DOC Members and Friends,

During the Christmas season I thought about the promise in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” The long awaited Messiah was born. Yet the announcement was made to relatively few: some shepherds whose smart phones wouldn’t connect to the internet so they were stuck watching the sheep, a few wise men who were not Jewish and therefore not part of the chosen people, and a King heard it but hardly with joy. However, the deed was done. The faithful Mary and Joseph had obeyed the Lord. The census trip was over. A manger was available. A chosen few worshipped. That’s really what the scripture said would happen; a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son. Mary and Joseph, as instructed by the angel, named him Jesus, not Immanuel. Yet his name is Immanuel for God is with us. The news disseminated slowly but surely. The birth cannot be changed. It is now incumbent upon us to make a faith response to the sign given by God.

DOC is part of fostering the faith response to the news that Immanuel has come. Plans for the 2017 summer retreat are unfolding and there are a few changes for the retreat.

  1. The registration change is as follows: if your form is received after the deadline published in the brochure, room reservation at Caraway is on an as available basis. That means, if we still have a room reserved for DOC you will be registered with no problem. If we need an additional room, we will not contact Caraway until we have a check for full payment for the retreat. After we receive your check, Caraway will be contacted. If they can accommodate the room request you will be registered and notified of your registration. If no room is available your check will be returned or destroyed at your request and you may seek accommodations in Asheboro.
  2. If you owe a balance, a notice of the amount due will be provided to you at the time of retreat check in at Caraway. Please be prepared to complete your transaction when you check in.
  3. Emergency contact information is required for all participants. Please include a phone number and email for your contact person(s).
  4. Youths aged 3-5 will be charged $60 for meals. Youths 6-17 will be charged $120. There is no room charge for youths. Both were previously charged $75.

Andy Freeman
President Southeastern Region Disciplined Order of Christ