Peniel Bible Camp’s March newsletter (Focus) was sent out electronically yesterday 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
It is our privilege to update those who support Peniel Bible Camp with your attendance, gifts, and prayer. Pray for your camp staff as they are busily preparing for the 2016 camping season. Speakers have been secured, men and women are volunteering to serve, and campers are registering to be a part of camp this year. What part will you have in Peniel Bible Camp this year?
The Lord provided funds to have a much needed maintenance building constructed last fall. Electric, garage doors, and a wood-heated work area have been added over the winter. We are looking forward to moving most of our tools and supplies into this one building to make camp maintenance more efficient.
March Work Week
For the past few years, Peniel Bible Camp has been blessed with individuals and churches who have assisted in the ministry by providing the labor to accomplish tasks that would have taken us much longer to complete on our own. This year we are setting aside the week of March 14-19 to focus on some project needs at the camp.
We are looking to our own people to supply the workforce for these projects. Anyone who is able-bodied and willing is encouraged to come to Peniel during the week as we put finishing touches on the lakefront cabins and the Ashbrook Hall office and conference room. There will be tasks for anyone who is simply willing to serve. However, we are putting an emphasis on getting the biggest projects done during this week. If you want more information or plan to help, please contact Nathan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Izaac (email@example.com) so we can plan to host the right number of people each day.
Time to Clean-up
Clean-up days have been scheduled for Saturdays, April 16 and 23. After being closed down for the winter, much help is needed to get our buildings ready for the camping season. We are asking each church to put one of these dates on your church calendar.
Make Your Camp Plans
It might not seem as though summer is around the corner, but it won’t be long before it’s time for camp. Brochures for all the camps (spring and fall retreats and summer camps) have been mailed to churches and individuals who have attended camp and registrations are being accepted. Brochures are also available online. Campers may register through the mail with a check or online with a credit card. Register early and take advantage of early discounts for adult camps. Youth campers registering early will receive a free camp t-shirt.
Men & Boys’ Retreat
We have made a change to both the Father/Son and Mother/Daughter Retreats for 2016 and are including men and boys or ladies and girls of all ages in the programs. This first weekend retreat (April 29-30) is a wonderful opportunity for guys of any age to get away and spend time in the out of doors at Peniel Bible Camp. So gather the men from your church and bring the sons along and enjoy the unique activities that Pastor Tony Garren and Izaac are planning for this first Men & Boys’ Retreat. Pastor Bruce McAllister (Bob Jones University) will be the speaker.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on our website (penielbiblecamp.org).
This summer young people completing grades 3-12 will compete under the Secretary of Space to explore the Pi Beta Chi sector of our galaxy to find new sources of energy and untapped natural resources to mine and bring home. Campers will be divided into two competing organizations with different philosophies of space exploration. You don’t want to miss out on the excitement this summer!
Junior Camps are for young people who have completed the 3rd through 6th grades.
- Week 1 (July 11-16) is under the direction of Pastor Dave Layton with Pastor Caleb Phelps from Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis as the speaker.
- Week 2 (July 18-23) is under the direction of Pastor Stephen Howard and Pastor Benjamin Michaelek from Grace Bible Fellowship in Swanton, OH will be the speaker.
Teen 1 Camp (July 25-30) is for young teens who have completed grades 7-9 and is under the direction of Pastor Paul Hamilton. Dr. Ryan Meers from Bob Jones University will be bringing the messages that week.
Teen 2 Camp (August 1-6) is for teens who have completed grades 10-12 and is under the direction of Pastor Paul Martin. Evangelist Todd Sivnksty will be the speaker for this final week of summer camp.
The cost for a week of youth camp remains at $195 with sibling and bring-a-friend discounts available. A limited number of scholarships are also available. Contact the camp Registrar (email@example.com) for more information. Campers who register before April 1st will receive a camp T-shirt upon arrival at camp.