The Firs was represented at Missions Fest Vancouver in January. It’s the biggest event of its kind in the world. For three days, Missions Fest takes over the Vancouver Convention Center in downtown Vancouver, BC and fills it with well-known missionary speakers, missionary led seminars, and over 300 displays from mission and ministry focused organizations from around the world. The Firs has been attending this for event for over 25 years. The Firs has two booths which contain backdrop banners, videos, and brochures in order to spread the awareness of Camp Firwood, the Chalet, and the Retreat Center. We meet lots of people; many have come to The Firs in the past. Some of our current campers and guest group members come by say, “hi!” and to look at the pictures and video, and we make many new contacts with people looking for a camp or a place for their church or youth group to hold a retreat. It’s a long weekend with over 32 hours spent at the booth, but well worth it.
On January 25, 2017 over 65 pastors gathered at The Firs, as has been there practice over the past several years. They come from numerous churches, a variety of denominations, and a wide range of doctrinal and ecclesiastical differences. But, they all love to proclaim the message of Jesus in our community and over these years they have grown to love and support each other as well.
Next month, another group, just recently formed, will be meeting at The Firs for similar purposes. They are a growing group of non-profit CEO’s from Whatcom County who want to begin to meet, network and pray for each other. This, too, will take place at The Firs around a lunch meal. The opportunity for The Firs to participate with and serve these two groups of Christian leaders is tremendous!
The Firs hosted a Scrapbooking Reunion weekend January 18-20 where 108 women gathered to scrapbook, and reminisce about the last years of getting together since 2009! This event has grown significantly over the years and we are thankful for relationships built and sustained. To get involved and see the upcoming 2017 dates, visit cropwiththefirs.org.