Our Men's Group meets the last Saturday of every month for a time of food, fellowship and prayer. It is so important to be men of prayer, so that is and remains our focus. We meet at 8:30AM in the EnGedi Cafe right here at church. We spend the beginning part in fellowship, followed by a couple songs of worship and open prayer. This is a time for us guys to be real and open with our hearts before the Lord in the confidence of our brothers. The pastors and elders are also available at the end for anyone that is in need for specific prayers.
We also have some kind of men's event quarterly, whether it be a hot steak and eggs breakfast, garbage plate night, etc. We are constantly planning and looking for the Lord's guidance on things to do to keep the men together. We know that as the men of our church, homes, and families we are always under attack and that Satan desires to destroy us. Coming together like this builds friendships, strengthens our knowledge of the Word and prayer, and allows us to talk to others who go through the same things that we face each day. The Bible says in Acts 14:15, "We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein." The goal is to put off the old man and to be renewed daily. To follow hard after our Lord, not looking to the left or to the right but keeping our eyes fixed on the prize, Jesus Christ. Running our course and finishing well to finally hear one day, "Well done thou good and faithful servant!"
Once a year we men get away on retreat together. We go up the mountain to "Life Ministries," more affectionately referred to as "The Castle" and we meet with the Lord. It is a time for men to be strengthened by their brothers. We usually have a guest Calvary Pastor share the teachings. The fellowship over meals, volleyball games and such, spontaneous worship times, prayer times, quiet and peaceful walks on the many trails with a brother or all alone with Jesus, are just a few ways that we spend our short time away. We understand that the spiritual battle is going to go on until Jesus steps on the head of the serpent, so these retreats are just as important as a front-line soldier in Afghanistan getting a weekend pass for some rest and relaxation, knowing that when he returns the enemy will be waiting. Retreats have a way of strengthening you for the next battle. They also bring the soldiers of Christ together in a needful way. All men are encouraged go on this retreat every year. The next retreat is scheduled for February 20th- 22nd. Pray that you will see this time important enough to be there. Please also pray everyday for the retreat, that God would make a way for the men to come, and that Jesus would pour out His Spirit upon us and meet with us in a fresh new way!