Friday, May 1, 2009
Lutherhostel, November 1-6th...
ALOA is the national Association of Lutheran Older Adults, (50 and older).They are heading up a very special event here at Lutheridge. It is their Lutherhostel program. It will be held November 1-6th. Now is the time to make your reservations. It will be a fun and interesting several days including a trip to the nearby Biltmore Estate, which will be gearing up for the holidays! North Carolina Lutherhostel is a unique educational adventure for the older adult. No particular previous knowledge or study is presupposed, no credit is offered and no
exams or grades are involved. Lutherhostel holds events at various sites through out the year. These events foster opportunities for intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Although worship experiences and presentations are conducted from the Lutheran perspective, non-Lutherans are most welcome.
Lutheridge Conference Center: Picturesquely situated on 160 acres just south of Asheville, NC, this conference center features a variety of conference facilities including high comfort motel-style facilities, a professionally trained chef and catering staff, state of the art meeting facilities, as well as a lake, pottery studio, and high adventure activities.
LUTHERHOSTEL AT LUTHERIDGE
"How Architectural Elements Shape Our Places of Worship and Us"
Kohnjoy Inn: A motel-type facility with 16 individually heated and air-conditioned rooms, two of which are handicapped accessible. Except for the handicap rooms that have a double and a single bed, the others have two double
beds. Each room has a private bath, desk, and chairs.
Thornburg Hall: A two-story center with 35
rooms containing an assortment of double and single beds. Rooms are arranged in suites with connecting baths. Unless otherwise requested, for this retreat, participants will be given a private bathroom (there will not be participants sharing the other side of the suite).
$515 per person (double occupancy)
$580 per person (single occupancy)
Cost includes honoraria, all sessions, lodging, meals (Sunday dinner-Friday breakfast), transportation to and from off-site tours, as well as a general admission ticket to the Biltmore Estate and lunch on the Estate.
Rev. Tim Canniff-Kuhn
After serving a congregation in Florida, Pastor Tim has been Co-Director of Program at Lutheridge for the last 15 years with his wife, Pastor Mary. Together they oversee the summer youth program as well as numerous adult/family programs. Pastor Tim is a gifted music leader who enjoys connecting faith to everyday life experiences.
Rev. Dr. Bill Trexler
Former Bishop of the Florida- Bahamas Synod and a native North Carolinian, Pastor Trexler graduated from Duke University and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Following his ordination in 1970, he served parishes in Miami, Florida;
Greenwood, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; and Norfolk, Virginia. His 1991 doctoral thesis was “Church Architecture as Communicator of Incarnation
Theology”. In retirement, Bill and his wife, Karla, are year-round residents of Lutheridge.
Rev. Mary Canniff-Kuhn
Pastor Mary is Co-Director of Program at Lutheridge with her husband, Pastor Tim. She
is also a potter, painter, and storyteller. Her passion is connecting faith and art
by encouraging creativity as spiritual practice. Pastor Mary has been telling Gospel stories to listeners of all ages for more than 20 years. Together, Pastors Tim and
Mary have raised three boys at Lutheridge and sent them out into the world.
Pastor Trexler will lead us in a study of architectural elements that have shaped
worship space over the centuries. We will consider how our theology influences
decisions related to church design. There will be visits to a variety of sites where we will view and reflect on the surroundings as places for worship. We will explore the effects that our worship spaces have on us as we experience them over
What to expect:
Shaping a House for the Church ✞ Lutherhostel at Lutheridge
Daily Sample Schedule
(Variations will occur related to off-site tours)
9:00AM: Worship and Singing
1:00PM: Activities, tours, free time
8:15PM: Worship and Singing
9:00PM: Fellowship and Refreshments
Activities and Tours
• Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, all decked out for Christmas. George
Vanderbilt opened his home on Christmas Eve, 1895. You can see the house as it was when the first guests enjoyed it. Our day at the Estate is the same day the horse-drawn wagon delivers the 50 foot Frasier fir that adorns the great hall. Our tour includes the house, gardens, and winery
• The Blue Ridge Parkway during the fall color season
• Tours of a variety of local worship sites
Commuters: North Carolina Lutherhostel is intended as a residential experience. However, local residents may attend as commuters as space is available. Registration fee for commuters is $360 which includes all meals, meeting space, honoraria, materials, expenses, and sessions.
Register online today!