United Methodist Men to Study Jonah at Annual Retreat

United Methodist Men (UMM) from South Central Alaska will gather at the Hope Conference Center on Saturday, April 5 for their annual retreat. The theme of the retreat will be “Jonah: Dealing with Life’s Interruptions” The retreat leader will be Bob Smith, pastor of Turnagain UMC.

Bob comments “We usually get all caught up with the whale in the world’s best know fish story but in reality the story of Jonah is one of a ‘man with a plan’ who keeps getting side tracked by God’s interruptions. We will examine this short Biblical book and discuss how we deal with interruptions in life.

Bob and Walt Hays will also read a short, one act play “It Should Happen to a Dog.” This comedy portrays Jonah as a traveling salesman on the Mediterranean circuit. Bob will lead three study sessions on the theme, plus the participants will have an opportunity to plan future UMM projects and structure.

The retreat is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hope Retreat Center. Men will meet at St. John to carpool at 8:30 a.m. The cost will be $40.00 and will include two meals, snacks and study materials. Register by contacting Jim LaBau, co-president of the AK Conference UMM at jimlabu6@cs.com.  Payment can be made at the retreat.