June 28, 2011
Greetings in Christ!
4th of July is almost here, which means the summer is almost halfway over. Time is surely flying! With this date in site, we also thank the Lord that we live in a country that gives us the freedom to freely praise Him and share the Gospel with others. We pray that God gives His children the words and opportunities to practice this freedom and opens the ears of those who don’t know Him, so that all may come to faith and be saved.
This is a special week on the Island as we are hosting Camp Indianhead. This is a camp of Evangelical Lutheran Synod that uses our space to hold their annual camp. They bring their own counselors, pastors and campers and we provide the food, space and resources for activities. This gives us the unique opportunity to see how another camp is run and allow other people to come enjoy our beautiful island!
Young Scientists and Rustic Horse Campers this week are enjoying all the extra fun of special camps. Young Scientists have been busting through the myths of carbon dating, blowing up liquid nitrogen and more. We were also blessed to have the horse campers ride onto the island yesterday, it was a rare and special treat to see them in action.
We would like to start a collection of dinosaurs and animals for our Young Scientist and Creation Safari programs. Also, if any of you have extra bones, skeletons, stuffed animals, or scientific or medical models of humans etc.
Our prayers and support go out for the people of Minot and Bismarck, North Dakota. This year has been filled with many natural disasters that have caused hardships for many people. However, we are reminded in Matthew 24 that we are in the end times and as Christians we know things will get worse, but have the hope of what is to come. We pray that the people who have been hurt by the floods can get through this hardship and find peace in the hope of the resurrection.
Noted speaker, author, and founder of the Creation Instruction Association, Brian Young, will be at camp and in the surrounding area the weeks of September 11-16 and October 16-21. During this time he will be available for presentations in the area. For a list of the available presentations go to creationinstruction.org
Brian will also be giving a presentation on Mount St. Helens tomorrow, Wednesday June 29 at 7pm in the chapel. See how this volcano rocked the evolutionary world by challenging its very foundation of slow and gradual depositions by carving out a canyon 1/40 the scale of the Grand Canyon. You will also see evidence of Noah’s Flood in coal formation, fossilized forests and Biblical prophecy of end time events. This event is open to the public and all are welcome!
There have been requests for a summer quilting retreat and we have met those! There will be a Quilting Retreat August 16-21. This is a wonderful time to get away and do nothing but quilt. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome to come and spend up to 5 days quilting. We have excellent meals, devotions, and plenty of time for other activities. Register early, these events usually fill. Look for more information on our website.
The Quilt Auction is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th. Viewing will start at 8:30am and the auction starts at 11am. There will be activities for all ages throughout the day including sing-a-longs, wagon rides, ice cream sundaes, lunch and more. We are accepting quilt donations and will be putting pictures of the quilts online as they arrive, so keep an eye out to get an early viewing.
The staff who went to St. Cloud last week for Day Camp is back. They were blessed with an excellent experience and are excited to be back in the swing of things at camp. We would like to thank Love of Christ Lutheran Church for allowing us to use their space, we could not have done it without your assistance!
If you are a woman who is looking to take some time away for Christian fellowship with other women and time for spiritual growth, we have a great retreat for you. We are offering a Fall Women’s Retreat. Details should be worked out in the next week or so and we’ll announce them here and at our website.
We are excited to announce our 2011-2012 Retreat Season Schedule will be coming out in the next week. We have made some exciting new additions including some week long camps for homeschooled children and still kept many of the old favorites. We hope you consider some of these exciting events for you, your children, or your church group.
Family weeks and Family weekends are great opportunities for busy families to take time away from their schedules to enjoy one of God’s greatest gifts to us, family. Our first family week of the summer is coming next week, and our second is July 31-Aug. 5. We always look forward to these weeks and are always welcoming to new families who want to join. If a full week of camp can’t fit into your family’s plans, maybe a weekend getaway is. Our second family weekend is this coming holiday weekend, and we have three more before the summer ends. For more information on these camps, look to our website or brochure.
Summer 2012 Program Highlight:
This is the way camp has been for three generations and we've set aside some of the best weeks of the summer for them. It is based on kids having lots of fun doing many different activities. The list of things to do includes: archery, basketball, softball, disc golf, swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, volleyball, and more. Classic Camps include a great Bible Study, sing-a-longs, devotions, cookouts, skit night, canteen, and crafts. Horseback riding will be an option available for campers.
Dates and Costs:
Classic Camp 2-July 17-22 “The Biggest”, $315
Fargo/Moorhead Area Classic Camp - August7-12, $285 with discount
Classic Camp 3-August 14-17 (Sunday-Wednesday), $250.
Our July 17-22 week will be a week of “The Biggest”. Our goal is to have the biggest week of camp in recent history. We want 200 or more campers. Those that will participate will be: making the biggest sandcastle, playing the biggest volleyball game, eating the biggest banana split, making the biggest smiley face, having the biggest beach party, playing the biggest game of dodge ball, having the biggest watermelon seed spitting contest, and lots more of the biggest activities. We hope to set at least 1 Guiness Book of records during the week.
Question and Answer:
Question: Does camp still accept Campbell’s soup labels?
Answer: Yes! In fact, we have collected, cut, and are sending off 3,200 labels this week and are always accepting more! We will keep you posted on what we decide to use the labels for.
Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center
Lutheran Island Camp Foundation
Christ Serve Ministries
45011 230th St
Henning MN 56551
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