Oktoberfest 2013!

The Eighteenth Annual Oktoberfest! (and Gottesdienst Central) at St. Paul’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Kewanee, Illinois, October 13-15, 2013 (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday). Conference theme: “What’s So Special about Being Lutheran?”  This year’s Oktoberfest features Pastor Todd Wilken of KFUO and Issues, Etc. The event begins Sunday with choral vespers at 5 pm.  Following the service is our annual bratwurst banquet.  When everyone has had their fill of brats and beer, Pastor Wilken will give a synopsis of his Monday seminar.  Following the banquet is the after-the-party party, at Pastor Eckardt’s home.

On Monday October 14th, the day begins with mass at 9:00 a.m. 
Following mass and a continental breakfast, Pastor Wilken will hold forth for the rest of the day, in two sessions running until about 2:45, followed by vespers.

On Tuesday October 15th, the conference will continue without Pastor Wilken, as those who remain will discuss the rubrics and significance of the Mass from the Introit to the Creed.  The Tuesday sessions, will be framed by morning low mass (spoken Divine Service) and Vespers.

Lodging:  AmericInn, 4823 US Hwy 34. 309-856-7200.  Special rate $98.91, a $10 discount off the listed price.  Mention Oktoberfest when you register. Aunt Daisy’s B&B, 223 W Central Blvd.  $99.00. 888-422-4148 (nice B&B).  Quality Inn, 901 S Tenney (Rt 78). 309-853-8800 (a bit cheaper at $90, but a little less of a hotel too).  Days Inn, I-80 & Rt 40, Sheffield. 815-454-2361. Best Western, I-80 & Rt 78, Annawan. 309-935-6565. Kewanee Motor Lodge, 400 S Main St., Kewanee  309-853-4000.  

REGISTRATION: $40 per person (students $20) $60 per couple — includes Sunday banquet and Monday continental; no charge for children with parents. 

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Fr. BF Eckardt, Editor-in-chief, Gottesdienst