Epworth Forest CC - REYOAD - June 12-17 (2016)

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End of the Week Video!

See some of our favorite memories from the week created by our Multimedia Storyteller, Christian Stan!

Dixie Boat Ride!

Our campers got to spend their last morning at camp taking a ride on North Webster's famous Dixie Boat! To say they had a good time would be an understatement.

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Final Night Session

On our last night, Pastor Dave wanted all of our campers to experience serving each other by taking communion together. He told the story of how Jesus wanted his disciples to simply remember what was most important from his teachings, and that these themes are especially present in communion.

He is always, always with us.

We are to continually serve one another.

The best is yet to come, and that this life isn't all there is.

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One Big, Happy Family!

Here is a group picture featuring all of our happy campers!

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Joyful Noise

Today's theme is all about joyfully obeying, which is to live a life committed to loving others because we are loved by God. Pastor Dave Marty reminded us that God loves us completely and fully, not partially or somewhat. And because he loves us, we must have love for others that is complete and full.

You've got to show your love in what you do, not just by what you say.

Dave read from John 15:9-17, in which Jesus is telling his disciples how they can best obey him, the teaching is surprisingly very simple.

"This is my command: Love each other."

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The Royal Ball

Last night our princes and princesses got all dressed up for the Royal Ball in Pell Lodge! A good time was had by all and almost everyone let loose on the dance floor.

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The Sun will Come Out!

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Practicing Forgiveness

Today's theme focuses on forgiveness and what it means to forgive others for wrongdoings. Pastor Dave Marty read the parable of the Unmerciful Servant at Morning Worship, and this afternoon he focused on the question, "How can we learn and act out forgiveness?".

  • Remember how much we have been forgiven, not only by our family and friends, but by our Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus forgave the very people he had persecute him. At the end of his life he spoke, "Forgive them, Father. For they know not what they do."

  • Let go of the anger inside of you, do not hold onto it. Sometimes we think that people owe us something when they do us wrong, but if we spend our lives waiting for that IOU, we don't get to live lives full of happiness and forgiveness.

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Dave holds up his 'IOU" right before ripping it up, to symbolize letting go of anger.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Waiting For Tonight

While campers are participating in their daily activities, Epworth Summer Staff is working hard at decorating Pell Lodge for the Royal Ball tonight! And of course, all lords and ladies are welcome.

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Day Three Update!

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Play Ball!

The infamous REYOAD vs. Epworth Kickball Game took place on Epworth's rec field tonight. REYOAD came ready to play and they completely obliterated the Epworth team. Teamwork and dedication were present in the night's activities.

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Harness Your Strength

Campers spent time outside of the Beach House playing "REYOAD Angry Birds"! Their cheers and encouragement were heard all throughout the campsite.

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Jamboree!

Our afternoon Jamboree session was loud and proud in the Beach House!

Pastor Dave continued on in his lesson surrounding the word 'humble'.

He read Matthew 13:1-17, and told us how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The job of feet washing was considered a servant's job, so having someone as holy and mighty as Jesus doing it-- was a big deal. Dave told us that even Jesus himself didn't consider himself better than anyone else, so neither should we.

Morning Worship

This morning, worship was moved due to some light rain outside, but the spirit was still ever present. One of Epworth's Summer Staffers led worship and Pastor Dave Marty preached on what it means to live a humble life. Many campers had heard the word 'humble' before, but haven't really thought about what it means to live a 'humble life'.

Dave read from Matthew 18, and told us how important it is to have child-like faith, for the child does not live life thinking they are better than anyone else.

Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Pastor Dave admitted to struggling with living humbly, and striving to not acting better than anyone else. But when we live humble lives, we are able to serve others better and live in a happier community. He ended his sermon by singing " Oh Lord, It's Hard To Be Humble" by Mac Davis, with some helpful friends.

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Day Two Begins!

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A Knight's Tale

Tonight our campers gathered in the auditorium to watch a series of dances, skits, and stories! The building was filled with cheering, encouragement, and pure joy.

A Happy Gathering

Our REYOAD campers have continuously told the Epworth Summer Staff about how much they love Jesus Christ and reconnecting with their friends from years past! Even the newest of campers can feel welcome in the spirit that surrounds this community.

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Fun in the Sun

Our campers enjoyed an afternoon full of activities and laughter!

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Day One Begins!

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Move In Day!

Today we started off the week with good weather and lots of smiling folks! All of our campers, new and old, came ready with joyful hearts and happy faces. Here are some pics of campers getting registered and moving in to their cabins for the week!

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Medieval Madness!

The theme for REYOAD 2016 is "Child of the Kingdom", so our staff is helping out by creating a medieval theme for our campers! At dinner tonight, Epworth Summer Staff got really into the theme.

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