Welcome to Big Lake Campmeeting Association
Youth Camp Registration Now OPEN
Youth camp registration is now open!
For five generations, Big Lake Campmeeting has been a meeting place for those seeking the comfort of God’s presence, and the courage to face this life in all its complexities. Rich in heritage, but with our eyes fixed on the future, our mission is to reach out to young and old alike with the love of God.
At the height of summer, we offer a place where you can find encouragement, help and rest in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.
Visit our site, or better yet, visit us at Big Lake, Maine. You’ll be glad you did!
Below you will find links to our online camper registration form, our brochure, and a printable registration form.
Dear friends and family of the Big Lake Campmeeting Association,
In my family, the first half of the year goes something like this: Winter, maple sugaring, Spring, Campmeeting and Summer. While maple sugaring is just around the corner, it’s Campmeeting (a week earlier this year July 14-21) that is on my mind and in my prayers.
I am pleased to report that much of the initial preparation for Campmeeting 2019 is completed. The evangelist, Bible teacher, youth director, kitchen staff and most of the other positions have been filled. Once again, the Eastern Regional Association will be providing four experienced youth counselors.
Jim Havener from the Beals Advent Christian Church is joining us for the first time this year to be our evangelist. I was fortunate to meet Jim at a leadership retreat last May. He was also our speaker last year on the closing night of campmeeting. Steve Cole returns as Bible teacher. We look forward to having these men lead us in worship this year.
Donna Netzer of the Sunrise Christian Church has offered to be our youth director this year. This is a huge blessing as Donna has an active youth ministry within Sunrise Christian Church and the greater Princeton area. My prayer is that many of these youth will be attending camp and through it may come to know Christ. In addition, one of our own former campers, Brooklyn Nutter, will be taking on the position of counselor-in-training this year.
Our Vacation Bible School will be led by Kristina Richard of the Sunrise Christian Church. She brings many years of experience working with children. I look forward to the VBS ministry and a large group of “next generation” campers.
For more years then most of us can remember, we have been blessed with a seasoned cooking staff. That tradition continues as Sue McRorie was able to find experienced kitchen staff through her Ohio church family. I would like to welcome Howard and Sue Pauley, Donnie and Denise Hardy and our own Rachael McRorie to round out the kitchen crew. We will continue to provide delicious and nutritional meals for campers, staff, the Missions Team and the entire Big Lake family. All meals will be provided at no charge except for a good will offering. If you plan to be on the grounds, please join us for meals. It is a wonderful time of fellowship.
I am also anticipating our continued partnership with the “WaCo” Missions Team from the Stroudwater Christian Church, the Sea Road Christian Church, and the Oxford Advent Christian Church. This team continues to be an important part of our Big Lake family. Over the past several years, they have shown God’s love to the Princeton community, school and families, through construction projects, a week-long local food pantry and an organized sports camp. They have also done many maintenance and improvement projects for Big Lake Campmeeting during their stay.
Last year’s major improvements to the dining hall, which houses Sunrise Christian Church throughout the year, are completed. The kitchen is fully updated, with a new commercial freezer to join the commercial refrigerator we added a year ago. We have a new handicapped-accessible bathroom, a storage room, cupboards for the Sunday school classes as well as new emergency lighting. And the entire building has a new metal roof and a fresh coat of paint. During the planning phase of this project, we learned that there was a significant drainage issue at the rear of the building. This required additional excavation and landscaping. We also discovered rot on the porch of the Crocket Building which required rebuilding. The final piece of our 2018 effort was to put a metal roof on the small building Veronica so generously donated to us in 2015, and to provide electrical service to it so it could be used last year for VBS and the youth camp. Not only were we able to do this, we also were able to put a metal roof on the Richards Cottage, which is used for Campmeeting staff.
These improvements cost approximately $28,000, which was an enormous one-year expense. But the Lord provided us with dedicated and generous friends and that entire amount was raised. I am grateful to each of you who donated. Completing these projects would also not have been possible without the generous donation of time by many volunteers. I would especially like to thank John and Esther Fuchs for days of professional electrical wiring and John McRorie for rebuilding the Crocket Building porch.
While we are not facing the same number of large capital improvement projects that we had to tackle last year, upgrades to our water system, enhanced electrical service to the tabernacle, and the painting of some of our buildings needs to be done in 2019 and will require funds. We also have the ongoing annual expenses of Campmeeting to cover including staff, food, insurance, utilities and supplies.
This Spring fundraising drive, and the Annual Leadership Pledges made at the annual meeting, are where the bulk of our operating funds are raised. Candidly, the number of Annual Leadership Pledges are slightly lower than last year, likely because of the emphasis we placed on raising money for the capital projects last year. And because of Donna’s active outreach into the community, we anticipate a greater need for scholarship funds. That means your generous support of this Spring fundraising drive is even more critical.
Enclosed you will find a Big Lake Campmeeting 2019 pledge form and a pre-addressed envelope. Please pray for the ongoing ministry of the Big Lake Campmeeting Association and give generously as you are led. Plan to join us for Campmeeting (remember it’s a week earlier this year, July 14-21) and encourage the young people you know to attend Vacation Bible School and Youth Camp.
Pray that God will bless our 2019 Big Lake Campmeeting as He has for more than a century.
Stephen G. Cox President, Big Lake Campmeeting Association.
Big Lake Campmeeting Association is a qualified 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, EIN 82-1697587.
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Big Lake Campmeeting Association
PO Box 762
West Chester, OH 45071
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