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Announcing UCG 2011 Winter Family Weekend!

June 27, 2011

Winter Family Weekend Promises to be a BIG SPLASH!

“Family, Friends, Fellowship and Fun” 

ANNOUNCEMENT: The United Church of GodWinter Family Weekend 2011” will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area from December 23-27. This beautiful, newly constructed rustic resort and conference center will be the main venue for all meetings and accommodation.

The Venue

This facility boasts a 78,000 square-foot indoor waterpark with 11 water slides, a giant wave pool, 6 swimming pools, a lazy river and a 30-person hot tub—and it is bound to be well-used by our members at this hotel.

Each family suite sleeps up to six and is equipped with a small fridge, microwave and balcony—some with a fireplace. There are king suites which sleep four and bunk beds and queen beds in others. Very soon we will let you know the number of the various types of rooms which are available so you may make your reservation. The Church is managing the bookings directly to save you some taxes.

Also at the Great Wolf Lodge is a large state-of-the-art game arcade, a large fitness room, spas, a gift shop, Starbucks and several dining options. All these will be open during our stay. There is entertainment for all ages—from tots, to teens, to the young at heart. At least five cafés or restaurants are on the premises and will be open throughout our stay. We have contracted the rooms for $90 plus taxes per room for up to four people ($25 for each extra person over four), and reservations will be made online on our Church website to save you on taxes for this Church-wide event. The use of the water park for each person in the room is included in this price!

Conference Center

The modern Conference Center is well equipped to serve our needs with a 1,200 seat main auditorium with overflow rooms catering for an additional 300-400. There will be several breakout rooms available for the seminars on the Sabbath. A family evening is planned for Sunday December 25 at the water park with free pizza and drinks to give energy while having fun together. There is plenty of seating for those who just want to watch and visit.

Finally, a quote from the Great Wolf Lodge brochure: “You can park your car and never need it again until it is time to return, reluctantly, home. Spacious guest rooms, amazing restaurants, a luxurious spa, fitness center and world-class entertainment are yours to be enjoyed within the beautiful confines of our majestic resort.”

We plan to have more information online in August about registration for the hotel and for the various Sabbath seminars, sporting events and other exciting activities.

Sporting Facilities

The sporting events will all be under one roof at the Courts 4 Sports which is a mere five miles away. This very modern sports facility will host both the volleyball and basketball venues. We’re excited to have made this arrangement as it allows more fellowship among those who engage in the different sporting events throughout the day, keeping the family together when playing both sports.

Alternative Accommodations

Another lodging facility for those who do not wish to have access to the water park and want more economical housing will be the King’s Island Resort. This hotel was used in years past when the Winter Family Weekend first began in Cincinnati. They feature comfortable rooms at a rate of only $59 plus tax. The benefit of this hotel is that it is directly across the street from the Great Wolf Lodge. All who stay at the King’s Island Resort Hotel will be able to participate in all of the events of the Winter Weekend except for the water park.

Please see the Winter Family Weekend website for more information and links to the Great Wolf Lodge for more information and photos. Save December 23-27 on your calendars now for a wonderful family experience!

We are very excited to host this grand event here in the Cincinnati area.

Gary Antion and Roy Holladay—WFW Event Coordinators


June 27, 2011 - Posted by | Home Office, Ministerial Services, President's Office | , , , , ,


  1. I am so excited and happy for all those who will be able to attend. It all sounds so wonderful. What a great blessing God has provided.

    Comment by Val | June 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wow! This is going to be a great weekend. Thank you so much Mr. Antion & Mr. Holladay for all of your work in arranging this. And thanks to God for opening this amazing door! See you there 🙂

    Comment by Cindy Phelps | June 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. I have never been able to attend a winter family weekend and would so like to attend, especially here, it sounds nice. Maybe this year we can pull it off, we’ll see. 🙂

    Comment by Lorelei Nettles | June 27, 2011 | Reply

  4. YAY! This is going to be a great weekend. We are excited!

    Comment by Erin | June 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. This looks great! But why not try to merge CoGwa’s Winter Family Weekend also? Regardless that they left, shouldn’t we be promoting the opposite of division? Having two different WFW only separates us even more from our brothers and sisters! This is a repeat of Louisville vs Lewistown a few years ago. Our area often hosts events with the other churches of God, I’m sure that our leaders can do a good job if they put their minds to it!

    Comment by J | June 28, 2011 | Reply

    • How strong is our Agape love though? Can we forgive and forget? Or do we need more time to mend and have the ministry strengthen us with their inspired sermonettes and sermons? There is alot to consider. We don’t want anyone to be offended or hurt if we can avoid it.
      Just food for thought.

      Comment by kathy | June 29, 2011 | Reply

    • Portland has a northwest family weekend. last year about 600 attended. why is this one the only one that gets on the website?

      Comment by katbird_27 | June 29, 2011 | Reply

      • I’m sure that information will be posted when it gets submitted. So far, I’ve not seen anything.

        Comment by LSI | July 5, 2011 | Reply

    • Why don’t you ask COGwa that same question? Why is it always UCG that these type of questions are directed at?

      Comment by LSI | July 5, 2011 | Reply

    • I couldn’t agree more, regarding your idea. However, the worldwide group that left, has no desire to be a part of united anymore. They are more than welcome to come and be a part of united’s winter weekend event, but they “choose” to put on a separate event of their own. The worldwide group’s leaders, are keeping their people separated from us. Pray for our brethren, (and their misguided leaders too).

      Comment by NT | July 22, 2011 | Reply

  6. Awesome! :o) Sounds like alot of fun, fellowship, and worship.

    Comment by kathy | June 29, 2011 | Reply

  7. This is wonderful news! I am so very happy that a door has been opened to allow UCG to organize this event for members to gather in fun and fellowship. It is indeed a wonderful thing to dwell together in harmony but it takes all sides to walk together in agreement. Both parties must be willing to be joined together as one and, until that occurs, a family weekend for all members is a breath of fresh winter air!

    Comment by Cathy Martin | July 1, 2011 | Reply

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