In between parish visits this week, I am preparing to serve as chaplain at Bear Creek, our Lutheran Camp in the Poconos. Many of our children and youth at St. Andrew's have already experienced an incredible week up there this summer. A larger number from St. A's will be journeying there this Sunday after church (returning the following Saturday). Please keep us, as well as the staff of Bear Creek who have been serving there since early June, in your prayers. Also, know that your donations, whether through Benevolence in your offering envelopes, direct financial donations to Bear Creek, or material donations (to be posted in a future newsletter) go a long way toward making a week at camp possible for one of our young people or a youth with financial challenges from another congregation. Also, you are helping the broader church as well since so many church leaders identify camp as a formative experience that called them into church leadership (certainly the case for your pastor). Below is a link to a youtube video from Bear Creek Camp that will give you a better picture of the adventure that awaits.
If you are traveling in the days ahead, may God give you safe journeys. For those of you who are in the area, I hope to see you on Sunday.