SOUTH MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN CAMP Winter/Spring 2009 Volume 9, Issue 1
The Mountain Star Inside this issue: Ten Most Wanted
Construction on the Elli Will Lodge is nearing completion. We hope to have this lodge finished sometime this Spring.
Camp Scholarship Notes: • 600 children will come to camp this summer. • 500 campers will ask for financial assistance. • Many will accept Christ for the first time, and others will rededicate their lives! • For just $150 you can give a child the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ! Details on page 3
Captain O.A. Fish, Retired Eastern Airlines Camp Founder/President
Recently I had a dream. In the dream I was making a presentation about our Camp in a church setting. After I had finished my presentation, a gentleman (in my dream he was a total stranger) stood up and began making an appeal for funds to establish a “South Mountain Christian Camp Scholarship Endowment.” The dream was very vivid, and I continue to ponder its meaning. It’s been nearly four decades since God spoke to my heart in the late 1960’s while I was reading Luke 18:16. “…let the little children come unto me, for such as these belong the kingdom of God.” A vision was born. From the beginning, it was clear to Charlotte and me that the Camp He was calling us to build should never turn a child away because they could not afford to pay. This summer will mark 35 years of operation, and we have remained faithful to this calling. About 80% of the thousands of campers who have attended fell into this category. Not one child has been turned away because of a lack of money. At the beginning of each new camping season, we book every bed by faith with no respect to the camper’s ability to pay. Priority is based on the date we receive the applications—nothing else. We totally depend on God for His divine appointments in bringing children to Camp according to His purpose. During the early years of South Mountain Christian Camp, contributions began to arrive designated to help cover the cost of needy campers. Thus our scholarship fund was formed. We then started putting out a brochure so that donors could know our average cost per camper. Many have responded to this great need, and for that we are deeply grateful. The truth is, however, we have never had a year when there were enough scholarships to cover the cost. To make up the difference, we have to divert money from the general fund. This means that building projects and maintenance needs often have to go on hold. We praise God though, that he has always made a way and has enabled us to operate all these years debt free! Continued on page 2
Summer Camp Forecast
Steve Collins Program Director
“It’s time for Plan B!” When you hear someone say those words, it can bring mixed emotions. You might feel disappointed that Plan A failed, but you have hope that Plan B will have a different outcome. Unfortunately, many people believe that Jesus was God’s Plan B. They think God’s intention was for us to live under the Law, but when we couldn’t do it, He was forced to send Jesus to die. But I believe that, before He ever created people, God knew we would sin. And He knew it would cost His Son’s life to redeem us. I believe that was His plan from the beginning. It is the greatest love story ever told. God wanted us so badly that He created us, even when He knew the cost would be so high. This summer we’ll be discovering the secret truth about Jesus—that he was, in fact, Plan A. The theme is called “TRUTH ADVENTURES.” We’ll mix in a little “Indiana Jones” flavored fun with skits, puppets, activities, and more, but it will all be in pursuit of the truth about Christ. Our key verse is Colossians 2:2b-3, “They will know fully the secret truth of God. That truth is Christ himself. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him.” We’re going to look deeply into the scriptures to find the clues and evidence that point to the secret truth. We’ll discover that Jesus was the fulfillment of God purpose and plan from the very beginning. All of the evidence, and all of the clues, point to Him! He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Him.
Ten Most Wanted
Construction continues on the Elli Will Lodge. This lodge will include 28 beds and indoor bath facilities.
In our last Ten Most Wanted list we requested a new sink for our cafeteria. Special thanks to Pat Herron for meeting this need. We also requested playground equipment. Read Steve’s Story to see how this need was met.
Following is a list of the top ten items needed by SMCC . These are in addition to our month-to-month expenses. Study the list and prayerfully consider contributing to any of these items.
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Special thanks to Boyce & Geri Randall who donated a 1997 Dodge 1500 pickup truck. What a blessing!
Tractor (40 horsepower minimum).
Twelve-foot mowing deck.
Electric golf cart(s) (to reduce traffic on Camp).
Heavy-duty portable basketball goal for gym.
Heavy-duty volleyball standards for gym.
Our annual Appreciation Banquet and Open House is coming up on May 2nd. We would love to see you there.
150 plastic stackable chairs for cafeteria.
Heavy-duty chain saw.
We have a new website! You can now visit us online at SouthMountainChristianCamp.org where you can find camp applications, employment info, and much more.
10 sets of vertical window blinds for office building.
Commercial-quality air hockey table for game room.
10. Volunteers needed for cafeteria, office, cleaning, etc.
Jo Hoselton Office Manager
Our banquet is a special time for me. It’s like planning a party for all our friends. Our “party” this year is going to be on Saturday May 2, 2009. I think about the work that goes into getting ready and I marvel at how God gives everyone what is needed to put it all together. There are many wonderful businesses in the area that graciously donate money to the camp, so we can
provide a great meal for everyone and we will gladly support them. I really enjoy everything about the banquet, but most of all I enjoy seeing and talking with each of you. It’s just a wonderful time for us to visit together and to thank you for all you have done. Bring your smile and come spend the evening with us.
Captain’s Corner (continued from page 1) So why the need for a scholarship endowment? Well, over the years, in addition to ministering to needy campers, we have been expanding and improving the facilities so that we can host churches and other groups in the off season. Soon we should have the ability to host large enough groups so that the user fees collected will cover our off-season operating expenses. This means that, if we could cover all the needed scholarships each summer, then the total user fees would meet operating expenses year-round. This will free up undesignated donations to go toward expanding and improving the Camp to meet future needs. We have a board of directors who all share our vision that no camper gets turned away because they cannot afford to pay. We also share in the hope that, as our facilities are improved to meet the camping needs of the Christian community, the Camp will become self-sufficient. That is outside of our sum-
mer program geared to minister to needy children). Over several years we have ended the summer season in the red by an average of 15 to 20 thousand dollars. A scholarship endowment could assure the meeting of this need. The South Mountain Christian Camp Scholarship Endowment is a dream. But with God, dreams do come true. The present reality is that for the upcoming summer we will need about $75,000 to cover the needed scholarships (about 500 campers, at $150 per camper). As you know, we are facing hard times, and we expect a rise in the number of requests for scholarships. We need your help in getting the word out. Maybe you are a member of a Sunday School class or Bible study group, or a social organization that would be interested in investing in the life of a needy child. One of the things that I am doing is recycling aluminum cans. I hope to provide at least one scholarship through the sale of these cans. Please pray for us that God will fully meet this need.
Special Gifts received 9/2/08-3/01/09 IN MEMORY OF... • Beth Godfrey by Mr & Mrs Ray Haynes • Louise Holman by Mr & Mrs Gary Thorson • Stella Henson by John Clower • Barbara Caton by Mr & Mrs Eric Kothmann • Paul & Bonnie Danforth by Mr & Mrs Carter Thornsbury • Barbara Caton by Mr & Mrs Randy Reynolds • Billy & Mildred Poole by Sharon Johnson • Ernie Gunder by Ruth Gunder • Barbara Caton by Mr & Mrs Russell Caton • Jimmy Hefner by Louella Hefner • Beth by Joyce Desantis • David Jones by CJ Dawes • Dee Dee Deakin by Mr & Mrs Nehemiah Parah • Wanda Bridges by Bryan Bridges • Matthew Bright by Joyce Desantis • David Miller by Mr & Mrs Carl Woodward • Lula Bauman by Mr & Mrs Jeffery Hamrick
IN HONOR OF… • Witesides, Haulks, Ruppes by Mr & Mrs George Anderson • Andersons, Prolansols, Fairchilds by Mr & Mrs OA Fish • Harry & Jo Hoselton by Mr & Mrs Caroline Baynard • Godfreys & DeBrules by Barbara Shuford • Lib Godfrey by Mary Costner • Mr & Mrs Stephan Huntington by JM Desantis • Pat Herron & Janice Thompson by Vivian Sitton • Alden & Annaleisa by Mr & Mrs Matt Kramer • Joe & Betty Busbin by Betty Hoyle • Roger & Edna Robinson by Mr & Mrs Christopher McCarthy
Camper Scholarship Response If you are interested in providing a full or partial scholarship for a child to attend camp this year, please complete this form and return.
Please check appropriate boxes: I want to provide _____ scholarship(s) at $150 each I want to provide a partial scholarship of $________ I am enclosing full payment of $________ I am enclosing $_________ now; balance to be paid later I will send entire payment of $_________ later Cut along dotted line to return this portion to office
Charlotte Fish Executive Director
I know I do not need to berate the state of the economy as we hear it all day long every time we turn on the radio or TV, plus our conversations daily with friends, co-workers and family. But here is what God says: Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” The key word is ALL. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. The wealth of the world is His and He desires to share it with His children.
Jen Collins Guest Group Coordinator
While I sat watching my son’s basketball practice last week, I was startled when a little body came running up to me. “Ms. Jen!” was all I heard before Katie*, gave me a huge hug and an even bigger smile. She was in her element that night as she ran around the gym playing with her friends. Katie periodically ran up to me to talk excitedly. “What are you doing here?! Where is your son?! Where is your daughter? When is her practice? I can’t wait for camp!! I love camp!! I can’t wait for camp this year.!!”
From the very beginning here on the Camp, we look to God to meet our needs. We do not go in debt by borrowing money. Everything on the Camp is paid for. All the projects are His and we thank Him each day. We look for God’s economy and not man’s.
I barely had time to answer one question before she’d ask me another one. Then she’d pop out of the seat to show me her basketball bouncing skills. Again she’d hop back into the seat beside me, give me another hug, and unleash another paragraph of questions as only a Katie-in-second-grade can do.
The Word tells us to train up a child in the ways of the Lord and that is the role the Camp plays in the lives of the children that do come here. We know that God desires that every child hears his message of love. Not only is the message presented to the child but also in such a way as to help equip them to share His message with their friends, family, school, and community in their everyday life.
This was the end of February and Katie is so excited about coming to camp that she “can’t wait!” About this time of year, Steve and I start to get that same kind of feeling—I can’t wait to see what God is planning for this year, to see who God brings to camp either as a staff, volunteer or participant. I can’t wait to get started on the decorations for our banquet and chapel stage. I can’t wait to start coloring the arts-and-crafts T-shirt (by the way, I didn’t wait- I have already started that one). I can’t wait to see how many miracles of provision God has in store for us. I can’t wait to see how many decisions for Christ will be made this year. I just can’t wait.
Of course all this work takes volunteers as well. If you would be interested in helping out in our office or cafeteria, please give us a call.
BANQUET INVITATION ENCLOSED
South Mountain Christian Camp 1129 South Mountain Road PO Box 9 Bostic, NC 28018-0009
Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Bostic, NC 28018 Permit No. 2
SouthMountainChristianCamp.org Phone: (828) 245-3322 Fax: (828) 245-1659 Email: email@example.com
Making a difference...one child at a time
ADDRESS SERVICES REQUESTED
Steve Collins Program Director
Downtime can be dangerous. When campers run out of things to do, you’d better find something for them to do, or else they will. We train our staff to look for quick and easy ways to keep campers occupied when they have a few minutes to kill before the next activity. Things like hacky-sacks and Frisbees can be great time-fillers for many kids. But for our younger campers, these activities often require too much skill.
belt swings, one trapeze with rings, one two-seat glider, a small climbing wall, a ramp, two ladders, and a wave slide.
For years I’ve thought it would be great to have a playground where these kids can stay busy and burn off some energy when they’re waiting for the next event. A playground is a great way for them to have fun while working on their basic motor skills. Unfortunately when I checked into the price of playground equipment, the cost was prohibitive.
One of the greatest blessings to me is that the playset stands in memory of Lula Bauman, who passed away recently and in honor of Alden and Annaleisa Kramer who were born last year. The thought of this makes me wonder how many generations of campers will enjoy its benefits in the years to come.
The playset is situated near the ballfields, just a short distance from the picnic shelter and bathrooms. It’s the perfect location to be enjoyed by campers waiting for our evening camp games to begin, and also for groups who rent the area for church picnics.
But God has a way of accomplishing the impossible, and He did so through our supporters. We received financial gifts from First United Methodist Church of Forest City, Covenant Advisory Group, Jeff & Donna Hamrick and Matt & Michelle Kramer which enabled us to purchase a new playground which was installed by Mayse Manufacturing last month. The playset is manufactured by Woodplay and is the largest set they make. It is made from redwood and blends in perfectly with the outdoor setting of camp. The set includes two roof-covered towers (the taller of which is called the treehouse) connected by a burma bridge. Also included are two
The new redwood playset at SMCC
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