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Camp Meeting August 3-12, 2018

"You Belong" 

Camp Meeting 2018 will be August 3 through August 12. Please come join us, whether as a visitor, CBA member, seeker, or traveler on the way! All are welcome to this special place of diverse Christian faith backgrounds.

Continuing our focus on Christian Community from last summer, we will be seeking to find out what it means to belong in an age when we face so many forces that work to separate, even polarize, us. God’s inclusive grace calls us to work toward the beloved community that Christ calls us to be.

Presiding Elder Lee Welkley will be leading us each morning in Bible study, and Dr. Jonathan Malone will be our Contemporary Christianity facilitator each morning. Lee has been worshiping with us for 38 years, and Jonathan, who challenged us to stretch our minds and faith last summer, will be joining us in the position of “Scholar in Residence.”

We kick off the week on Saturday evening with a concert by Prism of Praise from Providence, who shared an inspiring evening of gospel music with us seven years ago. We have been looking forward to their return ever since. 

Dr. Malone will be preaching Sunday morning, and the evening service will include a clergy/laity panel on belonging in this modern world.

For our evening worship services, we are delighted to welcome:

  • On Monday evening, long-time Bethelite Rev. Dennis TeBeest, who will be in the pulpit preaching the Word; 
  • On Tuesday evening Rev. Bryce Whiting, who will share his African mission experiences;
  • On Thursday evening, the YPI youth, who will lead us in a service that crosses generations;
  • On Friday evening, Dr. Michael Ferris, who will present a “Journey to the Potter’s House”, a widely acclaimed message of healing presented while he turns clay into art.

Early evening Vespers will be meaningful and moving, as our brothers and sisters will share their stories of God’s faithfulness in times of change. Frank and Ingrid Bason will share their experiences in 2017 following Martin Luther’s footsteps five hundred years ago, the Archives Committee will share “140 years of volunteering at Camp Bethel”, and Bill Caulkins will tell us what “cloud computing” is all about.

As with past years, Beverly Baird will offer Sunrise Stretch Yoga Monday through Saturday at 6:30 a.m. in the VBS cottage, as well as Yoga for Arthritis and Pain, and Balance and Restore Yoga at other times during the week.

On Wednesday, we are planning an all-camp social afternoon, and on Saturday evening we will hear the joyful music of Camp Bethel's choir and talented musicians for our annual Camp Bethel Concert. Fellowship at the Preacher's Stand will immediately follow the service.

And we close out our Camp Meeting services on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. with our Farewell and Communion Service led by the Rev. Lee Welkley.

So come join us for the week, a day, or just an event. All are welcome in this place!