Last week I highlighted volunteers who have supported the mission of Camp and Retreat Ministries through their time and energy. I apologize to those we missed last week. We appreciate all of you, and we definitely want to include all our faithful and committed volunteers on our list. If you are aware of anyone that is still missing, please let me know. I’m grateful to all of those who let me know about corrections to last week’s list. Here are the additions/corrections:
Bruce McGarvey, Judy McGarvey
Wallowa Lake Camp
Carol Campbell, Doug Campbell, John Colbeck, David Cook, Ingrid Cook, Tim Funk, Les Joslin, Pat Joslin, Jamie Kienzle, Will Reynolds, Suann Rush, Cathy Treadway.
I appreciate deeply the passion, commitment, and grace that volunteers display as they go about their work with joy, living out the mission, supporting others, and caring for God’s creation. Thanks to each and every one of you!
See you on the adventure ahead,
Rev. Todd Bartlett
Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries
*PHOTO: A volunteer group works on trail reinforcement at the Collins Retreat Center, back in pre-pandemic days (Todd Bartlett).
It is with sadness that we share with you that Kate Vaden, the director at Camp Latgawa, has submitted her letter of resignation. After much thought and prayer, Kate decided that it was time for someone else to lead the next steps in the ministry at Camp Latgawa. Kate has brought a bright spirit and joy to her work at Latgawa. Kate will remain with us on a part-time basis at least through the end of the year or until we can hire a new director. Please pray for Kate as she makes this move and for the process to find a new director for Latgawa.
*PHOTO: Kate Vaden shows her trademark smile (photo credit unknown).
*PHOTO: A salmon heading upstream to spawn in Deep Creek (Todd Bartlett).
Let's say you're a salmon, swimming happily around a gigantic ocean. How do you know when it's time to start the journey back to your roots? And how do you know where to find the mouth of the Columbia River? How do you know to veer off up the Willamette, but just far enough to get to the Clackamas? It's not as if there are any, ummmm, road signs. And then what's surely the trickiest turnoff of all: how do you know which one of those insignificant-looking streams is The One? It may be named Deep Creek, but in many places it's barely deep enough to cover your body. How do you know when you've made it to the right place?
It's surely one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, but then again, it's just one of many, many mysteries. In camp and retreat ministry, we delight in the opportunities to help campers and guests discover the mysteries of creation for themselves. But underlying all the unanswered questions is the one answer we can always rely on: God's love. It's at the foundation of all that we do. When you donate to our ministry, you may not be unraveling any mysteries, but you are definitely helping to connect the streams in the watershed of support that sustains this life-transforming work. Is God tugging at your heart to tell you that camp and retreat ministry is the right place? Maybe that's how the salmon find their way home.