By the time you read this article, I will be at Seabeck Christian Family Camp once again. This is an annual trip that my family has taken, starting even before I was born. My dad and mom, along with a two other couples, were tasked to make this camp a success. Back then, in 1960, it was part of the Methodist camping program (that’s before the United Methodist Church was formed). Because of my parent’s hard work, along with the help of many, many other people, Seabeck Family Camp blossomed.
My first year at Seabeck was in 1963. I was six months old. In those days, Seabeck Family Camp was full to the brim with a waiting list of people hoping to get in. Nowadays, we share the camp with another group, and average about 150 people in attendance (the camp can hold 250). Our hope and goal is to grow the camp once again to 200+ people so that we can have the entire grounds at our disposal. It really is the perfect vacation for the whole family. There is something to do for every age level, from infant to senior citizen.
This year I would really covet your prayers as Missy and I head to Seabeck (now called Seabeck Christian Family Camp). I covet your prayers because this year I will be serving as the resource leader for the camp. This means I have had to prepare six 30 to 45 minute presentations. I give my first presentation on Sunday night (an introduction to the week). Then the program begins in earnest on Monday morning. And for the next five mornings, I will be developing a theme entitled, The Way of Jesus: Nurturing Compassion in Our Lives. It’s based on a sermon series I did earlier this year, but I have greatly expounded upon it (I don’t typically preach for 45 minutes on a Sunday).
Seabeck is the highlight of my year. All of my siblings attend, and they all bring with them their own families (I think only one of my nephews will be unable to attend this year). Of course, our two sons, Matt and Jake, will be there. Jake got a new job in May, but made sure to ask for Seabeck off when he was hired. They gave him the week off (although without pay). Matt plays the drums for the worship team, and Jake plays his sax. This year though, Matt will be playing the guitar for part of the week and Jake will be banging on the drums.
Seabeck Christian Family Camp has done more to form my spiritual life than anything else. It was there that I first felt the tug towards ordained ministry. As I drive over the old wooden bridge, a peace descends upon me that stays with me throughout the week. I wish some of you could experience this with me. I know it’s too late for this year, but the dates for Seabeck always fall on the same week (last week of July/first week of August). So this means that next year’s camp dates are July 28th through August 3rd, 2019. I’ll be there. I guarantee it! Thank you for your prayers. I’ll see you in church.
Sermon Texts, Themes, and Titles for June
We strive to make worship meaningful, relevant, and challenging each and every Sunday. You are challenged to make worship a regular part of your life. You are invited to take some time to read the Scripture and reflect on the passages before each worship service.
August 5th: Guest Preacher. Tom on Vacation. Carol Mason will be filling the pulpit for us on this Sunday!
August 12th: All the Manna You Can Eat! The Scripture passage will be John 6:35, 41-51 and the theme will be emphasizing the eternal.
August 19th: Fighting Giants! The Scripture passage will be Numbers 13:25-33 and the theme will be facing our biggest challenges.
August 26th: Promises, Promises! The Scripture passage will be Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 and the theme will be keeping our promise to serve the Lord.
September 2nd: Tradition! Tradition! The Scripture passage will be Mark 7:1-8 and the theme will be the power of tradition.
Worship is a vital part of a growing and vibrant faith. So make sure you attend on a regular basis. And bring a friend or two with you. It’s a great way to introduce someone to Jesus
Centralia First United Methodist Church 506 S Washington Ave 98531 360-736-7311