Campers from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin descended upon Camp Sinawa in a Valders, Wisconsin for the annual Covenant Youth Camp for members of Covenant East Classis. The year’s theme was “Thy Kingdom Come.” We had a wonderful group of campers and adult volunteers this year. The members of Salem Ebenezer RCUS in nearby Manitowoc always go above and beyond with their volunteerism and service. For various reasons, we had the smallest number of pastors for decades. The lessons taught by the four who came (Klynsma, Sawtelle, Schnabel, Sorensen) were: 1. “Thy Kingdom Come: What are we praying for?” 2. “Thy Kingdom Come: Principles from the Parables (Matthew 13)” 3. “Thy Kingdom Come: How does this Kingdom get built?” 4. “Thy Kingdom Come when the Killing Comes: Persecution and the Kingdom of God” 5. “Thy Kingdom Come: How to bring the Kingdom Message to the world around you, some practical pointers from each pastor”.
As the pictures show, church camp combines great Bible teaching with great fun and fellowship. Favorites include the Talent Night, daily softball, basketball, and volleyball games, and swimming and tubing on the lake. A special feature this year was a game show the kids hosted to see which pastor was most in-tune with the Teen Culture.
On the edge of the Sequoia National Forest near the small town of Balance Rock, CA, the Western Classis held their annual Heidelberg Youth Camp from June 15-18, 2015.
The opening session began with the general call to defend the faith from 1 Peter 3:15. The biblical theme for this year’s camp was “Defending the Faith.”
There are common questions that are asked by believers and unbelievers alike. Therefore, each day of camp these common questions were addressed. For example, “If God is good why is there suffering?” “Why are Christians so intolerant?” “Aren’t there many ways to God?” “Wasn’t Jesus just a good teacher?” and, “What is the difference between creation and evolution.” Reverends Alpuche, Gruggett, Hall, Henderson, Mancilas, and Voytek faithfully instructed the covenant youth concerning these common questions.
Between the discussion times, the young people enjoyed s’mores and bears stories near the bonfire. There was also quite the quarrel during “Camp Feud.” The show host asked silly questions of each contestant. For example, “What sorts of things might you find on pappy’s front porch?” Or, “What kind of animals might be trespassing in pappy’s barn?”
The young people made good friends. And did you know that Rev. Paul Henderson was an extra on the movie set of “Hard Country”? Many things are learned at camp, especially the equipping of these young covenant children for defending their Christian faith.
All in all, this year’s camp was a great time for all.
In His Sovereign grace, God has established a NEW congregation in the RCUS! Covenant RCUS of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was welcomed into membership at the recent Classis and Synod meetings. We rejoice with our brothers and sisters and welcome them, promising them our mutual prayers. We also long for fellowship if we are ever traveling through the Gettysburg area, and vice versa. The congregation is currently served by Rev. Jay Fluck.
Congratulations to three RCUS students-under-care who recently graduated from seminary! Please pray for these men and their families as they prepare to take up labors in the gospel ministry in the RCUS.
Steve Carr, from Mid-America Reformed Seminary
Cody Schwichtenberg, from Heidelberg Theological Seminary
Tim Marinelli, from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Steve Carr and Family (on Top Row, Far Left)
Cody Schwichtenberg (from Left, Rev. Spencer Aalsburg (Adjunct Professor), Cody, Rev. Kyle Sorensen (Commencement Speaker), Dr. Maynard Koerner (Professor))
Tim Marinelli and Family