September 6, 2011
Greetings in Christ!
We hope that you had a wonderful holiday weekend. We know that for many of you today will be a very busy and hectic day with schools starting, schedules changing, and lots of things happening in your churches. May God bless you all.
And away we go with a great and exciting fall schedule! This weekend we’ll be welcoming lots of kids for our Confirmation Kick-off weekend. We are really pleased with the level of participation and anticipate the congregations will benefit from this weekend event.
Staying on the Confirmation Retreat trail, we’ve already begun getting congregations signed up for Confirmation Retreats in January and March.
Due in part to some scheduling challenges we have moved the Church Reconciler Training Program to October 16-22. That is a beautiful time of the year here at camp. If you are a pastor, DCE, or lay leader this program provides excellent training for you in the reconciliation skills developed by Ted Kober. Ted himself will be leading the training.
Do you have some extra hay? We are starting to look for hay for the winter for our horses. Each year we have generous donors who give us or sell for very reasonable prices good quality hay for our herd of 26 horses. Give Marvin a call at 218-583-2905.
We’re starting to get the Winter schedule up on the website and you’ll want to check it out repeatedly for when the best events for you are scheduled.
We were blessed again this last week with another significant gift toward the purchase of Christ Serve Ranch. We also received several memorial gifts and gifts from several congregations. We are so thankful to God for your wonderful support of the camp. We couldn’t do the many projects that have been completed without your support.
Our Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning Team completed their training last week and they are very excited about providing some excellent new programs. We’ll be putting information on schedules and events out very soon. This program is made available as a result of a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Give us a call if you think your congregation or group would benefit from this new and exciting program.
Michelle Gomez and her team are working on an excellent program for our first Fall Women’s Retreat. This will be a great event for individuals or groups of ladies from your congregation. You won’t want to miss it.
We’ve had several questions lately about the Greensneakers program. Yes, we are still accepting the tennis shoes. We’ve now shipped 4 pallet full and have another ready to go.
Summer 2012 is well into the planning stages. As a matter of fact we’ve now set the 2012 Servant Events that will be a part of the national Servant Event schedule through Synod. Those dates will also be the first that we put up on the website.
If your group can’t wait until next summer to come to camp and do some servant work, we’ve got some projects that need to be completed. Give us a call if you have a day or a weekend or if you’re retired and would like to spend a week or more, we’ve got some projects that ould use some good craftsmen.
Question and Answer:
Question: What do you do at a Servant Event?
Answer: We have many different servant projects scheduled here at the Island, at Christ Serve Ranch, and at the local nursing homes. Youth and adults may construct things, clear trees and brush, paint etc. In 2012 we have many projects planned that will be tied to the renovation of our Education and Retreat Center.
Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center
Lutheran Island Camp Foundation
Christ Serve Ministries
45011 230th St
Henning MN 56551
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