the summer of 2017

Thanks to everyone who joined us at this summer’s Catholic Bible study retreat at Conception Abbey. These retreats just get better and better. In this newsletter, we’re sharing a few photographs from our time together. Clicking will enlarge the pictures to give you a better look.

Below is a snapshot of our group with a few of the monks who joined us at our wine-and-cheese social on Saturday night. Back row from left: Father Peter, Brother Thomas, Abbot Benedict, Matthew, Jennifer, Patty, and Tami; front row from left: Diane, Deb, Emilio, Brother Cyprian, Celna, and Jose.

2017 retreat group

If you’ve never been to a party at a monastery, you don’t know what you’re missing.
2017 retreat party
On Friday afternoon we toured the monastery at nearby Clyde, where the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have an impressive reliquary. Some of our group stayed to pray Vespers with the sisters. Back row from left: Ray, Ginny, Jennifer and Emilio; front row from left: Tami, Jose, Celna, and Deb.
retreat group clydeMatthew’s white board played an essential role during his conference talks every morning. To learn what’s going on with all those religious feasts and biblical citations, you can watch videos of his talks (see below for links). The TtGW videos page on our website provides access to these and other videos as well, including videos of Matthew’s talks from our previous two retreats.
2017 retreat white board

the video links are posted
Tami worked hard shooting and editing videos of our recent conferences. Here are the links:

mark your calendars
We hope to see many of you at next summer’s retreat, which will be July 19 through 22, 2018. We’re working on several new studies between now and then, including Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Matthew is excited about comparing the Letter to the Romans and the Letter to the Hebrews for his conference talks, and we’re all looking forward to seeing where he leads us with that project.

join a Bible study
This fall, Tami’s Bay Area group will be doing our newest study, The United Kingdom of Israel: Foreshadowing the Reign of Christ the King. In Des Moines, Emily Duong’s St. Augustin evening group also will be doing that study. Jennifer will join the St. Augustin morning group, who will be studying volume I of Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God through the Prayers of the Church. In addition, Matthew continues to lead a small year-round Des Moines-based group that serves as a pilot for many of our written studies. That group currently is studying the Letter to the Romans and next plan to turn their attention to the Gospel According to John. 

expanded supplementary material
We have begun posting links to lesson videos to accompany our newest study, The United Kingdom of Israel: Foreshadowing the Reign of Christ the King. For this study, we’re adding even more information to our online study pages–including maps, glossaries, and audio pronunciation guides. You can find links to the expanded supplemental pages in The United Kingdom directory under TtGW studies in the drop-down menu.

happy birthday
Lost in Translation, Matthew’s weekly online column about biblical languages, recently celebrated its fifth year. Past e-columns are available in our online archive, and you can sign up on our website to receive Lost in Translation by email every week.

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2017 retreat selfieHere’s Jennifer and Tami’s annual selfie on the front steps of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Conception Abbey.

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