2015 Winter Family Weekend

10/28/2015 Update:
The online payment option is also live as of today, and can accessed via the "Online Payment" navigation link at the top of this page . Please be sure to enter the Registrant's name (the person who initiated and manages the registration for your family unit) as the payee. That will make it easier for us to match up your payment with your registration record.

10/25/2015 Update:
Online registration is now live and can be accessed via the "Registration" navigation link on the top of this page. Please note that we want one person from each family unit to create and manage the registration. We will designate that person as "Registrant" and ask that whenever referring to your family unit's registration, you use that person's name.

What is it and when is it?
The Winter Family Weekend runs from Tuesday evening, Dec. 22, through Saturday night, Dec. 26, 2015—so it’s more than just a weekend! We start things off with a family dance on Tuesday night, and then the games and seminars begin on Wednesday morning. Including the Sabbath, this event is four full days and five nights of activity and education. There will be numerous seminars covering many topics, along with basketball games and a basketball clinic, volleyball, speedaway, organized kids games, indoor trampoline park, live music, karaoke, family novelty Olympics, family fun fair (inflatables and mechanical bull along with other games), activities for singles, free pizza on the evening of Dec. 24th; and we finish with a teen dance and an adult dance in which the prize for winning costume is money (teen) and a free night’s stay at the Galt House (adults). Of course, there is always a lot of fellowship. It is fair to say there is something for everyone.

Where is it?
The Galt House Hotel and Conference Center
140 N. Fourth St
Louisville, KY 40202

Do I need to register? And if so, how do I do that?
Yes! We will open registration on or before Sunday, Oct. 25, by posting a link on the WFW web page. We ask that one person be designated in each family unit (everyone living under one roof, including college students) as the one person to handle registrations. When that person registers, a unique link will be emailed to him or her that will allow that person to reopen the family registration and add or edit anything that is needed. Please note it is very, very helpful if you gather as much information BEFORE registering about who will be participating in which event(s) and serving in which area(s). However, you will also be able to make edits whenever needed. The WFW web page URL is members.cogwa.org/wfw

How much does it cost?
All attendees (aged 13 and up) will pay a WFW event fee of $10. There is no charge for anyone under the age of 13. Additional charges are as follows:

Men’s basketball                                                                                              $15
(This fee also covers volleyball for men who wish to play both sports.)
Sports (any and all sports for those 13 and up)                                               $10
(This fee is for those who are not also playing men’s basketball.)
The maximum charge per family (all living under one roof) is $100.

What are the housing costs? When can I make reservations?
Our WFW rate is $68 per night per room. Reservations can be made beginning on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. To obtain the Church’s rate, please make online reservations at resweb.passkey.com/go/2015WFW (also available on the WFW website). Only make reservations by phone (502-589-5200 or 1-800-The-Galt) if you have trouble making them online. If you call, be sure to identify yourself as a member of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, coming for the Winter Family Weekend.

Where can I find out more about the facilities we are using?
Here are the website addresses of the venues we will be using: galthouse.com, midamericasportscenter.com, skyzone.com/louisville

What is this year’s theme?
Ambassadors for Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:20 the apostle Paul shares, “We are ambassadors for Christ.” What does that mean? What does that involve? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines ambassador as “an authorized representative or messenger.” The Greek word for ambassador in 2 Corinthians 5 is presbeuo, meaning to act as a representative. Join us at the 2015 Winter Family Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, to hear numerous seminars bettering our understanding of what is involved in becoming an effective ambassador for Christ.

What are the dance themes?
Family dance theme is “Show Us Your Community.” Wear something your town or city is known for. Please dress modestly. It is nice casual (jeans, no shorts) if you do not wear a costume.
Teen dance (grades 7-12 only) theme is “Favorite Food.” Come dressed as your favorite food. Winner of “best costume” receives $25. Nice casual (no shorts) if you do not wear a costume.
Adult dance (high school grads and up) theme is “Clown College.” Come dressed in your best clown costume as though you were auditioning for Barnum and Bailey. Winning costume receives one night of your stay complimentary.

Who do I contact for “singles in the middle” (35 and up) activity information?
Please contact Beverly McKnight at mrsb343@aol.com or 336-207-5608 to discuss any activities planned, ideas you have or to volunteer to serve.

Who do I contact about participating in special music?
We will have four musical numbers for Sabbath services, including a teen/young adult choir selection. If you would like to participate in the choir or if you would like to perform, please contact the music coordinator, Eric Evans, at eric.evans@cogwa.org.

Be sure to check the Winter Family Weekend Website
on a regular basis for updated information!

We Look Forward to Seeing You There!