Sunday, February 8
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: Camp and Conference Ministries
What is it about camps and conferences that prepares us to forge life-changing connections? Why does God choose to use camps and conference centers to bring about profound changes in us? Perhaps it is because we allow ourselves to be more exposed and vulnerable when away from the comforts of home. We find ourselves surrounded by new people and are liberated from some of the worries that surround us in our everyday lives.
The PC(USA) has a 100-year history of camp and conference center ministry and currently benefits from the ministry of 140 camp and conference centers across the country. These centers provide education, support, and training to congregations and God’s children of all ages. Resident summer camps and day camps are instrumental in the development of leaders in our church and are where more than half of our PC(USA) teaching and ruling elders have their foundational faith experience. Each year 15,000 young adults are involved with our centers as staff, volunteers, or participants. Montreat, one of the three national conference centers serving the PC(USA), has been home to many of these folks.
There’s a Presbyterian camp or conference center near you, ready to provide your family and congregation with a lifetime of memories, whether made around a campfire, in a keynote session, or on a mountain peak. What are you waiting for? Visit pccca.net for more information.
—Tanner Pickett, vice president of sales, marketing, and communication, Montreat Conference Center
Let us pray
Lord, thank you for experiences that open our eyes to more clearly see you, and our ears to more clearly hear you. Expose in us those things that keep us from coming to you. Open our hearts and make us unafraid to be vulnerable. May we have encounters that will change us forever and move us in the direction where you are leading. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
“You Who Dwell in the Shelter of
the Lord” / “On Eagle’s Wings”
Ps. 147:1–11, 20c
“Now Thank We All Our God”
GTG 643, HB 9, PH 555
1 Cor. 9:16–23
“I Love to Tell the Story”
GTG 462, HB 383
“Live into Hope”
GTG 772, PH 332