Friday, Dec. 22 - Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
What is it and when is it?
The Winter Family Weekend runs from Friday evening, Dec. 22, through Tuesday night, Dec. 26, 2017—so it’s more than just a weekend! We start things off with a Bible study on Friday night, followed by Sabbath morning seminars, afternoon services and some Saturday night dancing. From Sunday through Tuesday evening, all attendees can participate in daily educational seminars, basketball, volleyball, organized games for the kids, including bowling. Other activities include karaoke, a jam session for musicians, family novelty Olympics, a clothing swap for families, free pizza dinner, a family dance and of course the family fun fair, which includes large inflatables, putt-putt golf, a mechanical bull and more. The “best costume” winner at the adult dance on Saturday night wins a complimentary night’s stay at the Galt House, and the “best costume” winner at the teen dance wins $20. For most, the highlight seems to be the fellowship time with our spiritual family. There truly is something for everyone.
New This Year: Young Adult Seminars
In lieu of a Young Adult Leadership Weekend in 2018, two special seminar presentations for young adults will be given at the WFW. The first special seminar is titled “Five Major Messages for the Next Generation” and will be presented by Doug Horchak, operation manager for Ministerial Services. The second is “The Deciding Decade: Why Your 20s Are Important and What to Do With Them” and will be given by Dave Myers. We look forward to seeing many of our young adults at the Winter Family Weekend.
Where is it?
The Galt House Hotel and Conference Center
140 N. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Do I need to register? And if so, how do I do that?
Yes! We will open registration on Nov. 5, 2017, by posting a link in the notification area of your account in our registration portal https://portal.cogwa.org/acct/. (This is the same account you used to sign up for the Young Adult Leadership Weekend, apply for camps and/or register for the Feast this year.) If you have not already set up an account, you will need to do so by clicking on the “Create an Account” link at that same URL. Once you are able to log in to your account, click on the “Register” button under Events > Winter Family Weekend (lower left corner of the page). This will allow you to register each household member individually for the WFW. Be sure you complete the registration process once all household members are set up by clicking through to the Review and Confirmation pages of the registration process. Please note: It is 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 by logging back into your account and editing the registration for any of your household member.
How much does it cost? (Hint: Paying in advance saves you money.)
All attendees (aged 13 and up) are charged a WFW event fee of $15, $10 if paid before Dec. 22. There is no charge for anyone under the age of 13. Additional charges are as follows:
- Men’s basketball - $25 at the event, $20 if paid before Dec. 22
(This fee includes men choosing to also play volleyball.)
- Sports (any and all sports for those 13 and up) - $20 at the event, $15 if paid before Dec. 22
(This fee is for those who are not also playing men’s basketball.)
The maximum sports charge per family (all living under one roof) is $100. There is a small separate fee for the bowling/arcade portion of the event. Be sure to pay before Dec. 22 for the discounted rates!
What are the housing costs? When can I make reservations?
Our WFW rate is $72 per night per room, and reservations can be made beginning Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. To obtain the Church’s rate, please make reservations online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/wfw2017 (also available on the WFW website). Only make reservations by phone if you have trouble making them online (502-589-5200 or 1-800-The-Galt). If you need to 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?
What is this year’s theme?
“By This Shall All Men Know.” We live in a world filled with anger, confusion and division—a world that cries out for answers. God’s Word shows us that at the time of the end, “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Yet Christ told His Church that they would be identified by the love of God evidenced in their relationships with one another—having love one for another! “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). God’s love is the missing component in human nature that will be central to the answers of broken relationships in a confused and war-torn world.
What are the dance themes?
- Family Dance—no theme this year. Come in nice casual (nice jeans, nothing immodest).
- Teen Dance (grades 7-12 only)—“A Night in History.” Come dressed as a famous person in history. Please be modest. Winner of “best costume” receives $20. Wear nice casual (no shorts) if you do not wear a costume.
- Adult Dance (high school grads and up)—“Return to the ’80s.” Come dressed in your most authentic 1980s style or as a famous person or character from the 1980s. (Nothing immodest, please.). Winning costume receives a night’s stay complimentary. Besides today’s music, songs from the 1980s will also be featured throughout the evening for a ride down memory lane.
Who do I contact about participating in special music?