16th Congregational Retreat

Come and join us for this time of rejoicing, as we renew our relationship with God, others, and ourselves! You will have the opportunity to be refreshed in God's Word, experience the outdoors through a variety of activities, and build relationships with others at St. Paul's. 


Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29. Register by September 16 here.

  • Dates and Location

    Dates: Friday, September 27 - Sunday, September 29

    Location: YMCA Trout Lodge 13528 State Highway AA; Potosi, MO 63664 (just 90 minutes south of St. Louis)

  • Highlights

    Congregation-wide social activity

    Sectional Presentations: Adults/Teens: featured speaker, Rev. Andy Becker; Youth: Fun/Fellowship time

    Bible Study: Pastor-led Bible Study on Saturday morning

    Worship Service: Special worship service Sunday morning

  • What's Included

    • Friday and Saturday night's lodging
    • Friday through Sunday access to grounds and activities
    • Six all-you-can-eat meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch)
    • All St. Paul's-sponsored events
    • Free activities: Tennis, sailing, paddleboats, row boats, canoeing, fun-yaks, fishing, hiking, biking, archery, jogging/fitness/nature trails, movies, geocaching, basketball, volleyball, rollerblading, tennis, campfires with s'mores and songs, field sports, riflery, historical property tours, pontoon tours, ping pong, board games, Frisbee golf, miniature golf course.
    • Activities requiring a small fee: Horseback riding, hayrides, pony rides, carriage rides, boat floats, adventure-based activities such as the climbing tower, free-fall swing, zip-line slide, rocketry, arts and crafts, fishing trips, Fourche' Valley Golf Club. 

  • lodging

    Lodge check-in time is 3:30 p.m.; check-out time is 11:30 a.m. You are welcome to enjoy the grounds and activities before check-in and after check-out. Cribs, hair dryers, ironing boards and refrigerators are available by request. A fitness room, gift shop, ice and vending, and wireless internet service are available to guests. Rooms are recently renovated and located in the Sunnen Center Lodge overlooking Sunnen Lake.

    • Single-family (hotel-style) guest rooms with two Queen beds & one roll-away bed; bathroom with separate vanity; workspace with table and chairs; walkout balcony/patio
    • Large family/multi-family loft suites with two queen beds & two roll-away beds; sofa; full bathroom; two vanity areas; table and chairs; refrigerator; walkout balcony

  • cost

    Special savings! St. Paul's members will enjoy a special rate that is over 50% lower than standard Lodge rates. A combination of St. Paul's financial sponsorship and special group discounts offered by Trout Lodge help keep costs low for your family.

    • Adults (ages 17+): $150 per adult for weekend
    • Children (ages 5-16): $50 per child for weekend
    • Children (ages 0-4): free!

    Additional meal tickets are available from the front desk, at a cost, if you would like to extend your stay.

  • registration and payment

    Register online here no later than September 16.


    You may write one check (made payable to St. Paul's Lutheran Church) or pay in multiple installments. You may also pay online by clicking here. Indicate "Congregational Retreat" in the "Other" field.