October 2 2022

FBC Church Retreat       

Just over 30 people gathered at Katepwa Lake Camp the weekend of September 18-20 for the first retreat since the pandemic. There was plenty of time for games, walks and resting, together or alone. We enjoyed good meals and times of singing and praying together. The weather was lovely and the valley as beautiful as ever.

The children joined Cheryl and Angeline on a prayer hunt around the camp. Rev. David Schuchart from Northview Community Church, led the rest through a study on how the Psalms help us move through disorientation to a new orientation. David was an excellent teacher, and he and his wife Sarah were active in all the fellowship.

Our teens took charge of cleaning dishes after the meals, doing much of the work themselves. Angeline brought her fiddle along and help lead us in worship. These young people have grown up attending fall church retreats and summer camps at Katepwa Lake, and it shows. For those young people who make it a priority, the camp means faith, friends, and the church as a family. A new younger generation of children is beginning to make those same connections.

In the other direction of time and aging, the camp is a reminder of the faithfulness of all the generations that have cared for the church and the camp. For over 130 years, so many at First Baptist have made growing together in faith a priority, by setting aside time and money to work, rest, and worship together. It is a sacrifice to give up a whole weekend. It is also a gift. Thank you!

With love,
Pastor Joel


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