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Taking the Next Step

Posted by on November 6, 2017

Seth Coates, Camp Director of Moose River Outpost, always talks about camp as the place where we are challenged to take the next steps in our faith journey. Everything we do at MRO comes from this desire: to see campers take whatever their next step is in their relationship with the Lord. For some, this looks like hearing about Jesus for the very first time, or possibly the decision to allow the Lord to guide and direct their entire lives. The next step may also look like leaning into an insecurity, or overcoming certain fears. It could be forming new healthy habits, like reading the Bible or spending time meditating on a verse each day. Whatever that next step looks like for each camper, we want that to happen at Moose River Outpost.
I am always so amazed, and startled by the ways the Lord moves in and through his creation for the advancement of his Kingdom. This summer at MRO, I saw, yet again, the works of the Lord as both campers and staff allowed Him to guide and take control – as if we were ever in control! I saw the Lord at work in the lives of three kids from the Czech Republic who attended MRO this past summer, each of whom are on their own faith journey with the Lord. As the boat driver, I saw these three kids take on very tangible goals, and pursue growth through the challenge of wake sports. I saw Ondrej go from barely getting up on two skis, to flying a couple feet through the air on a slalom ski – intentionally, and controlled of course. I saw Natalie and Renata accept the love and encouragement offered by their fellow campers, and achieve the very things they said they could never accomplish on the water!
While the three campers were at work on their gravity defying skills, the Lord was meticulously at work in their hearts. In a reflection letter to MRO, Natalie wrote:
“In the middle of all [of camps programs] there was love. I mean, love with a capital ‘L.’ It’s just so good that you let [the Lord] lead this whole time. He spoke to my heart many times and I bet I’m not the only one!”
Natalie was NOT the only one! Ondrej mentioned in his letter that he felt the “biggest progress in [his] mind…and the environment [at camp] changed [him] a lot.” He, and many other campers with him, left the summer having taken one further step towards growing into the men and women God has called them to be.
True personal growth is often preceded by real spiritual growth. Eugene Peterson brings the words in Mark 8 alive in a new way by saying “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am… Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self.” Seeing these kids from the Czech Republic grow into their true selves, and take that next step in their faith journey continues to remind me of the importance of the work the Lord has us doing at our family of camps.

Written by Adam Jalovick – MRO Summer Camp Pastor 2017

Fall

Posted by on October 16, 2017

Fall at MRO is a very special time. The leaves are all changing. The summer schedule calms down and becomes the fall retreat season. We host a couple churches on weekends and begin to mothball the camp as we prepare to shut the site down for the winter. In two days Hannah, Adam, and a few others of us will be headed back up to blow the leaves off and finalize the winterization. To be at camp when its is empty is a weird mix of peace and sadness. The beauty of the MRO property has an added dimension when it is quiet and there are no sounds other than ones that exist in the natural settings. The sad part is that we have no one to share that with when we are at camp without campers.

MRO is in its best form when it is full of campers. The clash of the noisiness of camp with the natural beauty of the property means there are people enjoying MRO. The physical site is great but the thing that makes MRO truly special is the people. On this coming Saturday our work at MRO will be done for the year and we will lock the gate behind us. Both with sadness that no one will enjoy it until we return in late May and with anticipation of another great summer when camp is full of the people we love again.

See you there.

Christmas Reflections — Sarah Piek

Posted by on December 23, 2016

Be sure to check out the Christmas reflections, entitled “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Deer Run camp pastor (’14 &’15) Sarah Piek on the CCCI Blog.  Click below to jump to the post.

Christmas Reflections

Advent – Week 3

Posted by on December 13, 2016

O Come, O Come Thou Lord of Might

ADVENT WEEK 3 / Joy

Opening Prayer

God of timeless grace, you fill us with joyful expectation. Make us ready for the

message that prepares the way, that with uprightness of heart and holy joy we may

eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Lighting of Advent Candels 1-3

Q. Why do we light the Advent candle?

A. To remember this truth: Jesus is the Word through whom all things were made. In

him is life and his life is the light of all people. If we receive his light, our joy is made

complete. (based on John 1:1-3 & John 15:11)

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we have neglected Advent disciplines. We’ve crowded them out with Christmas

celebrations that arrive too early and with our anxieties, selfishness and lack of trust.

Because of this, we have forgotten you and we are joyless. We are lost, in need of your

help. Come, Lord Jesus. Forgive and restore us. Guide and deliver us. Renew our joy.

Amen.

Readings for Week 3

· Sunday: Isaiah 35:1-10

· Monday: Luke 1:5-17

· Tuesday: Luke 1:18-25

· Wednesday: Luke 1:26-38

· Thursday: Luke 1:39-45

· Friday: Luke 1:46-56

· Saturday: Luke 1:57-66

Prayer of Faith and Response

The Lord’s Prayer or The Apostles’ Creed

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Closing Prayer

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are

sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver

us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and

glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Download the full Advent Devotional from Matt Brown. Matt is the Senior Pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn.

Thanksgiving Reflections

Posted by on November 22, 2016

Be sure to check out the Thanksgiving devotional, entitled “Thanking Big” by MRO director Craig Boronow on the CCCI Blog.  Click below to jump to the post.

Thanking Big