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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