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Lutheroad “Peace Works” Day Camp
Mr. Bill Carver was a road builder, well, really a civil engineer tasked with infrastructure, development and paving. He help build roads from Charlotte to Saudi Arabia. Now his legacy will live on as we build a new road, a “Lutheroad” here at Living Saviour as we host a week of Christian day camp with seed money from memorial gifts given in honor and memory of Bill by his friends and family.
Lutheroad Day Camp is a partnership between our North Carolina Lutheran camp, Lutheridge, located in Arden NC (outside of Asheville, near the airport) and our congregation. This day camp is an exciting addition to the decades long Camp Vivace, which offers children an opportunity to sing and perform publicly. Yet not all our children have been able to participate in Vivace, often because they are not keen on public performance or their parents work, as Vivace is a 9a-2p day camp, care would be needed before and after. So the timing felt right to offer another option to our own children, seeking to build in them faith, roots, tradition, and a chance to spend time together. This is also a time when we can continue to build bridges with our neighbors, the community around us. This day camp will offer pre-post camp care for those campers who need it, meeting the needs of our families.
There are so many day camp options available, and most are not Christ or faith centered; this one will be. The theme of Lutheroad this year is “Peace Works;” lessons, games, crafts, activities will help communicate what is God’s peace. This is an opportunity for our congregation to reach out to those who do not know God, have not met Jesus in Sunday morning stories, and have no idea about prayer or the Bible. This is a chance for our congregation to shine in the gift of hospitality, welcome, fun and fellowship.
Day camp and summer care for school students with working parents is also very expensive. Providing part of the cost of each camper fee through the memorial gift, through the WELCA raffle of crocheted afghans, and other means, we are providing a discount for every camper. Through our partnership with Smithfield Elementary, we also hope to offer some small scholarships to those most financially stressed in our community, providing them with a fun and fantastic week of memories of God’s love, joy, laughter, and hope.
New initiatives are important for any congregation as they continue to live their mission which comes from Jesus’ command in Matthew 28. He tells his followers, “Go, make disciples; baptize them; teach them; so that they obey everything I have commanded.” Jesus is with us Living Saviour, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and so we continue to offer teaching, love, hope, to our own youngest disciples, and offer Christ to the world around us, so that all may know Christ, and Christ’s love and grace.
I am seeking those who are interested in participating in the pre-planning for the week, and actually participating during the week. If interested send me a note, talk to me, find out how you can be part of the excitement of this dream to build the road of faith in our youngest ones.
Camp can host 32 campers. We have 5 signed up already, and more to come. Get your registration in soon, before it opens to the public Feb. 15.
I am excited, and humbled, to oversee this week of camp as a Holy Experiment in Bill Carver’s memory. He loved God, loved this congregation, and children. I believe, as does Corky, he’d be thrilled to be remembered in this way. To God the glory, forever and ever.