Renew Wapo Women's Retreat

January 11 - January 13


From Jesus' Birth to the Beginning of His Ministry

with Pastor Paul Oman 

Our Adult Study Leader for this Epiphany Season retreat is Pastor & Artist Paul Oman.  Through Middle Eastern eyes we will look at the sweep of Jesus' life from his birth through the beginning of his ministry.  The topics will include the birth of Jesus, Joseph, Mary, the visit of the Magi, the Vision of Isaiah, Herod’s Atrocities, Simeon and Anna, Jesus as a boy, the baptism of Jesus, the early teachings of Jesus in the Beatitudes, and a look at what Jesus does with the concept of “blessing” in these teachings.  You will gain insights otherwise overlooked in our Western culture, and better understand the meaning and message of Jesus as a result.  Paul will incorporate his artistic abilities and visuals into this study.  No Bible experience necessary.  Paul will not “put you on the spot” but will allow you to participate at your own comfort level.  Bring a Bible, or one will be provided for you.


Speaker:  Paul Oman

Drawn to the Word Artist

Paul Oman, artist and pastor, shares his Drawn to the Word artistic ministry with audiences ecumenically across the country.  He served as a science teacher, then Lutheran pastor when, in 2011, he took up work as an artistic pastor full-time.  

Paul seeks to give new vision to God’s Word by using the process of painting to captivate audiences in our visually oriented culture.  Painting and drawing have been a part of Paul’s life since childhood.  Receiving national & international recognition for his work in watercolor, Paul uses this gift to proclaim the Gospel unique and powerful ways that impact lives and inspire mission.  

Paul works in many settings, including congregations, schools, universities, seminaries, camps, prisons, non-profits, and more.  The larger-than-life sized murals are painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.  

Paul lives near Amery, Wisconsin with his wife, Jana, and their children. 


Renew is open to all women ages 18 and up 

Cost: $150


Anderson Hall rooms are equipped with twin bunkbeds and a queen-sized bed with the ability to accommodate up to 4 singles.  Each room has its own bathroom and shower, counter space with a sink and mirror in addition to individual room thermostats.  The building has a cozy common space with couches and coffee area, as well as a chapel where our teaching will take place.  Full linen sets (bedding & towel set) are available for $15 additional at time of registration or with advance notice.  If you wish to room with another person, please indicate when you register.  We will accommodate as space allows.

 What to bring:

Bring twin bedding or a sleeping bag (if you didn’t choose to purchase the linen set).  Don’t forget a pillow and towel!  Other items you might need: winter gear (snow pants, boots, etc.), casual clothing, toiletries, bible, and journal.

Please don’t hesitate to communicate any other needs you may have.

 Tentative Schedule

Friday – January 11th
6:30-7:30 – Arrival/Registration
8:00 – Opening Gathering
9:00 – Snack/Social Hour

 Saturday – January 12th
8:00 – Breakfast
9:30-10:30 – Teaching Session with Paul Oman
10:30 – Break
10:45-11:45 – Teaching Session with Paul Oman
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Recreational Activities/Free Time
5:00 – Supper
6:45 – Worship
7:45 – Snack/Social Hour

Sunday – January 13th
8:00 – Coffee Hour
9:00 – Final Gathering
10:00 – Brunch
11:30 - Departure

Start Date: January 11, 2020 to January 13, 2020
Start Time: 7:00pm
Contact: Ryan Braaten
Location: Camp Wapo
738 Hickory Point Ln
Amery WI 54001