Facts and FAQs

Check In - Sunday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunday night supper is served at 5:30 p.m. Plan to arrive before dinner, so you can unload and settle into your room and the house.  During dinner, we have a brief informational time to discuss the week.  Don’t miss this introduction opportunity.  Please schedule your trip so you are able to join together for dinner at 5:30.
  • If you need to arrive after 7:00, please let us know.

Check Out - Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Phone Numbers

  • 815-543-6250 (David’s mobile)
  • 815-543-6420 (Louise’s mobile)
  • Call David's number if you are lost and looking for directions.

Telephone Calls

  • Please refrain from using your cell phones while on retreat. Emergency calls may be made to 815-543-6250 or 815-543-6420. We also encourage you to take a Media “Fast” from your laptop computers. Let your Facebook Friends and E-mail contacts know you will be away from your computer for a week. It is possible! (If you have your laptop along, the temptation to “look” will always be there. Please leave the computers home.)


  • Breakfast is available 7:30 until 10:00 a.m. and Lunch is available from Noon - 1:00 p.m
  • All the fixings for lunch and breakfast are available on the counters in the kitchen. Please help yourselves. Use whatever dishes you need from the cupboards directly above the counter. Silverware is in the drawers directly under the counter with the food. Eat in the Dining Room, Kitchen area, counter, deck, or wherever you like. Trays are available for carrying food. Please return the dishes to the grey tub in the kitchen area when you are finished.
  • Dinner is served promptly at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings in the dining room. Dinner is plated and served by our staff, therefore it is important that you be on time.
  • Snacks, Coffee, Water - There will be drinks and goodies available in the kitchen. Please help yourselves. Cold drinks, ice cream, etc. are available in the kitchen refrigerator. We usually have water, Crystal Lite Lemonade (sugar free) and Crystal Lite Peach Tea (sugar and caffeine free) available in pitchers. Coffee and hot tea are served in the thermos containers.

Lights and Locks

  • Please turn out room lights when no one is present in the rooms. The outside doors will be locked at 10:00 p.m. If you will be out past 10:00 p.m., please let the host know so you can get a key for your late return.

Housekeeping and Supplies

  • Linens and towels are provided. Extra towels may be found in your bathroom cabinet. Towels will not be automatically changed and laundered daily. On Wednesday morning, if you wish to get rid of soiled towels, a laundry basket will be in the hallway outside the laundry room door.
  • Bed Linens - Linens are not changed daily, nor are the beds made during your stay. If a change in bed linens is necessary, contact the hostess. There are extra blankets in the closets.
  • Normal water conservation is appreciated. Ladies, we have a septic system. Please dispose of feminine products in the waste basket instead of flushing.
  • Fireplace - The fireplace at Deer Ridge works with a flip of the switch. The switch is located on the wall (like a light switch) to the left of the fireplace in the Great room.

Books and Equipment

  • All books, tapes and CDs needed for following the self-directed study paths are in your room library. Please return these to your room when finished.
  • CD players are in every room. Please be courteous of your neighbors when listening. Use earphones whenever possible.
  • Walkman cassette players are also provided in each room. If new batteries are required, please let your host know. Please return the players to the rooms when finished.
  • DVDs and Videotapes may be viewed in the library or in the movie room. Tapes are currently in the movie room in the drawers (inside the cupboards) to the right under the big screen.
  • Puzzles and games are stored in the cupboards to the left under the movie screen in the movie room. Some puzzles and games may be found in the armoire in the library. Playing cards and dominoes are usually in the cupboards by the snack bar on the lower lever. Please ask if you need assistance.


  • Please park in space available to the left of the garages. Try to keep the garage doors clear for loading and unloading.

Fire Alarms

  • The house is equipped with smoke detectors. Please do not leave burning candles in the rooms. If there is an alarm set off, you will hear loud noises alerting you to leave the building. Please read the fire evacuation instructions in the guest directory in your room.

Here’s what I want you to do:

Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace. Matthew 6:6 MSG
Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace. Matthew 6:6 MSG

What should I bring to Deer Ridge Retreat?

  • Walking Shoes – There are several parks within a few minutes drive (or walk) with acres of grass and wooded area to wander. Sometimes ‘duck’ shoes or boots are advisable for the wet or muddy walks that can be taken in the woods. We have excellent bike trails in the area. If you are a biker, you may want to bring your own bike. We do have some bikes at the retreat which may be used. (Don’t forget the helmets.)
  • Casual clothes - Be comfortable. Bring layers. Sometimes a jacket outside in the early morning or evenings is appropriate. The large common rooms tend to be cooler rather than warmer. The dress is casual. No need to pack a tie!
  • Instrument – If you are a musician and would like to bring along your instrument, it is appropriate and welcome. Sometimes we find ourselves gathering for a little music after dinner. But, don’t pay extra to bring an instrument if you are flying! We can always borrow one if you get homesick for yours.
  • Camera You might regret not bringing a camera. There’s always a memorable moment on a retreat!
  • Personal toiletries – We provide linens, towels, hairdryer, and soap. If you forget something, we have extra tooth brushes, etc. Every room has an iron and ironing board.
  • Slippers (or socks) – Deer Ridge has light colored carpet that feels great in stocking or slippered feet. We like folks to leave their shoes at the door whenever possible to keep the floors clean.
  • Appetite - All meals will be provided. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style. Dinner is served in the Dining Room and your attendance is required.
  • Bible - We will provide other books and materials for you to use, but you may prefer to reference your own Bible. If you forget, we will have plenty on hand.

What will I do all week?

  • Rest, rest, rest….listen, walk, talk with your spouse, nap, read, eat, listen, pray, watch a video, make a new friend, nap, not answer the phone, follow a self-directed study, discover some new resources, rest, be quiet, play (when was the last time you did that?), laugh, nap, breathe deep, meditate without interruption or schedule, worship, sing, take a long walk, experience God’s creation, be pampered, be affirmed, be still with God, rest….things like that! God will be here, plan to meet with Him. The time will go quickly.
  • What you should not do is come on retreat with an agenda. Often people have books they want to read or a talk or lesson to prepare. Pastors arrive at a place of solitude and rather than letting the Spirit quietly envelope them, they try to fill the time with busyness. They can leave feeling like they have wasted their time, not receiving what God had in store.
  • We believe that a time of withdrawal can often be the most productive when pastors and their spouses arrive without an agenda. Jesus modeled retreating by withdrawing from the crowds on a regular basis, to a place of solitude. Likewise, pastors need to cease activity, get secluded, break the routine of business, and be apart from the world. At Deer Ridge, just get away, get rest, eat well, be alone, listen, and talk to God. In preparing to come on retreat, ask God to set the agenda and to talk to you about what He wants, instead what you have planned…let Him be in control.

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