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Retreats @ Camp Table Rock!
During what we call our "off season" (when it's not summer, and we aren't full of back to back camps) there are a few retreats that are scheduled! Retreats that we offer include our Women's 3-to-1 Fitness Retreat that is led by Michelle Carvell of St. Joseph, MO. This event allows women (18+) to come enjoy the fall weather on Table Rock Lake while doing fitness activities -- Zumba, Pound, Yoga, hiking, kayaking, walking, etc. This is a great weekend full of fellowship, games, relaxation, worship, God's Word, and lots of free coffee! Did I mention that all activities are optional?! Sign up for a wonderful weekend with 3-to-1 Fitness Retreat! Dates for 2020 are October 16-18.
Another event is our Rugged Men's retreat. This weekend is held in September (18-20, 2020) and it's a perfect time to get away from everyday life to enjoy the beauty here at CTR! This is a men's event which is full of activities and tournaments. Have a competitive side?! Then you'll love getting involved in the numerous tournaments such as trap shooting, archery, fishing, and horseshoes. The services are geared toward men. Did I mention there's a fish fry on Sunday?! You do not want to miss this event -- trust us!
Something that is brand new this year (2020) is the Refresh Retreat for college aged/young adults. This year the dates are January 10-12, 2020. There will be more information about this retreat by 2021 after this trial run, so we can work out any kinks! This is so exciting for CTR, to have an event that is directed solely to young adults. This is a very serious time in life when people are attending/graduating college, navigating new careers, taking leaps of faith, and so much more. It's a time that they need to rely on God with everything they've got. This weekend is designed to aid them in that with intentional services and worship, fellowship, and team building activities. We hope to see you there!
Newest Construction on the Campgrounds!
Here at Camp Table Rock, we try to do everything we can to continue updating the campgrounds. We believe it's important -- a priority -- to take care of what God has given us. So, with that being said, we decided to tear down the old family cabin building. It housed three family cabins and one nurse's cabin. It was definitely time for an upgrade. Right after Summer 2019, we began the process of tearing down the building. Many volunteers, work crews, and hired crews have worked endless hours to construct and dry in the brand new two-story building. This new building will now have adequate lodging for our female summer staff, cooks, and nurses with three additional family cabins. We are so excited to continue working on that project and see what God does with it! We want to thank each one of you who have contributed to this building, whether it was financially, prayerfully, and/or physically. God bless you!
It’s January! The first month of the year is always a time when we begin to look forward to new things that the next year has for us! Many of us as Christians do the same thing in our spiritual lives; we make promises at the beginning of the year about changes we will make in our Christian walk. Well, it is now four weeks since the new year and many of us may have already messed up or given up on some of our promises we made to God. We want to challenge you to keep on going! Satan wants nothing more than to condemn you and bring you down, but that is not the plan God has for us! We can bring our failures to God, allow him to redeem us, and then continue on our Journey with God.
Keep your focus on Him and you will continue to see God moving in your life! He is always up to something NEW each day!
Article by Shana Schutte focusonthefamily.com
I have a confession. I really like chick flicks, movies in which Mr. Right meets Miss Right, they fall in love, experience a crisis that rips their relationship apart, then make up with a kiss.
I like these movies because they speak to a place deep inside me that longs for romantic love. However, I know I will never find total satisfaction even if I could experience the romantic love of the movies because it's not the highest aspiration of mankind or the zenith of fulfillment. If it were, then a scriptural command to love romantically would be our greatest calling. Instead, it's to love God most (Matt. 22:37-40). In His love, we can find fulfillment that no human can provide.
Take these steps to help you experience an intimate love relationship with God.
HOW WILL THIS YEAR BE DIFFERENT FOR YOU?
New friends, old friends, nice teachers, scary teachers, a packed lunch, compulsory uniform and
a fresh timetable. Going back to school is a day that inevitably comes each year. Some love it,
others hate it or perhaps you just go through the motions indifferently. Regardless of how it
makes you feel you have to go, so how will you make the most of it? How will you make this year
at school worthwhile? It’s time for you to step up!
School is an incredible place where you meet hundreds of young people and spend time with
them 5 days a week for approximately 40 weeks a year. That presents an amazing opportunity
to witness and share the gospel with so many people. In fact the best people to reach out to
these students are students. The way you live and talk to your friends can be very powerful.
As a Christian, school ought to be looked at as one of the ultimate mission fields. Here are a few
ways you can stand out and step up when you go back to school this year:
MEET -- And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. = Hebrews 10:24-25 =
Find out if there is a Christian lunchtime group at your school, and then join it or start one. Then bring your friends.
TALK -- But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, = 1 Peter 3:15 =
When your friends ask what you did on the weekend, tell them about youth group or church and then invite them along. Tell your friends about your faith.
LIVE -- In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deedsand glorify your Father in heaven. = Matthew 5:16 =
Live like Jesus. Don’t get caught up in gossip, materialism, slander or any ways of this world. But be different and people will notice, then you can point them to Jesus.
PRAY -- Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. = Colossians 4:2 =
Pray for your mates, that they might come to know Jesus because prayer is powerful.
So as another year starts and the weekly cycle begins again, make a difference! Be bold and stand out for Jesus. Don’t waste the time you have now and the opportunities that come at school. Whether you are in year 7 or year 12, at a public school, private school, Christian school or secular school, Jesus died for all our sake and he has sent us out to make disciples of all people. So why don’t you start now?!
Written by Edward Sowden, fervr.net/teen-life/back-to-school