Dear Camp Concordia Friends, Guests and Campers-
First, please be assured that the Camp Concordia Ministry Team and Board of Directors are paying close attention to the ever-changing situation in Michigan and around the world in regards to COVID-19. Know that, as we do our very best to respond as a ministry, we are PRAYING for you and your families and CAN'T WAIT to serve you this summer!
Friends, please remember: “… God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim 1:7
How is God going to handle this one? Plagues, famines and wars have not kept the truth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, from being shared to the ends of the earth. We WILL trust in Him.
Our lives have been affected in unanticipated and climatic ways by the spread of COVID‐19. The good news: God is still in control and our hope is not in the things of this world. So we think clearly and make healthy responses as we place the needs of the most at‐risk people in our community ahead of our own.
But what about this summer? As you wrestle with BIG unknowns, your summer plans may be on the bottom of the heap. But here is an encouraging word. As of March 23, 2020, Camp Concordia is planning to proceed with children’s and youth camps this summer. The current Executive Order for the state of Michigan lasts through April 14th. Of course, at this time there will be a need for reassessment and possibly a need for flexibility and adaptation.
Still, we are preparing and moving forward - with a few changes to amplify our usual safe environment. We are about 80 days away from our 2020 Summer Camp season and the health of your children and camp’s seasonal staff will remain on the top of our heap. We are monitoring the situation as closely as possible. So, along with our normal pre‐summer communications, we will update you about changes related to Camp Concordia.
In the meantime? Pray for those affected by COVID‐19. Consider how you can be a light to those in your community - like a campfire in the dark. Camp Concordia is a place that refreshes and renews so campers can go back to their community and share the love of Christ. This is our opportunity (our time to shine) as the body of Christ, to be supportive to our neighbors (while keeping our social distance).
Hug your kids today and remind them that "God's got this!" Look up at the night sky as a family and marvel together at God's handiwork! Watch a sunrise snuggled with your kids and thank God for another day. Find things to be thankful for as a family in the midst of the unknown! Take these moments to look for glimpses of God in the world He's created right in your backyard.
REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP - Register your child for SUMMER CAMP now! After a spring like this one, I encourage you to be even more intentional in pointing your kids to the Savior. Summer camp is a great way to do just that. So register today before spaces fill up. We’re trusting God that this year’s summer camp will be one of the best ever. We will continue to exceed health and safety standards for summer camp, so no worries. Get them signed up. You’ll be glad you did.
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