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Extravaganza 2018

Extravaganza 2018

Date: October 27, 2018 
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Location:  Bellingham Golf and Country Club 

The Firs annual benefit auction was another successful event for the ministries of The Firs. Plan to join us in October of 2019 as we continue our pre-centennial celebration of all that God has done through The Firs. 

The Firs Retreat Center Dining Room Supervisor

Job Title: The Firs Retreat Center Dining Room Supervisor

JOB SUMMARY
The Firs Retreat Center Dining Room (DR) Supervisor is responsible for creating a friendly and inviting atmosphere where guests will be well-served. The DR Supervisor will train, lead by example and work alongside servers, to set, serve and clear tables for Retreat Center meals and special events. The DR Supervisor is responsible for recruiting and training high school- and college-age Dining Room servers and dish room crew, as well as organizing all aspects of the Dining Room operations in relation to guest service needs. The DR Supervisor schedules dining and dish room staff and can work up to full-time throughout the summer and most weekends the rest of the year.

Strong service, leadership, administration, teaching, and people skills are required for success in this role. Pay starts at $14 per hour. The Firs Retreat Center is located at 4605 Cable Street, Bellingham, WA.

Please contact Rebekah Quinn at rebekah@thefirs.org for a complete job description.

TO APPLY, complete & sign the following forms available on the Employment page:

  1. Job Application for the Retreat Center
  2. Doctrinal Statement & Covenant
Points for Prayer – November 2018

Points for Prayer – November 2018

  1. Thankful to God for a safe summer at all of our sites and for the over 4,100 children and youth we were able to serve.
  2. Thankful to God for the filling of our Director of Camps and Retreats position with Jon Epps. Pray for Jon as he transitions into this new job and as he begins working with the youth ministries team overseeing Firwood and the Chalet.
  3. Thankful to God for a successful fundraising event on October 27th. The Firs Auction/Extravaganza went well with over $43,000 raised (before expenses) including $24,800 for our Campership Fund.
  4. Thankful to God for the opportunity to partner with Family Promise in assisting with temporarily, displaced families in our community. Pray for those families this month who will spend a week with us and then later on again next year.
  5. Thankful to God for financial health despite the loss of a major revenue stream (Discovery School) and the expectations that we will finish behind budget but well into the black. Pray for a tenant for the Rutledge building that will fit well with our ministries.
  6. Thankful to God for the staff of The Firs as a whole. Thankful for the good morale that exists and the good function between departments. Keep praying for each of these people, not only for their work at The Firs, but for their personal lives and relationships as well.
  7. Thankful to God for the growth in our children’s ministries at The Firs. Thankful for a great summer at Fircreek with record setting numbers. Thankful for the expanded use of the facilities on the south side of Cable St. and the help that has been already to our ASA programs. Pray for the research and preparation being done for the possible start of a unique pre-school program.
News From The Extravaganza

News From The Extravaganza

About 80 people (not counting volunteers) gathered last Saturday evening for our annual fundraising auction at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. As usual, this time was one of fun interaction, relationship building and over-the-top generosity.  We put a theme to the event this time (Back to the Woods) in anticipation of The Firs 100 year anniversary celebration in a few years. Scattered throughout the venue were displays that reflected our long history of ministry and those in attendance really enjoyed the look back.

Without question, the highlight of the evening took place when we got to the time to encourage support of our Campership Fund which makes it possible for kids to attend camp who otherwise couldn’t afford to go.  I suspect everyone or near everyone in the room participated with gifts of $100 -$1000. As a result, the biggest total in memory of $12,425 was raised. That alone was a huge encouragement but then a note was passed along to me that stated this amount would anonymously be matched dollar for dollar. This effectively took our total to $24,850. As we moved on with the program, I remember thinking more than once that if that was all that happened – the event would have been a great success.

As it turned out another $18,273 was raised that night (including the fees for the event) for a grand total of $43,123. Even after expenses this will be a huge boost to the ministries and kids of The Firs. We are very thankful to God for each and every one who took part – including those who gave of the goods and services that we auctioned off.

The greatest resource of The Firs is not its money but its people. It’s the people of The Firs who serve and who plan. They pray and they govern; they volunteer and they promote. And, when a group of them come together for an event such as this, it is a reminder to us all of how God chooses to carry out His purpose in this place.

With a grateful heart,

Tom Beaumont – Executive Director

The Firs Noel

The Firs Noel


Date:
  Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time:  Doors open at 5:30 pm; dinner served at 6:00
Location:  The Firs Retreat Center

Begin the Christmas Season with us on Saturday, December 1st! The Firs Noel begins with a festive holiday feast, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. Dinner is followed by dessert and a performance by Greg Otterholt. Greg’s music ranges from fun and comical tunes to more reflective…all intended to encourage and entertain. Bring your friends and family (ages 15 and up, please) to enjoy this delightful and inspirational evening. 

For those who would like to extend your time with us, you may choose our Christmas Bed & Breakfast package. Stay over Saturday night in one of our private, cozy cottages, then enjoy a hearty Sunday breakfast after your restful stay. If you’d like to make a full weekend of it, you may also choose to add Friday evening (no dinner on Friday night) and enjoy a continental breakfast on Saturday morning before making your own plans to see the local sights or go shopping, then join us for The Firs Noel on Saturday evening.

RATES:

$36…..Extra B&B Friday Night (Only; Price per person)
$67…..Saturday B&B and Dinner (Single) – Private cabin & bath, linens provided
$129Saturday B&B and Dinner (Couple) – Private cabin & bath, linens provided

$33…..Dinner & Entertainment Only (Price per person)

TO REGISTER:

• Print the The Firs Noel Registration Form & return to:
     The Firs • 4605 Cable Street • Bellingham, WA  98229
• OR contact Kim at 360-733-6840 (or 1-800-765-3477), ext. 211, or kim@thefirs.org.

Doors open for reserved seating at 5:30 pm; dinner served at 6:00

The Firs Auction – Video

The Firs Auction – Video

The Firs Auction is Coming! Celebrate the legacy and ignite the next generation. Click to watch the video.

Have A Piece of Cake – It’s Good!

Have A Piece of Cake – It’s Good!

Dear Firs Family and Friends,

During JAM (Jesus and Me) time at Fircreek last week one of our staff (Stacy Smith) was the speaker each morning. Each day the camp worked together on learning the verse at Romans 8:28 that says “all things work together for good for those who love God…”On Friday, Stacy brought all of the ingredients for making a cake in front of the kids and had some volunteers come up to sample each of the individual items.  Needless to say, the participants didn’t have much good to say about how most things tasted (flour, salt, baking soda etc…). That afternoon, at camper Bible Study time, each cabin group was brought a plate of freshly baked cake – enough for each to have a piece. While enjoying the treat the campers asked why they were getting cake at Bible Study. The answer? God works all things together (the nice and the not so nice) for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

This creative object lesson which I believe really drove home a point to our campers also served to remind me of a few things. A week at The Firs, a summer at The Firs and even a year at The Firs is made up of a number of ingredients (so to speak). These items, which make up the whole, come to us via a variety of circumstances and in a variety of manners. Some are encouraging and some not so much. Some are confusing and some make a whole lot of sense. But, together, they make up a whole and with that whole God gives us a picture of what He is doing – and it is good. That doesn’t mean the flour all of a sudden tastes good but it does mean that it serves a very important purpose in the end. Our responsibility is to trust God in the process knowing that the chances are we will get to experience the cake in due time.

Serving Him together,

Tom Beaumont

POINTS FOR PRAYER – August 13, 2018

POINTS FOR PRAYER – August 13, 2018

 

  1. There are two weeks left in our summer for both Firwood and Fircreek. Pray for strength for the summer staff as they head down the stretch. Pray for endurance and increased motivation in the mission so that they will finish strong. And, as some staff leave early for school, pray that there will be enough fill-in (alumni) counselors to meet the needs.

 

  1. Pray for our campers. We are running at capacity for both programs. Pray that they will encounter Jesus through times with their counselors as well as with the speakers at Centerstage and J.A.M. time. Pray, too, for their safety these final two weeks.

 

  1. Decisions are in the process of being made for interns at The Firs this fall. One will be assigned primarily to Firwood, one to Fircreek and one to the Chalet. These are usually chosen from our best summer staff leaders. Pray for the right people to fill these roles and keep praying for them as they transition into these roles following the summer.

 

  1. We have a specific need to find tenants for the facilities across Cable St. used by the Discovery School these past nine years. In particular, we are hoping to partner with a like-minded non-profit who could use the Rutledge Building for their office or meeting space purposes. Please pray that we are able to connect soon with someone.

 

  1. Praise the Lord for Jon Epps and his willingness to join our staff team October 1. This has clearly been orchestrated by the Lord and we are excited by it. Pray for Jon and his family as they transition to this next phase in their lives. Pray for a good orientation time as Jon gets acclimated to his new responsibilities over our Firwood and Chalet ministries. Pray, too, for Steve Jagich as he continues in his role as Firwood Director under Jon – that they become a dynamic team.

 

  1. We have a number of financial needs as we head towards the final quarter of the year. Our budgeted revenue has taken a hit with the loss of the Discovery School revenue and some of our Firwood camps have come in a bit under budget for the summer. We also are in need of some money for our Campership Fund. Please pray for God’s provision. He has been faithful in this regard with unexpected donations and revenue sources in the past and we are confident He will continue to provide.

 

  1. We are looking to see some expansion to our After School Adventure program this fall. The Vanstone building will hopefully be added to our licensed facilities allowing for us to increase the number of school age children we serve. Pray for the licensing process and an increase in registrations that will allow us to grow.

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