Retreat 2013

August 5, 2013

Greetings retreat participants!

On behalf of our planning team, I want to thank you for coming to our English Ministry retreat this weekend. We expect 95 retreat participants and anticipate that everyone will have a good experience.

This email provides information to help you prepare for the retreat. All of the information will be posted on canaanem.org as well. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions. I look forward to a time of relaxation and learning with you and your family!

In Christ,
Tim Tseng (Team coordinator)
Chris Liu (Worship, Young Adults Track)
May Liu (Registrar)
Nicole Lu (Children’s program)
Shirley Tai (Logistical arrangements)
Torence Lu (Co-coordinator)

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[updated Friday, August 9]

This year’s EM retreat will begin Friday with dinner at 6 PM and end after lunch on Sunday. Sabrina Chan, the Senior Area Director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship among colleges along the Silicon Coast, will speak on the theme of how to be Christ’s community. Because our retreat schedule is relatively relaxed, we encourage all participants to make extra efforts to intentionally spend time with people we don’t know well. It is a great opportunity to build Christian community!

1. Directions to UC Santa Cruz and College Nine/Ten:
– The GPS address is: UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, http://www.ucsc.edu/
– Take Interstate 880 South to San Jose, where the freeway becomes Highway 17. Continue on Highway 17 South to Santa Cruz. At the outskirts of Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay). On Business Highway 1 (Mission Street), travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance.
– Proceed up the hill and turn left on Hagar Drive. Then turn left at McLaughlin Drive. College Ten/Nine will be on your right.

See attached College Nine/Ten campus map which highlights parking areas, dining area, meeting rooms, and sleeping accommodations.

Map of College Nine/Ten Campus - Click to enlarge

Map of College Nine/Ten Campus – Click to enlarge

2. Check-in is between 4-6 pm in front of the Community Room of College Nine/Ten Apartment Building 3.
– The Conference Office will issue room keys, meal cards, parking permits and maps during the check-in period. Participants must sign a roster to receive keys and meal cards or wristbands.
– Parking Permits. All cars must display a valid parking permit 24 hours a day. Permits will be issued at check-in. If you arrive after the check-in time, you will need to obtain your own permit from the Conference Office.
– Recreation Facility Use Fee ($5)/ Please bring $5 and sign up for recreation facility usage (OPERS) during check in.
– If you will arrive between 6-8 p.m. you can check in at the Conference Office, located at Gandhi House, #2231. [The conference office is open daily between 7-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-8 p.m.]
– If you will arrive later than 8 p.m., please email or text May Liu by this Thursday. She will arrange to have your items ready. Her email link is here and phone number is (951) 897-0854.

3. Dinner 6 PM at Nine/Ten Dining Commons [Saturday & Sunday breakfast will be served at 7 AM, Saturday & Sunday lunch at Noon, Saturday dinner at 6 PM. These meal time slots have been assigned to us, so please eat only during these hours.]

4. Accommodations:
– We will be in College Nine Apartments, Building 3. Bed and bath linens are provided, but are not replenished on a daily basis. There will be no microwave or refrigerator in the apartment rooms, but we can use the ones in the community room in front of the building. Our late night activities will be held in the community room, which will also serve as a place to rest and hang out.
– It is a short and comfortable walk between Building 3 and the Dining Commons, but anticipate a modest incline as you walk back and forth.
– Wifi is available throughout the campus.
– The meeting rooms (including the children’s program) are in the University Center, on the second floor of the Dining Commons. Outside of the meeting rooms is a public area with plenty of comfortable seats and tables. We are likely to be the only group that will use this space.

5. What to bring: Pack warm, but pack light!
– Clothes: Jacket, sweatshirt, pants, socks, slippers/sandals for the showers, athletic gear and swim wear if you want to use the recreation facilities, etc.
– Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.
– Bible, journal/notebook, and pen.
– We will take a collection on Sunday, so please bring your offering and/or donations to defray the cost of the retreat.
– If you have not yet paid the registration fee, please bring your payment with you! Make all checks payable to “Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church.”
– Feel free to bring snacks and refreshments to share during the Friday and Saturday evening activity nights. Contact Betty Tseng so that she can coordinate the refreshments. Her email link is here.

6. Updated Schedule…

Friday, August 9

4-6 PM Check in
6-7 PM Dinner [College Nine/Ten Dining Commons]
7:15-9:00 PM Plenary Session One (joint worship and Ice breakers for all ages, including children; speaker introduction, Introducing Life Stage tracks: college, single adults, couples/families) [University Center]
8:00-9:00 PM Children’s Program (in adjacent room)
9:00 PM Free time
9:30 PM Evening activities (Optional) [College Nine/Ten Apartment Building 3 Community Room]

Saturday, August 10

7-8:30 AM Breakfast [College Nine/Ten Dining Commons]
8:30-9:15 AM Corporate Prayer and Devotions [University Center – Children’s Meeting Room]
9:15 AM Plenary Session Two (Joint Worship, including children, Speaker talk) [University Center]
9:30-11 AM Children’s Program (in adjacent room)
10:30 AM Life Stage tracks [college, single adults, couples/families]
11:30 AM Group photos [location TBD by photographers Rowena Chiu Cheung, Justin Lin, and Winnie So]
12:00 Lunch [College Nine/Ten Dining Commons]
1:30 PM Free time
6:00 PM Dinner [College Nine/Ten Dining Commons]
7:00 PM Plenary Session Three (Joint Worship, including children, Speaker talk) [University Center]
7:15-9 PM Children’s Program (in adjacent room)
8:00 PM Life Stage tracks [college, single adults, couples/families]
9:00 PM Free time
9:30 PM Evening activities (Optional) [College Nine/Ten Apartment Building 3 Community Room]

Sunday, August 11

7-8:30 AM Breakfast [College Nine/Ten Dining Commons]
8:30-9:15 AM Corporate Prayer and Devotions [University Center – Children’s Meeting Room]
9:15 AM Gather in large group for Joint Worship, including children. [University Center]
9:30-11:30 AM Children’s Program (in adjacent room)
9:30 AM Life Stage tracks [college, single adults, couples/families]
10:15 AM Plenary Session Three (speaker talk)
11:00 AM Closing session – testimonies
11:30 AM Check out
12:00 Lunch [College Nine/Ten Dining Commons]
1:30 PM Depart

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