Embrace the Family

Joshua 24:15

Brought to you by:

"A family Moment" Facebook broadcast,

Focus on the Family,

and hosted by

The Clear lake Church of the Nazarene.

July 20-21, 2018

  This conference has been concluded. There were excellent participation, and the presentations were excellent by very well informed speakers. A good time was had by all.

Another conference is being planned for next year. Please check back for more information during April of 2019.

                                   Keynote speakers:

Bob Waliszewski

Focus on the Family, Director of Plugged In

Carder Price

KSBJ Morning Show Co-Host

Rhonda Kay Velders, MA, LPC, AAT

CEO, lluminated Pathways Family Therapy, LLC

Nathan Velders

Music Teacher

Cost $65.00/per family

(includes nursery- Children 5 years and under and all meals. Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast,  lunch and dinner).

Click here to register for this retreat.

Clear Lake Church of the Nazarene

14310 Old Galveston Road (HWY 3)
Webster, TX 77598



Friday, July 20, 2018

Check In Begins at 5:00 pm

Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

(Nursery available at 6:00 pm)


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Check In Begins at 8:00 am

Breakfast begins at 8:30 am

(Nursery available at 9:00 am)

Lunch:  12:30 PM

(Nursery available at 1:15 pm)

Dinner:  5:00 PM


Nursery Location: Education Building

Meal Location:  Activity Center

Main Event: Sanctuary

Registration: Activity Center



   Celebrate the Family Retreat

Technology, a blessing and curse!  It is supposed to make life easier, right? How do we safeguard our families as parents and caregivers, when technology often makes our lives more difficult. Instant gratification can appear to be the form of acceptance in the moment, until you find yourself hours later consumed by the need for affirmation.  


Life can be difficult. It is not that you are having a bad day or a bad week. Rather, it seems life perpetually keeps you busy, missing the necessities of life, keeping you down or isolated and disconnected with non-virtual relationships. Perhaps, you cannot get that one experience out of your mind. Un-see what you have just seen. Or you can't figure out why all of your relationships with family, friends, or coworkers are not working as we are struggling to connect. If, reading this, it sounds like you are experiencing any of these issues, please plan to come to this event. 


Rededicate yourself to a healthier life-style within the family and with peers. Sometimes you do not always know where to turn for help.  Well, mark your calendar for July 20-21, 2018 and bring your family.  You will not regret the investment of time and resources.  Celebrate the Family Retreat is designed to help all families find their way back to a positive and healthier interactions with one another - no matter your age.  God, through His Word, tells us to be attentive, be authentic and pursue unity with one another. This is great advice on how to live and how to act with our use of technology.

Focus on the Family. Director, Plugged in.

  Bob Waliszewski is director of Focus on the Family’s Media and Culture department which features the popular Plugged-in website. This site, and the various smartphone versions of it, provide up-to-date reviews of new movie releases and information on the hottest music, television, DVDs and video games impacting culture today.

   Waliszewski also hosts a daily 60-second radio feature heard in more than 900 communities nationwide. The daily “review” reaches more than eight million listeners each week, addressing popular movies, DVDs, music, video games and apps. This feature was nominated for a National Religious Broadcasters’ award in 2011.

   As a spokesperson for Plugged-In, addressing controversial entertainment issues that confront families daily, Waliszewski has been extensively interviewed in media outlets including CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News Radio, Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times and The New York Times.  

   Waliszewski’s book, “Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media Savvy Kids With Love, Not War,” was released in 2011.

   A former youth pastor, Waliszewski joined the Focus on the Family team in September 1991. He is married to Leesa, and they have 2 adult children. Waliszewski enjoys snow and water skiing and an occasional half-marathon

KSBJ Morning Show Co-Host

Carder  is excited to be a part of your Morning Show at KSBJ!  He was raised in northern Oklahoma and went to college in the Oklahoma City area. Carder worked at a couple of different stations before doing the morning show for NGEN Radio, KSBJ’s sister station.  

   Carder’s favorite verse is Hebrews 2:18, “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Carder says, “The fact that Jesus actually came down and went through everything we did is incredible. When we suffer or struggle with something, he can relate.” Carder is married to a beautiful woman, Kelsey, and has one “fur-baby,” Benson.


Illuminated Pathways Family Theraphy, LLC

  Rhonda Kay is trained specifically to help victims of physical and sexual assault learn to cope and heal from their horrific experiences. They are taught to understand that setting goals for treatment is imperative to their recovery. Rhonda, along with her dog. Teddy, are registered with Pet Partners as a therapy team to help provide comfort for those who suffer from PTSD and other emotional distress.


  She has been an invited speaker to raise awareness of abuse. as a motivational speaker for women's retreats to discuss moods and the importance of nutrition, and to inform families about the dangers of media and how it affects mental health.


  Rhonda Kay is a member of the Texas Counseling Assn., Dallas Metro Counseling Assn. (former member and officer), and the Alpha Upsilon Delta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (former member and officer), and a member of the national honor society of psychology. She is studying to be an ordained Minister of Counseling, currently holding a District License with the Church of the Nazarene.


  She places immeasurable value on the family and her Christian walk. She enjoys the company of her husband, Joel, and adores her adult children Nathan (26), his wife Erin, and Jacob (25), and her pet honorary pet members, Teddy, Zoe, and Konni. When not at work, she enjoys walks and bike rides with her husband, taking her dogs to the park, and any gathering that includes her family and friends. Additionally, she is very active in her church—she is a pastor, has taught adult Sunday Bible studies, has led an outreach ministry, and is available for families when needed.

Nathan Velders

                        Music Teacher

Nathan Velders, a native Texan living in Bethany Oklahoma. After graduation he went on to Southern Nazarene University (SNU) where he completed Bachelor of Music Education degree.  While at SNU he played his French Horn in the Band, sang with the Chorale & University Singers. He met his wife, Erin, were married in July of 2013 after a lengthy courtship and traveling abroad to Austria. Nathan is an entrepreneur and willing to tackle anything with ease. 

  Nathan is an elementary music teacher at Hilldale Elementary School in Oklahoma City.  Nathan advocates for his 800 students by fundraising via internet to help supply a low-income population of students with instruments. Nathan enjoys teaching, using the Kodaly method, which hold the belief that music made together has a healing quality.  He encourages all his students to sing and play music and believes music should be accessible to all people. 

  Nathan enjoys the company of his two black lab mixes—Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. He has participated in mission trips to Valencia, Venezuela and Los Angeles, California.  He speaks Spanish and German. He enjoys vacations with his family in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He also enjoys other hobbies such as singing with Canterbury Voices (OKC’s own choir), building computers, playing computer games, and keeping up with the aerospace industry (go SpaceX!).

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