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Remembering Alex Reed 1998-2018

Posted by on April 16, 2018

Psalm 61:1-2
“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

It is with the heaviest hearts that we remember Alex Reed who was killed in a climbing accident in Bend, Oregon on April 10th.

Camp background: Alex was third generation camp alumni.  Scott, Gwen, (Alex’s parents) and Leana (Alex’s sister) Reed relocated to Epping, NH last summer. The Reeds left Idaho, which had been their home for over 10 years, to be closer to Scott’s parents, Bud and Midge Reed. “Uncle Bud” and “Aunt Midge” worked at camp in the 80s and 90s and their kids, Scott and Dawn, went through the camper and LDP programs, and also served on staff. In 2012, Alex came to Brookwoods for the first time. Alex wanted to come back to camp, so in 2013, Scott and Gwen worked on staff and Alex and Leana were campers. Alex completed the LDP program in 2015 (Alex is wearing his Allagash rock in this climbing picture) and Leana will be a 1st year LDP this summer.

After graduating from high school Alex moved to Bend, OR without knowing a soul. He quickly became part of the Central Oregon climbing community. When Alex wasn’t in the gym teaching climbing, he was in the great outdoors climbing. The Bend Rock Gym had become his home away from home. We are beyond grateful for the love and support that the climbing community has shown the Reeds; they have showered them with the same deep love and care that they have for Alex. Please visit Bend Rock Gym Facebook page to read how Alex’s life impacted this community.

The Reed’s hope and prayer is that the memory of Alex will encourage all of us to serve our communities more passionately, love others more boldly, and live our lives more courageously.

In lieu of flowers, the Reed Family has set up a Memorial LDP Scholarship in Alex’s memory. You can make a gift through this link.

If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with the Reeds, please email melissa@christiancamps.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Annual Report

Posted by on March 26, 2018

Opps…one more click HERE to see the 2017 Annual Report.  For confidentially we have remove the names of the donors, but the rest of the report is fun and informative.

Keeping a Holy Lent

Posted by on March 24, 2018

Keeping a Holy Lent

by Rev. Dr. Craig R. Higgins

People from different religious backgrounds have very different reactions to the season of Lent. Some grow up in churches where Lent is observed, but with little to no real explanation. Whether observed as a time of strict austerity or merely as a time of forgoing a few simple pleasures, in such cases Lent may seem like an empty, meaningless ritual.

On the other hand, some grow up in church traditions where Lent is not observed at all. These folks may think of Lenten observance as, at best, a hollow custom, or, at worst, quite foreign to authentic Christianity. As a matter of fact, many who grew up in church have the same the question as those who didn’t: “What is Lent, anyway?”

The Meaning of Lent

Lent’s origin is hidden in the early centuries of church history, but we do know that it originated as a time of preparation for Easter. From the church’s earliest days, the resurrection of Christ was celebrated not only each week (on Sunday, the Lord’s Day), but also in a special festival of the resurrection. This festival we call Easter Day, and it is celebrated as the Sunday of Sundays.

Lent, as a season of preparation, is traditionally focused on repentance. Speaking biblically, to repent means to make a change in our attitudes, words, and lifestyles. As 16th century reformer Martin Luther taught, the Christian life in its totality is a life of repentance. Beginning when we first commit our lives to Christ, and continuing throughout our lives, we are more and more turning away from sin and self- centeredness and more and more turning to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Even though a repentant spirit should mark all we do, it is still appropriate that certain times be set aside for a particular focus on repentance. The church has traditionally done this at the Lenten season (and, to a lesser extent, in the pre-Christmas season of Advent).

Lent, therefore, is a time for focusing on the heart, a time for asking questions about our spiritual health:

• What are my characteristic sins, and how can I work and pray for change?

• What idols have captured my imagination so that my love for the living God has grown cold?

• In what ways is my devotion to Christ and his church less than wholehearted?

The Lenten season is the spiritual equivalent of an annual physical exam; it’s a time to take stock of our lives, our hearts.

Keeping Lent, however, is potentially dangerous, precisely because of this focus on the heart. After all, it is much easier to read a book on prayer than to spend time leisurely speaking with our heavenly Father. It is much easier to fast from certain foods than it is to turn from idols of the heart. It is much easier to write a check than to spend time in ministries of mercy. Consequently, Lent is easily trivialized. The point of Lent is not to give up chocolate; it’s to give up sin!

Even with this warning, however, we need to beware of going from one extreme to the other. Yes, it is possible so completely to externalize your Lenten observance that you end up trivializing it. Yet we need to remember that we are not purely spiritual beings. God created humans as physical beings; we are psychosomatic creatures, a “nexus of body and soul.” What we do physically has an effect on us spiritually— and we neglect this principle to our peril.

For example, it is unquestionably true that my attitude in prayer is more important that my posture in prayer. However, sometimes being in a physical posture of humility—kneeling in prayer—helps me get in the right frame of mind. It shouldn’t surprise us in the least that there is a connection between the physical and spiritual; it simply reflects how God created us. That’s why, at the center of Christian worship, God gave us the sacraments, baptism and the Eucharist— simple physical rites involving water, bread, and wine, but rites that communicate to us the most profound of spiritual realities. That’s also why, in the pages of Holy Scripture and throughout the history of the church, we find many physical acts and postures designed to help us worship, to help us pray, to help us in our spiritual growth.

Recognizing this God-created link between the physical and the spiritual, the Lenten season has historically included a physical element, specifically fasting and other acts of self-denial. We’ll deal with these more fully below.

Click here to read the full article.

by Rev. Dr. Craig R. Higgins, the founding and senior pastor of Trinity Church.

The 2018 Man Camp

Posted by on February 15, 2018

Man Camp – where the men are men…and so are the boys.

Update: We are currently OUT of cabin space for overnight Man Camp attendees! If you want to come up for the day on Saturday (May 5th) you are welcome to come eat some great food and work hard with us- please fill out the form below so we can get a meal count!

Its time to mark your calendar and sign up for one of our favorite weekends of the whole year. Block the weekend out, buy a spa day for your wife, recruit your best friend and his son, then get ready to work hard and eat well as we get camp ready for summer. Join us on May 4-6 and come help us prepare for camp. This spring we will gather together to ready camp, get some spiritual encouragement, and connect with friends old and new.

This event is a great opportunity for Dads to bring their 12+ year-old sons or invite a friend that might not know Jesus for a great shared experience. We encourage everyone to invite another male friend or family member to join you for Man Camp.

Schedule:

Friday

6:00 pm Arrival

6:30 Dinner

7:15 Welcome – JJ’s Cafe

8:00 Worship/Teaching

8:45 Leave for optional Night Hike of Mt. Major (hot cocoa at the summit)

Saturday

8:00 am Breakfast

8:30 Morning Devos – JJ’s Cafe

9:00-12:30 Project time

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Project time

5:30 Dinner – Magic Steve’s famous ribs

6:10 Project Review/Teaching – JJ’s Cafe

7:30 Night Paintball followed by Ice-cream in JJ’s Cafe

Sunday

7:30 am Breakfast Cookout

8:30 Sunday Devos – JJ’s Cafe

9:30 Progress Reports & Project time

12:30 Lunch

1:00 Finish projects or head home

If you want to come early on Friday to get a head start on your project, let us know. We will feed you lunch too!

Fill out the form below to sign up.

If you can’t make it, and would like to donate to the projects we are doing, that can be done HERE. Be sure to click the ‘other” option and tell us you would like to participate in our work weekend by making a donation.

Man Camp Registration

  • *shirts will be adult sizes

Thinking about NEXT summer…..

Posted by on September 14, 2017

bob Bob Strodel, Executive Director

I’m sure that some families still MIGHT have a few more piles of camp laundry left, or perhaps a daypack or bag which contains a few pair of socks or a candy bar wrapper from a trip to the camp store.  School has started and families are getting into the pattern of daily routines with sports, friends and new events.

Who has time to think about NEXT summer?

You do!

Last year we had waiting lists at Brookwoods and Deer Run.    Moose River Outpost set an attendance record and we even added a new cabin to accommodate the demand.   I would encourage you to get signed up for camp NOW so you will have a spot reserved for incredible adventure and fun.

The link to the online registration page is:  https://www.christiancamps.net/camps/register-for-camp/

We offer existing families the first opportunity to pick your favorite session, before they are filled, so please don’t wait to enroll.