“The purpose of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan is to challenge, encourage and equip
|Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the peace of Christ be with you.
The purpose of this communication is to address concerns some have expressed regarding two communications, which you may have received last week. In one email, the Greenwood Ministry Association announced the formation of its new nonprofit corporation and solicited funding support. Another email from the Presbytery of Lake Michigan office announced upcoming financial decisions confronting us sharing some hard facts.
The Leadership Team reported to Presbytery at the February meeting, that based on consultation with Sessions and various entities by its task force convened by George Hunsberger in fall of 2015, that Presbytery would NOT be operating a camping ministry at Camp Greenwood in 2017. The Leadership Team appointed a Camp Exploration Transition Team made up of two members of the Leadership Team, and two members of the Greenwood Agency and convened by the General Presbyter to explore two scenarios identified by the earlier Task Force for a new future for Camp Greenwood. Those scenarios include collaboration with other camp(s). This team has been in communication with several interested groups. Thursday, August 18th is the deadline for proposals. The team is scheduled to meet Monday, August 22nd to consider proposals. They will report and make recommendation to the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team will hold a hearing on Thursday, August 25 to hear from the Camp Exploration Transition Team. Members of the Budget & Finance Committee, the Greenwood Agency, and the Discipleship Ministry Team have been invited to hear, ask questions, and comment on this initial report to the Leadership Team. They will update Presbytery at the September 17th meeting. They will work through October to perfect the preferred proposal, and share recommendation to Presbytery in November for consideration at the December 6th meeting. The Presbytery approved plan will then be put into motion.
The Greenwood Ministry Association is one group preparing a proposal in coalition with Camp Westminster at Higgins Lake to conduct camping ministry at Camp Greenwood next year. For their proposal to be considered they need to show financial viability with a five year business plan. Other anticipated proposals will likely involve selling camp property and reinvesting in other camp ministry.
The Presbytery Office communication was not authorized by the Leadership Team or Budget & Finance Committee. We regret this communication implied to some advocacy for a particular position. Its intent was to share the larger financial stress within many of our congregations and presbytery. The Budget & Finance Committee reports a significant operating deficit this year. The Budget & Finance Committee held budget hearings with ministry unit leaders yesterday, Tuesday, August 16. The concern was that people need to know that something has to give. Either we find new income, or some combination of major reductions will be required for campus ministries, covenant partners and presbytery staff.
Important decisions are before us! In facing them, may we live out our faith in boldness and not fear. We covenant to guide in an informed transparent process. We encourage everyone to bring your best Christ like selves to this difficult task and to whatever decision(s) are made.
Yours in Christ,
Helen Havlik, Moderator
Andrew Thorburn Vice Moderator
George Hunsberger, Past Moderator/Leadership Team Chairperson
John Best, General Presbyter
Fran Lane Lawrence, Stated Clerk
Wayne Komejan, Treasurer
Bring a friend with you to camp and both of you will receive an exclusively designed “Friends at Camp Greenwood” t-shirt in addition to the camp shirt that everyone receives. This is great not just for the week of camp but also to have someone to talk to the rest of the year who really understands what Camp Greenwood is all about!
In order to qualify:
Get the process started, check out our summer schedule then let your friend know when you’ll be at camp!
Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake and Camp Greenwood near Greenville are partnering to provide even more young people with the special opportunities of attending summer camp. We are sharing some staff. We are finding opportunities for cost savings and efficiency improvements through shared administrative functions. Camp Director Suzanne Bates and Fund Development Director Jim Bates are providing leadership for both camps.
Greenwood depends upon the generous support of you, our extended camp community. Below are just a few ways you can support Greeenwood as we prepare for another great summer season.
1. Register your child, grandchild, neighbor, church member for camp online at campgreenwood.org/register or call us at 616-754-7258 or mail in your registration form.
2. Plan a family camp, men’s work weekend, youth retreat, mission trip at Greenwood this summer and fall at campgreenwood.org
3. Make a donation to the scholarship fund at campgreenwood.org/donation
4. Put a link to the camp website on your church’s website.
5. Put Greenwood’s bulletin blurbs in your bulletins, go to campgreenwood.org/subscribe to make sure you are on our email list and then forward emails to others.
6. Plan a Camp Sunday or family night and invite a Greenwood representative to be there.
7. Like us on Facebook, comment on posts and share them.
8. Volunteer to be a camp chaplain for a week.
9. Volunteer to be the camp nurse for a week.
10. With your church’s mission committee put together backpacks for camp for nancially challenged campers.
11. Pray for staff that are coming to camp or adopt and support a staff member for the summer.
12. Keep the ministry and all those who serve there in your prayers.
A week at camp is a chance to take a break from electronics and really experience the people and world around you.
A week of camp is a unique opportunity to make summer memories which last a lifetime. Catch the early registration discount on a week of Greenwood summer! Get your camper signed up by March 31 to receive $25 off each registration.
If you’re looking for a mini-mission opportunity, here it is!
Camp Greenwood holds its Spring Clean-Up Day as a way of getting camp transformed from winter slumber to be ready for summer action! Work will include raking paths, cleaning cabins, recycling unused equipment, removing shutters, putting up screens and doing some minor repairs. There is a job for every one and every ability! No special skills are needed.
It is refreshing to spend a day at camp after a cold winter. You’ll meet fun co-workers, have a 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.
Please call or email us with any questions.
Please RSVP by emailing us at email@example.com with the names and any special needs of people a ending.
You may have been putting it off but now is the time to get signed up for summer camp. Last early registration deadline is right around the corner!
We’ve got a great summer in the works. We’ve been busy hiring a great staff and putting together another amazing summer program.
Register by March 31 to get $25 per person off your summer registration fee. Signing up two kids for camp (with the sibling discount), nets you a $75 discount!
See you this summer!