|GVR Summer Camps Aim to Model Christian Experience » Seeing a photographer approach them, the two girls, Laila and Lyla, wave and smile. “Do you need some help to get your canoe out of the weeds?” I ask. “Thank you. No need. We got stuck, but we will get out of it,” says Laila. I snapped a few photos, and watched them work hard to pull their canoe into the open water on Minnie Lake, joining half a dozen other canoes. On the shore, a camp assistant watches as the campers sort out their predicament, as expected.
Laila and Lyla are among 93 campers referred to as 8-11 year-old Cub II campers. A random survey of the campers reveals that “this is the best camp I have been to,” most citing horse riding, arts, canoeing and skits as their favorites. Isabella from Highlands and Lindsey from Denver, who refer to themselves as “best friends”, challenge each other whether or not it is the nature center that tops their list.
Other members of the camp staff list similar “most enjoyable camp features,” but add spiritual activities coordinated by Laura Groessel from Brighton as being the most rewarding. With 60 percent of the campers having a limited religious experience, morning and evening worships, an Agape service, and plays based on Bible stories, introduce them to being at a Seventh-day Adventist camp. “The creation story, what’s that?” asks one of the young campers.
The organizers* from the Rocky Mountain Conference youth department explain the importance of giving the young campers a “full experience at our camp,” and modeling who we, as Adventist Christians, are.
Steve Hamilton, RMC youth director, points to the quality of the team, all 74 of them, making a good ratio of service for the kids attending a week-long camping experience.
“From me, you’ve heard the saying, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” And we really sense that more this year than ever. This has really been an enjoyable time and it’s because of the people God has placed in our lives and the leadership,” Steve remarked.
The success of the camp is largely due to several weeks of detailed planning and preparation by Kiefer Dooley and his colleagues at the Denver office. “It was when I first got here, probably the two months heading into it, there was more stress than I’ve ever experienced in my life. Then [later] when I got to GVR, and the staff were here, to see the quality of the people we have working at summer camp makes a difference. It was rewarding to see other people benefitting,” Kiefer said.
When asked about the challenges, Kiefer does not shy away from explaining what they are, but prefers to list “a lot of coordinating, putting out fires here and there,” as “customer service, you know.” As for the kids, one staffer had a hard time listing the camp problems. “Oh, yes, there is a bit of home sickness when the kids get here,” she remarked, “but it passes quickly.
But one topic is not an issue for Kiefer and the camp stuff in 2017. “The food is better this year,” campers speak freely.
Since horse riding got top marks from several campers, I went to observe what it was that made a difference for many campers. Heidi Beierle from Arkansas is the chief wrangler, coordinating the activities with five other wranglers and 19 horses. Riding is the favorite activity kids enjoy, but a rodeo is the highlight of the week.
A visit to the stables gave me quotables for this short report. Asked whether any of the kids have fallen off their horses, Heidi responds that ”kids have not, but some of the staff have,” she laughs and her team of wranglers join in. As for a surprise, Heidi was quick to offer a bit of astonishment when “two boys asked to scoop the horse poop, though I suggested they brush their horses,” she said. No matter what activity topped the list for Hanna, a camp assistant from Maryland, for whom it was a third year at the GVR camp, “it was the best camp ever,” she said.
The week of June 18-25 will have an even bigger camp attendance at a Junior Camp with more than 140 kids participating. The camp staff expects to hear again, that “my friends here are awesome,” as Isabella added.
[Rajmund Dabrowski; photos by Ashton Kennedy (2, 4) and Rajmund Dabrowski (1,3)]
*The summer camp staff is coordinated by a team of Kiefer Dooley, Shannon Werner, Matt Moreland, and Steve Hamilton, together with Dan Hansen and the year-round Glacier View Ranch team.
Total Health Project Dedication Held in Peru » A new center of "influence and education" was dedicated by Centura Global Health Initiatives (GHI) and others on Wednesday, June 7. Local and regional government authorities, along with representatives of the project's strategic partners, celebrated the completion of the facility located in the Amazon basin of Peru. Castle Rock CEO Todd Folkenberg was among the delegation representing Centura at the ceremony.
The idea for a new approach to health education and prevention was conceived by GHI two years ago. Partner agreements between Centura Health, the Ministry of Health, the local government, Clinica Adventista Ana Stahl (GHI's partner hospital in Peru), and the Union University of Peru took several months to complete. Four university students in their final year of training--two in nursing, one in nutrition, and one psychology--were then selected to spend an entire academic year living in the village where the program is based. A nurse manager was employed to oversee the project and to reside with the students in the Amazon community. For the next academic year, two medical students are scheduled to join the team.
Focus areas for this first year of operations include programs designed to diminish the high rate of anemia among children five and under, and to reduce the number of teen pregnancies, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Future plans include replicating this program in other communities in the Amazon Basin using the experiences and lessons learned from this pilot project.
[Text and photo by Kim Kennedy]
Newday Invites You to Visit the Holy Land » Many times when reading the Bible, don't you wish you were in the places where Jesus walked and where Peter was catching fish? Dave Kennedy, pastor of Newday Church, can confirm that your Bible reading would be enhanced if you were given opportunity to visit the Holy Land. Rajmund Dabrowski, editor of NewsNuggets, asked Dave to explain. NewsNuggets: You are planning to lead an excursion to the Holy Land. What motivated you to organize it?
Dave Kennedy: My first trip to Israel was more impactful than I could have possibly imagined. I had heard from others who had gone how “you’ll never read the Bible the same again,” and how this trip “makes the Bible come alive.” Yet little did I realize how powerful this spiritual pilgrimage really was. At each site, our experienced guide would share historical background, and then the pastor would share Biblical teaching that was appropriate for that particular site. We would sing, pray and read Scripture together. It was like an 8-day, 3-D immersion into the Bible. My love for the Bible and my passion for Jesus were reignited. I returned with the commitment to bring as many people back as I could, so they too could experience what I had experienced.
NN: Are you covering the places from the stories of the Old and New Testament?
DK: Yes. Our tour starts in Joppa, goes through Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Nazareth, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, Masada and the Dead Sea, and of course, lots of time in Jerusalem. While the primary focus of the trip is the life of Jesus, we also will see many Old Testament sites and recount the stories of the prophets and kings.
NN: What features of the trip will ensure it becoming a spiritual pilgrimage?
DK: First and foremost, it will be covered in prayer. We will not only be praying before and during the trip, but we will also have teams of prayer partners lifting the participants up while they are in the Holy Land. Second, it will be entirely focused on Scripture. The Bible will be our main focus, and the teaching will be applicable and come from over 20 years of ministry experience. Just being there stirs something in the heart of a believer. When you add prayer, worship, and relevant Bible teaching, it is life changing.
NN: Are 8 days enough to cover such a vast area and history of Palestine?
DK: It really is. Palestine is a very small area. We work through the country in a very systematic way, going from site to site geographically. By the end of the 8 days, we will have seen a majority of the places where the Bible stories took place.
NN: When many people think about traveling to Israel, they are concerned about safety. Is that something to be concerned with?
DK: While travel is never risk free, Israel is a country that has security and safety as their highest values. And they do it well! Over three million people visit Jerusalem each year. During my time there, I was never concerned about safety nor did I worry about security.
NN: If someone is interested in joining you, what would they do to sign up?
DK: First, they should check their calendar and make sure they have September 3-11 free. Second, they should go to our website to get more information, or to register. We are intentionally limiting our group to 30 people so that it will be more intimate and easier to get around. We have 10 spots left, so if someone is thinking of joining us, I would encourage them to register soon before the trip is full. Again, this is a life changing, heart stirring, spirit-awakening trip. I’m praying that those whom God wants to come will hear the Spirit’s prompting and come!
For more information, visit our website: goo.gl/13GD6U
Pictured: Dave Kennedy sitting on the bank of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus and Peter had breakfast together after the resurrection (John 21), and Jerusalem, a view of the Western Wall. Photos courtesy of Dave Kennedy.
Western Slope Camp Will Meet August 2-6 »
For the second year, Western Slope churches are hosting a camp meeting at Mountain Top Retreat in Montrose. Attendance last year was excellent, with almost 200 on Sabbath. Located at 339 Bible Camp Road, Montrose, Colorado, Mountain Top Retreat's campground is open Monday through Sunday.
RV and tent sites are available on a first-come basis with a cost of $10/night. You're welcome to arrive early to enjoy the peace and beauty of the area.
Ron Price will present the 7 p.m. evening services (Wed/Thurs/Fri) under the theme, "Christ in You, the Hope of Glory: What is that all about?" The author of Play Nice in Your Sandbox at Work, Ron has spent 30 years as a professional mediator. Married for 36 years and with a Master's in counseling, he has been a relationship coach since 2017.
James Fox, former ministerial secretary, evangelism coordinator and personal ministries leader for the Wisconsin Conference, will speak Friday evening ("The Spectacle of You"), Sabbath morning ("Jesus, the Judgment, and You") , and Saturday night ("Living by Faith in the Last Days") all under the theme, "Being in Jesus in the Last Days."
The camp ground is 15 miles west of Montrose, next to a national forest with mountain recreational opportunities. Enjoy morning devotions at 7:00 a.m., afternoon seminars, and evening programs.
In these trying times, it is important to meet together for these annual convocations for the spiritual support these programs can give. We hope you can attend.
For more information, contact Fritz Krieger at
Franktown Church Ladies Gather Purses With a Purpose » The Women's Ministry ladies at the Franktown Church rallied to collect purses filled with useful items for women at Castle Rock Crisis Center.
Filled with lotion, feminine products, pens/pencils, note pads, shampoo, conditioner, other hair products, makeup, nail polish and perfume, the more than 100 purses they collected by last weekend will bless the ladies facing crisis.
RMC CAMP MEETINGS
Cowboy Camp Meeting » Cowboys at heart will meet on Forestry land about a mile past Silver Jack Reservoir from July 5-9 for Cowboy Camp Meeting. Delinda Hamilton will speak on the Gospel of the Stars and Amy Gane, on the Science of Creation. For more information, including detailed directions to camp meeting location, contact Adam Smith at 303-591-7277. Silver Jack Reservoir is located south of Cimarron, Colorado, on Interstate 50. Take Big Cimarron Road south into the Uncompahgre National Forest and watch for signs as you near Silver Jack Reservoir.
Wyoming Camp Meeting » Held at Mills Spring Ranch July 11-15, Wyoming Camp Meeting will feature Philip Samaan for both the afternoon series, "Dare to be a Daniel" and the evening series, "Jesus is Still the Way." Rocky Mountain president and vice-president, Ed Barnett and Eric Nelson, will present the morning meetings followed by Olivia Gold, teacher at Forest Lake Education Center, who will present "Catching Kids for Christ: Reaching Every Age with the Age-old Truth." To reserve a cabin or RV/tent space, call Jodie Gage at 307-259-5301. Mills Spring Ranch is located at 8000 Tower Hill Road, Casper WY 82601.
Western Slope Camp Meeting » From August 2-6, at Mountaintop Retreat near Montrose, Colorado. Contact: Fritz Krieger at 970-497-6175 for more information.
Hispanic Camp Meeting » From September 1-3, Glacier View Ranch will host Hispanic Camp Meeting with the theme Small Groups. Guest speakers include Omar Grieve and Nessy Pittau-Grieve, both from the Hispanic Voice of Prophecy, and Julio Chazarreta from Pacific Press. Lourdes Chazarreta will present music through voice. Worship and activities will be held for the children. Glacier View Ranch is located at 8748 Overland Road, Ward CO 80481.
Summer Camp » Glacier View Ranch and Mills Spring Ranch camp sessions are filling up. Spots go quickly, so sign up today at rmccamps.
GLACIER VIEW RANCH
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MILLS SPRING RANCH
"Shine Bright" at Summer Camp! » Christian Record Services is pleased to announce open registration for National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC) at Glacier View Ranch. NCBC will be in session at GVR Sunday, June 25 through Sunday, July 2. Blind camp will be combined with family camp to offer a casual, enjoy-at-your-own-pace good time. NCBC campers are required to bring a trusted friend or family member (age 18 or older, of the same gender as the camper) to be a sighted guide or personal care attendant and to share in the fun of camp.
National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC), a Christian Record program, sponsors camps in locations around the United States. This summer, 11 camp locations will offer traditional summer camp activities such as horseback riding, waterskiing, crafts, archery, and much more. To see the full camp schedule, visit www.BlindCamps.org.
To register for blind camp, please contact Shannon Werner at 303-282-3664 or [email protected].
Wyoming: Seaside Escape–a study of Sarah and Hagar
Agape Haitian Church » Between 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. every night (except Monday and Wednesday), from Sunday, June 11 through Saturday, July 1, the Agape Haitian Church is holding evangelistic meetings titled, "There is Hope in Jesus." Sermons include "The Scripture and the Prophecy," "Christ in the Prophecy," "The Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast," "Two Corpses in the Streets." Agape Haitian Church is located at 14190 E. Jewell Avenue, Unit #3, Aurora CO 80012. For information and transportation, call 720-472-8139 or 720-251-0561.
Gadgets & Gizmos at Boulder Adventist Church » "Gadgets & Gizmos” is a weekly Sabbath morning program for children aged 4-18 (older kids serve as staff). It started Saturday, June 3 and will run through to the end of July (nine weeks in total). Check-in is at 10:45 a.m. For more information, contact Pastor Elia ([email protected]) or Pastor Jessyka ([email protected]).
Boulder Adventist Church to Host Bike To Work Day Breakfast Station » If you work in Boulder—or can find a way to make your Bike to Work commute pass through the city on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, stop by Boulder Adventist Church in the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood for a delicious breakfast. We will serve overnight oats with chia seeds, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, milk, Greek yogurt, sliced bananas, and berries. A limited number of allergen-free and vegan portions will be available. For information contact Becky De Oliveira ([email protected]) or go to boulder.church/bike
Littleton Church VBS »
Join us in Rome!!!
Right here at Church.
You’ll explore the caves of the Underground Church
and meet the Apostle Paul,
create cool crafts, play high-energy games,
experience thrilling real-life dramas and
sample tasty snacks.
Littleton Seventh Day Adventist Church
From 6:00 – 8:00 pm
June 28-30, 2017
Serving a lite dinner from 5:30-5:55pm
To register click on:
Open Invitation to Praise & Worship Concert at Glacier View »
All are welcome to attend an evening of praise & worship at Glacier View Ranch on Thursday June 29. Jon King and Company will be blessing our Family Camp with a contemporary praise and worship concert. The music will begin at 7:00 p.m. lakeside (weather dependent). Please feel free to come up early and enjoy the trails and beautiful grassy meadows GVR has to offer. Special note: our family camp is at capacity this year, so please plan on bringing your own picnic dinner if you desire to eat during your time with us.
We hope that you will join us at GVR for a wonderful evening of music and fellowship!
Glacier View Ranch
8748 Overland Road,
Ward CO 80481
Women's Ministry Retreats 2017 » RMC Women’s Ministries is excited to announce the Area Women’s Retreats for 2017:
Mills Spring Ranch on Casper Mountain
August 26, 27
Contact: Rhonda McDonald: 307-259-8147
Colorado Western Slope: Falling in Love Again
Speaker: Darla Sherman
Mountain Top Retreat (15 miles from Montrose)
Contact: Linda Johnson: 970-245-2294
Colorado Metro, NE/SE: The Best Is Yet To Come
Speaker and Musician: Jaclynn Huse along with
her daughter Shelby, age 16
BEGINS SATURDAY NIGHT
WITH FREE CONCERT
at Greeley Adventist Church
EVERYONE INVITED! -- not just for women.
Followed by one-day Women's Retreat
Sunday, September 17
at Pinehurst Country Club in Littleton
Contact: Ginger Bell: 720-980-9006
Full Solar Eclipse Coming in August » Come join us for an epic view of the full solar eclipse at Mills Spring Ranch in Casper, Wyoming! Casper is right in the middle of the solar eclipse path and you can get the best view on top of the mountain at Mills Spring Ranch.
Who: All churches, Pathfinders, and schools are welcome!
Journey Through the Holy Land » You are invited on the trip of a lifetime! Join others from the RMC on September 3-11 as we explore the land where Jesus walked. This is a spiritual pilgrimage that is guaranteed to be deeply impactful to your faith. A 4-day extension trip to Eilat and Petra is also being offered. The trip is limited to 30 people, so don’t wait. For more information, CLICK HERE, or email [email protected].
When: August 18-22, 2017
Where: Mills Spring Ranch in Casper, Wyoming
Family Cabin of 4: $50/night
Bunk House: $10/person per night
RV Space (includes electricity): $25/night
Tent Camping: $15/night
Space is limited, so call to reserve your space!
Call or email Matt Moreland, 661-805-6797 [email protected]
La Vida Mission » is in need of a missionary teacher/principal combination for grades 5-8. Please contact [email protected]
Vista Ridge Academy » is looking for a full-time preschool teacher for its preschool program and a qualified teacher for grades 1-2. If you would like more information about either of these positions, contact Sandy Hodgson at [email protected] or Diane Harris at [email protected]
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