Page 1

May—October 2011

Weathering

the storm

2010 annual Ministry report


Here I am

Mayto october2011

by Roger Williams

Contents Here I Am

3

2010 Annual Report

4

Volunteers

6

Summer Concerts

7

In Like a Lion

8

Global Impact

10

A Journey Planned

12

25 Years of Stories & Entertainment

14

The “War Room”

16

“I Was Here” - Creating a Legacy

18

Our Place for Repair & Renewal

19

Book Of Remembrance

20

Book Of Honor

21

Upcoming Events Calendar

23

College Leadership Conference 1930

Scan this QR code to read and comment on the LOG on your mobile device.

BA Y AR EA YOU TH W O R K E R S

OCT. 7–9, 2011 MOUNT HERMON | PONDEROSA LODGE

SAVE THE DATE

CHAT IT UP WITH AN EXPERT

Duffy Robbins

2

LEARN ON THE PLAYGROUND OF YOUTH MINISTRY

FUN & WAY CHEAPER THAN THE ALTERNATIVES

OVER COFFEE

One One

In planning the first Christian Camp and Conference facility west of the Mississippi, our founders did not “lean on their own understanding”—they PRAYED! Mount Hermon was founded as God directly answered those prayers. Yet even before the land purchase could be completed, the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire occurred and most of the funds committed were pulled back to rebuild damaged homes and businesses. Discouraged, the founders PRAYED! The LORD led them to move forward, “in the dark trusting God.” That summer of 1906 our first “encampment” was held—born of prayer. In 1929 a wind-whipped fire threatened Mount Hermon. As men prepared to fend off the flames, hundreds gathered in the auditorium and PRAYED for God’s intervention. The inferno roared to within a few feet of the property when the wind suddenly reversed and blew the fire back from the camp. God answered prayer!

Today at Mount Hermon we are facing financial challenges. Storms have felled trees, hillsides have collapsed and buildings have been badly damaged. Again we’re PRAYING—and God is at work! People are generously giving, campers keep encountering Jesus, and lives are being transformed! Mount Hermon’s heart is the Gospel, the risen Savior, and—at our core—an indispensable dependence on PRAYER. Our Annual Report on the following pages shows again how GOD ANSWERS PRAYER! He sustains us as faithful ministry partners pray and give. “Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’” —Isaiah. 58:9 Our Annual Report on the following pages shows again how God answers prayer! He sustains us as faithful ministry partners give and pray.

Roger Williams, Mount Hermon's Executive Director since 1993, and his wife Rachel, bring both strength and mirth to our staff. 3


2010 Annual

13,525,837

Ministry Report

O

ften throughout our history Mount Hermon has met and overcome significant challenges. As Roger describes on the preceding page, and as our winter storm damage report also indicates, in facing every trial Mount Hermon people have consistently PRAYED. As this current record-length recession continues to severely affect California, our staff, volunteers, supporters and constituents alike are all once again joined in prayer trusting God’s faithful provision. Through the years we’ve learned to pray with confidence in our God who answers prayer. Ours must not be weak prayers—tentative entreaties to a miserly master. We are convinced by a legacy of God’s overwhelming mercy and grace—in every facet of this ministry— that “He remains faithful who has called us, and will also do it!” (1Thes.5:24) With that assurance firmly in heart and mind, and bucking a recalcitrant economy’s headwinds, we aggressively budgeted for a 2010 even stronger than 2009. The Lord has again powerfully moved in the hearts of many families, who’ve kept Mount Hermon a priority investment for their service, their time away together, and their giving. We are both humbled and enriched by the continued commitment from volunteers who in 2010 invested over 14,000 hours here in service and ministry. They are such a seamless part of the operation that they’re starting to give US orders! They are indispensable. In 2010 our Camper Days (the measure of actual facilities and program utilization) totaled nearly 120,000— almost 1.5% higher than in 2009. Even more encouraging is watching people signing up for 2011 Family and Youth Camps at a better pace than last year!

4

119,903

$

cash sources camper days

God is answering prayers as more and more people are valuing the impact the Lord has in their lives as they “encounter Jesus” here at Mount Hermon. Many of these same people are spreading the word—this summer we are anticipating over 300 first-timers at Family Camp through word-of-mouth invitations! We invite you to join us too—in a week of Family Camp or Youth Camp, in volunteering in service opportunities, in giving to support this ministry—and perhaps most importantly, in PRAYING confidently for God’s continuing sufficiency! “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have OVERCOME the world!” (Jn.16:33)

PROCEEDS FROM SALE OF ASSETS

$350,724 3%

OTHER SOURCES

$1,411,070 10%

RETAIL & RECREATION

$1,319,108 10%

OTHER USES

$278,810 2%

LOAN PRINCIPLE & INTEREST

$215,630 2%

CABIN PURCHASES

$542,577 4%

ADVANCEMENT & MARKETING

$1,103,866 8%

RETAIL & RECREATION CONTRIBUTIONS

$1,924,032 14%

$1,365,601 10%

GENERAL & ADMINISTRATIVE

$1,815,385 14%

2,543 7,256 Donors

cash uses

Donations

MAINTENANCE & FACILITIES

1,924,032

$

$2,479,100 18%

contributions

ENDOWMENTS $19,885 1% OTHER RESTRICTED $254,364 13% CAMPERSHIPS $269,515 14%

CAMP & CONFERENCE FEES

$8,520,903 63% CAMP & CONFERENCE COSTS

$5,724,868 42%

UNRESTRICTED $1,380,268 72%

5


14,036

Volunteer hours

volunteer |ˌvälənˈtir| noun — one who freely offers to aid an organization

V

olunteers are Mount Hermon people who eagerly assume tasks and responsibilities noun—one who freely offers to aid an organization which are integral in the lifeblood and success of this ministry. A staff person no longer does our mailing and Volunteers are Mount Hermon people all distribution of incoming mail. Ken who eagerly assume tasks and responsibilities Morris handles it, with able assistance which are integral to theand lifeblood and from Armand Langmo Charlie success of this ministry. A staff person no Johnson. Armand also lends his prodigious longer does our mailing and all distribution engineering skills in helping keep our of incoming mail. Ken Morris handles it, and technical infrastructure in good order, with able assistance from Armand Langmo Charlie just built out some much needed and Charlie also lendsdoes his shelving forJohnson. us. Ken’sArmand wife Beth Morris prodigious engineering skills in helping keep invaluable administrative work, also helping our technical in good order, in the Dininginfrastructure Hall with Howard Blower, who and Charlie just built out some much needed also assists our Advancement Department. shelving us. Ken’shas wife Bess Morris does Barbara for Grinstead her servant hands invaluable administrative work, also helping in in everything from setting tables for the Dining Hall with Howard Blower, who also thousands of meals, to helping with sorting, assists ourand Advancement labeling mailing huge Department. quantities ofBarbara printed Grensted her servant brochureshas and cards. She hands in everything also keeps the planter from for bedssetting below tables the Lakeside thousands of meals, to Lodges free of weeds helping with sorting, each spring. Jim and Bev labeling huge Linman and teammailing with Bill quantities of printed and Sharon Klippenstein brochures and cards. to get thousands of She also keeps the planter brochures processed and beds below the Lakeside mailed. Jim’s a magician Lodges free of weeds at keeping the labeling and sealing machines running smoothly. And Paul Izor each spring. Jim and Bev tools. Linman team with Bill and Sharon Klippenstein to get is a hero with carpenter thousands of brochures processed and mailed. Jim’s a magician at keeping the labeling and sealing machines running Paulagain Izor isthis a hero carpentry As our annual statement earlier in thesmoothly. LOG shows, yearwith we’ve had tools, and Don Stewart stays busy keeping our plumbing in good repair. Dan’s wife over 15,000 volunteer hours—representing the work of nearly 8 full time Marge also serves us well in the$500,000 Dining Hall. employees—a savings of over every year! It’s no wonder Mount

volunteer | väl n tir

Hermon treats these amazing friends and co-workers much the same as we do As annual ourour paid staff?statement earlier in the LOG shows, this year we’ve again had over 14,000 volunteer hours – representing the work of nearly 8 full time employees—a savings of hundreds thousands of dollars every year!we It’swelcome no wonder Mount Whenever someoneofcalls to ask about volunteering, them to the Hermon treats these amazing friends and co-workers much the same as we do our team! There is always plenty of opportunity to serve the Kingdom at Mount paid staff. Hermon. Whenever someone calls to ask about volunteering, we welcome them to the team! There is always plenty of opportunity to serve the Kingdom at Mount Hermon. Interested in becoming a Volunteer? Contact Michele Izor at 408.358.2808 or michele.izor@mounthermon.org 6

Free

MOUNT HERMON

2011 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

KEN MEDEMA June 11 IMPROVISATIONAL PIANIST & SONG WRITER

THE KING’S BRASS June 18

NINE-PIECE BRASS BAND, INNOVATIVE WORSHIP FROM HANDEL TO JAZZ SPIRITUALS

BUDDY GREENE

July 16

SINGER-SONG WRITER & ONE OF NASHVILLE’S FINEST HARMONICA STYLISTS

JACK PEARSON

July 30

STEVE GREEN July 2

June 25

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED RECORDING ARTIST ACCOMPANIED BY DICK TUNNEY

SONGWRITER, TROUBADOUR, RECORDING ARTIST ON BANJO, FIDDLE & GUITAR

July 30

MARTY GOETZ July 23

L.A. COLLABORATION July 9 PIANIST DUANE FUNDERBURK / VIOLINIST ALEX RUSSELL CLASSICAL & BROADWAY

ENGAGING VOCALIST / PIANIST & MODERNDAY PSALMIST SCRIPTURES SET TO MUSIC

FERNANDO ORTEGA July 30

CELEBRATION CHOIR August 6*

HYMNS & TRADITIONALS FROM SINGER / SONGWRITER & DOVE AWARD WINNER

Come early

FOR DINNER

July 30

50-VOICE CHORAL MUSIC / AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION /SAXOPHONE & PIANO SOLO

OPTIONAL BUFFET BEFORE THE CONCERT Adult Kids Individuals Group Rate(10+) Per-person

(13+)

Kids

$19

$9.50

(4–12)

(0–3)

$17

$8.50

FREE

*August 6 dinner will be an outdoor BBQ

FREE

Call 888.MH.CAMPS to reserve buffet tickets in advance! mounthermon.org


march

2010 was a winter to remember, with snow on Highway 17 and harsh weather extending well into spring. On April 7 two inches of hail fell in Fairfield, and Davis had 35° and snow on the ground! by Don Broesamle

Mount Hermon had continual rains, strong winds, and storm runoff flowing like small

streams. Several park residents felt the blows—like artist Jim Campbell,

Conference Drive Blocked In the intense March 23 hail and rain, a steep slope behind Terrace Way gave out, completely blocking Conference Drive with trees and mud, and cutting off power. But Mount Hermon’s staff was prepared— Slide blocks Conference Drive

whose badly damaged roof had to be completely replaced. The next week a 5-foot-long limb crashed through his NEW roof and into the living room!

Mount Hermon conducts site-wide mock disaster training

Winter 2010–2011

November

Parkway & Sequoia Lodge Damaged

Parkway

Conference Center was also hard hit. On Saturday night, November 20, 2010, severe winds toppled several large trees, narrowly missing a Mount Hermon staff home and a few private cabins. But a large fir tree struck our Parkway Cabin, damaging two of its units. That same night another huge fir crushed Sequoia Lodge up behind the Administration Building. All six Sequoia units need complete rebuilding. The GOOD NEWS is that Parkway repairs have already begun — it will be ready for summer! However, rebuilding Sequoia Lodge will require several months.

One day after the slide on Conference drive, va major Ponderosa fell across Pine Avenue, snapping power lines, crushing a parked truck, and also damaging the home across the road. Crews cleared the xroad the following day.

The GREAT NEWS is that NO ONE WAS HURT anywhere in the park! Please join us in thanking the Lord for His mercy and protection.

Sequoia

Pine Undermined, Prayer Chapel Buried

8

Pine Ave

Mock Disaster

Amid the Chaos Campers Make life-changing Decisions

February On February 25, 2011, another deluge inundated our already-saturated ground. Behind Pine Lodge a cluster of redwood trees broke away and slid down the slope, burying Meditation Chapel and covering Sequoia Trail. Worse, the soil they pulled away undermined the foundation of Pine Lodge. While there was little damage to the building, we will need to sink a new “deep pier” foundation along the back side, with an attached retaining wall. The County likes this proposal, and is expected to fast-track our permit process. Please pray with us that we can complete this work by September.

In January they had completed extensive training for just such an emergency! Working seamlessly with PG&E and with excavation and tree crews, they had the road cleared and reOpened in 28 hours!

The BEST NEWS is that amid all the “chaos” God brought new life. At a stormy Redwood Camp March 11–13, during Junior Getaway for 4th through 6th graders, 14 kids gave their lives to Jesus! While “all creation groans and suffers” (Rom.8:22), still God is transforming lives. Praise the Lord. Junior Getaway

Repairs & Insurance Slide at Pine

Repairing all this damage will cost Mount Hermon nearly $600,000. Though mostly covered by our property insurance, we expect substantial premium increases over the next five years. We’re also confident God will provide for this through you, His faithful stewards. Please pray with us for this as well. Thank you! 9


canada COMPASSION

finland WORLDVISION

united kingdom COMPASSION spain COMPASSION morocco REACHGLOBAL

netherlands COMPASSION germany COMPASSION

cyprus REACHGLOBAL algeria REACHGLOBAL

mexico WORLDVISION

north asia REACHGLOBAL middle east REACHGLOBAL iran REACHGLOBAL

togo REACHGLOBAL

liberia REACHGLOBAL

peru WORLDVISION

brazil WORLDVISION

chile WORLDVISION

angola WORLDVISION

mozambique WORLDVISION zambia WORLDVISION zimbabwe WORLDVISION

bolivia WORLDVISION

asia REACHGLOBAL

south asia REACHGLOBAL

dominican republic WORLDVISION

columbia WORLDVISION

russia federation WORLDVISION

southeast asia REACHGLOBAL

philippines REACHGLOBAL singapore WORLDVISION indonesia WORLDVISION

south africa WORLDVISION

australia WORLDVISION COMPASSION

guest group global impact new zealand WORLDVISION COMPASSION

by Murphy Felton

In a world where the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few, Mount Hermon has become a place where mission organizations come to do the business of ministry. These organizations may come for a few days, but the global repercussions of what they accomplish impact the Kingdom for eternity.

“Working with organizations like REACH Global, World Vision, Compassion International, and many others is remarkable,” said Conference Services Manager Sharon Renwick. “These are ministries that leave here and go out into the world in ways we can’t even comprehend. “ These organizations come not only to do the business of ministry, but to be renewed as well. Then, as they go back out into the field, the impact of the ministry of Mount Hermon goes with them . In just this last year, a missionary, embedded deep in the Underground

Church in Tehran, came for a few days and left rejuvenated and energized to go back and continue ministering to those in an oppressed land. Mission Councils gathered to seek God’s wisdom on where each of their missionaries should be stationed. Financial Directors of a world-wide mission organization used their “time away” to pray through how to best distribute the faith contributions all over the world. Many of these national organizations could easily fill a hotel or another conference space, but make it a point to come to Mount Hermon. “Our staff

truly understands and lives out the ministry of hospitality,” said Renwick. “We come along side sharing the same heart and purpose of Christian Ministry.” “We as a staff are praying for them even before they get here, when they arrive we take the time to pray with them. We’re in this together, because we’re all part of the kingdom. We always hear back from the leadership how our prayer times together were a meaningful part of the conference for them. We’re here for ministry and they really get that.”

Murphy Felton keeps it real in the Creative Services Department. Our newest full-time staff member, she has seamlessly hit her stride. 10

11


A Journey Planned

by Craig Thompson

Growing up, I remember the first time my parents asked me to consider going to camp. A friend from church had invited me to join him for a week at Ranch Camp at Kidder Creek and reluctantly I agreed. Upon arriving I grew cold feet and changed my mind. My parents convinced me to stay, having driven the three hours from Chico to drop me off. (I believe that there was crying involved.) Still, with friendly people everywhere,

My counselor’s name was Jon, my horse was Thunder—and the week was revolutionary for my faith.

surrounded by a breathtaking natural backdrop, and lots of horses and apples- something smelled fishy. My counselor’s name was Jon, my horse was Thunder—and the week was revolutionary for my faith. Growing up going to Sunday school every week and even attending youth group, I had somehow missed the Gospel message. Jon began talking to me about salvation and he described his personal relationship with Jesus Christ—something that I did not have. While at camp that first week, I experienced God’s majesty, his beauty, and his wonder. For the first time, I truly felt his love. I asked Jon question after question, and he patiently stayed awake late into the night talking and helping me understand. At one point, he asked me if I would surrender my life to Christ. I said no — I wasn’t ready yet. On Friday, my parents drove up from Chico to retrieve me. Having last seen me in such despair, they were no doubt surprised to hear me beg to stay another week. Timberline High Adventure was taking place the following week and there was

Craig and his wife Jen at their wedding in 2011

nowhere else I’d rather be. Unbelievably, my parents agreed, and by God’s design, Jon was my counselor again. It was during that second week that God ushered me into a lasting relationship with him. Every summer since, I have spent at Kidder Creek in one way or another. As soon as I was allowed, I was trained as a river guide and spent four summers on the Klamath.

There was something about being on staff that felt different. My faith was growing. On the river, we used to wake up around 5:00 or 5:30AM to cook breakfast for anywhere from 20-80 people, on a propane stove smaller than an average coffee table. When breakfast was served we’d scarf our meal and head down to pump up the rafts, preparing for a day on the water talking about Jesus. Around noon we’d pull off the river, make lunch, then raft until 5:00PM, at which time we’d load the rafts, drive back to camp, make dinner, clean camp, do the dishes, and get to sleep around 9:00PM. I remember days when my head would hit the ground and the only thing that overcame my exhaustion was the excitement to do it all again the next day. There is something about serving with your last ounce of energy that is beautiful. In 2008 I graduated from college and drove up to Kidder Creek for “one last

summer.” But there was something about the area that beckoned me to stay, and I was given the opportunity to join the fulltime staff. I accepted, and moved up to the Scott Valley where I’ve spent the last two years serving as the Program Director. During that time I’ve begun to realize that it isn’t retreating to nature, or serving on staff, or moving to the valley that is worth the giving of our lives. Rather it is our God who has a journey specifically planned for each one of us. We can allow any number of things to get in between us and that plan, but when our King is allowed to lead us in that journey, he puts our souls at peace. He makes it difficult, he takes us to the edge, and he always, always, catches us when we fall; and as we let him, God places us back on the trail that he has cut and it is in those challenges that God does his best work in us.

Craig Thompson has been a program director, marketing director and river guide for Kidder Creek. He and his new bride, Jen, are enjoying their new life together with their dog “Graci.” 12

13


J

ack was born in Turlock, California, and moved with his family to Minneapolis at age 8. It was at age 12 at a church camp that Jack first saw some guys playing guitars and leading singing. Jack took one wideeyed look at those guitars and said, “WOW! I gotta do that!” So he did.

25 Years of Stories & Entertainment He’s a pied piper to the kids, a genuine troubadour and minstrel, an “Old-time Song-strummin’ Storyman.” His legendary “Monster Minnesota Mosquitoes” tales were once so convincing that, upon landing at the Minneapolis airport, one young Day Camper told his parents, “I’m NOT gettin’ off the plane!” Jack Pearson has been inspiring and delighting both young and old alike at Mount Hermon now for 25 years!

His dad (hoping Jack would lose interest and quit) bought him a “terrible $20 guitar”—and Jack LOVED it! When his skills improved, Jack took the thing to a music store to trade it for a new guitar. The merchant asked Jack, “you PLAY that guitar?!?,” but gave him $5 toward a new one, and Jack’s career was launched. Along the way Jack learned banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, piano, jaw harp and nose flute. A mentoring high school teacher encouraged Jack to use his talents to entertain and instruct young people. And he has! Jack first came to Mount Hermon at the recommendation of a friend, who suggested he contact Ken Harrower. Ken carefully told Jack, “what we do here is craft memorable family experiences.” Jack responded, “Uuh—YEAH! I do that.” And he DOES! In 1986 Jack came for just one week of Family Camp—a trial gig that’s now grown into an all-summer-every-summer tradition that’s impacted and blessed families for two generations. Often at Mount Hermon Jack will be entertaining the children of parents who themselves had sat enthralled at his feet as he taught them to play the kazoo. Jack describes his interactions, both with these thousands of families and with Mount Hermon, as “a spiritual relationship.” Initially, Jack met his wife Nancy at age 12—at that same church camp where those first guitars clearly caught his attention more than she had! Reacquainted in college, he and Nancy began their duet, which became a Quartet in “Gee!—Major!” with the addition of son Peter and daughter Kari. Both kids “grew up at camp” as the family all joined Jack for several summers at Mount Hermon. Jack makes living come alive—whether fiddlin’ at Pancake Ridge, singing the wonders of Velcro, or for 16 summers mentoring a young boy’s development into a church worship leader. In his 25 years ministering to Mount Hermon kids and families, Jack has modeled a clear gospel message—that “power of God for salvation” (Rom. 1:16) that’s been the core of Mount Hermon’s ministry for 106 years. It’s the truth of the Word, the love of the Savior, and all of you that keeps Jack coming “back to his Mount Hermon home.” Jack has recorded nearly twenty albums for kids and families alike, and travels extensively performing full-time. His website is ottertunity.com

by Don Broesamle

15


The “War Room” by Lisa Olson

E

ach spring our Program Team spends many hours in our “War Room,” a magnificent space with three walls of whiteboards reaching floor to ceiling—the only furniture a long table and rolling chairs. Some days the walls are covered with a dozen marker colors creating huge diagrams looking like anything from giant spiders with dozens of legs, to brainstorming trees yielding fruit of crazy characters, stage sets, plot lines for skits, or never-beforeplayed games. Other days the colors diagram Bible narratives and verses, with map trails leading to morning devotions, small group dialogue questions, or counselor-led studies for campers of varying ages. The walls become a life-size spreadsheet when depicting our weekly family camp schedules, the parallel schedules of four simultaneous Redwood Camp programs, or a staff training week overview.

The War Room can be used by any of our staff. It has hosted meetings for our Innovation Task Force, marketing campaigns and emergency preparedness training. If anything calls for brainstorming —for capturing and sorting the thoughts of a brain trust—the War Room is ready. I enjoy dropping in at the end of a day, turning 360 degrees, and simply appreciating the creativity, imagination and intellect of those programmers and others who have filled the space. The “wall art” these War Room sessions produce is usually photographed with smart phones and downloaded for later color reproduction. Flip charts, eat your heart out! This year’s boards have revealed an amazing summer ahead! Campers at Redwood Camp will be ‘choosing their own adventure,’ wending their way to safety

through a redwood jungle, attempting to accomplish their mission despite their unfortunate plane crash in the forest. Daily choices will show them again and again the power and sovereignty of God. Ponderosa Lodge will become a metropolis besieged by villains. Who but a cadre of ‘Super-Normals’ could save the day? As campers are immersed in the chaos of battle they will be able to engage the book of Daniel, and come face-to-face with a Super-Normal from the Bible who understood the power of his God. These are a few glimpses of our fun summer themes and the curriculum we’ll be illustrating. The War Room whiteboards also yield spectacular new experiences for our Conference Center guests. This year’s Family Campers will enjoy Discovery

Grove, a brand new adventure challenge course specifically designed for six- to twelve-year-old campers. Our larger Sequoia Challenge Course is a worldclass interactive experience for multiple generations, where campers must be 54” tall to safely complete the course transfers. But the Discovery Grove is designed for young adventurers to tackle with an older sibling or parent. It’s sure to be a hit! Our time at the War Room boards runs the gamut of delving into Scripture, grappling with limited resources, designing creative spaces, doodling, dreaming, drawing and planning schedules, games, and worship experiences. All is bathed in prayer, with you the guest at the forefront of our considerations.

Lisa Olson Director of Program Ministries and Marketing, is looking forward to her sixth summer at Mount Hermon just as much as her first summer in camping, almost 30 years ago!

16

17


A NEW week-long conference for those wanting to make an impact

a legacy creating August 22–26, 2011

featuring

Have you heard that each and every day for the next fifteen years 10,000 people will turn sixty-five? The boomers are in an amazing time of life, that crest where wisdom and maturity meet enthusiasm and energy. At Mount Hermon, we want to be right there with you, creating experiences that stimulate and challenge, taking you one step closer to Jesus. A new event offered this August is for men, women, singles, couples, parents, and grandparents— whoever wants to be in a position to influence the next generations of leaders in our culture and in the church.

a new model

Chuck Swindoll

A new model for an adult conference at Mount Hermon, the Creating a Legacy Conference, is a cross between a great spiritual retreat and a training event. Guests will choose from one of four major morning tracks to learn in-depth how to tell their stories, parent their adult children, pass on values to younger generations, and how to provide and protect resources to create a financial legacy.

specific seminars Bill Butterworth

sherwood carthan

18

Elective seminars will teach how to trace your genealogy, living fit after 50, marriage in the empty nest, challenges of blended families, caring for aging parents, and more. Chuck Swindoll and Bill Butterworth, along with a host of incredible faculty members, are excited to bring you this fresh new summer conference. See our website for details and make your reservations early for best choices of accommodations.

mounthermon.org/legacy

Our Place For Repair & Renewal by Murphy Felton

Throughout the year, stories come flooding in of how God meets people and transforms lives at Mount Hermon. For many, Mount Hermon has become more than just a destination, but rather a home away from home.

“We have attended Family Camp for 25 consecutive summers,” said Gil and Sue Mellis. “We feel that Mount Hermon is our place of repair and renewal each year.” Over the years, the Mellis’ have watched as God worked in the lives of their daughters, both of whom served on summer staff. One daughter even met her husband here. “Mount Hermon has meant so much to us over the years. Sue experienced significant spiritual growth during her two years as a counselor at Redwood. We honeymooned at Mount Hermon. We have seen our lives changed, and the lives of many others as well. Our lives would not be the same without Mount Hermon.” Those experiences moved Gil and Sue to be more involved at Mount Hermon. In 1998, they decided to become Associates, a group of Mount Hermon “Faithfuls” who year after year invest back into the ministry of Mount Hermon.

“Being an Associate provides us the opportunity to know what is going on behind the scenes so that we can know how to pray more specifically”

“Every athlete on a Super Bowl winning team gets a ring, but it means so much more to those who actually played in the game,” said Gil. “To us, being an Associate means we get to be on the field as an active part of the game- an opportunity to influence the game, and to give back what we have received.” Associates are a part of the “family” who know the ministry of Mount Hermon and are likewise known by those who serve here. “Being an Associate provides us the opportunity to know what is going on behind the scenes so that we can know how to pray more specifically” said Gil. “We hear wonderful stories of answered prayer, and are so blessed to join with others whose hearts are also committed to prayer. We are blessed to be a blessing.” Learn more about Associates at mounthermon.org/associates 19


Book of Remembrance LEON ACCORNE

Gertrude Corcoran Ron and Jacquie Demolar Fred Hawkinson Kunio Yamanishi

TED ANDERSON Harry & Shirley Barton

PAUL APPLING Alice Sodergren

ABE BARTSCH Rebecca Bartsch

MATT BREWER

Erik & LaVonne Eichner

PEARL CARROLL Don & Linda Broesamle Eugene Carroll

VERA COMPTON

Darryl & Carolyn Compton

CHARLES COOK

Ron and Jacquie Demolar Ken and Mari Harrower

JAMES CROSS

Bill and Sharon Klippenstein

MARGUERITE CULCASI Marilyn Severns

PERCY & ADA FRANCES DAWSON Matthew Mahoney

HERMAN DOST Lucille Brooks

WALTER DEN DULK Ed and Lorie Machado Ron and Karen Smits

MARY LEE ELDER Chuck & Barbara Byrnes Gerald Elder Frank & Betty Willems

JOHN FIZTGERALD Darryl & Carolyn Compton

CARLTON FURNBERG Sandy Anaya William and Anne Anaya Frances Killough Jerrold Lindhal John Shook Arleen Wood

GEORGE, RUTH & DAVID GILCHRIST Steve & Terree Gilchrist

20

MARTHA GILLESPIE Sharon Foster Patricia Yoxall

RUDY GITSTEIN Arlyss Lilley

HELEN GRIFFITH Virginia Wardle

FRED GROMETER Ivan and Nancy Joffer

BOB GRUNIGEN Bill & Sally Russ

WILLIAM D. GWINN (BILL) Bill and Sharon Cree

SCOTT HALVERSON Bill and Sharon Cree

ADELE HILL

Roger & Norma Gintert Walt & Lynnette Maynes Dick & Shari Mills

VALEREE SUE HOFFMAN Barrett & Regis Anderson Carla & Larry Bjork Ed & Jeanne Blackwell Rob & Nancy Faisant Cheerie Howse Jim & Trish Lassart Eric & Jennifer Quan Bill & Sally Russ

DAVID HOLMES Wayne & Penny Kehus

DOROTHY HORNER David Horner Lee Horner Scott Horner Cyndi Trenery Amy Willis

ESTHER K. HUGHES Fred & Marilyn Miller Earl & Ruth Sutherland Helen Venn

FRANK HURLING Barbara Henry

OLGA IBONIE Ibonie Family

KENNETH KRUG

MAYNARD MUNGER

ROSE RUTLEY

WILLMA LAFFERTY

GEORGE NAYLOR

CHARLES RUTTER

KEN LANGE

KRISTY ANN NELSON

BRIAN RYZEBOL

NORRIS T. NELSON

HELEN MARIE SANDERS

LINDA NELSON

JOE & LIZ SAUBERT

EVELYN NICHOLS

WILLIAM SELLING

Ray & Barbara Larsen

Earl & Ruth Sutherland Jeanine Lange Peek

ARLYSS LILLEY

David & Ardeen Bogaard Don & Linda Broesamle Bruce & Barbara Burman Ron & Jacquie Demolar Mary Gerdes Janice Gitstein Barbara Grensted Lifestar Springfield & Vidalia GA J.R. & Laurie Loofbourrow Walt & Lynette Maynes

CLARENCE (LINDY) LINSTRUM Ron & Sandy Cashion Earl & Ruth Sutherland Doug Weiss

DON LUND

James & Carolynn Sias

ELDON LUNDBERG Ed & Marilyn Hayes

JOSEPHINE LUNDBERG Ron & Jacquie Demolar Earl & Ruth Sutherland

WALTER LUSK

Harriett Steinhaus-Dick Dick Lesan Walt & Lynette Maynes Mary Warkentin

LOIS MCDILL Laurel Gephart

LUCILLE MAC DOUGALL Bruce & Barbara Burman

LEE MCCLEARY James & Carrie Bailey Lucille Brooks

DR. SAMUEL R. & LOIS MCDILL Laurel Gephart

BEVERLY JOHNSON

CALVIN MONCRIEFF

CARL JOHNSON

FRANK MORRIS

The Campos Family

Ed & Marilyn Hayes Fred & Marilyn Miller

RUTH KYLE

Fred & Marilyn Miller

BOOK OF

Jim & Bev Linman Marjory Morris

ERMA MUNGER Burt & Marie Busk

Burt & Maris Busk Barbara Henry

Bill & Sally Russ

Crystal & David Downing Brian & Paula Dunlop

Bill and Sharon Cree Barbara Grensted Bob and Arleen Hulsey Vanita Walters

Erik & LaVonne Eichner Mark & Joan Folden Tom & Lynn Tos David Sanders

John & Lori Saubert

Ed & Wendy Beidleman

KENNETH SKOVMAND Jim & Marlene Jessup

JAMES NUNES

DWIGHT SMALL

SYDNEY OSENGA

MARGARET SMITH

Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church Howard Blower Don & Linda Broesamle Bill & Sharon Cree Ron & Jacquie Demolar Linda Farrell Mary Gerdes Barbara Grensted Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Jon & Eva Haro Etta Kibby J.R. & Laurie Loofbourrow Duke McCluskey Anita Monteith Rosemarie Pecanic

GLORIANNE PERSINGER Debby & Brian Millhouse Nancy Torgerson

JASON PICKETT Mildred McNulty

CARRIE QUALE

Ron & Jacquie Demolar

IRENE RATHE

Bill and Sharon Cree Don & Cynthia Hanenburg Fred Hawkinson Bob & Arleen Hulsey Bonnie Kealoha Cathleen Lynch Dwight & Betty Solberg William & Patricia Stocker Earl & Ruth Sutherland Virginia Wardle

VICTOR & JEAN RUNDLE Bill & Amy Rundle

Lloyd & Hansi Swenson

Darryl & Carolyn Compton

JAMES STEELE Marilyn Watson

MARILYN STEVENSON John & Winnie Crew

FAY STIEGLITZ Ardith Thompson

CARL STILWELL

Don & Linda Broesamle Bill & Sharon Cree Ron & Jacquie Demolar Wyman & Ellie Dodd Larry & Shirley Esau Lucille Greer Bob & Arleen Hulsey Arlyss Lilley William & Iris Maize Walt & Lynnette Maynes John & Lori Saubert Earl & Ruth Sutherland

ART SUELTZ

Jim & Mary Crawford

JANIE SUTTON Bill and Sally Russ

WILLIAM WALTERS Wilma Erlandson Arlyss Lilley

TOM WEBENBAUER Mark & Marilyn Markham

NADINE WHITE Mark & Joan Folden

HONOR CLARK WRIGHT David & Becky Wright

MaRTHA ALLEN Steve & Paula Reynolds

VIOLA COLLINS (100TH BIRTHDAY) Nelda Olson

RON DEMOLAR Russell & Ginger Arnold

LARRY & SHIRLEY ESAU John & Lori Saubert

KEITH & TERRY LACOMB Samuel & Mary Ellen Pitts

CHARLES & EMILLE PYLE (70TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY) Ransom & Linda Pyle

JOHN & CHARLOTTE RATHJE Steve & Debbie Rodrigues

PHILIP REYNOLDS Steve & Paula Reynolds

ROGER REYNOLDS Steve & Paula Reynolds

LOWELL & CHRIS WELTY Nelda Olson

JERRY & DOLORES WITHERS (60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY) Don & Linda Broesamle To make Book of Remembrance/ Honor gifts, include person’s name, “in memory” or “in honor,” name and address to notify of your gift, and mail with check (payable to Mount Hermon Assoc.) to: Book of Remembrance, Box 413, Mount Hermon 95041. Due to print deadlines, your recent gift may appear in our next issue. 21


Book Your Next Event at Mount Hermon

Upcoming Events Events held at Conference Center unless otherwise noted.

where there’s a facility to suit every need

11 12–18 18 19–25 25 26–Jul 1 26–Jul 2

June

July

2 3–9 9 10–16 16 17–23 23 24–30 30 31–Aug 6

August 6 7–13 22–26 26–28

Contact Sharon at sharon.renwick@mounthermon.org | mounthermon.org

Ponderosa Lodge

Classic Camp Experience

Conference Center Full Service Excellence

Redwood Camp Rustic/Historic

Ken Medema Concert Family Camp Week 1 The King’s Brass Concert Family Camp Week 2 Jack Pearson Concert Family Camp Week 3 | Lake Tahoe J.E.M.S. Family Camp Steve Green Concert Family Camp Week 4 Los Angeles Collaboration Concert Family Camp Week 5 Buddy Greene Concert Family Camp Week 6 Marty Goetz Concert Dallas Theological Seminary Family Camp Week 7 Fernando Ortega Concert Family Camp Week 8 Celebration Choir Concert Family Camp Week 9 Creating a Legacy Conference Hispanic Family Camp

September 2–5 9–11 16–18 30–Oct 2 30–Oct 2

Labor Day Family Camp Men’s Bootcamp Revolution | Ponderosa Lodge Dads & Daughters | Redwood Camp Fall Women’s Retreat I | Ponderosa Lodge

October 6 7–9 14–16 18–20 21–23 21–23

save time save trees Give Regularly Give online

mounthermon.org/give

Hymn Sing Recess Youth Worker’s Retreat | Ponderosa Lodge Fall Men’s Retreat I | Ponderosa Lodge Fall Adult Conference Moms & Sons | Redwood Camp Fall Men’s Retreat II | Ponderosa Lodge

November 4–6 4–6 11–13 11–13 24–27

Women’s Reflective Retreat I Fall Frenzy I (Junior High) | Ponderosa Lodge Women’s Reflective Retreat II Fall Frenzy II (Junior High) | Ponderosa Lodge Thanksgiving Family Camp

December 1 2–4 8–11 9–11 15–18

Hymn Sing Winter Weekend I (High School) | Ponderosa Lodge Christmas Concerts & Buffets, Craft Boutique Winter Weekend II (High School) | Ponderosa Lodge Christmas Concerts & Buffets, Craft Boutique

mounthermon.org

Visit for more information on SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS and upcoming events.

Make a “one time” gift or sign up for automatic monthly contributions using a credit card or electronic funds transfer from your checking account. It’s easy! 23


888.MH.CAMPS

po box 413 mount hermon, ca 95041

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Mount Hermon Association, Inc.

GIVEHOPE GIVEL I F E GIVELOVE GIVECAMP find out more at mounthermon.org/331 Copyright Š 2011 Mount Hermon Christian Camps & Conference Center PO Box 413 Mount Hermon, California 95041 (831)335-4466 Fax (831)335-9218 mounthermon.org About Mount Hermon is a non-profit, interdenominational and evangelical center dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through year-round camps and conferences. Roger E. Williams, Executive Director. Cover Winter Storm Josh Bootz Upcoming events Redwood

Camp Girls & Boxing Carissa Lemos | Celebrating Rafting Sucess John Ricketts

The LOG is a biannual publication, printed on 80lb Grays Harbor 100% recycled FSC certified paper with a smooth finish, by Sentinel Printers, Santa Cruz, CA. It is graciously processed for mailing by our many Action Ministries volunteers who support Mount Hermon through their efforts.

LOG Staff Executive Editor Lisa Olson

A digital version of The LOG is available at mounthermon.org.

Production Coordinator Murphy Felton

Managing Editor Don Broesamle Graphic Designer Josh Bootz Assistant Layout Katie McIntosh

Copy Editors Murphy Felton Cindy Ritchie Debbie Franick Photographers Cris Mendoza Carissa Lemos Dan Dawson Erik Schappert John Ricketts Josh Bootz

LOG May 2011  

Mount Hermon's LOG color

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you