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2018 Memorial Lutheran Church Men’s Retreat

5-7 October, 2018

Camp Lone Star, La Grange, Texas

Topic: The Lutheran Chorale: Occasioning, Creation, Use, and Development

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman

Topic Summary: We have a basic idea of what a Chorale is; however, we find ourselves largely unaware as to from where it has come, and how it has been used and has developed throughout history. Please join us as we acquire great insight and, hopefully, a renewed collective and individual appreciation for the Chorale. Prior musical knowledge is not expected.

Speaker Bio:  The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman began his musical studies with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska in 2002. In 2006, he completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. Pastor Ahlman immediately continued his musical training in Indiana where he completed his Master of Sacred Music in 2008 from the University of Notre Dame. Pastor Ahlman moved to Texas shortly thereafter, and in 2011 completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

   While he was working on his Masters and Doctorate in Music, he served as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Elkhart, Indiana (2007/08), and then as Assistant Pastor at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Round Rock, Texas (2008-2011). After he completed his D.M.A., he served as Head Organist and Choirmaster for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska for a year until he moved into the mission field in 2012.

    From 2012 to 2017, Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman served as Strategic Mission Developer (based in Leipzig, Germany), for the LCMS Office of International Mission. His primary focus was planning, developing, and execution of a comprehensive evangelistic musical outreach program in western Russia through organ recital tours, lectures, and master classes in churches, conservatories, and universities.

    In 2017, Dr. Ahlman accepted the call to be Associate Pastor and Director of Parish Music at Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston Texas. Dr. Ahlman and his wife Elizabeth have four children: Thomas, Matthias, Helene, and Clara.

Camp Lone Star:
One and one-half hour drive west from Houston on I-10
A modern year-round facility with motel style rooms. Bedrooms sleep 1-6 people with double/single beds and private bath
Pillows, blankets and bath linens furnished
Meals served buffet style (Friday night BBQ)
Game/lounge room—cards, games, TV, DVD, Wi-Fi
Building designated as non-smoking
260 wooded acres

The retreat includes:
Approximately nine hours of topic lecture with frequent breaks
Evening and morning worship
Golf Tournament on Friday (optional)
Gun shooting and winery tour on Saturday (optional)
Campfire (optional)
Fishing (optional)
Hiking/jogging trails
Leisure time for outdoor activities
Divine Service with Holy Communion on Sunday morning
Retreat Costs: $135 per person

Registration: Please register by submitting payment through the “Pay Now” button at the top of this page.  PayPal, Credit Card, and Debit Card are all options. If you wish to pay by check, please put a check for $135 made out to Memorial Lutheran Church in the offering plate with “Men’s Retreat” in the memo field along with your e-mail address in the memo field.

For more information: Contact Robert Burmeister ( or the church office (713-782-6079) for more information.