Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Family Camp Weekend at Camp Emmanuel

Family Camp Weekend at Camp Emmanuel concluded Labor Day morning. More than forty campers enjoyed a weekend of fellowship, games, worship, campfires, cookouts, crafts, fishing, and relaxation. New friendships were made and old ones rekindled as campers sat beneath swaying shade trees or ate delicious meals together. Families and singles alike gathered to enjoy an annual night of talent and rib tickling funny skits on Sunday night.

Attendees ranged in age from ten months to eighty-nine years. Between hearty meals, they were treated to ice cream and watermelon in the afternoons. The weather cooperated by providing upper 70 degree temperatures along with cool breezes yet it was warm enough for the children's swim times. Laughter and quiet conversations were punctuated by squeals of delight from little ones scampering around the porch area, playing ping pong, or enjoying the playground.

Morning devotions found the campers around a fire in the porch area or enjoying the morning at picnic tables while many nurtured cups of fresh brewed coffee. The Saturday morning forum featured David Roe, pastor of the Oakley Brick Church of the Brethren, who spoke on the challenges and God given miracles that their congregation experienced when a straight line wind destroyed their church. The rebuilding process that was nothing short of miraculous. Sunday afternoon the Peoria Church of the Brethren Praise Team in an outdoor concert, sang praises to our Lord and Saviour.

The smiles in the accompanying picture attest that all enjoyed the weekend! Come join us next year - 309-329-2291.

Submitted by: Ray Knotts, Camp Emmanuel Board - Recording Secretary