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Big Lake Campmeeting 2017 Coming Soon
Dear Family and Friends,
“In like a lion, out like a lamb” has always seemed a straightforward enough proverb. When March starts, it’s still winter, and by the end of the month, spring has begun. True, in many climates the weather hasn’t quite reached the lamb stage by the end of the month—it’s more like a surly cat, maybe, or one of those awful territorial honking geese.*
But you get the idea – Big Lake Campmeeting 2017 is coming soon.
Here are some updates: Ryan Carle will be joining us as our evangelist this year. Steve Cole will be returning as our Bible teacher and Kristen Booth as the Youth Director. Cheri Ianuzzi, from North Conway, NH, will once again be overseeing the kitchen. I have also spoken with Bruce Bryant from Texas. He and his wife, Mary, will make every effort to return to assist in the kitchen. We continue to add staff weekly. I have no doubt that we will be appropriately staffed for 2017.
With the inclusion of a matching gift, we were able to raise over $3,000 for the purchase of a much-needed, commercial-grade refrigerator for the dining hall kitchen. During the fall work weekend, several people who were good at precise measurements resurfaced all the kitchen countertops. I would like to thank those who donated materials, time and energy to complete this project.
These successful efforts in the months since we left camp last summer remind me how blessed we are to have so many talented individuals willing to pitch in to make a successful camp. And we are equally blessed by the generosity of the many families and friends who respond this time of year to our annual fundraising campaign.
At this time each year, we ask you to help us raise the money to cover the operating expenses of Big Lake Campmeeting. We need to purchase food, supplies, insurance, and equipment. We also have to fund staffing for this summer’s camp. Most of these bills must be paid before camp begins. While we work hard to be good stewards of your gifts, big-ticket items like taxes and insurance continue to rise.
We have not raised the cost of youth camp for the past several years, and we will not do so again this year. We want a Christian camp experience to be available to every child, and, as in the past, we will never let her / his ability to pay stand in the way of attending.
Two additional maintenance items require our attention before camp begins. Electrical service in the cabins is inadequate and out of date. Before these become serious safety issues, we need to upgrade this service. We estimate the cost of wire, boxes and switches to be about $1,500. We also need to replace the water pipes which connect the well to our various buildings. Charles has done a miraculous job of splicing and patching for many years, but increasingly it is difficult to maintain the pressure we need. New pipes and fittings will cost us about $1,500.
It costs about $12,000 to operate Big Lake Campmeeting each year. Costs like new pipes and electrical will add to that in 2017. Before we left camp last summer, 18 families and/or individuals pledged to make a minimum $300 gift toward our annual operation. Some of those pledges have been paid, and we are deeply grateful for those gifts. If you made a pledge and have not yet fulfilled it, please consider making that gift now.
But the fulfilment of those pledges, as important as they are, will not get us all the way to our goal. We need everyone to help with this Annual Spring Fundraising Drive.
For more than a century, Big Lake Campmeeting has made an impact on countless lives. Like our founders, the faithful who have carried on the work to the present day have always found a way to meet our financial obligations. We are strengthened by the promise that we find in Phil. 4:19 (ESV):
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
I look forward to seeing all of you this summer. Please pray for Big Lake Campmeeting 2017 and consider prayerfully how you can help.
Blessings to all,
President, Big Lake Campmeeting Association
Please send contributions to: Big Lake Campmeeting
C/O Tim Flewelling
P.O. Box 312
Pittsfield, ME 04967
*Quoted from https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/03/02/folk-wisdom/
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!
In Mid December, 2016 we received a matching funds challenge by one of our campmeeting members. The challenge was to raise a total of $3,000 for a new industrial refrigerator. The match was dollar for dollar up to $1,500. Fundraising began a little slow but by the end of December we were well on our way to completing our goal. On January 7th we officially hit our goal raising $1,525 and counting. We are still in need of donations for other capital projects. Please visit our GIVING page if you can help!
Work Day Success
A BIG Thank You to all who helped make this year's work days a success. Our volunteers replaced the counter tops in the kitchen, cleaned out brush and repainted the tabernacle sign. Conduit trenches were dug and new conduit buried. Three Cabin steps were repaired and/or replaced. Most of the roofs were swept off. The grounds are in the process of being closed for the winter. Thank you again to all who helped. Stay tuned for our next work day coming this spring!
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