Men's Retreat at The Ridges
March 4-5, 2016
This lodge, named "The Ridges" in Young Harris was the location for a weekend retreat for 23 men from Mableton First Baptist Church. The lodge is located on the shore of Lake Chatuge and has a large marina associated with it.
I rode up on the church bus with some of the men while others drove up. Some went early on Friday morning to play golf. We had a Bible study on Friday night led by Dr. David Daus on the 3rd chapter of Genesis dealing with what it is like to be a Christian man.
After the various activities of the morning, we began to gather in the lake-side lobby about noon. The closest group is Duane Slaton, Keith Weaver and Alex Doriot. On the next group of couches and chairs are Bud Durand, Clinton and Clint Miller, Jon Rowland, Mike Anderson, and David Daus.
Brett Graham, Barry Long and Tye Durand join the lobby group.
In the early afternoon we had a nice lunch in the meeting room followed by a continuation of the Bible study by David. At the nearest table are Keith Weaver, Tye Durand and Jon Rowland. This was my table, and Ricky Ridgway had been with us on Friday night there. The next table on the left has Mike Anderson standing and Brett Graham and Alex Daniell seated. Next is the table with David Daus, Clinton and Clint Miller and Alex Doriot. The right table has Eddie Good, Barry Long, Wayne Templeton and Joe Burkhardt.
From the other end of the room the first table CW are Chris Ayers, Duane Slaton, Bob Wade, John Ford and J'Markus Dubose. At right Clint Miller, Alex Doriot, David Daus and Clinton Miller. Mid left table Wayne Templeton, Joe Burkhardt, Eddie Good and Barry Long. Far right Mike Anderson, Alex Daniell, Bud Durand, Brett Graham. Far left Tye Durand and Keith Weaver.
After lunch we continued with the Bible study with David Daus, using Ephesians 5:21-33 to emphasize that being a Christian man meant dying to self, using the model of Christ and the church.
Many thanks to Eddie Good for organizing the retreat and taking care of the many details that made it run smoothly. After the afternoon session we headed back toward Atlanta.
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