By Adam Delezenne

Scotland Mission Pilgrimage: Tuesday Update

Our leadership capstone trip to Scotland is in full swing and is posting their adventures online for us all to keep up with. Below is their most recent post but you can catch up on all their adventures here:

2017 Scotland Mission Pilgrimage

Tuesday Update

After morning worship on Tuesday we all donned our Wellies and backpacks and began our long pilgrimage throughout the island. Our first stop was St. Martins cross just outside of the abbey where we reflected on the deep and vibrant religious history on the island. Next we stopped at a nook on the side of the abbey where Joe and Drew presented us with a dramatic representation of God summoning us to the journey of Christ.

The next stop on our journey was about a mile down the road at the spot of the only place on the island where two paths meet at a crossroads. Here we stopped to rest and journaled about the personal crossroads that we were reaching in our own lives; the decisions that we would be making in the future that maybe we would need God’s help with.

Following our eye opening journal session, we began the long and tedious trek through the bog that sits on the south side of the island in hopes of arriving at the marble quarry that lies on the coast there. It hasn’t rained here in a while and at first it appeared that we weren’t going to have a problem with wet ground, but we soon discovered that this would not be the case. Underneath the vegetation in this area there is standing water and mud, and Shari was the first one to get up close and personal with it. Her boots got stuck in the mud and when she was attempting to extract herself she ended up on her back drenched in mud.

Ben was the next person to fall victim to the bog. Along the path there was a stream surrounded by mud, and Ben who was not wearing Wellies, had the smart idea that he was going to jump over the creek. For a moment it really looked like he was going to make it over, but at the last moment his back foot caught the edge of the mud, and fell face first into the mud.

The next victims were Matt and Emery. Without Wellies, Matt was forced to hop, on Emery’s back to cross the mud. Halfway across, Emery found himself stuck knee deep in muck, while Matt was safe on the other side. Matt decided to go back and attempt to help Emery out of the mud. After many tugs and pulls, and no luck, Matt decided to yank Emery up out of the mud. Matt then found himself sitting in the mud, soaking wet.

Once we arrived in the general area of the quarry, we had to split up into groups to search for it, as it was hidden down by the shore. We spent a good hour and a half looking along the shore before Emery, Matt, Ben, John, Kirk, Chris, and Teresa arrived at the gorge on the edge of the shore. The rest of the group soon arrived, and together we basked in the sun, and searched for Iona marble, a special type of white marble with serpentine swirled through it that can only be found on Iona. Here we reflected on how our actions as humans effect God’s creation and how it is our responsibility to take care of that creation.

After just taking some time to enjoy God’s creation we made the long trek back to our hostel and smashed some spectacular fried chicken made by Brianna and Annika. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to walk across the island. The sun was shining bright, and the sky was actually clear. Obviously we couldn’t help but watch the sunset, so while some watched from the house, and some watched from the beach, Ben, Chris, Emery, Joe, and Gus climbed to the top of Dun I and watched the sun go down from what felt like the top of the world.

We finished the night with a powerful worship service on the beach before we all crashed into bed.

It was a day filled with reflection for everyone, and during one of those times of reflection, Annika wrote a poem that all will agree encapsulated our day, and so we will end this post with her very elegant words:

Travelers wandering into the lands of the unknown, each ending up in the same destination.

Sunshine soaked up by their souls, dedicated they were; never giving up.

Steep valleys where the green grass flourishes, home to the soaring birds in the blue sky.

The sea guiding them, the wind whispers in their ears.

White marble sparkles in the sun, they rest.

Bright blue water welcomes them with kisses of salt, the waves just barely touching them.

Young travelers are never lost, The compass of Christ directs them to his temple.

Into nature to free our minds; Not looking, but to find our souls.

Spring Clean-Up Day: Saturday, May 13

If you’re looking for a mini-mission opportunity, here it is!

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Camp Greenwood’s Spring Clean-Up Day transforms camp from winter slumber to summer action! Work will include raking paths, painting, cleaning cabins, removing shutters, putting up screens and doing minor repairs. There is a job for every one and every ability! No special skills are required.

It is refreshing to spend a day at camp after a cold winter. You’ll meet fun co-workers, have great camp meals and serve a worthy cause. Most importantly, many hands will make light work for everyone!
Plan to bring any personal work items and some clothes to get dirty. Breakfast starts at 8:32 am sharp. A $15 registration fee covers meals and supplies.

We really appreciate your generosity and energy!

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Check Out What we Have in Store

After much careful crafting our summer brochure is ready! Copies are going out in the mail hot off the presses but you can download a PDF version right now.

Be sure to check out our recently revamped Devil’s Lake Expedition. This is an advanced trip for those who already have some climbing experience under their belts and want to push their boundaries.

Register today and you’ll get $15 off your registration.

At Greenwood or on the road, we’re looking forward to another great summer!

Greenwood Ministries Association approved to operate Camp Greenwood!

On Tuesday, Dec 6th the Presbytery of Lake Michigan  approved a motion to allow Greenwood Ministries Association, a new non-profit organization to manage Camp Greenwood and to begin strategic planning for the use of the camp  property. A large part of the support for  the Greenwood Ministries Association was the successful summer of 2016 and the $106,275 pledged from over 100 pledging units to support and improve the operations at Greenwood.

Quoting a supporter of Greenwood “Thanks to God and so many others! So much hard work. So much success in a short period of time. So much promise for the future. Light, hope and joy in this season of Christmas. Praise God!”

We are so grateful for all of the pledges of support for Greenwood Ministries Association. We are very excited about all who have chosen to be a member of GMA. We will be contacting you with more information about our first annual meeting and ways to serve after the first of the year.

Summer 2017 Registration is Open!

Camp Greenwood has launched an exciting 2017 Schedule! It’s time to register for an unforgettable experience this summer!

Check our new and exciting schedule featuring multiple opportunities for exploration, skill building, character development and pure fun! Register by January 15th to receive a $20 discount and the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for an extra free week at camp!

Time at camp plays a critical role in the year round education of your child! Camp develops confidence, resilience and independence. Time at Camp Greenwood is a gift of life skills that children and youth need to be strong, caring and creative adults.

Camp Greenwood located on the beautiful Woodbeck chain of lakes is a unique opportunity to experience community, grow in Christ and celebrate God’s creation.

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