Epworth Forest CC - That Thing - June 19-24 (2016)

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End of The Week Video!

Epworth enjoyed having your campers this week!

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Choosing Life

Our week was wrapped up by Carly Bartlett giving our campers a decision. In John 10:10 it says,

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

After leaving the mountaintop experience campers have had at Epworth, it may feel as though God is less present in the rest of our lives. But, God is always present and He gives us life. If we choose His way and choose life, we will continue to feel enough through Him and continue to feel loved.

For we are His people, we will show who he is by our actions and we will be given a life everlasting.

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Campers come up and put their thumbprint in 'LIFE' symbolizing their decision.

Epworth's Got Talent

Campers showed Epworth and our judges from Holman their stuff when they participated in a talent show this afternoon. Here are a few pictures!

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North Star came to the stage all together and sang a one-of-a-kind mash up!

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This camper came up to the stage with a never before seen talent...laughing!

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We even had a camper dance to a Beyonce song, he got all the moves right with a little help from his friend in the back row!

Last Full Day

Our first week of That Thing may be coming to an end, but our God will reign forver. Our campers spent their last day to the fullest!

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We Are The Salt.

As the salt of the earth, we are called to preserve our faith, promote healing, and provide safety amongst our communities. Salt is necessary for sustaining life as are we for keeping God's Word going. Because we are called to be these things, and because the Lord is with us-- we must take courage and act.

What can we do that makes a difference?

Simple. Encourage one another.

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Students write down their promises to act on behalf of the church.

Be kind for that's what Barnabas did. In Acts 9, Saul is coming to Jerusalem in search of community from the disciples. When he gets there, he finds they are all scared of him and distance themselves from him. But Barnabas took him by the hand and encouraged him. This simple act of kindness spurred a ripple effect that led to Saul's purposeful life in ministry.

When we choose unity, we can consistently do more work together than we ever could have done separately.

God Wants Us to Take Courage.

Here are some shots of our campers facing their fears and challenging themselves throughout the week!

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Middle of The Week Updates!

Program Manager Stacy Hartman talks about what our campers have been up to.

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Tune In and Speak Out.

Today the campers focused on the stories of Elijah and Esther.

In 1 Kings 19 Elijah is overwhelmed by his stressful circumstances which causes him to become a little too "I" focused. God calls him to go out and stand on a mountain and feel the presence of the Lord.

God wants us to lean in.

The voice of God propels Elijah into his next purpose in his life, God calls him to go out and do more. God wants us to lean in and know Him, because we cannot do powerful works for the kingdom if we do not have a closeness with our King.

In the story of Esther, she is confronted with the task of speaking out for her people even if it means risking her own life. She is scared and overwhelmed, but she is faithful. She was faithful and went through with the risk because she was told that her God would not forsake her or leave her.

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Carly Bartlett leads our campers in song.

In the same way, we must speak out in times of stress or injustice, we must speak out for the broken. For if we know the Light and the Way, and we know He will not leave us, then we have the privilege of speaking this peace into others.

Tubular Tuesday

Epworth campers were able to choose from a jam-packed list of activities for this afternoon during free block! Here are a few pictures from today.

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Want to see pictures of our campers throughout the week? Click here!

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We Carry Labels.

We've all been labeled by others in our lives. Whether the labels we wear are positive or negative, they are still not truly representative of who we really are.

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We may find we are labeled by athletics.

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We may be labeled by what we create or make.

If we find our identity in earthly things and relationships, we will at some point be disappointed by our labels. But, if we strive to find out who we are through Christ's love and gifts for us, we realize that we are enough-- a label of worth that is given to us by a God who can not let us down.

What if we were able to really live into our identity as his masterpieces? 1 Corinthians 5:7 tells us to get rid of our old labels because we are new in Him, and we are enough.

A Quick Check In!

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God Created Light.

In the midst of a giant void full of chaos, God created light. God created something so powerful and so necessary that the speed at which the light appeared was and is 186,000 miles per second. And in case you didn't know, that's fast. An airplane runs at 500 or 600 miles per hour, and light-- light can travel almost 200,000 miles per second. God's power is mighty and it is good.

When we think about where we stand in the context of the universe-- we, as singular human beings, it can be easy to get stuck in thinking that we are exceedingly insignificant. But, we are reminded in Psalm 8:3-4 that we are not insignifcant at all, and that compared to the vastness and the glory that comes from the universe, we should be honored and humbled by the fact that we were made too.

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Epworth's That Thing Week 1 Speaker, Carly Bartlett reminds us of our worth.

We were made with intention, and just like light was made to be powerful and to bring clarity, we were made to be real and transparent in His image.

The challenge for our campers this week is to be real and transparent with each other, for that is our purpose as bearers of light.

Camp Begins!

Our campers have moved in successfully and are ready for their first night of camp! Listen to Program Manager Stacy Hartman talk about the plans for the day!