Ladies’ Weekend 2017

One hundred seven ladies enjoyed 24 hours together at Peniel Bible Camp on September 15-16 at the Ladies’ Weekend Retreat. Beautiful weather, an enthusiastic speaker, three delicious meals, and plenty of encouraging fellowship… it truly was a retreat worth attending!

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Four Weeks = Four Youth Camps

We had the privilege of ministering to 315 young people over the past four weeks in our youth camps. We thank the Lord for His working in these young lives as they sat under the teaching of the Word of God each day. There were 26 recorded decisions – twelve making profession of salvation!

 

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Family Camp 2017

It was a great week of Family Camp with 121 campers filling all our cabins and several campsites. A few came for a partial week but most were with us the entire week.

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Focus: Peniel Bible Camp Newsletter July 2017

Peniel Bible Camp’s July newsletter (Focus) was sent out electronically to churches and interested individuals on the mailing list. Read the newsletter below; download a copy by clicking here.

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An update on the ministry of Peniel Bible Camp   /   July 6, 2017

We are into the second week of our six-week summer camping season. This week, Family Camp, we have 121 campers from 31 families ranging in ages from 5 months to senior saints. The campers are enjoying the many activities and are making lots of new friends. Pastor James Brabson from northern Michigan is our  guest speaker. He is preaching from 1 Thessalonians in the morning services and preaching about the God-centered home in the evenings.

Two brothers decided last year that they were going to work hard to earn money to attend camp this year. They worked, sold some toys, and saved their money throughout the year. They were all smiles when they presented their envelope of savings to the Registrar when their family checked in for Family Camp!

First Week of Summer Camps

Two camps ran concurrently the first week of our summer camping season at Peniel. Twenty-one pastors gathered for a refreshing time of fellowship and teaching at our annual Pastors’ Conference on Monday-Wednesday, June 26-28. Dr. Gerald Priest shared lessons learned from the great Reformers. Several of the pastors shared other messages. The men enjoyed being out on the lake, the rifle range, or sitting on the porch. It was an encouraging time for these men.On Tuesday Training Camp was held for those new to camp or working in new positions this summer. The day was filled with sessions on camp history, philosophy, and practical instruction for serving as camp counselors, kitchen workers, and custodians. Ten of our upcoming staff members participated . Now we are all looking forward to the four weeks youth camp that begin July 10th and run through August 5th. 

Register Early for the Fall Retreats!

While prices everywhere seem to be on the rise, the cost of the adult retreats at Peniel has been reduced for 2017! To get the best price, register by August 1st and save 30%!

The Ladies’ Weekend is the first of our fall retreats scheduled for September 15-16. Mrs. Miriam Marriott from Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin will be the speaker. The Men’s Weekend will be held the following weekend, September 22-23, with Pastor Joe McKnight as speaker. The Couples’ Weekend Retreat is the first weekend in October, the 6th and 7th, and Pastor Mac Lynch and his wife, Beth, will be speaking at that retreat.

Perfect Day for our Memorial Day Celebration

It was a beautiful day! Over 200 people congregated at Peniel Bible Camp to celebrate Memorial Day. The day began with a service in the chapel with patriotic music, honoring of our servicemen and their families, and a message from Pastor Dave Smith. An offering was received to help with the cost for bringing “city water” to the camp.  (Since then over $10,000 has been given towards the total cost of $15,000.)

Following the service, lunch was served in Ashbrook Hall. The camp kitchen staff grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and everyone brought salads, side dishes, and desserts, filling the tables with plenty of food to choose from.

After lunch families sat and visited, children rode the tractor train, teens played in The Cage, men fished, and folks went out in boats to enjoy the lake. A quick rain shower in the late afternoon brought everyone running for cover. The sun came back out and activities continued for those who were still around.

Men & Boys’ Spring Retreat

The 26th annual Men & Boys’ Retreat was held at Peniel on April 28-29. Sixty-eight men enjoyed a relaxing time away from the world enjoying the activities at camp. Dr. Mark Batory brought 3 messages about raising our young men to serve the Lord.

Saturday was a bit rainy and some activities were moved indoors. Some of the boys enjoyed making their own Sling Bows with their dads. Tiny Golf was moved indoors so the men could enjoy the tournament. There were prizes for that as well as for the one who caught the longest fish and the family that caught the most combined inches of fish in the annual fishing contest.

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First Week of Summer Camp 2017

Two camps were held during the first week of summer camps at Peniel: Pastors’ Conference running from Monday through Wednesday, and Training Camp on Tuesday.

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Memorial Day Celebration: May 29, 2017

It was a beautiful day! Over 200 people congregated at Peniel Bible Camp to celebrate Memorial Day. The day began with a service in the chapel with patriotic music, honoring of our servicemen and their families, and a message from Pastor Dave Smith. An offering of over $5000 was received to help with the cost for bringing “city water” to the camp.

Following the service, lunch was served in Ashbrook Hall. The camp kitchen staff grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and everyone brought salads, side dishes, and desserts – filling the tables with plenty of food to choose from.

After lunch families sat and visited, children rode the tractor train, teens played in The Cage, men fished, and folks went out in boats to enjoy the lake. A quick shower in the late afternoon brought everyone running for cover. The sun came back out and activities continued for those who were still around.

Pictures from the day’s activities can be seen on our Facebook page.

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Join us for a Memorial Day Celebration

Hope to see you at Peniel on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017!

Memorial Day 2017

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Focus: Peniel Bible Camp Newsletter March 2017

Peniel Bible Camp’s January newsletter (Focus) was sent out electronically to churches and interested individuals on the mailing list. Read the newsletter below; download a copy by clicking here.

If you would like Peniel’s FOCUS newsletter sent directly to you, sign up here.

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An update on the ministry of Peniel Bible Camp

Spring is in the air and our thoughts turn to warmer weather and opportunities to be outdoors.  What better place to enjoy God’s creation than the  360 acres of Peniel Bible Camp! While most of you are not able to be on site this early in the year, here’s what has been going on…

Cabin on Wheels?

On February 2 a 115-year-old cabin, previously located on the circle, was raised and put on skids and chained to our largest “machine.” Slowly and carefully, it was dragged to it’s new home by the lake. Recently gutted, the cabin will be renovated, sided, and become the new Lakefront 4. It should to be ready for use by campers in April.

Winter Work Projects

We are thankful for a team that came up from Community Baptist Church (SC) to help with work projects during the week of March 13-18. The team was assisted by others from our Ohio churches. Much work was done inside and outside getting the new lakefront cabin ready for campers. The kitchen pantry and storage room were reworked, adding a new wall, flooring, and a connecting doorway. The bathroom in the maintenance building was completed, and the walls were painted. The interior doorways in the lower level of the first A-frame were reworked to provide access to the three separate sleeping areas.  Pictures and videos of these projects are on our Facebook page.

More Work Weeks

The week before Memorial Day (May 22-27) we will be hosting a group of workers from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (SC). With warmer weather, we will be adding soffit to some of our youth cabins and finishing other spring projects. If you desire to be a part of this work week (or are available any other time), please contact Nathan Fry (fmanager@obf.net).

In August a group from Grace Bible Church in New Hampshire will be on site to replace the Channel Bridge.

While we carefully manage our finances, these projects do have a cost. We are thankful for several gifts and offerings given towards these projects. Gifts to help fund these projects can be directed to the Ohio Bible Mission through our website or by contacting mission@obf.net.

Camp Clean-up

Join us with your cleaning supplies on Saturday, April 15 or 22 to help get our camp ready for the 2017 camping season. Many workers are needed to remove the dust and cobwebs that accumulate over winter.

Last Call for Summer Early Registrations

The early deadline for summer camps is April 1st. Youth campers who register by the first of April will receive a free camp theme T-shirt upon arrival at camp.

Campsites are still available for Family Camp (July 3-8). Costs are reduced through April 1.

Camp Scholarships

We are grateful for a generous gift given to our youth camp scholarship fund. Full and half scholarships are available for young people who cannot attend camp without financial assistance. Contact the Registrar for information.

2017 Camp Speakers

Peniel Bible Camp seeks to meet the salvation and spiritual growth needs of all campers by leading them to appropriate spiritual decisions. Speakers are prayerfully selected and invited to minister to each group of campers.

Pray for these men as they seek the Lord’s direction as they prepare for camp. Pray as well for campers to have open hearts to appropriate God’s Word in their own lives.

  • Men & Boys’ Retreat (April 28-29) – Dr. Mark Batory
  • Family Camp (July 3-8) – Pastor James Brabson
  • Junior Camp Week 1 (July 10-15) – Pastor Stephen Spence
  • Teen 1 Camp (July 17-22) – Mr. Sam Brock
  • Teen 2 Camp (July 24-29) – Dr. Greg Stiekes
  • Junior Camp Week 2 (July 31-Aug 5 – Pastor Jon Fry

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Focus: Peniel Bible Camp January 2017

Peniel Bible Camp’s January newsletter (Focus) was sent out electronically to churches and interested individuals on the mailing list. Read the newsletter below; download a copy by clicking here.

If you would like Peniel’s FOCUS newsletter sent directly to you, sign up here.

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An update on the ministry of Peniel Bible Camp

January 2017

As the snow falls and temperatures plummet in Ohio, you might think that things are quiet and asleep on our campgrounds. However, there are rental groups experiencing God’s creation while enjoying a time away from the world. Behind those scenes, camp staff are preparing for the 2017 camping season.

Schedule Changes

The Ohio Bible Fellowship has made a few changes to the 2017 camp schedule. Most notable is the adjustment of the youth camp schedule. Because some teens need to start school activities on the first of August, we moved both teen camps up a week so they would not have to miss out. The second week of Junior Camp will then follow during the first week in August.

The Ladies & Girls’ Retreat was canceled this year due to a declining participation in past years.

Camp bookmark/schedules are now available from your church or the camp office. Use it as a prayer reminder to pray for this ministry.

Retreat Fees Lowered!

Peniel Bible Camp is not “in business” to make money; we are a ministry of and to our local churches. In reviewing our camp fees, we felt that we could lower the fee for weekend retreats to $50 to allow more to attend. Register early and pay only $40!

Calling all Guys

The Men & Boys’ Retreat (April 28 & 29) is designed for fathers & sons, youth groups, or any man who desires a fun and spiritually profitable weekend. This 24-hour retreat for men and boys of all ages includes 3 meals, 3 chapel services, and plenty of time for activities such as fishing, shooting, or doing a “man-craft.” Dr. Mark Batory (GFA Missions) is the speaker.

Register before March 1st to save with an early discount.

Twenty Acres to Mow

We have over 20 acres of grass at Peniel Bible Camp that needs to be mowed. The mower that had been donated to the camp eight years ago served us well, but died last August. We purchased a new commercial Toro zero-turn mower in September. Over $10,000 in gifts have come in from churches and individuals to cover this important piece equipment, leaving about $1,000 to complete this project.

Spring Work Projects and Teams

Several churches are planning to send teams to help with major facility projects around the camp. Projects include: moving a 6th small cabin to the lakefront, finishing exterior improvements on five lakefront cabins, reworking the showers in the main restroom building, painting and completing the small restroom in the Maintenance Building, reworking the kitchen pantry, repairing the roof on Ashbrook Hall, reconfiguring doorways in the lower level of the first A-frame, installing soffit on youth cabins, and replacing the Channel Bridge.

We welcome skilled individuals and groups to join with these groups or plan a time to come and help with the work. Contact Nathan for more information.

Fast Track 2017

This summer our camp with be transformed into Champion AutoMotive Performance, Inc. sponsoring a series of races in which the two teams will compete in a different type of “race” each day. Crews who perform the best will emerge victorious and raise the CAMP Cup in celebration.

Young people in grades 3 through 12 are encouraged to attend a week of youth camp at Peniel. Those who register by April 1st will receive a free theme-related T-shirt upon arrival at camp.

Needed: Godly Men and Women

Each year approximately 145 staff positions need to be filled by volunteers in order for Peniel Bible Camp to operate. Counselors, kitchen workers, custodians, and nurses are needed for week-long camps and weekend retreats. Staff applications are available from your pastor, Ken Perry, or on our website.

Camp Clean-up

Clean-up days have been scheduled for Saturdays, April 15 & 22. Your help is needed to get our buildings ready for the camping season. Contact Izaac to schedule a time to help.

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January Update from the VanderSchels

As we look ahead to 2017, we can’t help but look back on God’s goodness to us in 2016.  Since our last newsletter this past fall, we’ve transitioned into the “off season” part of our camping year. With a smaller number of rentals during the winter months, we have opportunity to catch up on things that have been put on the back burner over the year and begin working on upcoming plans for the new camping season. The start of a new year brings with it lots of excitement and enthusiasm for a fresh look at our camping program.  We certainly continue to praise the Lord for the opportunity to have a part in the ministry of Peniel Bible Camp.

The kids have just finished their first semester  this school year— Carson in 8th grade and the girls in 11th. It’s so hard to believe that this time next year we’ll be talking about high school graduation for Ashlyn and Brenna! Carson is playing middle school basketball for his school, so Kim spends lots of time running him to and from practices and games. The girls began working at a local bakery this fall and have already made quite a reputation for themselves— not only by being good workers, but also by drawing lots of friends and family in to buy donuts. Aside from camp work, Izaac continues to referee high school basketball and work with the legislative affairs of the state Christian school association. We’re thankful for all these opportunities to interact with our community.

Right before Thanksgiving, Kim and Izaac were able to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise. They visited Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel, ate too many delicious cruise delicacies, enjoyed the warm sunshine, and loved every minute of their time away together. They arrived home just in time to gear up and hunker down for the holiday whirlwind of Thanksgiving with friends and several Christmas celebrations with family.

As we catch our breath, we know it’s just for a moment. Spring will be here before we know it, and the new camping season  will be in full swing once again.  We love this crazy life and count it a privilege to be able to live it. May the Lord continue to find us faithful in 2017!

-the V’s

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