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2009 mount meeker society dinner

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Members of Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies

n Sunday, March 14th, over 125 guests gathered for the annual Mount Meeker Society Dinner. Members of the Mount Meeker Society are those who have given $1,000 or more annually to Highlands. This year, we celebrated the specific contributions of the following individuals and congregations: Bruce Jones Frank and Gloria Walsh Gerald & Jane Olson Mordhorst Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Denver, Colorado First Presbyterian Church, Yuma, Colorado Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

During the Mount Meeker Dinner we also held our first 65th Anniversary Celebration with beautiful handmade cupcakes! Many thanks to Stuart Hilgenberg and the Food Service staff for a wonderful dinner!

celebrating 1945 - 2010

“65 Years of Grace in a Beautiful Place”

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n the early 1900s, Miss Augusta Mengedoht managed a cluster of summer rental cottages close to the mountain community of Allenspark. She probably never dreamed that many of her cabins would still be in use 100 years later! After World War II, convinced of the positive benefits of camping and outdoor recreation for children and youth,

Presbyterians in northern Colorado began searching for a permanent camping facility. The Rev. Andrew Hollars, and his daughter Ola, found just the right place. The presbytery purchased Miss Augusta’s 49 acre mountain retreat and ten cabins in 1945, and Highlands Camp was born. Little by little, Highlands has grown. As neighboring properties have become available, the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks has sought to purchase them, both in order to preserve the beauty of our site, but also to expand the options available for our programs and our guests. ____________________________ Celebrating - Continued on Page 3 Page –1– May 2010


Dear Friends,

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he calendar says it’s the middle of April, there is still snow on the ground here at Highlands, and we are getting ready for summer. Soon, spring will make a brief appearance . . . followed quickly by summer staff, international staff and campers! I spent Easter in Ohio with my family and I was thinking about how my family is the picture of the great American melting pot. Three of my grandparents came through Ellis Island from Poland, Russia and Ukraine. My sister-in-law Wendy is Jewish. She and my brother Greg have recently added a foster child (named Christian) to their family of five. My sister-in-law Linda’s father is from Holland and her mother is from Ecuador. My fifteen beloved nieces and nephews include Alex, Olivia and Emily adopted from Russia, and Jack, adopted from Texas. Each year the guests and campers who come to Highlands grow more diverse. . . . and that adds strength to our ministry. We stand as Christians . . . as Presbyterians . . . offering warm

hospitality and the truth of the Gospel to those who come. We also stand as Christians . . . as Presbyterians . . . reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to the congregations and communities we serve. This summer children will once again come to Highlands from Respite Care in Ft. Collins. Each of these children requires a full-time caregiver and comes with special needs. Yet, this is one of our favorite weeks of the summer! Fourth of July Family Camp will have “families” from Texas Presbyterian Children’s Home. This will be the third year these unique foster families will join us for our Fourth of July Celebration. They are families bound together by love and faith, and we delight in having them here! New this year, we will make it possible for fifteen children from the Colfax Community Network to attend summer camp. The Colfax Community Network advocates for, and works on behalf of, children and families residing in low-income, transient housing (primarily residential motels) along Colfax Avenue by providing information, services and

programs to strengthen and improve family and community life. This summer fifteen children from this program will have the opportunity to come to Highlands for summer camp. This year, we’ll go out to seven communities to provide Day Camp, partnering with congregations to meet the needs of their communities. We will work with volunteers and parents who may not have ever considered summer camp as an option for their child. We’ll share the Gospel and share in ministry with congregations in Nebraska and Colorado . . . reaching out to hundreds of children and youth. “65 years of grace in a beautiful place” is more than a slogan for this anniversary year. It’s truth. It gives witness to the remarkable work that God has done here over the last sixtyfive years. And, it gives witness to the hope we have for this summer and many more. I hope you’ll get to be at Highlands this summer! It’s a remarkable ministry in a beautiful place! Grace and Peace! Maria Shupe Executive Director

At Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center Rocky Mountain High:  John Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park June 13 – 17, 2010

Aspenglow and Mountainfolk: Autumn in the Colorado Rockies September 12 – 16, 2010

An Intergenerational Exploritas for Grandparents & Grandchildren! Summer Spectacular in the Colorado Rockies August 8 – 13, 2010

Rocky Mountain Halloween:   The Stanley Hotel and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night October 28 – 31, 2010

Summer Action in the Colorado Rockies (Adventure Camp for Grown-ups!) August 15 – 20, 2010

For more information or to register, go to www.exploritas.org

Rocky Mountain Fourth of July Family Vacation July 2 – 5, 2010 Writing Your Spiritual Memoirs September 27 – 30, 2010 Go to www.way-points.org and check out over thirty other programs that will be offered around the nation! Page –2– May 2010


Celebrating - Continued from Page 1

Many of the facilities that Highlands now uses—whether it is one of the cabins or our large meadow—have been added slowly to our site through the years.  In 2002 we added our new Retreat Center.  This beautiful facility includes 24 sleeping rooms, an administrative suite, reception lobby, conference room, and kitchen and dining facilities.  Today, Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center encompasses 285 acres, has 42 buildings, horse facilities, a low-elements challenge course, and access to the wilderness areas of the Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park. The Hollars Society recognizes those individuals who share the philanthropic spirit of Highlands founder, Reverend Andrew Hollars, and who have invested in Highlands’ future through planned gifts. Members of the Hollars Society are friends of Highlands whose generosity and willingness to provide gifts for the future continue the tradition of philanthropy begun in 1945 Rev. Andrew Hollars when Highlands was founded. You are invited to join a very special group of friends who continue this legacy of generosity by investing in

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Highlands through planned gifts. The Hollars Society recognizes those individuals whose planned gifts to Highlands include bequests, life income arrangement such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, life insurance and other deferred giving options. You can become a Hollars Society member when you: • Name Highlands in your will, as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or as a beneficiary of your retirement plan. • Establish a life income arrangement such as a: Charitable gift annuity Charitable remainder trust Charitable lead trust Perhaps the greatest benefit of membership is the impact your gift can have on generations of visitors to Highlands. As a Hollars Society member, you have the satisfaction of knowing your assets will be used to fulfill your charitable wishes after your lifetime. In addition, benefits of planned giving include preservation of assets for your own use and protection during your lifetime, with distribution made according to your wishes in later years. You may also receive income tax benefits during your lifetime and estate tax savings at your death. As a Hollars Society member, you will receive recognition as a special donor in Highlands publications and be invited to attend special events honoring Highlands donors. For more information about The Hollars Society, please contact Maria Shupe, Executive Director.

thank you ighlands wishes to thank these congregations from the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks who supported Highlands through Presbytery Directed Basic Mission Support and Extra Commitment Giving in 2009: Bridgeport, First Presbyterian Church Broomfield, Presbyterian Church of Broomfield Ft. Collins, First Presbyterian Church Ft. Morgan, United Presbyterian Church Goodrich, Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church Gordon, First Presbyterian Church Kimball, Presbyterian Church of Kimball Longmont, Central Presbyterian Church Loveland, Mountain View Presbyterian Church Masonville, Buckhorn Presbyterian Church Sterling, First Presbyterian Church

Congregations support Highlands in many ways . . . One way that congregations support Highlands is by providing congregational scholarships for campers to encourage their participation at Highlands. We hope that each congregation will underwrite up to 50% of the cost of each camper coming to camp. First United Presbyterian Church of Loveland is committed to supporting their children and youth who come to summer camp. This spring they invited Maria to give a Minute for Mission in worship, and share time with children and youth in Sunday School. Prior to worship and Sunday School they offered a Pancake Breakfast. All of the funds raised will be used to provide congregational scholarships for Highlands Summer Camp, the Middle School Retreat, and the 2010 Presbyterian Youth Triennium. We’d love to be a part or your congregation . . . for worship, Sunday School, youth group or a scholarship fundraiser! Page –3– May 2010


“move the mountain . . . expand the impact” capital campaign “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you!” Matthew 17:20

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o date, 106 generous donors have provided over $800,000 in gifts towards our goal of $2,800,000. These gifts come in the form of monthly gifts ranging from $25 to several hundred dollars, annual gifts and payments on pledges. In 2010 we anticipate celebrating our first milestone of the campaign when our gifts and pledges reach $1,000,000. You can help us reach this milestone . . . and our ultimate goal of $2,800,000.

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who am i ? we found out at middle school retreat 2010

n March, 136 people converged at Highlands for the annual Middle School Retreat. Focusing on our identity found in Christ, participants spent the weekend studying the life of Saul/Paul, and applying those lessons to our own individual lives. Rev. Scott Phillips and Rev. Sue Spencer partnered to give energizing and engaging keynote presentations, while other design team members worked hard to offer relevant small group sessions and fun recreational opportunities. Participants from more than four presbyteries, representing over 25 different churches, had an incredible Christ-centered time of fun, faith, and growth. Here’s what a few people had to say about the retreat: “The weekend was so well organized. The messages were important, the staff was helpful, cheerful, and supportive”. Adult Participant “This weekend was the best because I met new people, played a lot of games, and learned that we are loved by God and not alone”. Youth Participant The 2010 retreat was at capacity for the event. Plan now to register early and have a spot for upcoming youth retreats at Highlands: November 5-7, 2010: Highlands Senior High Retreat March 4-6, 2011: Highlands Middle School Retreat

3 Restaurant Quality Stackable Wooden Highchairs ($45 each if you’d like to help us to buy them new!)

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wish list . . .

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2 Electric Griddles for use in cabins with kitchens (Approximate cost $40-$80 each.)

Ice Maker and Dispenser for beverage area (Approximate cost $3,500.) l

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a special invitation for pastors . . .

s we celebrate our 65th Anniversary, we are looking back on the many ways God has blessed Highlands that make this ministry possible. We’ll also be celebrating the people—church leaders, parents, campers, donors, volunteers, and staff who have given so much to our work together! We would like to invite pastors to come and spend some time away at Highlands this summer! For our 65th Anniversary, we are offering you the opportunity to come and stay with us for two nights (in the Retreat Center) and four meals, breakfast through breakfast, for $65. We’ve set aside times this summer . . . and we invite you to pick the days that work best for you during these weeks: June 13-18 June 20-25 June 27- July 1 If you would like to have your family join you, you only need to pay the cost of their meals. Thank you for being a partner in ministry with us! Thank you for using Highlands as your retreat center for officer training and all-church retreats! Thanks for letting us share in the Christian education of your children, youth, families and adults through summer camp! We hope that you will take advantage of this invitation, to come away and take some time for yourself!

You are cordially invited to join us for our “Seeing is Believing” Summer Celebrations

These annual summer gatherings have become a Highlands tradition! Join us for a Summer Camp Closing Celebration and see the difference that Summer Camp makes in the lives of young people! This summer we’ll also be celebrating 65 years of grace in a beautiful place! Come join the celebration! Choose the date that works best for you. . . Friday Evenings July 2nd, 9th, 16th, or 30th 4:00 p.m. Arrive and tour camp 5:00 p.m. Enjoy a picnic dinner with campers and their families followed by the Summer Camp Closing Worship Service and Celebration R.S.V.P. 303-747-2888 or registrar@highlandscamp.org

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spring work days

Saturday, May 8th and Saturday, May 15th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch Provided

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his spring, we are offering two work days for you to choose from, so that you can share your

gifts and talents while volunteering at Highlands! Mark your calendar now and plan to join in the fellowship and fun. We’ll be opening cabins and buildings that have been closed for the winter and doing special projects to help prepare for an incredible summer program. Please call (303-747-2888) or e-mail Holly (registrar@ highlandscamp.org) to let us know to expect you!

the milestone ride and benefit for highlands

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n July 17, 2010, Cleon Kimberling, a long-time Highlands supporter and committee member, will celebrate his 80th birthday. On that day, Cleon invites you to join him in celebration with the Milestone Ride – a bicycle event 20 miles in length and 3,029 feet in elevation gain from Hall Ranch in Lyons, Colorado, to the doors of the Highlands Retreat Center. If you are not a bicyclist, you can still join in the festivities and show your support of Highlands by participating in a jig-saw puzzle tournament, or a hike around the property! More information is available on-line at www.highlandscamp.org.

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2010 summer camp curriculum… “be a hero”

he summer camp theme for 2010 at Highlands is “Be a Hero.” At Highlands, being a hero for God means knowing that, through the power of Christ, when we recognize a need we are able to take a risk and step out in faith to act with love and justice.  Being a hero for God involves understanding that God calls and equips us to do some of what Jesus and other Biblical heroes did.  And for us, like the Biblical heroes, this work is often done in simple ways, with every day things, and by ordinary people. We invite you to join us this summer to discover and discern what it means to be a hero in and for Jesus Christ.

2010 SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE Week 1 June 13 - 18

Program Mid High Camp

Grades 6th - 8th

June 13 - 18

Senior High Adventure

9th - 12th

June 13 - 16

Rough Riders 1A

6th - 8th

June 16 - 18

Rough Riders 1B

6th - 8th

June 13 - 16 Week 2 June 20 - 23

Mother Daughter

Ages 5 & Older

3rd Grade Camp

3rd

June 20 - 25

4th/5th Grade Camp

4th - 5th

June 20 - 25

Trailbusters

7th - 9th

June 20 - 25

Mid-High Adventure

6th - 8th

June 20 - 25 Week 3 June 27 - July 2

Eco-Stewardship Camp

Week 5

Program

Grades

July 11 - 16

Night Owl Camp

6th - 8th

July 11 - 16 July 11 - 16

Senior High Adventure FULL

9th - 12th

Leaders in Training

10th - 11th

July 11 - 16

Trailbusters

7th - 9th

July 11 - 14

3rd Grade Camp

3rd

July 14 - 16

GPGC

Ages 5 - 7

July 18 - 23

Mid-High Adventure

6th - 8th

July 18 - 23

Trailbusters

7th - 9th

6th - 8th

July 18 - 21

Buddy and Me

Ages 5 - 12

July 18 - 23

Senior High MAD

9th - 12th

Senior High Camp

9th - 12th

July 18 - 23

4th/5th Grade Camp

4th - 5th

June 27 - July 2

Saddle Soars

9th - 12th

July 18 - 23

Outdoor Leadership

10th - 12th

June 27 - July 2

Mid-High Adventure

6th - 8th

Week 7

June 27 - 30

GPGC

Ages 6 - 8

July 25 - 30

5th/6th grade camp

5th - 6th

June 30 - July 2 Week 4 July 2 - 5

3rd/4th Grade Camp

3rd - 4th

July 25 - 30

Trailbusters

7th - 9th

4th of July Vacation

All

July 25 - 30

Mid High MAD

6th - 8th

July 7 - 9

Rough Riders 4

6th - 8th

July 25 - 30

Mid High Adventure

6th - 8th

July 7 - 9

Mid-High Camp

6th - 8th

July 25 - 28

GPGC

Ages 8 - 10

July 7 - 9

3rd/4th Grade Camp

3rd - 4th

July 7 - 9

Wildflower Camp

Adult

Saddle Soars

9th - 12th

Week 6

Late Summer Aug 1 - 6

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what’s inside:

2009 Mount Meeker Society Dinner............................................ 1 Celebrating 1945-2010 “65 Years of Grace in a Beautiful Place”....................................................................... 1 From the Executive Director......................................................... 2 Exploritas........................................................................................ 2 Way-points Events......................................................................... 2 Thank You....................................................................................... 3 ‘Move the Mountain . . . Expand the Impact’ Capital Campaign................................................................... 4 Who Am I? We found Out at Middle School Retreat 2010....... 4 Wish List . . . . ................................................................................. 4 A Special Invitation for Pastors . . ............................................... 5 You Are Cordially Invited to Join Us for Our “Seeing is Believing” Summer Celebrations....................... 5 Spring Work Days.......................................................................... 6 The Milestone Ride and Benefit for Highlands......................... 6 2010 Summer Camp Schedule...................................................... 7 Page –8– May 2010

MISSION The mission of Highlands is to provide gracious hospitality and quality Christian programs in a majestic mountain setting and to nurture spiritual renewal and transformation in a safe and inclusive environment. For more information about Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center Contact 303-747-2888 info@highlandscamp.org www.highlandscamp.org


May 2010 Newsletter