CAMP CALVIN – Register NOW!

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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!

WHAT IS SPENCER LAKE?

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!

DATE CHANGE FOR 2019

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).

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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

WE NEED YOU!!

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!

QUESTIONS?

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

PRAY!!

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

kari.hogfeldt@campcalvin.com

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EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES

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  • Maundy Thursday Service6:30 pm on April 18th. Joint worship service with Rock of Salvation Church here at our church, 401 Stone Street, Beaver Dam WI.
  • Community Good Friday Service – April 19th – It will held at 6:30pm at the Beaver Dam High School.  Community Choir—They are also inviting any who would like to sing two four-part hymns. They will have a rehearsal at the Beaver Dam High School from 5:00-5:45 pm the day of the service. There will be a light supper served to the choir members after the rehearsal.
  • EASTER Sunday Worship Service on Sunday April 21 at 9:30 am.  Right here at Faith Community Church, 401 Stone Street, Beaver Dam WI.  No King’s Kids, Discussion Group or Young People’s meeting that day.  Celebrate our Risen Lord!

 

Thanksgiving Eve

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Join us for a special Thanksgiving Eve worship service on Wednesday evening November 21 at 6:30 PM.  Hosted by Rock of Salvation Church & Faith Community Church

Harvest of Thanks

For thousands of years, people all over the world have celebrated harvest time. You’d celebrate too if you had to raise all your own food—it’s a LOT harder than it sounds!

Here’s what you’d have to do:

  • Figure out how much food you’ll need for a whole year
  • Plant your crops
  • Weed and water the plants as they grow
  • Raise (and slaughter) animals for meat
  • Harvest the crops (by hand—machines haven’t been invented yet)
  • Store the food properly so it won’t spoil (no refrigerators!)
  • Eat carefully all winter so you won’t run out of food
  • Save seeds from this year’s crop to plant next year

Even if you worked very hard to raise your food, things could still go wrong. Hail can destroy a crop in minutes. Plants and animals can get diseases. If you get too much rain (or not enough), the crops won’t grow well. If your family gets sick right before harvesttime, your crops might rot in the fields unless you have neighbors to help you.

Do you see why people all over the world give thanks at harvesttime? A good harvest means that so many things have gone well. And it means that people will be able to stay alive until the next harvest. That’s something to be thankful for!

Read All About It
Check out the picture book Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Festival by Kate Waters. In this book a Wampanoag boy named Dancing Moccasins and an English boy named Resolved White tell about the preparations leading up to the harvest celebration that we now think of as the first Thanksgiving. As Dancing Moccasins hunts deer and Resolved does his chores, they both wonder what the day will hold for them. Will they be safe? Will they like each other? Find out!

Name That Pilgrim
How would you like it if your parents named you “Wrestling” or “Humility”? Some Pilgrim parents gave their children first names that would remind them of important things. At the first Thanksgiving there were kids named Remember, Love, Wrestling,
Humility, Resolved, and Peregrine. The baby who was born on the Mayflower was named Oceanus.

Fun Facts
The Pilgrims sailed for 66 days from England to America on a ship called the Mayflower. Only two people died on the stormy journey, and one baby was born, but half of the 100-some Mayflower passengers died of sickness during their first winter in America.

During a terrible storm a Mayflower passenger named John Howland was washed off the ship’s deck. But before he went into the ocean, he caught hold of something and was saved. If he had drowned that day, U.S. President George W. Bush would never have existed, because he is a descendent of John Howland.

The area called “Plymouth Colony”wasn’t empty when the Pilgrims arrived. A Native American tribe called the Wampanoag had been living there for thousands of years. Though the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag were friends for many years, they later fought each other and most of the Wampanoag were killed.

The Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving only once that we know of. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day a U.S. holiday.

Make a “ Thankful Calendar”
At the beginning of the month, hang a blank calendar page on your refrigerator with magnets. (Make your own calendar page and decorate it with things that remind you of harvesttime.) Every day, write down something big or little that you’re thankful to God for. Get your whole family to do this, and take turns reading the calendar to each other on Thanksgiving Day. Talk about what it was like to give thanks every day for a whole month.

The Very First Thanksgiving
Did you know that the first Thanksgiving celebration in North America actually happened in Canada?

More than 400 years ago Martin Frobisher, an English explorer and part-time pirate, had a dream. He wanted to find a direct sea route from Europe to Asia. Because Europeans hadn’t traveled west across the Atlantic Ocean much, he didn’t know that his dream was impossible. So off he sailed, but when he found land it wasn’t Asia—it was Canada.

In 1578, Frobisher started a settlement in what’s now called Newfoundland. He was so glad he had survived the long journey that he held a ceremony to give thanks to God.

Many Canadians continued celebrating Thanksgiving off and on through the years, but Thanksgiving didn’t become an official holiday in Canada until 1879.

The First U.S. Thanksgiving

On December 11, 1621, an Englishman named Edward Winslow wrote a letter from his new home in Plymouth Colony to his family back in England. He described the celebration Americans now think of as the first Thanksgiving. The letter went something like this:

My dear family,

We had a very good corn harvest this year, praise God! (Our barley was all right, but we did a really bad job with the peas–we planted them too late, and the summer sun burned them to a crisp.)

After we harvested our crops, we wanted to celebrate. We had enough food to get us through the winter!

Our governor sent out four men to hunt for ducks, geese, or turkey. The hunters brought back so many birds that we had food for a whole week.

We celebrated our harvest for three whole days. Many of our Indian neighbors came to join us, including their greatest chief, whose name was Massasoit. Our friends the Indians killed five deer and gave them to our leaders.

By the goodness of God, we have plenty of food this year, and for that we are very thankful.

With much love,

Edward

Aadapted from Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of
the Pilgrims at Plymouth, first published in 1622.

https://www.thebanner.org/departments/2011/01/harvest-of-thanks

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