Uncle Bob’s Wood Shop is an activity option for Fircreek campers during the summer, where they can have hands-on experience sawing and building things with wood. It’s such a great experience for the kids to dabble a little in a useful life skill. This has been a great, creative outlet for many kids, allowing them to build something that will last. The big news is that Uncle Bob’s Wood Shop got an upgrade this spring by Bruce and Barb VanderMeulen. The addition will allow for even more kids to develop some wood working skills this summer!
- Summer staff recruitment is first and foremost on our minds at this time of the year. Pray as schools are visited and students talked to that good candidates would show an interest to serve. Pray for quality returning staff to agree to serve another summer. Pray for creative ways to surface that will help get the word out to a broader range of prospects.
- Praise for the 12 teams (almost 48 golfers) agreeing to participate in our Golf Marathon next month! Pray that each team will be successful in raising $4,000 over the next several weeks.
- Praise for the good early registrations for both Firwood (933) and Fircreek (890). Pray for the projected total registrations for both camps. Firwood – 2,202 and Fircreek – 1,888 campers.
- Pray for the preparation going on in order to accomplish some major work inside the Chalet (bathroom renovation) in June. Pray especially for available time for both Doug and Bruce to be involved in this project at the beginning of the busy summer season.
- Praise and prayer for the eight guest groups that we are serving up at the Chalet between now and the time construction starts up there in June: Cornerstone Christian, Christ the King, Bethany Community, Northview Community, Christ Church and more.
- Pray for the Firs Board of Trustees under the leadership of Pastor Paul Anderson. Pray for the five new members who have come on in the past 13 months: Ed Feller, Linda Muench, Barbara Sanford, Ben Goodwin and Tony Young. Pray, especially, for the board as they deal with leadership transition at The Firs over the next couple of years.
- Pray for a sufficiently funded Campership Fund as we continue on through camp registration season. Pray for wisdom for those approving camperships and for enough funding to take care of the needs as we become aware of them.
- Pray for good health amongst The Firs staff and employees and for quick recovery of injuries.
Dear Firs Family and Friends,
I’m sure it is not a surprise to you when I say that not everything works out perfectly at camp during the summer. Not every summer staff member meets expectations. Not everyone stays healthy and not every camper responds positively to the message of Jesus. These things are true. But, so is this: Counselors will grow and mature significantly as the summer goes along and they will find that they can be used by God in ways they’ve never imagined. Speakers at Centerstage or JAM time will show up and what they have to say for the week will end up being just what was needed for that group of campers. Campers who come to camp with no interest whatsoever in hearing anything “religious,” will have a major perspective change as they experience the love of God from counselors and staff every day. And, wisdom and strength and patience and guidance will show up in abundance from God – just as it is needed. How do I know those things will be true? Because they happen every summer here at The Firs.
Want to know something else that is true? It is April and that means we are in the midst of recruiting and then preparing summer staff members for our team at Firwood and Fircreek. The search is on to find committed young leaders willing to give up their summer (and good paying job) for the sake of kids who need to encounter Jesus. And, it is about finding willing and qualified life guards and cooks and program planners and CIT leaders. At times, it seems like the whole thing is impossible! How do we find the right combination of skills and maturity and passion and experience? I don’t know – but God does. Please pray with me this month that just who is needed to serve this summer will show up and say “yes” to a life changing experience.
Serving Him together,
The Firs has served the children and youth of Whatcom County for over 6 decades. We are gearing up again to host over 3,000 children and young people here at our summer camp programs. Our prayer each year as kids come to The Firs, to have fun and create friendships, is that they would also encounter Jesus and experience the love of God. We are honored to be a place that parents trust to send their kids so that they would grow in love and in character.
To help to fund our cause, we put on a Golf Marathon each year. This year, we’re focusing on foursome teams who will play four rounds of golf at the North Bellingham Golf Course on May 20th. We’ve rallied 14 teams and are anticipating 48 golfers and a handful of volunteers. Between golfers and sponsors, we raise an average of $50,000 for this one day effort. That’s incredible! But our expenses are high, when you reserve a course for a whole day and provide services for 50 people. Our objective is to move closer to having those expenses covered by our hole and corporate event sponsors. Would you consider being one of our sponsors this year? We’re also looking for a few more golfers.
Please give us a call (360-733-6840, ext. 226) or email Rebekah at email@example.com.
Join us for one week or all summer! Fircreek is the perfect, affordable summertime experience for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall, providing a great environment for having fun, making friends, cultivating new interests and just being kids. Spots fill quickly, so don’t wait!
I learned an important lesson a while back about image. You probably don’t think you think much about image, if you are like me. I mean, who wants to be considered vain or self-centered? The truth is, however, that we think a fair bit about image on a regular basis. We want to look good when we go out in public. You know, hair looking decent, make-up on, clothes presentable. We want to come across well to each other so we are careful what we say. We don’t want to sound uninformed or do something dumb. You get the picture. Our image is a big deal to us.
So here is the lesson. It is important to try and manage every point of contact because image is a subjective reality. We need to make regular deposits to our “image bank,” not withdrawals. The truth of the matter is that we are either doing one or the other all of the time. The deposits towards a good image are what we want; the withdrawals from that image – not so much.
Let’s look at an example with the people we serve at The Firs. We want to be a serving and caring organization to the people and the groups who come on our grounds. If they are met with indifference or are ignored when they arrive, we are definitely making a withdrawal from the image we want. If, instead, they are met with a smile, a greeting and a cookie – a deposit is made.
When kids arrive at Firwood or Fircreek on the first day of camp we want to portray an image of acceptance, fun and love. So, if they end up standing around wondering what they should be doing, we have made a withdrawal. But, if they are immediately addressed face to face, brought into an activity or asked to join in a game that looks really cool – that is a good image maker.
Part of our mission statement is that we want people who come to The Firs to “experience the love of God.” Now there is an image worth pursuing! That image speaks of joy, belonging, comradery and a bunch of other things. It reflects an absence of stress and a feeling of peace and hope – all things that the children and youth that come here greatly need.
Now, we aren’t perfect at establishing this image but we work at it constantly. I’d like for you to do something: follow this link https://fircreekdaycamp.org/ to our new website for Fircreek and take a look at the pictures that face you right away. Read these words: “Each and every child at Fircreek Day Camp is precious to us; We believe that each child is important to God; We have a blast and we let kids know that God is a part of it.” As you look at the faces on this site, I think you will agree with me, that image is, in fact, very important. And, when image has implications for eternity, that much more.
Serving Him together,
Tom Beaumont (Executive Director)
- Please pray for the upcoming Annual Meeting of The Firs on March 23. Pray that there will be good attendance, a good spirit of unity and a good time of looking ahead together.
- Pray, too, for the upcoming election and the choosing of two new board members. Pray that the ones of God’s choosing are revealed and that the other candidates find appropriate ways to stay involved over the year ahead.
- An Adult Day Care program is planning on leasing the Rutledge Building at The Firs starting soon. Pray for their transition onto our site and for the necessary permitting and facility upgrades needed.
- Praise for a great trip to Cannon Beach recently by 12 of our staff as we took part in the Sectional Conference of the Christian Camp and Conference Association. Pray that some of the things learned there will be helpful in the weeks and months to come.
- We have already lost a week of Day Camp for the summer because of weather related school closures in Bellingham. Pray that there will be no more closures and that our team will be able to financially manage through this adjustment.
- This is an important time for summer staff recruitment for both Firwood and Fircreek. Pray for all of the efforts that are going out to encourage young leaders to come this summer – including planned trips to Oregon and California for recruiting at some Christian Colleges.
- Registrations are coming in – in line with last year for Camp Firwood. Pray that those numbers will continue and even improve from week to week over the next couple of months and beyond. Pray, too, for Fircreek which will open its registration period soon.
- The snow has slowed our efforts down this winter to get some of our project improvements done. We’d kind of like it to not snow anymore (except at the Chalet) and would like prayer for some catching up to do in this regard.
- We are thankful for the launch of a new and improved website for Fircreek. Check it out here and then pray that it will be used well in promoting and informing people about this very exciting ministry of The Firs along with other efforts on Facebook and Twitter.
The Firs presents “Through the Woods Preschool”
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