We encourage anyone considering participating in our Mechuwana Missions Camp program to watch this great video from a group from Pennsylvania. If you have participated in a missions camp at Mechuwana before, we would love to see your photos and videos to share - please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the ninth time in 30 years, the 29ers, a missions group from Michigan, have come to Mechuwana for two weeks to work on a variety of projects that include: painting floors and new window shutters in all the cabins; installing new energy-efficient light fixtures in all the cabins; construction and roofing on the new year-round village; sewing curtains for the new village; and the list goes on.
Here are a few photos from their visit so far. We can't thank them enough for their hard work and enthusiasm!
On August 23rd, friends of Mechuwana gathered to celebrate the installation of new solar panels on the third retreat building and the construction of a new year-round village behind the dining commons. This dedication was read by Mechuwana youth during worship, which was led by Rian Lewis and Chip Simpson:
Perhaps nowhere in our church is the past remembered with such reverence as the camping ministry. There are many reasons for this. Here are a few:
1. Camps tend to have multiple generations taking part in their ministry.
2. Older volunteers impact very young campers' lives and those young campers never forget that kindness and love they felt from those older volunteers.
3. There is an understanding that the ministry came to be because of hard work, dedication, and courage. The impact on our own lives forces us to reflect on the question: What if this place did not exist, how would my life be different? And so we are personally thankful for those who made this place possible.
4. We pause and take time to acknowledge and give thanks to those who came before us.
And so today we once again give thanks to those who showed great courage, who were persistent, who had a dream and did not let that dream die. We give thanks that the Holy Spirit led them in this direction. And we give thanks that they trusted in the generations yet to come to take care of this tremendous gift.
The volunteers and leaders of right now have embraced the gift, and have gladly taken on the challenges of running this ministry. We ask for prayers as we make decisions that we know will impact future generations.
We ask that the local church continue in relationship with us and that this relationship is strengthened in the years to come.
We acknowledge that it is not an easy road we walk down. There are many challenges that we face as a denomination, a church, a people—challenges that could not have been foreseen just a few years ago. But we move on with God, with the understanding that we can meet any diversity. We are especially thankful for the younger generation who already understand the gift of Mechuwana.
And so today we dedicate our new year-round village area. May God bless this new part of our ministry, and may it open doors that we cannot even imagine.
Our ministry thrives on tradition, on memories. But not just old traditions and old memories; it also thrives on new ideas and the ability to reinvent itself. We can change and still keep our values, our sense of belonging to something bigger. We have faith in the generations to come just as the founders had faith that we would continue what they started. We are excited about what new opportunities our ministry will give to people. We are excited about the lives that will be changed here. We believe that this ministry makes our world a better place, and with your help and with God's constant guidance it will continue to do just that for generations to come.
Join Rev. Heidi Chamberland on March 6-7 at Camp Mechuwana.
"Lord Teach Me to Pray"
Come away from the busyness of life to spend a few hours listening within. We wll explore various types of prayer, and find ways to look at interruptions in life as an invitation to stop, pray and discern how even these interruptions can be holy moments of divine intervention on your spiritual journey. "Stop, look and listen" -isn't that what you learned as a child before cross the street? Those three words can also be a call to PRAYER. Consider giving yourself this gift of a few hours away to spend time with God and other women seeking God's presence in the busyness of life.
Cost is $75 for people staying at camp. Cost is $55 for commuters who won't need lodging.
Learn more about this event and register here.
The 2015 summer camp brochure is being mailed very soon, but you don't have to wait! You can download the full brochure here and begin dreaming of warm summer weather in the midst of this cold, snowy weather we have been having lately!
Learn about our new camps, sign up for your favorites, and get ready for a great time at camp this summer!
If you have questions, please contact us at the camp office at (207) 377-2924 or email@example.com.
Join us on Sunday, November 9th for Open House & Fall Celebration at Camp Mechuwana
Everyone is invited to an Open House and fall gathering at Mechuwana from 2:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a harvest meal beginning at 5:00. There will be tours, workshops, crafts, and games. The day will end with a service of Thankgiving and a harvest meal. We'd love to see people who want to know more about Mechuwana as well as Mechuwana alumni. Make it a church trip or bring a friend. This will be a great way to learn more about this wonderful ministry.
If you are traveling from a distance and need a place to stay either the night before or the night of give us a call we can offer accommodations. RSVP for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 377-2924.
As part of our Open House and celebration we would like to have a gathering of our volunteers and deans to discuss ways we can make our camping program even stronger.
For New Volunteers: At the same time we will hold a meeting for anyone interest in becoming a volunteer for the first time. We will explain the process and what you can expect as a volunteer, and we will also talk to you about the variety of volunteer opportunities available to you. Come find out why so many people feel that volunteering at Mechuwana is one of the single most important things they do in their lives. WE WILL BEGIN OUR VOLUNTEER MEETINGS AT 2:00 PM
RSVP: (207) 377-2924 or email@example.com
We are excited for the first rally of the season, for all youth in Grades 6-12, on September 26-28 at Mechuwana. Download your registration form and information here. And don't forget, it's our annual t-shirt auction, so go through your closets and find some t-shirts you no longer wear, wash them, and pack them in your bag to raise money for Mechuwana's youth program. Also pack some clothes you don't mind getting dirty as we are going to get camp ready for winter with some projects around the property.
If you have questions about this event, don't hesitate to contact the camp office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 377-2924. We hope you will consider introducing some of your friends to Mechuwana for the first time at this rally. It's going to be a great weekend -- you won't want to miss it!
Mechuwana is so thankful for all of the missons campers and staff who have been working on the third retreat building. Here is a picture from earlier this week - as you can see, progress is coming along quickly thanks to the dedication and hard work of so many!
From all of us at Camp Mechuwana, we want to send a sincere THANK YOU to the United Methodist Foundation for their rapid response grant of $1,500 that we recently received. This money was used to put a heating and cooling system into the new yurt! We are grateful to the Foundation for their support of Mechuwana's ministry. With the cold winter upon us and some hot, sunny summer days ahead, we know that the heating and cooling system will make the yurt a very popular space for groups of all ages and sizes in the years to come. Thank you, United Methodist Foundation! -