No one has greater Love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends
Have you ever dreamed of a Love that can change a person? One that can take a stone and turn it to flesh, one that can take a dead person and bring them new life? Not just surface or a short lived modification, but our fundamental nature, literally what we're made of. Our Lord offers us this transforming, Radical Love. He gives us a Love that takes our weary, weak, broken, bodies and gives us his very own life. This is what we celebrate this summer at The Pines! The chance to experience a community where God is among us in our laughter, our joy, our healing and redemption! Jesus comes to us in Word and Sacrament and sends us out to live that Love as His disciples.
No one has greater Love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends
Join Kenobi, Big Tuna, and our development director Krista "Sweet Pea" Fultz as we talk about our trip to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia as well as our new fall event, Pours and S'mores!
For more information about Pours and S'mores, click here!
By Ann Letteer
The question is asked many times as we get ready to say goodbye to our last group of campers, "What happens after summer camp?" The answer this year is, crazy good stuff!! This summer we had record attendance, but some campers weren't able to join us because of lack of space. For the past 6 or 7 years we have been talking about how we can better serve our kids. The number one priority always focused on building a new dining hall. Well, it's finally happening. As many of you know, our 2015 campers said goodbye to the old space in a very special way by signing their names and writing messages on the walls.
There are so many memories tied up in that space and we took lots of pictures and will make sure that they are incorporated into the design of our new dining hall. We often hear "change is good" but we don't always feel that way when it's happening. Over the past 8 years there have been many changes at camp and even though some of them have been hard for many of our Pines family members, we will never forget the memories created over the past 26 years. That is true of the dining hall as well.
Did you know that this space started out as a covered space with a potbelly stove for heat and just the kitchen enclosed to feed a maximum of 80 campers? It was built in 1961 by the East Texas Campfire Girls who previously owned the property. The Campfire Girls nor The Pines ever imagined that we would be feeding 350 people 3 meals a day during summer camp! Over the years we have patched the leaky roof, enclosed and added heat and air conditioning, and added an outdoor covered deck. But now it's time for change and we are anxiously awaiting the day we can welcome everyone into the new space.
This decision has not come without its challenges, but we feel this is the right time. We have raised about 35% of the funds needed to complete the project so far and are in the process of raising the rest. This $1.5 million dollar project includes not only the 13,000 sq. ft. dining hall but also an indoor gym (temporary dining space until the dining hall is completed in May 2016). This air-conditioned gym will then become a great space for inclement weather in the summer as well as for the over 3,500 students that come out during the school year. This also means we’ll have more activities available during each hour, which translates to less crowded activities!
We have plenty of opportunities available to help support this project. You can donate online during North Texas Giving Day on September 17th, and you can attend our fall event Pours and S'mores (more details to come!). Interested in having your name or a loved one remember in a special way? Naming rights are still available on both the gym and dining hall. There are so many ways to participate in this campaign. Please feel free to contact me, Ann Letteer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our new Development Director, Krista Fultz, at email@example.com. We would love to talk to you. Keep in touch and watch us grow. Please keep The Pines in your prayers.
Join Big Tuna & Kenobi as they recap Summer 2015, discuss our new(!!!) dining hall and activity center, as well as talk about our Fall 2015 events including North Texas Giving Day, Pours and S'mores, and Alive Again!
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Join Kenobi and Big Tuna as they return after a long podcast hiatus! In this episode, we talk about some useful planning tips for summer camp, from packing to camp store information to activity sign ups.
If you have a podcast idea, leave a comment or shoot us an email at email@example.com! Thanks for listening!
With another summer comes some very special guests! We have some classic returners as well as a few new faces! Check out who you'll be joining at camp this summer, and if you haven't signed up yet, check out our Session Availability page and register today!
We had a great time at the Big D Duck Derby on April 25, 2015! With a great turnout, plenty of activities for kids, photo opportunities with Quacky, and lots of prizes, we're already counting down the days until next year's Duck Derby!
By Bridget Hanafin
Throughout the days spent on camp, I can’t even begin to count the number of times I stop and just smile because I know only God could play a hand in the joys that come from all the excitement and growing in faith taking place constantly. As a missionary, these joys come from so many places. I could rattle of a ton of God-sightings ranging from happenings with the students on retreat, to experiences we have as a missionary staff, to the times we spend with the whole Egan clan.
However, there’s one moment in particular that sticks out as proof that God works in marvelous ways. Coming out of the solo hike trail, a student looks up with this face of peace, but full of wonder. Upon asking what they thought of the hike, the student responded with something along the lines of saying it was one of the most amazing things they had ever done. They then proceeded to share how they felt simply in touch with God and loved the idea of just walking with Him. After that, they expressed how they couldn't wait to come back for summer to immerse themselves in everything The Pines all over again!
Talking with this student and reflecting on what they had said made me even more thankful to be in the position I am. Every day, I get to see the hearts of young people be opened to God as they are able to experience Him in ways most of them have never done before. When students make realizations themselves about their relationship with Christ, it makes my heart so happy to know the joys they are experiencing and will be experiencing as they move forward with their lives. The Pines is a very special place filled with so much love, joy, and excitement. There is never a dull moment around camp…even when all the crazy, awesome summer staff and campers aren’t around. But most importantly, camp is never lacking the presence of God in everything we do!
Think you have a good memory? Why not try our Summer 2014 challenge? Click play and see how many staff members you can remember and type before time runs out. Leave your score in the comments below!
By John "Big Tuna" Egan
Things are always busy at The Pines, and this year is no different! It was hard to pick and choose what things to write about, but we've narrowed it down to six for you!
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