It is with great JOY that we share an exciting announcement with you!  God has truly blessed Camp Calvin in so many ways throughout the years.  One of these blessings has been the gift of growth in numbers over the last couple years.  For several years, we have pushed the capacity to the max at Camp Whitcomb Mason, where we have rented and hosted Camp Calvin for the past 36 years.  The Camp Calvin Board of Directors has been praying and searching for a solution to allow our numbers to grow, so that we can serve more Campers and allow them to experience the work God is doing through Camp Calvin.  Our prayers have been answered, and God has paved the way for Camp Calvin to move to Spencer Lake Christian Center beginning this year, 2019! We are so grateful for this opportunity, and we can’t wait to see what God has planned for our Camp Calvin Campers at Spencer Lake this year!


Spencer Lake Christian Center is a 178-acre retreat facility in Waupaca (central Wisconsin), set on the shores of the beautiful Spencer Lake, notably one of Wisconsin’s cleanest lakes!  This camp has room for Camp Calvin to grow, with plenty of cabins, meeting/activity rooms, and a huge auditorium building for worship!  We can’t wait to see how God will use this space to grow Camp Calvin!


Camp will continue to be the third full week of June, however, the way our schedule fits in with Spencer Lake’s schedule for this year, Camp will begin on Sunday, June 16th, and will end on Friday, June 21 (this is different than our usual Monday-Saturday camp schedule).


Register here to reserve your camper’s week of connecting with Christ and building relationships at Camp Calvin!


As we look ahead to increased numbers of campers, we are also actively seeking more volunteers who love Jesus and are willing to come alongside us to serve these children! Specifically, we are in need of CounselorsSafety Team Staff, and Nursing Team Staff.  If you know of someone who might be interested in these positions, please share our Volunteer Application!


If you have questions about this move to Spencer Lake, or any questions regarding Camp Calvin, please visit our Camp Information.


Please be in prayer with us as we continue a busy season preparing for this move, that God will provide everything according to His plan for Camp Calvin, and that He will be glorified through it all! Here is a link to our Prayer Page!

To God be the glory!


Kari Hogfeldt


Going Caroling…


Join us on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 PM to go out caroling!

The act of singing and traveling to different homes comes from an ancient tradition. In England, the word wassail — derived from the Old Norse ves heill meaning “be well, and in good health” — came to mean the wishing of good fortune on your neighbors. No one is quite sure when the custom began, but it did give us the song, “Here We Come-A-Wassailing” — sung as carolers wished good cheer to their neighbors in hopes of getting a gift in return. (“A Wassailing” also evolved into the popular “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” — its last verse, “Bring us some figgy pudding” stems from the wassailers’ original intent.)

The two traditions of singing and visiting first merged in Victorian England, as church carols began to merge with Christian folk music. Many of today’s most popular carols date to this period. Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern published in London by British lawyer William B. Sandys in 1833, was the first to print “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The First Noel” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” “Joy to the World” first appeared in the Anglican Church hymnal Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1861.

Saint Francis Assisi plays a major role in the history of Christmas Caroling, as he is the person who made Christmas Carols an important part of the church services. It is said that Saint Francis Assassi introdced the carols in the church during a Christmas Midnight Mass in a Church in Greccio, in the province of Umbria in 1223 and the songs sung that night were more similar to carols rather than hymns.

Most of the carols tell us a story, it may be about the birth of Jesus Christ or about the tradition of gifts or any other story associated with Christmas. But the common factor among them is that either their themes are related to the festivity of Christmas or they have a religious side to it. Christmas carols provide the opportunity to express the feeling of joy and happiness. So the carols are primarily of a joyful nature.

Beginning on Tuesday Oct. 9th


The Spirit Warriors Group, for boys and girls in grades K-5, will have its first meeting at Faith Community Church on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Parents and grandparents are invited to this meeting.

We’ll have pizza and build bird houses.

We normally will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30 pm, except in November and December, when we’ll meet only on the second Tuesday.

If you have grade K-5 kids or grandkids, we hope to see you there! Kids do not need to attend Faith Community Church to be part of Spirit Warriors. Questions? Call or text Bruce McMurry at 920-960-7524.

Join us for a Hymn Sing!


Join our next Potluck & Hymn Sing on

Sunday September 23 at 5:00 PM. 

Bring a dish to pass and be prepared to make a joyful noise!

Scientists are currently exploring the physiological and psychological benefits of singing with promising results. Most recently, a November 2017 study of self-reported data from 1,779 choir members around the world provided “confirmatory evidence to support choral singing as a means of improving well being,” the authors wrote in Perspectives in Public Health. Participants claimed making music fostered social connection, cognitive stimulation, mental health, enjoyment, and transcendence.  Singing can enhance your mood and create a sense of group identity, Stephen Clift writes in Music, Health, and Wellbeing.

Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits. Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. It turns out you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards. Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.

SO JOIN US… and be Transformed!





downloadThe KIDS are excited to show you what they have been doing this week!  Songs, crafts, and more.    Come and see them perform.                        Refreshments will be served following the program.

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