Renew Wapo Women's Retreat

January 31

January 31-February 2, 2020   

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Jesus and Women, through Middle Eastern Eyes

with Pastor and Artist Paul Oman

We will look at how Jesus interacts with women in the Middle-Eastern culture of his day, and what this means for women and The Church today. A particular focus will be on the Woman at the Well, the Syro-Phoenician Woman, the Woman Caught in Adultery, the Woman in the House of Simon the Pharisee, the Parables of the Widow and the Judge and Wise and Foolish Young Women, the women in the resurrection stories, and more. You will gain insights otherwise overlooked in our Western culture, and better understand the meaning and message of Jesus. Paul will incorporate his artistic abilities into this study so you literally "see" the stories open up before your eyes. Everyone is welcome. No Bible experience necessary. Paul will not “put you on the spot” but will allow you to participate at your own comfort level.

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 


$125 – Early Bird (register on or before November 30th)

$150 – After November 30th 


Crossfire rooms are equipped with twin bunkbeds and a queen-sized bed with the ability to accommodate up to 8 singles. Each room has its own bathroom, shower room, and counter space with two sinks and a mirror, as well as individual heating units.  The building has cozy common spaces located on both levels with chairs and couches, a kitchenette, and a large chapel space for meeting, teaching, and worship.



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 31st
6:30-7:30 – Arrival/Registration
8:00 – Opening Gathering
9:00 – Snack/Social Hour

 Saturday – February 1st
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 – February 2nd
8:00 – Coffee Hour
9:00 – Final Gathering
10:00 – Brunch
11:30 - Departure

Start Date: January 31, 2020 to February 02, 2020
Start Time: 7:00pm
Contact: Ryan Braaten
Location: Camp Wapo
738 Hickory Point Ln
Amery WI 54001