June 21, 2011
Greetings in Christ!
God continues to bless us with wonderful campers, an excellent staff, and amazingly good weather despite all of the rain of this month. He is using the time campers are spending at camp to bless them physically and spiritually. Praise Him everyday for His blessings through Lutheran Island Camp.
Boy did we have a busy day last Friday. We served over 200 for lunch with our Day Campers, VBS groups, Horse campers, fishing camp, Young Scientist and lots of guests. Later in the afternoon we had another nearly 100 people arrive for the weekend. Praise God for the wonderful weather, the great staff, and all of the super activities.
This week we have a couple of Servant events. Our guests include Golden Valley Lutheran
– Golden Valley, MN, Family of Christ – Ham Lake, MN, Our Redeemer – Bloomington, IL, St. Paul Lutheran – Wisner, NE. The 40 plus campers will be working on many projects around the camp as well as some in the tornado damaged areas around Wadena and Almora. In addition, we are hosting Camp Kingswood which is a group of 20 people who head over to the tornado areas each day.
In addition to our servant events we have other camps this week including another fishing camp, horseback riding camp, and over 30 kids for our Rum River Classic camp with youth attending from the Rum River circuit.
This past weekend we had Little Lambs, Sheep Camp, Trailblazer, and our Father/Son event. The participants had a wonderful time including some great fishing!
Our St. Cloud Day Camp is off to a great start with 47 youth attending the camp that is being held at Love of Christ Lutheran church in St. Cloud. (Thank you LOC members). The kids arrive at 7:30 and stay until 4:30. Each day is filled with camp like activities. Thursday the campers will be heading to The Island for a day filled with games, activities, swimming, great meals, Bible studies, and devotions. We spoke to one grandma last evening who couldn’t get over how well our staff work with the kids yesterday. God has blessed us with a great team of counselors who are traveling to various parts of the district.
A great big thank you to Trinity in Appleton for allowing our staff to lead much of their VBS program. Our team of counselors also had the opportunity to do some service work in the community while they were there.
We’ve been asked lately if Brian Young will be doing presentation while he is at camp. The answer is “YES”. Brian will be doing a presentation on Mount St. Helens at Lutheran Island Camp at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 29. A free will offering will be accepted to help with our Creation-Science programs at Christ Serve Ranch.
Summer Program Highlight:
Tenderfoot Horse Camp This is one of the best experiences that you can have at camp! Learn how to ride, groom, and feed a horse. By the end of the week, you'll be able to saddle your own horse; take it out on a nice trail ride, and perhaps do a few games on horseback. You'll wish the week would never end! Our Rustic week will provide a weeklong camping experience for the participants that will rival the wild west.
Ages: 10-14 Dates:
Tenderfoot 1-June 12-17 4 places remain. Tenderfoot 2-June 26-July 1 (Rustic) 10 places remain. Tenderfoot 3-July 10-15 4 places remain. Tenderfoot 4-July 24-29 5 places remain. Tenderfoot 5-August 7-12 3 places remain.
Cost: $435. Deposit Amount: $100
Plans for the 20th Annual Quilt Auction have started and it will be a great event! Posters will be sent out in the next week or so. We’ll also be having a brief rededication service for the Recreation Hall. Quilts are already arriving and we’ve already surpassed the 20 mark with a large group of beautiful quilts.
Our Fishing camps have been a great success so far with lots of fish, lots of fun, and some wonderful Bible studies and devotions.
We still have room for a few more campers for our Young Scientist Camp coming up next week. We received a wonderful note of appreciation from one of last week’s campers saying how much they appreciate learning so much about science and how to defend our faith. We also have a week coming up in August and a week in each September and October for Home School students (and their parents).
Our Retreat House is nearing completion. The Fergus Falls circuit has been working on getting new windows in and putting new log siding on the exterior. We hope to add a deck on the back side.
Congratulations to former staff member Aaron Wagner who will be ordained this Sunday in Paullina, IA. He’s been assigned to a parish in Oklahoma. His brother Jacob will be heading to Concordia St. Louis this next year. Jacob served several years at camp as well and is now serving at Camp Okoboji in IA.
Our Greensneakers program continues to bring in tennis shoes. If your youth group, VBS, ladies group, or other group wants to help, please let us know. You can access information from our website.
Question and Answer:
Question: How many of your campers and staff have gone into the professional ministry? Answer: We estimate somewhere around 400, but that is only part of the story. Many, many more of our former campers are elders, trustees, Sunday school teachers, chairman of congregations, and many other leadership roles in congregations throughout the church. Coming to camp on a regular basis is a significant predictor that young people will remain in the church. When they come to programs like Christ Serve Leadership, Young Scientist, and some of our other programs those predictors are even higher.
Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center
Lutheran Island Camp Foundation
Christ Serve Ministries
45011 230th St
Henning MN 56551
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