Maundy Thursday: Our Maundy Thursday service is now online through our YouTube channel. There is a link to YouTube on our website http://www.newhorizonschristian.org as well as at our NHCC Folks group on Facebook. Thanks to Dorine for linking to our NHCC Folks group.
Easter Sunday: Pastor Jim will be making a rare appearance in a tie and jacket so why not dress up for Easter and post a picture of yourself/your family on Facebook? Remember to gather together something to share at the communion time of our service. This week’s text will be the Raising of Lazarus found in the Gospel of John, Chapter 11.
Thank You: Thank you to all who are sharing these services with friends across the country – we are reaching people that we have never reached before. What a blessing amidst interesting times.
Thanks again to our expanded production team with contributions from Adam, Sam, Ali, Steve, and Tammy. As Al Channell, our former Camp Christian superintendent used to say when facing a challenging situation: “Just another opportunity to excel.”
Thanks to the Allen family for their encouraging visits that they made to 20 household in two counties last weekend.
Thanks to those like Jeanine Hill- Harvey for making and sharing masks with others.
Thanks to all who are posting encouraging messages and checking in on one another.
Thanks to our Prayer Team continuing their ministry in a virtual way. Please send new joys and concerns to Pastor Jim.
Thanks to our Elders for caring for their flocks.
Thanks to all of our generous souls who have continued to share their financial resources for the ministries of our church. Last week’s offering was phenomenal.
Co-Pastor Search: Great News. We are receiving resumes from candidates.
Camp Christian Update: I am a member of the the Camp Christian Committee which has designed a shorter schedule to accommodate our changed circumstances. Here is an excerpt from a letter that the committee sent out last week:
- Our summer programming will have to be condensed and we will offer one week for each of the age groups:
- CYF Conference will be July 5-11, for youth in grades 9-12
- Chi Rho Camp will be July 12-18, for youth in grades 6-8
- Otter/Ribbit Camp will be July 19-25, for children in grades 2-5
- Advance Conference will remain July 26 – August 2, for young adults ages 19-29
- (Grandparents Camp is looking to reschedule sometime in the Fall)
- The schedule and programming for each week will be slightly different than in past summers, and the details of those programs will be made public once the directors and leaders of the various weeks have a chance to organize and plan.
In addition to safety and health concerns, we are doing our best to be fiscally responsible with our regional resources. In order for us to be able to afford to open Camp, even in this postponed and condensed format this year, WE NEED to total 405 attendees throughout the month of July, an average of a little over 100 people per week. In the coming weeks we will need attendees to RSVP (payment to be made at a future date) here https://www.ccinoh.org/events_details.aspx?id=455 so that we can have a good idea of how many campers we will be serving this summer.
It is essential that everyone who is planning to come RSVP’s by April 26th. If we do not have enough RSVPs, we will not be able to open Camp at all this summer.
We want dearly to believe in faith over fear and to operate out of a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity, which is why we have put this contingency summer camp plan in place. However, we know that things are changing rapidly in this climate, and we want you to know that we will also take steps to ensure everyone’s safety first and foremost. The Regional Staff and CCC will continue to meet in the coming weeks and months to continue to discuss our shared passion for camp ministry while putting health and safety at the forefront of all of our decision making.
Please continue to pray for one another and to pray for this region that we may be guided by God’s wisdom and discernment in this process. Thank you for your support, patience, generosity, and most importantly, thank you for your love of Camp Christian and every young person who has ever found a home here.
Peace and Blessings,
Camp Christian Committee & Regional Staff
Please direct all questions to Rev. Alan Dicken, our Regional Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.