Sunday, December 01, 2013

Along the Paths of Camp Emmaus

After the end of the Saturday business session of District Conference everyone was invited to come to Camp Emmaus for a hot dog roast at the lodge. Board members served food to over 60 folks from around the district and to the youth who were staying there for the weekend.

Leaves were flying at the annual leaf raking day at Camp Emmaus on November 8th. More than 30 volunteers from six (6) congregations and board members helped rake and mulch enough leaves to fill three (3) large wagons. The wagons delivered the leaves to a neighboring farm. The Dutchtown congregation brought five (5) youth to help enjoy the fresh air and fun. Following the raking the board enjoyed a carry in lunch and reorganized for the year ahead.

There is still plenty of wood to purchase for firewood at the camp. Bill Hare (815-734-4268) should be contacted about the wood. Anyone interested in reserving one of the all winter facilities at Camp Emmaus should also contact Bill.

The board members are left to right: Mark Flory Steury, Lisa Fike, Don Hart, Tom Cliine, Mike Schnieria, Sylvia Saunders, Gary Baisden, and Manager Bill Hare. Board members absent from the picture are: Ellis boughton, Steve Dietrich, and Dianne Swingel.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Brethren Gather at Camp Emmaus

On Sunday, August 4, many of the Brethren churches from Northwest Illinois got together at Camp Emmaus to share a time of worship and fellowship. It was a perfect summer day as more than 120 people from the Freeport, Yellow Creek, Dixon, Polo, Mt. Morris, Franklin Grove, and Cherry Grove congregations lifted their voices in song and their hearts in prayer. And then being good Brethren, they joined in that staple of any good church meeting – the bountiful potluck. Getting acquainted, renewing old friendships, and sharing lots of smiles and laughter were also on the menu. The afternoon was rounded off with swimming in the brand new camp pool for those brave enough to jump into the cool waters. Future events are being planned to continue to strengthen ties between the Brethren churches in the area as we strive to serve God – peacefully, simply, TOGETHER.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Along the Paths of Camp Emmaus

Camp clean up of the building and facilities went well this spring, before campers began to arrive for the season. The camp board truly appreciates the willing work of local congregations in the yearly readying for the season. Beyond getting the cleaning done, it serves as a renewed reminder of the presence of Camp Emmaus, and appreciation for its beauty and message.

This has been a good summer for added promotion of the use of the pool at Camp. Promotions have gone out to all local churches, all Churches of the Brethren in the proximity, and posted at various sites. Attendance at these Sunday swims has improved, and board members are taking turns in being the responsible persons in charge each time. Open swims for the public are still available the Sundays of August 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 1-3 p.m., with a $2 charge per person.

The camp board continues to consider options for next year to supplement the programming already in place for the use of the camp property and schedule. Diana Roemer, Director of Advancement and Marketing at Pinecrest Manor, has been sharing great ideas in working with the board on these dreams.

Be sure to mark the Saturday of the Labor Day weekend on your calendar, for coming to the annual Camp Appreciation Dinner. There will be great food and entertainment, as well as a chance to catch up on all that’s new at camp, and visit with old and new camp friends. More detailed information will be routed to your congregations and camp representatives.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Along the Paths of Camp Emmaus

It may be snowing outside, but your hearts are warm in Northern Illinois! We are pleased to report that our matching funds campaign for donations towards the operating fund account of Camp Emmaus is completed and was successful. Three churches in the district and multiple individuals donated enough money to that camp funding campaign so that the Mt. Morris congregation was able to write a $10,000 check to match that amount, and all was finalized within two months.

*The retirement of the debt on the repair and renovation of the camp pool has also gone well, thanks to continued giving of local churches and individuals. The Polo congregation very generously donated $10,000 towards that fund this winter. The process of the pool repair project has taken a long time, from the beginning of planning in 2008, to the first use of the renovated pool last season, to now. The original debt of $250,000 has been reduced to $34,000, and we have hopes the remaining debt will be refinanced and then finished in a timely manner.

*Diana Roemer, the Director of Advancement and Marketing for Pinecrest Manor, has been hired as an outside consultant to help Camp Emmaus with an expanded marketing plan and to help find outside funding sources. We are looking forward to seeing the results of her efforts for us in the months ahead.

*The Camp Emmaus board recently reorganized, with the new officers being: Mike Schnierla as president, Ellis Boughton as vice president, Heidi Gerdes as treasurer, and Dianne Swingel as corresponding secretary. Sylvia Saunders continues on as recording secretary, and Heidi Gerdes is in charge of programming. Other board members are Gary Baisden, Tom Cline, Steve Dietrich, Mark Flory-Steury, and Don Hart.

*Camp Emmaus has a new email address for those who wish to make contacts: campemmaus@live.com.

Those pictured: Bill Hare, Camp Mgr; Diane Swingel
and Steve Dietrich of Mt. Morris Church; Mike Schnierla, Board Chair;
and Sylvia Saunders, of Mt. Morris Church.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Along the Paths of Camp Emmaus


Camp Emmaus held their annual Appreciation Dinner at the lodge at Camp Emmaus on September 3rd. Around 120 people attended the celebration. After the catered meal attendees enjoyed an entertaining tale about the creation of the lake by Orion Stover’s son, Stanley Stover. We introduced new board members Mark Flory Steury and Tom Cline. Auditor, Gordon Heid, gave an overview of finances and vocalist Margo Ackland entertained the group with her singing and guitar playing.

We have scheduled Leaf Raking at the Camp for Saturday, November 10th at 8 AM. The Board meeting will follow lunch. Raking makes the grounds look better and the loads of leaves are available for farmers.

Outside groups are being scheduled for next summer by Bill Hare. If you know of a group who would like to use the full camp facilities in the month of June or on various weekends please contact Bill for available dates.

With November approaching you may want to consider Camp Emmaus for year end giving. The needs are great for both the operating fund and retiring the pool renovation debt. All contributions would be greatly appreciated.

 
Photo of Board Members: Gary Baisden, Dianne Swingel, Don Hart, Heidi Gerdes,
Sylvia Saunders, Mark Flory-Steury, Steve Dietrich, BethAnne Baughman,
and Tom Cline. Absent was board President Ellis Boughton.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Along the Paths of Camp Emmaus

On a recent lovely August afternoon at Camp Emmaus, the junior high campers were spending their time either tie-dying shirts, “creek stomping”, or swimming in the pool. The beautiful pool lies under a canopy of oaks and creates a plus for the camping season. Swimming disappeared all last summer as the pool was under renovation along with the filter house.

Patrick, the lifeguard, shared that all the campers enjoy the early Polar Bear and afternoon swims and the new pool basketball hoop. Comments heard from campers like Jason, Noah, Reid, Avery and Tyler was “amazing’, “great for hot days”, “better than last year”, “feels great when it’s hot out”, and “pretty awesome”, show their appreciation. The pool opens for public and open swims on Sunday afternoons and for camps held the rest of the season.

Having a workable recreational water facility contributes a very important part of any camping program and promotes the programs of Camp Emmaus to local Church of the Brethren congregations and other nearby Churches. Contributions to retire the $60,000+ balance of the pool renovation cost are greatly appreciated.

Thanks to the various local congregations who helped with the annual clean up of the grounds and buildings prior to the camping season. We couldn’t do it without you.

The Annual Camp Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 1 at 5:30 PM in the lodge. There will be no charge for this evening of great food, entertainment and an opportunity to visit with others who support the camp in so many ways. Fill a car(s) with folks from your congregation and join us.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Along the Paths of Camp Emmaus

The completion date for the new pool project is June 1. The first Church of the Brethren camp to enjoy this new pool is Elementary I on June 25 – 26. The original pool was built in 1952 with thousands of swimmers enjoying it over the years. The pool provides a great marketing tool for the camp.

The cost for the renovation comes to $250,000 of which $100,000 still needs to be raised. Donations are welcome and can be made out to Camp Emmaus Pool Fund, Box 128, Mt. Morris, IL 61054.

April showers have wild flowers blooming at Camp Emmaus. A huge field of Shooting Stars surround the lodge. You can call the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren who can contact one of the many fans of the camp who would be willing to lead a tour of the spring flowers growing all around the camp.

Camp clean up has been scheduled for June 15 – 22. Manager, Bill Hare, ordered 200 catfish to stock the lake for fishing. Come on out and bring your pole for a relaxing time in nature.

Registration forms have been sent to churches and we are hoping for a bumper crop of campers. Anyone registering for camp before June 10 will receive a free 2011 Camp Emmaus T-shirt. Grandparents, sending your grandchild to Camp Emmaus could just bo one of the most memorable and long lasting gifts you could give. See you at Camp…

Contributed by Diane Swingel.