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Boulder Church held its inaugural men’s retreat on Saturday night, October 14, at a large private cabin near the Fourth of July trailhead outside Nederland, Colorado. The retreat was attended by 41 men—many of them regular and longstanding members of the church. Others included people new to the church, those from surrounding churches, and neighbors from the local Mapleton Hill community.
After the logistical challenge of getting all the men to the somewhat remote site—through carpooling and ferrying people in Rubicons up the last portion of the road—the men enjoyed a Chipotle dinner. Worship leaders Elia King and Nick Zork—who flew in for the event from New York City where he serves at the Church of the Advent Hope—led the group in singing both spiritual and folk songs, including one by the recently deceased artist Tom Petty.
Pastor Japhet De Oliveira, along with Don Brown and Russell Lambert, shared reflections challenging the men to enter into a deeper and more authentic walk of life by building community with each other. Both Don and Russell served in the Vietnam War and used this experience to provide a framework for some powerful life lessons. Russell pointed out that simply understanding someone else’s pain provides the strength for them to live. Don called the men to face up to their problems, promising that they will be stronger as a result. Pastor Japhet shared stories of men who have shaped his life by investing in him and urged the men to hold each other accountable.
This men’s ministry was created and led by Dr. Bryan Wernick, Dr. Tom Eickmann, and Pastor Japhet De Oliveira. Bryan was proud that the retreat “provided initial steps to improving a close support group of brothers in Christ, dedicated to living life better,” noting that he “was encouraged to see a large number of men from inside and outside of the local church who were all passionate about forming a better community.” Tom agreed, saying, “The retreat was a great opportunity to connect with men in our church and community.”
Boulder Church is passionate about creating links between church and the wider community. For more information about upcoming men’s events at Boulder Church, contact Pastor Japhet (firstname.lastname@example.org).
[Becky De Oliveira. Photo by Nick Jensen.]