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.
O Come, O Come Thou Lord of Might
ADVENT WEEK 3 / Joy
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.
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
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.
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.
Believe it or not the 2017 Winter Reunion is right around the corner…
If you are like us, we are already missing our fellow summer staffers and campers! And we are looking forward to the next time we will all be together.
So, sign up for Winter Reunion, because we want to hang out! Then go find your favorite winter gear (ski goggles, snowman mittens, ski jacket) and take a “selfie” with it. Post that pic on instagram #winterreunion so we can see who is coming.
Winter Reunion will be held at Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run from December 30th thru January 1st, 2017. Campers should arrive at camp between 7-9pm. The Reunion ends on Sunday around 2pm. Transportation is available if needed.
Where: Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run
What to Expect: Fun, friends & fellowship. Games, sledding, broom hockey, hot chocolate, talks by the fireplace, summer videos, singing, Bible Studies, evening devotions and much more.
Registration Cost: $120.00 per person for the Reunion.
Transportation: By bus from Lexington or by van from Manchester or Logan Airports.
Campers Arrive : Plan to arrive between 7:00 and 9:00pm on Friday, December 30th. Dinner will NOT be served at camp, so please eat before you arrive.
SALT, WILD and LDP: Your Winter Reunion will start 24 hours earlier on Thursday, December 29th! Plan to arrive between 7:00 and 8:00pm on Thursday, December 29th. Dinner will NOT be served at camp.
Depart: The reunion will end at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 1st.
Who is Coming: Your fun-loving Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost counselors, campers and other staff members. Only those age 12 and above will be permitted to attend.
What to Bring: Sleeping bags, your Bible, your journal, lots of warm clothes, a towel, and your toothbrush!
Bus: The bus will leave Lexington, Massachusetts from the McDonalds and Mobil rest stop on Route 128N, located just after the Route 2 interchange traveling north. It will leave Lexington at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 30th, and will return approximately 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 1st.
Airport: Flights into Manchester Airport in New Hampshire or Logan Airport in Boston, should be scheduled to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 pm on Friday, December 30th, and depart from 2:00 and 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 1st. Airport transportation will only be provided to those arriving on airplanes.
It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. As if being a camp director didn’t already sound like a vacation dressed in business casual clothing, every once in a while, I also get to scout new trips for camp. Most recently, I was scouting a potential new mountain bike trip aboard my Salsa Pony Rustler.
When I pulled up to Inland Woods, “skeptical” didn’t even begin to describe how I felt. The trailhead is located in a back corner of the Inland Hospital parking lot in Waterville, Maine. Coming from MRO, this looked like Times Square by comparison, and not the starting point for wilderness adventure. That said, it was a convenient access point, and featured excellent signage and maps. While all these things screamed “overpopulated trail system,” I soldiered on and was immediately rewarded for the choice.
The trails are excellent. They are well marked, well designed, and laid out perfectly to make the most of their unique location. Once you enter the woods there is rarely a hint of “civilization” other than the occasional opportunity to look out at Waterville’s small airport, which backs up to the woods. The coming and going of the occasional Cessna only added to the “cool factor” of the trip.
In terms of trail design, it would be very hard to ask for more, especially considering the type of riding we crave at MRO. The climbs were gradual and forgiving, and the descents featured burmed turns, begging to be carved and “whoop” sections that forced a bugs-in-your-teeth smile as I rode along. The trails reward a rider who lays off the pedaling long enough to “pump” the bike, using the downhill sides of bumps to gather speed.
This is not a trail for rabid adrenaline junkies seeking jumps, drop-offs, and first-aid opportunities, but it is absolutely an exciting ride for beginners and advanced riders alike. It’s a perfect fit for MRO’s fleet of KHS SixFifty bikes. Overpopulation was not an issue at all. Despite the well-manicured trails, I didn’t see one other rider out there the entire time. If you like riding and plan on coming to MRO next year, a trip to Inland Woods may very well be in your future.