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Man Camp 2019

Posted by on March 19, 2019

Man Camp is coming!

Another year is flying by and the winter is moving on as quickly as it came. Before you know it, the snow and ice will be a mere memory, the flowers will be blooming, and the 75th Anniversary of Camp Brookwoods will be upon us. This is an iconic year for camp and there is a lot to do in order to prepare for this upcoming summer. We need your help to do so! Let’s start this summer off the best and most manly way possible in order to pave the way for this big year so we can ensure that our campers have their best summer yet!

Save the date, spread the word, and join the herd on May 3rd-5th for Man Camp 2019! Scroll down to register.

We have a big list of projects for Man Camp this year and we will be doing things a bit differently so that we can plan ahead and make the most of our time. View the Man Camp Work list 2019 and then tell us what your top two are on our registration form.

Please contact Greg to ask questions or to indicate any specialty skill sets you have as well as any tools that you can bring! Thank You!


6:00 p.m. Arrival
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:45 p.m. Welcome
8:15 p.m. Worship/Teaching

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Worship/Teaching
9:00-12:30p.m. Project Time
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00-5:30 p.m. Project Time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Worship/Teaching
7:30 p.m. Ice Cream- JJ’s Cafe

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Cookout
8:30 a.m. Worship/Teaching
9:30 a.m. Weekend Review/Project time
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Finish projects or head home

*** If working on Friday interests you, please let us know! Lunch will be provided to you.

Here is a short list of what to expect:

• Being encouraged spiritually as a group of men who gather together
• Spend time with new and old camp friends
• Plan on eating great food
• Bring your own bedding
• Bring any specialty tools you own and want to use

Click here to register for Man Camp 2019!

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.



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)


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


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

  • (needed for meal planning)
  • *shirts will be adult sizes

2017 – More Than Just a Fresh Start

Posted by on December 31, 2016

“2016, I am so done with you.”

Statements like those have been a common refrain in my social media feed, particularly after news relating the death of a beloved musician (Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen), actor (Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Carrie Fisher), or public figure (John Glenn, Muhammad Ali). For many, 2016 was an especially awful year. Between a bitterly contested Presidential race, a global refugee crisis with no end in sight, domestic and international terrorism, ongoing racial tensions and high-profile police shootings, and many, many other issues—it’s hard to disagree with the sentiment.

Wouldn’t it be nice to just close the book on those challenges? How about a fresh start in 2017, a blank slate, clean bill of health for the world, all debts paid?

Of course, that’s not the way it works.

Life gives second chances (and thirds, and fourths…), but these are always sequels that build on the past, never altogether new. We don’t get the luxury of going back to the home-screen and picking a different story like we do on Netflix. Most of the challenges of 2016 will remain with us into 2017, and their ramifications will raise new challenges unforeseen to us now. The challenges of life aren’t at all affected by the celebration of one more pass around the sun.

But, while life doesn’t offer do-overs, it does move in cycles that give us time to reflect on our “do-next-time’s” and that’s the opportunity found in New Year’s resolutions. The “do-next-time” I’d recommend to you—even if it’s your “do-again-next-time” or “do-for-the-first-time—is to commit to a devotional practice that helps you make sense of years like 2016.

Last summer at MRO, we looked at the stories of Daniel and Ruth as a way of understanding the Big Story of God in the Bible. The challenges that this man and woman faced are similar to our own. Ruth’s family faced utter devastation after the deaths of her father-in-law, husband, and brother-in-law—all in a brief span of time. Daniel was pressured to compromise his convictions at the cost of losing his job and even his life. But the profundity of these stories isn’t that their struggles perfectly mirror ours. The profundity is that their hope perfectly mirrors ours. Or rather, their hope is our hope. Ruth’s story teaches us that the answer to our present suffering is a King who will redeem our sorrows once and for all. Daniel teaches us that God is moving behind the scenes, even when all seems lost, to bring justice and save his people.

Reading stories like these, regularly, reminds us that our struggles aren’t just the unhappy coincidences of a bad year, but the perennial challenges of humankind. More importantly, however, they remind us that the hope of those who have gone before us is the same hope that we can have this year—hope that isn’t founded in casual optimism, but in the real, embodied events of history recorded in Scripture—most notably in the Incarnation of God himself through the person of Jesus Christ.

While we might be “So done with 2016,” I’m grateful that our Lord isn’t. He’s at work in our world, by the power of his Holy Spirit, active in the lives of his Church and in camps like Moose River Outpost, Brookwoods, and Deer Run. So as 2016 comes to a close, think about ways that you’d like to regularly hear words of hope in the pages of Scripture. I’ve included some personal recommendations below.

Whatever you decide, I encourage you recommit to some way of entering into the Big Story of God on a regular basis. That way, whatever comes in 2017, you’ll have something real to offer to a world desperately in need of hope.

Recommendations for Regular Scripture Reading:

As an Anglican pastor, I recommend the Daily Office Lectionary, used by Anglican churches worldwide, which provides four readings from across the Bible every day. Praying the Psalms regularly has helped me to be more honest and authentic in my prayers, especially during times of grief. Or you might try to read the Bible in one year. Friends of mine have really enjoyed this daily email that allows you to listen or read a commentary that helps explain the passages.

by Will Chester, Moose River Outpost summer pastor 2016, Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell, pastor at Church of the Resurrection

Advent – Week 3

Posted by on December 13, 2016

O Come, O Come Thou Lord of Might


Opening Prayer

God of timeless grace, you fill us with joyful expectation. Make us ready for the

message that prepares the way, that with uprightness of heart and holy joy we may

eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Lighting of Advent Candels 1-3

Q. Why do we light the Advent candle?

A. To remember this truth: Jesus is the Word through whom all things were made. In

him is life and his life is the light of all people. If we receive his light, our joy is made

complete. (based on John 1:1-3 & John 15:11)

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we have neglected Advent disciplines. We’ve crowded them out with Christmas

celebrations that arrive too early and with our anxieties, selfishness and lack of trust.

Because of this, we have forgotten you and we are joyless. We are lost, in need of your

help. Come, Lord Jesus. Forgive and restore us. Guide and deliver us. Renew our joy.


Readings for Week 3

· Sunday: Isaiah 35:1-10

· Monday: Luke 1:5-17

· Tuesday: Luke 1:18-25

· Wednesday: Luke 1:26-38

· Thursday: Luke 1:39-45

· Friday: Luke 1:46-56

· Saturday: Luke 1:57-66

Prayer of Faith and Response

The Lord’s Prayer or The Apostles’ Creed

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Closing Prayer

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are

sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver

us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and

glory, now and for ever. Amen.


Download the full Advent Devotional from Matt Brown. Matt is the Senior Pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn.

Thanking Big

Posted by on November 22, 2016

Thanking Big: Reflections on Thanksgiving

2 Corinthians 9:15 – “Thanks be to God for his indescribable Gift!”

November 1, 7:02 AM. That’s when I saw my first Christmas-themed commercial of the year. My second was at 7:03. It seems like we begin the Christmas count-down earlier and earlier each year. To be fair, I love Christmas and even have a certain regard for the decorations, the eggnog, the trees, the TV specials, the music, and the eggnog. Did I say I love eggnog?

img_2066The traditional response to all this overdone and gaudy… tradition…is to complain that we celebrate Christmas too early, and to argue for the importance of Thanksgiving as the overlooked ethical powerhouse-holiday. In a sense, that’s exactly how I feel about the holidays: I think Thanksgiving doesn’t get it’s due. But in another sense, I think intermingling the meaning of Christmas and Thanksgiving is exactly what we should be doing.

Mind you, I’m not saying we should be stuffing our turkeys with candy-canes. The traditional foods, decorations, and family gatherings have very little to do with my plea for a Christmas-minded Thanksgiving. My point is that we’re thanking too small at Thanksgiving.

With very genuine hearts we give thanks for the many good things we experience every day: Warm homes, the love of family members, job security, religious freedom, and of course good food to eat, as represented by mounds of turkey and stuffing. It is right for us to be thankful for the unprecedented abundance we share as Americans, but most of us are well aware that many others in God’s world can’t give thanks for mooseriveroutpost121-1these things because they don’t have them. What could a season of thanksgiving possibly mean for the orphaned, the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry?

This is where I believe Christians worldwide have an opportunity to “thank big.” We sometimes wonder how God, who is Love, could allow suffering and hunger in His world. What we overlook in that question, is that God doesn’t allow it, at least long term. He takes the suffering of humankind in this fallen and sinful world so seriously that He has offered up the life of His own son to begin the world’s process of redemption. In the words of one of Christ’s apostles,

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.” – 1 Peter 1:3-4

Jesus has overcome death, and will restore this world as well. Because of Jesus we have hope, and for that hope of a just, peaceful, and contented world we owe Him our thanks. In essence, at Thanksgiving (and all the time) we ought to give thanks for the message of Christmas: That God would not stand by and allow sin and it’s ripples of injustice to shatter His world. Instead he sent Jesus.

May we never allow the store-window traditions of Christmas to distract us from the thanksgiving we owe to Christ. May we participate in God’s Kingdom even now by spreading love, mercy, and peace wherever we can, and may we enjoy the holidays with full plates, full hearts, and in the fullness of God’s saving love.