A word from Reverend, Dr. Allison Byerley, Senior Pastor
Wow! Talk about a couple of busy months!! March and April were packed full of holy days and activities and I am ready for my vacation, which begins today, May 1st. I'll be around with my friends Beverly and Bill, whom many of you met when I moved here last year, and later in May my nieces will be visiting. I hope you will be in worship on Pentecost to meet them.
I'll return just in time for summer and Camp Win Johnson. I am so excited to be part of this amazing ministry of this church. If you were in worship on April 22nd, you heard me say that in all the churches I've pastored (or been a member of), I have NEVER seen anything like you do with Camp Win Johnson. This is a treasure that I know all of you will support with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness. Patrick is doing an amazing job as camp director, which is not an easy job. Among other things, it means fundraising to allow all our campers and adult volunteers to attend for a nominal charge.
One thing you told me when I met with the SPRC is that our camp is composed of children from the community, many of whom have little or no exposure to God anywhere else. Remember our mission – making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Well, that is what camp does! You are making new disciples in these children, planting seeds in their lives that will bear fruit for decades to come.
It's easy to fall into a routine when we do something year after year. I hope you will hear again how special and important Camp Win Johnson is. Thanks to Gussie for all her hard work over the years, and continuing this year in finding adult leaders and setting the curriculum. Thanks to all who have already committed to be part of this year's camp. It's not too late to step up either. Join us for camp in June!