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Saturday, July 11

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Presbytery of Blackhawk

Illinois

Park Presbyterian campers celebrate after a week of crafts and camp activities. Courtesy of Richard Simpson

 

Park Presbyterian campers celebrate after a week of crafts and camp activities.

 

Courtesy of Richard Simpson

 

Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center, a mission of the Presbytery of Blackhawk, has hosted thousands of campers since opening in 1963. Seeking to directly partner with its 79 congregations, Traveling Day Camp (TDC) went on the road in 2010 in order to serve more children. Rev. Jane Esterline of Park Presbyterian Church in Streator writes:

“Most of our campers could not afford the opportunity to experience a summer camp away from home. By bringing camp to us, TDC provides adventures indoors and outdoors that campers experience at Stronghold—even a campfire! Camp staff arrived with a truck full of games, crafts, and lessons—bringing the creativity and fun of residential camp to our facility. TDC enabled our church to host a fabulous and affordable week of real camp.

“TDC staff work as a team and offer attention to each camper during quiet times, Bible-study groups, and group games. Staff were housed by our families, and their gift of peace and unity blessed their hosts as much as they blessed the campers.

“Our church can no longer sustain the energy needed to run a full camp, but we make excellent volunteers, and TDC embraces our helpers with open arms so that we too can share our faith and love for Jesus. Children and parents less familiar with Park Presbyterian were able to view our ministry in a brand-new way thanks to TDC. We anticipate our fourth year of hosting Traveling Day Camp and are already getting calls of inquiry! What an excellent combination of witness, mission, and hospitality the TDC helps us bring to our town.”

Jan Hartman, director of operations and program development, Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center, and Rev. Jane Esterline, Park Presbyterian Church, Streator

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. John Rickard, general presbyter and stated clerk
Lou Ann Breckenridge, treasurer
Loreen Stravers, staff assistant
Karen Krum, bookkeeper
Jan Hartman, Stronghold director of operations and program development
Ryan Anderson, Strongholdprogram director
Richard Simpson, Stronghold director of church outreach and youth ministry

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Dong Jo Lee, BOP
Laura M. Lee, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, we give you thanks for your glorious creation and the ministry of camps and conference centers. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 63; 149
First Reading 1 Samuel 17:31-49
Second Reading Acts 11:1-18
Gospel Reading Mark 1:14-28
Evening Psalms 125; 90

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