Greetings! There was a “frost advisory” last night for our area, but it didn’t happen at camp. Although, our garden is usually the first to be hit because it is out in the open & not sheltered by the tall pines. I haven’t checked out there yet.
Teen Fall Retreat (last weekend)
We were encouraged that so many teens wanted to be here for the retreat! 90+ teens were present & there were another 15+ staff members present.
--Scott Peltier shared some excellent messages from 1 Thessalonians as he went through the tenderness & affection that Paul had for these brethren that He’d only been with for a few weeks.
--Scott pointed out that we believers need to be intentionally kind & gentle with each other, with the Lord’s help, as our world is becoming increasingly brutal & abusive in relationships.
--He also noted that in each chapter Paul brings before us the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. How encouraging! What a hope we believers possess! Come, Lord Jesus!
--There was plenty of good food from Yvette, with help from Jerry, the Juvlands, Patty Wagar & others. Justin Freshour worked with David Lindstrom in helping with music. How encouraging to hear 90+ teens singing songs that honor the Lord!
--Larry & Roxanne were in Illinois for a family wedding during this weekend.
--Thanks for praying!
Teen Winter Retreat ()
Looking ahead, there will be the annual SBL Winter Retreat in the days following Christmas.
--Because of numbers, we are keeping the age at 15-19. So, you 14-yr.-olds get to practice patience for another year!
--I like those who sign up to be here for the full retreat time, even though I realize that these dates are often good “family time.” So, before we open registration for the Winter Retreat, teens see if being here for the whole time fits in with family plans.
--Another option for area teens is to come up for each day as a “day camper” & not spend the night at SBL.
Annual Camp Sponsors Meeting (September 24th at )
The leaves are just starting to turn color. Colors could be in full bloom by 9/24, but only the Lord knows!
--If anyone is interested in becoming a camp sponsor, contact me or a SBL Board member. One requirement is that camp sponsors attend this annual meeting. That affects some camp friends who care very much about SBL but live too far away to come here for a day.
--Also on that day there will be a SBL Board meeting at Camp Sponsors are welcome to quietly attend.
--Pray for wisdom from the Lord for the SBL Board. It is much needed & matters often come up that can’t be shared in a newsletter like this.
SBL Family Fall Retreat ()
We are looking forward to the 40 family units who have signed up for this time to join us then!
--Kevin & Cindy Fitzgerald will be with us, & Kevin will have 7 messages to share. Pray
--If you want to be put on a waiting list for Family Fall Retreat, e-mail me. One dear family cancelled this past week.
SBL Youth Group
We would be glad to be joined by area teens who are interested in Bible study each Wednesday night at camp. We also have a game & a snack. There might be the possibility of giving a ride if that is all that prevents you from coming.
We are having nighttime visits from some area bear, again. On Monday night he opened our dumpster & pulled out some trash. Last night he took out the blue trash container by the Lodge to see what goodies were available.
--I’ve kept Sadie “collared” near our house for a few days. She knows that if she ventures over 90 feet from the house she will get a jolt of electricity. The problem with taking off the shock collar is that if Sadie sees bikers on the highway, she goes with them. (This happened .) Then they eventually call my cell (don’t know how that got on Sadie’s “regular” collar) & want me to relieve them of her.
--Sometimes the caller is surprised at my monotone response because he/she thinks I should be excited & grateful that my lost dog (that I didn’t know was gone) had been found. I confess that I’m often just irritated at Sadie that she can’t figure out where her home is & come back here after running a bit with the bikers.
--However, I released Sadie this morning because she does love to chase the bear, & the bear will not move as freely around camp with Sadie present. It’s rather humorous to see Sadie chasing the bear up a tree when the bear is 3-4 times bigger than Sadie. If the bear figures that out, Sadie had better be able to run the other way because the bear is just as fast as Sadie, at least for short distances.
--The deer have also been jumping the electric fence & feed freely on our garden greens when Sadie is limited in her movement, but they are less prone to do so when she is wandering around camp.
--So, if you are an area biker (or jogger or hiker), please don’t take the highway in front of SBL. . . !
Thanks for praying!
Safe in Him,