The theme for 2016 was “Thy Will Be Done.” Campers from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin came to Camp Sinawa, Wisconsin, for the annual Covenant Youth Camp. Great food and fellowship filled the week. The lessons taught were, “Thy Will Be Done – Loving What God Wants” (Rev. Jim Sawtelle), “Thy Will Be Done and Your Calling and Office” (Rev. Kyle Sorensen), “Thy Will Be Done and Your Gender Identity” (Rev. Dan Schnabel), “Thy Will Be Done and Your Sexual Purity” (Elder Christopher Campbell), and “Thy Will Be Done and Your Use of Media” (Rev. Tim Marinelli).
As the pictures show, church camp combines great Bible teaching with exercise and opportunities to build solid relationships with like-minded Christians. The Camp Slide Show is always a highlight, and is available to watch and share online. Just ask your pastor for the link.
Insert photos CEC group and CEC ballgame.
Heidelberg Youth Camp
The youth of the Northern Plains and South Central Classis’ gathered at Heidelberg Youth Camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota July 18th – 22nd for a week of fellowship, faith, and fun. The theme of the week was The Seven Sayings. Each day the campers explored the deep implications of the statements Jesus made from the cross. Each lesson, delivered from a different pastor of a South Central or Northern Plains congregation, pointed to the great sacrifice our Savior made in enduring the total wrath of God merited by the sins of His elect!
Campers had opportunity to grow in their faith not only during the six lectures delivered to them, but through evening singing and worship, table devotions at each meal, and cabin devotions each night. Campers and counselors had opportunity to hear the continuity of the faith each time the Word was opened and explained by a pastor or counselor. During the week campers also put their faith into action. The offerings collected during HYC were designated for a former HYC counselor who is currently serving in a foreign mission field. What a blessing to witness the faithful response of a redeemed people!
The blessings of God were received not only through the study of His Word, but also the many opportunities for fellowship. Campers enjoyed God’s creation during free time and organized events, including the HYC Cup. Campers had the opportunity to try their hand at canoeing, archery, Frisbee golf (now fully mapped!), crafts, and many other games during the week. At HYC we also enjoy some traditional rivalries. The annual Senior vs. Counselor Volleyball game was, after some quick game extensions and other on the fly ‘house rules’, won by the seniors this year. Prior to their loss, the counselors also suffered a defeat in the Junior vs. Counselors Capture the Flag game. Congratulations to the campers for a double defeat of the counselors!
A blessed time each day was the breaking of bread with the saints, young and old gathered around the Lord’s provision. Rev. and Mrs. Travis Grassmid kept campers and staff well fed during the week. This year marks the fifth and final year the Grassmid’s will be leading the all-volunteer cooking staff of HYC. We praise God for their faithful service and prayerfully seek the next head chef He will raise up for HYC! The outstanding meal for the year was, by far, Charity Grassmid’s Peach French Toast. So many requests were received for the recipe that Charity has graciously posted it to the HYC Facebook page!
As we close another year of HYC we are thankful to God for providing a safe and edifying week for His covenant youth. Once again this year HYC was blessed with a team of pastors, counselors, and cooks that made the week run smoothly! It is a joy to serve with so many in the church that recognize the importance of raising our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We also praise God for the many gifts given to HYC from the church. We were blessed with donations of meat and cookies and popcorn and the list goes on! To God be the glory!
Each year we look forward to God’s provision for another year. We ask that you keep HYC in your prayers, particularly as we seek a new leader in the kitchen. Please keep Camp Bob Marshall, the location for HYC, in your prayers. The non-profit Camp is facing a very expensive repair due to the condemnation of a sewage lagoon. As we finished HYC 2016 we trust that God will provide not only for the needs of HYC, but also for Camp Bob Marshall, that HYC 2017 may bring the joyous reunion we look forward to each year! Mark your calendars and, Lord willing, we will see you July 24 – 28, 2017!
Elder Matthew Fickbohm