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Retreats at 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 Rest, Restore, and Renew 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 R&R's Retreat! Dates for 2023 are October 20-22.
Another event is our Rugged Men's retreat. This weekend is held in September (15-17, 2023) 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, .22 pistol, archery, fishing, corn hole, 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!
This will be the fourth go around for our Refresh Retreat for college aged/young adults. This year the dates are January 5-7, 2024. 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!
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"They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. 'We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God' they said."
Hardships. Those difficult circumstances to navigate. However, in Acts chapter fourteen, believers are reminded that there is a cost to following Christ.
Though our proclamation may inflict pain, may it never be without praise.
Also layered in the passage is the going and telling of the Good News; wherever the disciples were, that was their mission field to proclaim Christ. What is your mission field? Work? School? Gym? The grocery store? Wherever it is, we are called to proclaim Christ. But, that is the beauty—in sharing Jesus—the body of Christ is able to gather and grow. And as the hardships hit, together, we are strengthened and encouraged. Our hearts can also be transformed through prayer and petition. Furthermore, we have a promise from God that He will be our strength, hope, and guide in the hardships of life. He is not an absent God, but a present Father. God is pleased when the body of Christ is gathered together in pursuit of Jesus - even when it is difficult.
We love you and are praying for you daily at Camp Table Rock!
Intimacy with God: The way to true fulfillment
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.
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Here at Camp Table Rock, we try to make improvements to the Camp every year. Every year when you return to Camp Table Rock we hope that you can see that we have invested time, effort and money to make CTR the best Camp it can possibly be. We make this a priority because we value you and we always want to give our best for God’s Kingdom Work! We certainly 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 our current outdoor worship amphitheater in order to make preparations for a new Chapel building! We believe that the new Chapel will be a tremendous blessing to our ministry and to all that attend Camp here. We are hoping to complete the new Chapel by the summer of 2025. Our brand new outdoor amphitheater will have a view of the lake that you have never seen here at Camp Table Rock. It is awesome! We are so excited to be creating headway on this double-layered project and can't wait for you all to experience it with us!
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