Connect to Live: Collegiate Young Adult Retreat
by Meilani Long

Over sixty individuals came together to enjoy the Oregon Conference’s Young Adult Fall Retreat at Big Lake Youth Camp over the weekend of October 11-13. Pastor Jonathan Griebel from the Corvallis Adventist Church presented on this year’s retreat theme, “Connect to Live.” His moving sermons emphasized God’s great desire to share with us His “living water,” and the privilege we have to connect and share with others God’s love and hope for the future. Bethani King from the Portland, Ore. area led out in music.

“This was an inspirational and fun weekend!” Jared Walcott reflects, “The highlight of the weekend was reconnecting with God while spending time with friends, new and old.” On Sabbath, the young adults ventured out on an afternoon hike despite snow flurries earlier in the day. They reconvened for vespers, and later participated in a marathon of four-way indoor volleyball. Many also enjoyed cocoa and conversation.

Young adult retreats (such as this) are important because they provide an opportunity for young adults from around the Oregon Conference to connect and share ideas about how to establish and maintain spiritually enriching communities. Pastor Les Zollbrecht, the newly appointed Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, shared his perspective of the retreat, “It is so critical for young adults to come together and catch a vision of how they can build a spiritual movement in their home communities. Hopefully through the program and conversations with each other, young adults are inspired to go home and start an active small group.”

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