Welcome to Big Lake Campmeeting Association
Wow, what a phenomenal year it has been for Big Lake Campmeeting! We saw our largest youth camp in years, the Stroudwater Church Mission Team had a record number of volunteers, and our Dining Hall Kitchen received a spectacular makeover that made us and the health inspectors very happy. You can truly see God's hand in all of our progress. Our leaders and the finance committee have been working hard to prepare for the next round of improvements which we discussed at the Annual Meeting in July.
Some of us think of the dining hall as our "new" building but it is actually 55 years old. No one can remember when the roof was last replaced and it clearly needs it now. With all the improvements inside the building to let them be damaged by a leaking roof would be foolish. Replacing the roof with metal will also necessitate building some dormers that extend over the doors on the lakeside to keep snow from blocking the entrances and provide some protection from the rain in the summer as folks come and go from the building. We also need to replace the temporary bathroom which was added to the dining hall when year-round services began there by the Sunrise Advent Christian Church. A permanent insulated bathroom that is handicapped accessible is planned. Finally, we need to a permanent roof on the small building Veronica donated to us in 2015 so we can make use of that during Campmeeting next year.
We estimate the total cost of these improvements to be about $18,000. One-third of that total has been pledged by the members of the Sunrise Christian Church and we are grateful to them for that. The second $6,000 has been committed as a challenge gift by three Big Lake Campmeeting Association members as an incentive to the rest of the Big Lake Campmeeting community to raise the final $6,000 we need.
In January we will be mailing out a solicitation seeking gifts and pledges to fund these projects. For each dollar donated up to the $6,000 goal the challenge donors will match your gift. We hope you will give prayerful consideration to that solicitation when it arrives.
We are making the preliminary announcement of these plans here on social media because some of you may be looking for a home for your year-end charitable dollars which are deductible in this tax year. Others of you may be planning your charitable giving for 2018.
If you would like to make a donation please send it to Big Lake Campmeeting, P.O. Box 762 West Chester, OH 45071 or click the "Donate Button" below.