Lake Huron God’s Treasures Winter Weekend

Feb. 23-25

NEW EVENT! This is a weekend for adults with special needs and a caregiver. Come for a weekend of winter fun – including Bible stories, crafts, music and much more! Cost includes two overnights, five meals and program supplies. Double Occupancy – $175 per person (one camper/one caregiver); Triple Occupancy(one camper/two caregivers) – $155 per person; Quad Occupancy $125 per person (two campers/two caregivers). 

Contact registrar@umcamping.org to register. 

Wesley Woods Winter Blast – Junior High

February 2-3, Junior High

Winter Blast is the best way to beat the winter blahs! For one night and two days prepare to get Seriously Ridiculous with night tubing behind the pool house, broomball on the lake, awesome times in chapel together and so much more!

Registrar@umcamping.org to sign up. Questions? Call 269-721-8291.

Wesley Woods Spiritual Scrap­booking Retreat

November 3-5

Wesley Woods Spiritual Scrap­booking Retreat

Colder weather is around the corner, but busy scrapbookers keep warm all night long! Participants will be treated to a session of “Holy Yoga” from a local instructor, and a shopping trip to a local scrapbooking shop. Where else can you get away, scrapbook all day, have meals prepared for you, and stay in your jammies? To request a brochure, or to register, contact Guest Services at guestservices@wesleywoodscamp.com.

Cost is $89 per person (double occupancy), and includes scrapbooking space, two nights lodging, four meals and two snacks.

Registration Deadline is October 27.

Crystal Springs 4th Annual Community Trick-or-Treat

Sunday, October 29

3-5 pm

Crystal Springs 4th Annual Community Trick-or-Treat

Everyone is invited to this free, public event. Local churches, businesses and organizations set up at each of our houses, cabins and public buildings to provide a safe trick-or-treating experience for children from all over Michigan’s great southwest. Plus, enjoy games, miniature train rides, music and snacks. The event draws over 300 people. crystalspringscampdirector@umcamping.org.

 

Wesley Woods Fall Work Day

Saturday, October 7    9am-4pm

Join us as we clean up the camp from summer activities, and prepare for “second season.” A light breakfast will be served at 8:30am, with lunch at noon. Projects to adopt include working on window installation, trail clean-up, installing panels in bathhouse ceiling, privacy wall, and others. Hot chocolate and cider will be provided to keep you warm throughout the day. RSVPs required for meal preparation.

For more information and to sign up, contact Eric Hoffman, at wesleywoodscampdirector@umcamping.org.

 

THRIVE Youth – Leadership Academy

“Going to THRIVE was probably the best decision I’ve

ever made. It helped me grow in my faith in God and

helped me want to be a better leader.” 2015 Participant

“THRIVE was a chance to get away from the stress of

everyday life and relax in nature with God.” 2016 Participant

 

WHO: High School youth finishing 9th, 10th and

11th grade

WHEN: Sunday (afternoon), July 16 – Thursday (morning), July 20, 2017

WHERE: Lake Louise United Methodist Camp

and Retreat Center near Boyne City in northern

Michigan

WHAT: THRIVE Youth Leadership Academy will

be an opportunity for students to grow in

discipleship and leadership. Participants will

learn about themselves as followers of Christ

and as leaders in the church. Through Bible

Study, Small Groups, Prayer, Worship,

Reflection and Leadership Development,

participants will learn what it means to THRIVE

as a young Christian and how to be a leader in

our church.

HOW: Contact Bridget Nelson at

bnelson@detroitnconference.org to nominate a

student to attend. Churches will be asked to

help students with the cost of $260.00.

Flyer attached

Winter Blast 2017

We are looking forward to gathering together January 13th -14th for High School Winter Blast 2017. Campers will be dropped off at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center at 6:00pm on Friday, January 13th and be picked up at 8:00pm on Saturday, January 14th.

We can’t wait to see old friends, meet new ones, worship, play games, and run around in the snow. The more people we have, the more fun we have, so sign up your camper today and encourage them bring a friend! We also love having youth groups join us, so feel free to pass this information on to your church’s youth pastor.

Thank you for continuing to choose Wesley Woods as somewhere for your kids to have fun, seek God, and build friendships; we value every single one of them.

You can register for Winter Blast here:  Registration. This is a new registration system, if your old account information does not work, you will have to make a new account.

Please email us with any questions. See you soon!

The Leadership Collective

hscamp@wesleywoodscamp.com

Lake Michigan Camp Volunteer Opportunity

Calling all volunteers!  It is that time again to close down our camp for the season.

Where: Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat Center; 5807 N. Ridge Rd, Pentwater, MI 49449

When:   Oct. 22, 2016 we will finish up our closing projects.  Main goal will be moving leaves out. So please bring rakes, leaf blowers and any other equipment that will help accomplish this task. We will start at 9am.

Food:  We will have available both days, donuts, coffee and juice to start the morning.  We will also provide a light lunch of hot dogs and chips.

Please RSVP if you are coming so we can plan to have enough food.  You can call us at the camp office. 231-869-5317 or email us at:  lakemichigancampandretreat@gmail.com

We look forward to having a fun time together winterizing our camp. 

Lake Michigan Camp Volunteer Opportunity

Calling all volunteers!  It is that time again to close down our camp for the season.

Where: Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat Center; 5807 N. Ridge Rd, Pentwater, MI 49449

When:   Oct. 1, 2016 we will be spending the day taking down tents and cleaning.  We will start at 9am.

               Oct. 22, 2016 we will finish up our closing projects.  Main goal will be moving leaves out. So please                  bring rakes, leaf blowers and any other equipment that will help accomplish this task. We will start                  at 9am.

Food:  We will have available both days, donuts, coffee and juice to start the morning.  We will also provide a light lunch of hot dogs and chips.

Please RSVP if you are coming so we can plan to have enough food.  You can call us at the camp office. 231-869-5317 or email us at:  lakemichigancampandretreat@gmail.com

We look forward to having a fun time together winterizing our camp. 

Mission Opportunity for Mature Youth & Young Adults: Summer Christian Camp (VBS) Sunnyside United Methodist Church

Featuring – Leading a “Summer Christian Camp” for a distressed neighborhood surrounding Sunnyside United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan; learning about food and hunger issues; and optional training as a UMVIM Team leader!

Where will we be staying? You will be staying with church families or at the new Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry Center on the campus of Western Michigan University and eat most of your meals at the church with a group outing on the second Saturday night.

What do we bring? A list of what to wear/what to bring will be sent to you when you register!

Any Age Restrictions? Sr High youth and young adults 16-28 are a focus but Youth Leaders, Educators, Christian Educators, Pastors, and other passionate Christian adults are valued participants.

What are the dates? Actual mission site arrival will be for lunch (12 noon) at SUMC on Friday, June 24, 2016. We will get settled, do introductions, complete our orientation for the upcoming evenings of Summer Christian Camp and get prepared for the arrival of children on Sunday (June 26) at 6:00pm. The mission/ministry will officially conclude after worship on Sunday, July 3 (by noon).

What will we be doing? Working with youth from the neighborhood surrounding the Sunnyside UMC to learn about and provide a Summer Christian Camp ministry focused on food, hunger, and God’s nourishment of our souls. Opportunities will be available to experience community gardening, a Free Store ministry, Loaves and Fishes food pantry, 4-H projects in the community, and visits to the Nature Center farm near Kalamazoo.

What happens during “off” time? There will be group time after the evening sessions of the Summer Christian Camp for reflection, debriefing, devotions, and heading off to the host homes or the Wesley Foundation. Mornings will include devotional time, guest presentations/workshops around food, hunger, and resources of community and community building. Afternoons will mostly focus on preparation for the evening Summer Christian Camp sessions.

What happens each Sunday? The first Sunday will include worship at Sunnyside UMC and an afternoon of final setup and preparation for the arrival of young evening campers. The second Sunday will include a Summer Christian Camp celebration as part of morning worship and good byes of blessing for all.

What is the cost of this mission? The onsite costs: $70 for supplies and insurance, $150 for food and transportation around the Kalamazoo area. No lodging costs are planned though a thank you gift to hosts who offer their homes is a consideration. Costs for transportation to/from Kalamazoo, MI and your last Saturday evening meal are not included in mission budgeting. Add $20 for the team leader manual if you are taking the Team Leader training.

What about food? The registration fee covers all meals except dinner on Saturday. We will eat most meals served by local cooks and prepare our own breakfasts (probably cereal and fruit) and some lunches (sandwiches) at the church.

How do I reserve a spot? Send in your application form and deposit to David Newhouse, 9630 Hunters Creek,
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 . Please make checks payable to UMVIM-NCJ, with “Kalamazoo Summer Christian Camp” in the “Memo” line.

What are the deadlines? Application and deposit of $50 per person is due prior to April 30, 2016. The final balance ($170) is due by May 30, 2016.

Where do I find out more? Go to www.sunnysideumc.com and/or Facebook: Sunnyside United Methodist Church for more info.

Who do I call if I have questions? Please contact David Newhouse at pastordavid.bumc@gmail.com or Phone 847-263-8621.

*Special Opportunity: Leaders, Rev. and Mrs. David and Christy Newhouse, are seeking two or three young adult “interns” to assist as Directors and coordinators with the mission team. Applications are needed immediately in order to complete advance planning and preparation for the summer mission. Monthly advance planning sessions, homework preparation time, on-site leadership, and post mission evaluations and follow-up will require up to 80 hours. Stipend payment for intern leadership is to be determined. To apply, use the above contact information to get your application or invite a gifted young adult to apply.

Click HERE to download the Application Form