At Spruce Lake & Pinebrook, people of all ages from varying backgrounds can feel the Lord’s presence, focus on their relationship with Him, and experience the diversity of Christians interacting as friends.
More than just spiritual growth for campers, Christian camps offer a social education as well. It was at camp that I had my first face-to-face living experience with those of another race, culture, and neighborhood identity. What better place to learn the beauty of diversity than at camp?
by Grace Nolt, Spruce Lake Retreat On October 17, 2018, Spruce Lake took over stewardship of Pinebrook Bible Conference to refine and rededicate the ministry around its founding purpose of […]
… a true experience of the joy of seeing God’s Spirit going above and beyond what we could have hoped for or imagined.
By John Stoltzfus, Conference Youth Minister A junior high youth sponsor needs to be prepared to answer all kinds of questions; however, I wasn’t prepared for “would you rather be a […]
Whose job description includes this clause: Must be willing to have face covered in shaving cream and decorated with cheese curls?
by Sharon K. Williams On September 12, 2014, Eric Frein allegedly shot two police officers at the Pennsylvania State Police station in Blooming Grove. Bryon Dickson died and Alex Douglass […]
Al Detweiler took the call.
A woman said she had something to bring them. “I hope it’s a big check!” he joked with his wife, Kass, as he put down the phone. Al was one of the first pastors in Franconia Mennonite Conference to serve full time. Money was tight. The young couple also oversaw Allentown Mennonite’s children’s camping program.
We asked for stories from summer activities from around the Conference and got this jewel from Kim Moyer, Blooming Glen congregation:
The theme for our Summer Bible School was “Be Bold! God is with You!” The children learned through songs, dramas, stories, crafts, and games, that God is with them, even when they are scared.
Dan Lapp, Director of Development for the Mennonite Heritage Center, had a brainstorm several years ago about using a favorite backyard game as a fundraising event. This led to Whack & Roll Croquet Tournaments on the lawn of the Heritage Center each summer for the last four years.
Croquet has been a favorite summer pastime in southeastern Pennsylvania for many years. Accounts of croquet history vary, but it is thought the game began in Ireland and was introduced to England in the mid-nineteenth-century. The game traveled to America, and by 1882 an official National American Croquet Association was formed. Croquet was even played in the 1904 Olympics. For most, however, croquet was played in back yards on Sunday afternoons and it is still a favorite activity at summer get-togethers and family reunions.
by Jackie Swartley, Gift Shop Manager, Spruce Lake Retreat During November and December, 2012, Spruce Lake operated a kiosk in Stroud Mall, our first time for such an outreach. The […]
Grace Nolt, Public Communications Coordinator, Spruce Lake Retreat, firstname.lastname@example.org For 48 years, Spruce Lodge has been the changeless hub of Spruce Lake Retreat, but a new door to the future […]