Revised Retreat Plans

As we were unable to meet the minimum number of participants to meet the retreat center’s requirements we have cancelled our plans to meet at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center. Instead, we are staying at a motel in Denver and meeting at a nearby church on the same dates, April 25-28. We plan to discuss the 12 steps and attend a local meeting. There is still time to join the group: contact Bohdan at pastorvadis@sbcglobal.net or Melanie at mmartindent@yahoo.com.

2016 Retreat – What I Cannot Do Alone

cross-666950Our 2016 Retreat will be here before you know it.  Make your plans to attend today!

Where:
Highlands Presbyterian Camp
Allenspark, Colorado

When:
April 25 to 28, 2016

Agenda includes:
Discussion of the 12 Steps
Fellowship
Worship & Prayer

Click the link below to access the brochure. You will find more information, including cost, directions, and registration form. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

FRLC Retreat Brochure

Please direct questions to Bodan Vadis at pastorvadis@sbcglobal.net

 

 

October Board Minutes

FRLC Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

 Check In & Prayer Bohdan, Brian, Ed & Melanie were present. Brian opened with prayer.

Minutes from the September Meeting: were approved.

Treasurer’s report: The current balance is $ 1777.38. A number of donations came in following the last newsletter.

 Coordinator’s report: The coordinator is continuing to work on getting an Associate Pastor to help develop the lay fellowship. His former intern is there half time now focusing on other ministry. They continue to work with the Synod regarding calling him. Their church concluded their recovery lecture series. It was well attended. He updated database after the newsletter mailing and continues to respond to inquiries. He will use some e-blasts to promote the retreat. The Minneapolis Synod Portico funds are available for grants to congregations to do neighborhood initiatives. His Associate is writing a grant to help provide instruments for the drum circle for Conscious Contact and get a website for it up and running. The grant would be for $5000, and they would run it through the FRLC account. This would be a start on the new fellowship.                  

Old Business:

2016 FRLC retreat brochure –The contract was signed for the retreat center and a deposit will be made in the next few days. Bohdan will write a cover letter and send it to Ed to go out with the brochure. Ed suggested personal calls to members who are in Colorado and sending information to the Rocky Mountain Synod to include in their newsletter. He will send the information about members in the Colorado area to Bohdan.

 

Newsletter: They are easy to produce; getting the content for them is the challenge. Last time Ed came across a couple relevant articles, obtained permission to use them and included them in it. He encourages everyone keep an eye out for good articles for the newsletter. The newsletters cover their cost and bring in additional donations to keep us going each time. The next issue will use Bohdan’s letter for content for the newsletter and include the brochure.

 

New Business:

Annual Meeting: The question was raised whether we need to have a meeting at the retreat and if so, how do we handle it if few board members attend. The constitution calls for us to hold such a meeting at the retreat and in the past that has been how we identified new board members and helped others to understand how the Fellowship works. Next month we will look into a way to include additional board members who aren’t present. Perhaps we could do it via the internet—Skype or other service. There is no cell signal at the retreat center.

 

Melanie closed the meeting in prayer.

 

Next meeting: November 4, 2015 2:00 pm MDT/2 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT 12:00 pm

September Board Minutes

FRLC Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

 

            Check In & Prayer Bohdan, Brian, Gary, Mary, Ed & Melanie were present. All checked in. Tom led us in prayer.

 

Minutes from July Meeting were approved.

 

Treasurer’s report The current balance is $1175.65. The full report will be emailed to Board members following the meeting. The Schwan’s campaign brought in about $32. While the major part of the campaign is over, smaller amounts will continue to come in. There was a question about Amazon Smile. We received a small amount: most recently $13. $5 was received earlier.

 

            Coordinator’s report: The last lecture of the recovery series at Transfiguration is happening this month. The one break out session that was consistently attended was the Conscious Contact meeting with drumming. They are thinking of continuing it on a weekly basis.

He is waiting to resolve the staffing situation at TLC. It looks like they might be able to call their former intern to develop the lay fellowship.

He is working on a grant from the Synodical funds returned from the Portico Health Initiative. The funds are designated for Health and Wellness grants, so Ed is applying for $5000 for FRLC to be used for initial retreat for the lay fellowship.

Contributions have been coming in as a response to the newsletter.

He was contacted by the Michigan Synod regarding resources for a pastor who relapsed. Ed sent them a copy of the Impaired Professionals Policy. They found it helpful and have indicated they will be in touch for further assistance.

He received a report from mailing service after sending the newsletter. There are 25 people who have moved and have new addresses. He updated the database accordingly.

He met with the Synod Deployed Evangelism and Mission staff person (DEM) and pitched idea of the new Fellowship. She responded positively and was just heading to a meeting with other DEMS and Reuben Duran from ELCA Churchwide. She said she would share the idea at the meeting and explore funding ideas.

                       

Old Business:

-2016 FRLC retreat ideas – (Bohdan and Melanie) Melanie reviewed the information she emailed to the Board. Discussion included a suggestion to ask participants to chip in and make up the difference if we fall short of the minimum ten participants, weather in Colorado and how rugged the facility is. Bohdan was thanked for his offer to assist with the financing of the event given the state of the treasury. The Board agreed the last week of April would be the preferred date. It was moved, seconded and passed to enter into a contract with Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado for the last week of April, Monday-Thursday and to proceed with developing publicity, offering various options for privacy and cost. It would be helpful to have good attendance by the Board and to have the Board encourage others to attend. Please let Bohdan or Melanie know if you will be coming.

 

New Business: Please let Bohdan know if you have items for the agenda in the future.

 

Mary closed us with the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Next meeting: October 7, 2015 2:00 pm MDT/2 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT 12:00 pm

August 2015 Board Meeting

FRLC Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2:00 pm MDT/3 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/4:00 pm EDT

 

            Check In & Prayer Ed, Gary, Melanie and Tom were present. Gary opened in prayer.

 

The Minutes from July Meeting were approved.

 

Treasurer’s report was approved. Our balance is  $965.65. The observation was made that we need to get the newsletter out as that usually generates contributions.

 

            Coordinator’s report It was a typical month, with several inquiries about the Fellowship. There continue to be 2-6 people at Thursdays meeting, with an average of 4. Ed is continuing to work with the Synod on calling his former intern as an Associate Pastor for Mission Development. He is exploring whether there are some ELCA resources to help make it happen. There is a regular group attending the lecture series and Conscious Contact meeting at his church. He hopes to get a newsletter out in the next week or so. RACA, the group for Episcopalian clergy in recovery has a new director who has reached out to Ed. They are having email conversations about doing some things jointly.

Ed and Tom both spoke at longest running men’s recovery retreat—this was the 67th annual retreat. It was held at Olivet College in Michigan.—Congregationalist background. Ed has been invited several times and has sent other pastors from our fellowship, but was able to go himself this time. The speakers mostly were clergy. It was a great experience! The group was very supportive of clergy. In retrospect, it would have been good to bring some copies of our book to sell. Maybe next time.

 

           

Old Business:

Speaker for lay retreat: Melanie sent an inquiry to Nadia’s agent, who reported back that Nadia “is good with giving a recovery talk. She cannot commit for the entire retreat, but can do one talk. An additional conversation ensued about her work. We think she would be a good option.

 

New Business:

2016 FRLC retreat ideas: Bohdan and Melanie had phone conversation about the possibility of doing a regular FRLC retreat next year as it looks like the lay retreat is still a ways off. They discussed possible locations, and Melanie emailed a couple of members about potential retreat centers in their areas and their willingness to give some “on the ground” assistance. She received a positive response from a member in Denver, who suggested the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow mass Monastery or Allens Park Presbyterian Camp. Ed affirmed that he was supportive of doing this retreat as long as Bohdan and Melanie handle all the arrangements, including registration. Ed would be willing to include any information in the e-blasts and newsletter. Bohdan and Melanie will be talking later this week.

 

Other new business: Ed asked which title we preferred for the lay fellowship: Lutherans Alive Again (LAA), Recovery Network, or Lutheran Recovery Network (LRN). The three members who were on the call each preferred a different name. Go figure!

Newsletter topics we welcome suggestions. Ed would like to include general information that we are working on a 2016 retreat. Melanie will send him something after talking with Bohdan.

Tom closed the meeting with prayer.

 

Next meeting: September 2, 2015 2:00 pm MDT/2 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT 12:00 pm

July 2015 Board minutes

FRLC Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2:00 pm MDT/3 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/4:00 pm EDT

 

            Members present: Brian, Ed, Gary, Melanie, Tom, Bohdan

 

Check In & Prayer   Tom led us in prayer.

 

The minutes from June Meeting were approved.

 

Treasurer’s report The balance as of July 1 is $ 1211.37. Nothing out of the ordinary expenses. We have not received much from the Schwann’s campaign, which is now over.

 

            Coordinator’s report   He responded to a number of emails and phone calls which continue to come in. He will be meeting soon with the synod to discuss the staffing configuration. Donations were sent to the treasurer. Ed and Tom are speaking at laymen’s retreat. A newsletter will be coming out soon.

                       

Old Business:

            –Planning for next retreat–in Minnesota, held in conjunction with Lutheran’s Alive Again/Lutheran Recovery Network. It might be a couple years before it happens. The question is raised whether we want to do a FRLC retreat in between. It was suggested that we keep it simple if we do, and that people other than Ed do the work. Holden Village was suggested, although attendance was small the last time we went there. Hazelden renewal center was suggested, but it is difficult to get to from the airport. Bohdan and Melanie will talk about it before the August board meeting. We welcome input on this question.

-Speaker for next retreat: Melanie contacted a potential speaker through her booking agent and she might be a possibility. Melanie will draft a follow up email regarding our commitment to the 12 Steps of AA and her willingness to use the language and values of the program. Does she work the 12 steps and can she speak to them? She will send it to Ed for his input before sending it to her via this agent.

 

New Business:

 

Review of Board membership list: we checked with everyone on the call to make sure it is accurate. The secretary will send it as a Word Document attachment to facilitating printing.

 

The meeting closed in prayer.

 

Next meeting: August 5, 2015 2:00 pm MDT/2 pm CDT/1:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT 12:00 pm