Hello from the Smoky Mountains!
Carlyn, Davy and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage, 30 years of life, a finished BA in English Literature, and Carlyn leaving a job and starting a new one (Davy). We are also resting before I begin my MA in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in July.
I’m spending time planning for the next season of life in school while continuing with my role as Youth Director. I ask that you join in praying with me for a fruitful time of planning.
The summer trip to SOS camp in Memphis, TN is coming up on June 7-13. Here are the details you will need to be ready for camp.
Here is this year’s theme (in the words of SOS Memphis):
This years’ theme is “Strong Tower,” which comes from Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower.” It is our desire to follow the example of Jesus and minister to homeowners in Orange Mound by repairing their homes, spending time with them, and loving them. This summer we hope to share with your group a vision of a life lived for God’s glory, a life with purpose and meaning derived from an understanding of Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. We want to cast a vision for a life of service, loving the poor and marginalized, and for sacrificing for the sake of others.
Here is a list of things to bring or be aware of (these are coming directly from SOS):
Work Day: Work boots or tennis shoes only (no sandals), t-shirts (no shirts will be allowed that have questionable images or messages), no tank tops or cut offs will be allowed for boys or girls (everyone is asked to wear a t-shirt), pants (no shorts) and work gloves. Bring enough clothes for the entire week as you will not be able to wash your clothes. We will be working on all kinds of things–drywall, roofing, painting, sanding, etc…
**Note: Pack clothes that are “disposable”…they will never be the same again!** We will be working on all kinds of things–drywall, roofing, painting, sanding, cleaning, etc…
Evening: Bring comfortable/casual clothes for the evening programs (that fit with our dress code). You may want to pack different clothes for “Half-day Wednesday” when your group will be out enjoying the city of Memphis.
- Sleeping: You will be sleeping on full size beds so bring appropriate bedding or a sleeping bag and pillow.
- Personal Items: Toiletries, towel, washcloth, and whatever else you might need. It might be a good idea to bring an extra old towel for those days you return from the worksite incredibly dirty.
- Spending Money: You do not have to bring any extra spending money for your time at SO114, but you will need money for meals on the way up to camp (Breakfast and Lunch) — $20 should do.
- Miscellaneous Items (Optional): water bottles (i.e. Nalgene bottles), sunglasses, sunscreen, bandanas, Advil, prescription medications, ear plugs, playing cards and/or a Frisbee.
- Most Important: A Bible, journal, and pen!
Daily Schedule Example
6:30 am – camper wake up
7:00 am – breakfast and announcements
7:55 am – load vans and leave for worksite
11:30-12:30 pm – group devotional and lunch
3:00 pm – return to building
3:00-6:00 pm – free time
6:00 pm – dinner
7:15 pm – chapel
8:15- optional reflection time
10:00 pm – get ready for bed
10:30 pm – lights out
We get a half day off on Wednesday–we will travel into the city and eat at a local restaurant. The church will provide the funds for this meal.
ALL STUDENTS PLANNING ON COMING TO CAMP MUST BE AT YOUTH WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3rd. WE WILL GO OVER CAMP DETAILS AND HAND IN ALL FORMS AT THIS TIME. Parents are invited and encouraged to join us at 7:45pm that evening.
Also, all final balances are due on the Wednesday before camp. Check with Lisa Horne to find out your balance.
***As of right now, we are planning on being at CCC on Sunday, June 7th, at 5am. We will return on Saturday, the 13th, around 9pm.***
Please ask any questions through email–which I will check daily: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited for this trip! Join us in praying for a great time of fellowship and meaningful service, all in and through Jesus Christ.