Saint John Retreat Center - Rickert Lodge
Policies, Guidelines, Procedures & Directions

Saint John Lutheran Church
300 South Third Street
Bellevue, Iowa 52031
(563) 872-5849


These guidelines are to insure acceptable and safe activities at Saint John Retreat Center-Rickert Lodge; and to protect the property of Saint John and all who participate in approved activities.

The use of the building and property of Saint John Lutheran Church by non-profit, religious, educational, social and other character-building functions may be permitted providing the applicant meets the terms stated in our procedures and guidelines.


Request for the use of Saint John Retreat Center-Rickert Lodge by members or other groups, as specified above, will be considered on an individual basis and will be acted upon by the Office Administrator in conjunction with a member(s) of the Executive Committee.

Activities of Saint John have first priority for any open date.  Requests will be considered on a first come basis.

Application Approval:

All applicants must complete the "Building & Property Use Application" and submit it with the Use Fee ($100.00/day for member or other churches; $125.00/day for other groups) to the Office Administrator at Saint John Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa.  [A day is 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. unless other arrangements are approved.]

The submitting of the application will hold the date and time until action is taken.  The applicant will receive a "Notification of the Approval" within two weeks of the date the application was received.

The required "Deposit for Damages" ($125.00 refundable) will be submitted by the applicant at least two weeks prior to the approved event.  The check will by held and returned to the applicant within one week of close of the event if there are no damage/excessive clean up charges against it.


NO SMOKING is allowed within the structures at Saint John Retreat Center, and is discouraged on the property.  Receptacles will be made available and their use for ashes and butts is strongly encouraged.

NO ALCOHOL, ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES, OR GAMBLING is allowed within the structures or on the property. (The use of wine is permitted when authorized by the pastor of Saint John for use only in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.)

All participants are to act in a manner that respects and glorifies God.  Inappropriate conduct and language will not be tolerated.

Directions to Saint John Retreat Center And Rickert Lodge:

1. Turn right on the road to Springbrook (County Highway Z15)
2. Look for the blue sign "Saint John Retreat Center" and turn left on 407th Ave (first gravel road on the left after Hwy 52 turn off).
3. Proceed to the top of the hill (1 mile). The entrance is on the left - look for our sign "Saint John Retreat Center".

The address for the lodge is:

22181 407th Avenue
Bellevue, Iowa 52031

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