Men’s Retreat – Lament and Laughter

January 26, 2018 – January 28, 2018 all-day
Camp of the Cross Ministries
1228A 47th Ave NW
Garrison, ND 58540
Rev. Gary Heaton

The first two verses of Psalm 100 in “The Message” reads: “On your feet now — applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence!” The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Lament as a way to,”express sadness or regret” and Laughter as “a cause of merriment.” 

On January 26th – 28th Camp of the Cross ministries is hosting a men’s weekend retreat that will bring together the prayers of lament and the merriment of laughter to participants as they laugh and sing themselves into God’s presence. 

Through lectures and Bible study participants will follow Jesus on his journey from the betrayal following his final meal with his disciples to the lament of Good Friday and the triumph of Easter morning. 

The weekend 
begins at 5:30 PM Friday as participants gather at Ye Olde Malt Shop in Garrison ND for an evening meal before heading to Camp of the Cross. The retreat concludes with Sunday morning worship followed by brunch, before leaving by noon. Saturday afternoon 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM is designated free time. There will be a work project at the camp or simply time to relax.  

The retreat format is an abbreviated form of the “Lament and Laughter” curriculum, using lectures and bible studies developed for Kogudus International Ministries for use in their prison retreats. Used by permission of Kogudus International Ministries. 

The cost of the retreat is $85 and includes 2 nights lodging at the camp, 3 meals on Saturday and 
Sunday brunch. Contact Rev. Gary Heaton at for more information. To register go to the website  Registration is limited to 20

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