New Ebenezer Retreat - Events and Wedding Schedule


Ebenezer ALIVE! Education Program

Available September thru May - School groups can choose a Monday thru Wednesday or Wednesday thru Friday. Register early to secure the date. For more information click here.

Servant Work Camp

New Ebenezer Retreat Center
Mission Trip Opportunities

Available during spring and fall breaks and all summer. Your group will provide service to elderly, disabled and those in need in our community.

New Ebenezer provides all materials needed and you provide the labor, smiling faces and transportation to the work site. Projects consist of yard work, mowing, raking and trimming, out door painting and minor repairs to steps, porches and handicap ramps. Working with Habitat for Humanity, Manna House, Mission on the Move and Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center (a therapeutic horse farm) are also included.

You will have many opportunities for your group to serve others and grow in faith.

These mission weeks are customized for middle, high school and college age groups depending on abilities.

One day is scheduled as a half day working and the afternoon is free for you to visit historic Savannah, GA, Tybee Beach or Hilton Head Island, SC. The historic Jerusalem Lutheran Church and the Georgia Salzburger Society Museum are also nearby.

Basketball, volleyball, tennis, walking trails, a fishing lake and a pool are available when you return each day. Evening Bible study can be provided or you are free to do your own. Canoeing on the Ebenezer Creek is also available if requested in advance.

Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

2016 Handbell Festival

Advanced Festival Feb. 19-20, 2016 - Clinician is Bill Alexander
Intermediate Festival Feb. 26-27, 2016 - Clinician is John Behnke

Dr. John Behnke is Professor of Music at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin where he teaches organ, graduate handbell courses, directs The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia's touring handbell choir and the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble. He is also the Music Editor for AGEHR Music - Handbell Musicians of America. Dr. Behnke is a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director. He enjoys composing and arranging having over 250 handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan. He was honored in December of 1993 being named "MVP" Most Valuable Player in the Milwaukee area by Milwaukee Sentinel music critic, Nancy Raabe. He has also received an ASCAP Composers Award in 1998 and 1999. A 1974 graduate of Concordia-River Forest, IL. he received his M. Mus. in Church Music and Organ from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. in 1978. His D. Mus. was awarded to him in 1984 by Northwestern University where he was elected into the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a National Honorary Music Society. From August 1978 to July 1979 Dr. Behnke studied at the Westphalian Church Music Institute in Herford, W. Germany, where he passed the "A" Exam in Organ with the grade of "1-Excellent".

Bill Alexander is in high demand throughout the world as a handbell clinician and massed-ringing conductor with a reputation for musicality and outright fun. He has been the director of handbells at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, Minnesota for the past 32 years. His program there includes ringers of all ages and ability levels in five choirs, including the ensemble Strikepoint, which has toured extensively throughout Hawaii, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Wales, and most regions of the continental United States. Bill is a former officer of the Handbell Musicians of America, and a charter member of ICPHS, the International Community & Professional Handbell Society. In his non handbell life, Bill is a high school band director for Duluth's Marshall School, an independent college preparatory school where his bands consistently earn praise and superior ratings for their musicianship, energy, and professionalism.

2016 Youth Handbell Festival

Friday, Sept. 16-18, 2016 - Featuring - Tim Waugh as Clinician

Enjoy a fun weekend with other young ringers and expand your ringing skills. Cost for the weekend is $135.00 per person Price includes participation in the workshop and two nights lodging with six meals