holy Holy Holy,” “This is the Feast,” etc.). We will explore how Revelation is misunderstood in many ways in modern culture and how it can help us deepen our faith and grow in relationship to Christ.

Kayaking for Adults
Sunday, Aug. 15, 4 p.m.—Register online
This will be a guided tour of the Rum River. We will rent kayaks from Twin Cities Kayaking and have a guide who leads us on a two-hour tour of the river. Wildlife viewings are common on this route. All skill levels are welcome. For anyone who can paddle a kayak and wants to tour the river from this vantage point.

Kids Adventure Day with Trisha
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.—Register online
Kids who have completed grades 2-5 will head to Baker Park in Maple Plain for a fantastic afternoon/evening of fun in God’s great outdoors! We will eat lunch at the park, bike the 6-mile loop, swim in the lake, play some games, explore nature, make an art project, cook dinner and s’mores over the fire, have a Bible lesson, make some new friends, and so much more! Registration deadline: Aug. 1. Cost: $30.


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