Friday, February 27, 2009

Summer Camp Savings, Hurry...

Summer is fast approaching! At Lutheridge+Lutherock we have put together a splendid and varied array of Summer Camp Programs for kids of all ages. Sign-up before March 15th to receive the best price of the season.

At Lutheridge each camper is part of a cabin group of up to eight campers and one college-age counselor. Christian community, making friends and teamwork are stressed, assuring that each camper is valued and encouraged. Regular camp activities include swimming, crafts, games, hikes, singing, campfires and more! Creative Bible study and worship are a part of each day’s schedule. Younger campers canoe in the lake on site and end the week with a Water Olympics. Campers who are middle school age and older experience the low ropes course on camp, go on an outing into Pisgah forest, and celebrate the week’s end with a dance.

At Lutherock our campers are part of an adventure group of up to eight youth and one college-age counselor. Christian community, making friends and cooperation are as important as assuring that each camper is valued and encouraged to be the best they can be. Our counselors build a relationship with each camper, nurturing their faith journey during the week they are at camp and beyond. Our regular camp activities include the group interaction course, ropes courses, loop hike, rock slide, ice-cream making, singing, campfires, and much more. Creative Bible study and worship are a part of each day’s schedule. Outdoor adventure programs include additional activities such as rafting, backpacking, caving, rock climbing, and rappelling.

We have also created and are launching a new “Music & Drama Camp”.
At M.A.D. Camp the kids will enjoy days filled with music, drama, and a whole new cast of friends! Campers will perform the musical "AMERICAN IDEAL" on Friday afternoon. Families are invited to attend. Mornings will be spent in rehearsals and afternoons and evenings in regular camp activities such as swimming, crafts, games, hikes, campfires, and more. If you've ever wanted to be in a show, this is the camp for you.

At Lutheridge+Lutherock there is something for kids of all ages and interests. Summer Camp is a magical time for children. It helps to shape them by exposing them to the beauty of nature, the camaraderie of friends, and the joys found in their faith and spirit. We believe these are all important components in the building blocks of every young person’s life.

So here is the deal, if you sign up before March 15th you will enjoy the best price of the season. We also are offering the “Faith Formation Stimulus Package”. There are many ways to join us at camp this summer at Lutheridge+Lutherock. Sign-up today.

Friday, February 20, 2009


When we receive letters, photos, and testimonials from our various program, guest groups, & camp attendees it always makes our hearts sing. These notes and emails reinforce our commitment to continue to bring you the best programs and services we can possibly offer.

Recently Pastor Mary Canniff-Kuhn, Lutheridge co-director of program, and coordinator of the summer Campfirmation program, received the following heartfelt email from Keith Buterbaugh, a Sunday school teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Douglasville, Georgia:

“I have taught Sunday school for six years. Two years ago I was struggling; my class size was dwindling and my success rate was too. It had been a long while since I’d had one of those magic moments in my classroom where the kids face lights up, you can see the wheels turning and the light bulb comes on over their head. None of that was happening and I was starting to doubt myself. I prayed and waited. The Lord heard my prayer and when Sunday School started in September 2007, my class size had tripled over what it had been. One Sunday I asked the class the question ‘Have you ever felt like you were in the presence of God?’ I went on to describe the miracles I’d witnessed in life including when my children were born….Then it happened. A usually quiet, soft-spoken girl was bursting at the seams, wildly raising her hand and dying to share her story. ‘At Campfirmation this and at Campfirmation that’. There was no end to it. I just sat back and grinned and let her go on for 20 minutes. Now I’d like to thank you for making it possible.”

Keith, you are welcome. We think it is terrific to hear we are making a difference in a young person’s life.

Did you know that nearly 1000 confirmands attend Lutheridge+Lutherock each summer with their pastor to learn the catechism, to experience the joy of the Christ-centered camp communities and to witness the Christian role models of staff? Hundreds more come for a weekend “Faith Alive!” campfirmation experience at Lutheridge throughout the retreat season. Visit our website to learn more about the opportunities for camp, Confirmation Camp, and Faith Alive!

Do you have a story to share? It is always wonderful to hear your feedback and how our programs impact you, your family and your faith. If you know of someone or a group with a story to tell from their experience at Lutheridge, Lutherock, or Lutheranch, please let us know! Drop us an email today.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Faith Formation Stimulus Package...

Summertime is a magical time of year here at Lutheridge+Lutherock, we relish the long languid days filled with the laughter and joy of our Summer Campers. We have created many terrific programs for kids of all ages. Christian community, making friends, teamwork and creative Bible Study are key to making the camp experience as wonderful and memorable as possible. At camp our days are filled with many activities such as Music and Drama, Outdoor Games, Swimming, Canoeing, Singing Campfires, Camaraderie and Arts & Crafts. The goal for our campers is to have fun, grow in faith, and learn something new everyday.
Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries believes all children and youth should have a summer camp experience, regardless of their family’s financial situation. In response to uncertain economic times in our country, we have recently developed a “Faith Formation Stimulus Package”. Simply put, the program is specifically designed to service our campers whose parents may have been layed-off or have recently lost their jobs. We feel that it is important to “give back”. It is a simple process, log onto LLMI.ORG, click on “News and Calendars” to download and fill out the paper work, and then send to us. It is that easy. (It is hoped that the family and home congregation can assist with the camp fee, but it is not required.)

Summer Camp is an adventure for kids of all ages. If you know someone who may want to apply for our "Faith Formation Stimulus Package" please forward this email or if you would like to apply, now is the time. Lutheridge+Lutherock is the place to learn, have fun, grow in faith, and make the most of any child’s summer.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Create in Me! Create in You...

Springtime in the Appalachian Mountains is a magical time of year. All of the trees, plants and flowers are bursting with color, life and energy. Here at Lutheridge+Lutherock we believe “Creativity” is a natural compliment to such a vibrant season.
Seven years ago we created a program to celebrate the creativity that lies within all of us. The dates for the 2009 "Create in Me" program are April, 30th-May, 3rd.
Imagine working and creating in one or many of the following mediums: Music, Wood, Icons, Clay, Movement, Words, Cooking, Beads, Stained Glass, & More!

Enter the wonderful exchange of ideas encouraging creativity as central to life of faith. Amateurs and professionals... expert or beginner - Come and be inspired, encouraged, and re-created. Enjoy whole group presentations and Bible study. Participate in creative worship and enriching fellowship. Workshops and creation stations offer hands-on opportunities to try new arts and crafts in a safe place where you cannot fail. Process over product is stressed - and everyone is a beginner at something. Meet others striving to give God's creativity larger space in their lives.

We have put together a package that is not only value oriented but also packed with creative projects, fellowship and fun. Sign up today, you will be happy you did.

Some Details…
AN AMAZING DEAL: $225.00 FEE includes three nights lodging in Thornburg Hall (double occupancy), all meals (Friday breakfast-Sunday breakfast), AND all art materials and instruction!
$273.00 single room in Thornburg Hall or double room in Kohnjoy Inn (no single rooms in Kohnjoy)
$145.00 day participant rate (includes all meals)
Register by March 1, 2009 (postmarked or online),

Click here to view our movie and find out more about you and Create in Me!
The dates for the 2009 "Create in Me" program are April, 30th-May, 3rd.