For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1
Ecclesiastes 3:1 was the theme verse for our summer of “Living in God’s Time”. We had the opportunity to think about how to we are called to live in God’s time, a holy time, as we learned more about the story of Jesus through the five seasons of the church year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Through Bible study, games, worship and relationships, we were able to see and celebrate as campers experienced personal and spiritual growth. This group of summer staff was able to join in community to fulfill their call and to carry out the mission of Luther Point. With the physical transition of camp, as well as staffing changes, the summer staff worked through the newness and was able to fully focus on the youth, families and adult that came to Luther Point. We were not perfect, but we were faithful.
We restructured how we offered our programming this summer. Our main three programs, 3rd/4th grade camp, 5th/6th grade camp, and Jr. High/Confirmation Camp, were offered almost every week of the summer to help accommodate parents, families, pastors and youth workers. With this model, families and churches were able to pick a week and send all their kids to experience the Luther Point community together. Grandparent/Grandchild Camp and Day-At-Camp programs were alternated throughout the summer.
With the help of Anna Morris, Off-Site Program Director, Luther Point was able to add some new programs into our summer camp programming. Anna also boosted the outdoor education aspect of the Outpost overnight for our week-long campers. An Outdoor Explorers camp and a Canoe Explorers camp were added to our in-camp programming schedule, but taught campers about God’s creation , Outpost and basic canoe skills. We added a 1st/2nd grade overnight for our younger camper population and introduced a Night Life program for our Junior High aged campers. All of these programs were considered to be successful and will be offered again this coming summer.
We continued to offer programming for our senior high population. Once again, we had a large volume of applications for the B.U.D.D.I.E.S (Building Up Dedicated Disciples Into Experienced Servants) Program. Sr. High Servant Camp and our Camp-Serve-Grow participants partnered with our local Habitat for Humanity during the day and also spent time at camp. Added to the schedule was a Sr. High Road Trip, a mystery road trip across Minnesota and Wisconsin. We hope to build on these programs and increase our participation by youth groups and individuals!
Programming in the Fall/Winter/Spring at Luther Point was offered for adults and youth. The Elementary Weekend Camp in March continued to pull in high registration numbers. The Cookie Baking Retreat and Prayer Shawl Retreat were offered through our adult ministry. Luther Point is looking forward to adding to our retreat opportunities this coming year.
Thank you for your prayers, time, energy and financial support of Luther Point. We are so blessed to be able to continue this ministry year after year.