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Update from 3/25/2020

Join the $1 million online donation challenge
From now through June 30, 2020, Thrivent will be providing an extra $1 for every $2 donated for the first $1 million in donations made through Thrivent.com.  Join us in making a combined impact of $1.5 million.*  Your donation can be made via Credit/Debit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) through your Checking/Savings account.  You do not need to be a Thrivent member to utilize the donation portion of the website.

To donate to Camp Phillip, go to https://service.thrivent.com/apps/ThriventChoiceMemberWeb/public/organizationSearchHome and search for "Camp Phillip" to filter results to camp.  Click on "Make a Personal Donation".  You will receive an alert that you are leaving the Thrivent website, click "Continue" to proceed to the inFaith website where you will enter your credit card or checking/savings account information to process the donation.

* Matching donation details: Donations must be made online through our Thrivent Choice Giving Platform.  Search for your organization of choice and click "Make a Personal Donation" to get started.  Only donations made to organizations within the current Thrivent Choice Catalog are eligible for the match.  The matching opportunity will go until the $500,000 match is met or June 30, whichever comes first.  Thrivent will pay the online processing fees for personal donations made through InFaith Community Foundation, up to $100,000 in fees per calendar year.
 
Update on 3/25/2020
Is it time for a Camp Phillip sing-along?  Here’s one of our Camp Phillip favorites.  “The crocodile song” was written by now Pastor Daniel Bondow and Camp Phillip Program Director Matthew Bown and takes us back to Noah’s ark.  Talk about “Safer at home” or “Shelter in place”!  How long was Noah’s family in the ark?  How did Noah respond after he left the ark?  Check out the story in Genesis 6-9.  After Noah left the ark he built an altar and sacrificed burnt offerings of whole animals symbolizing his complete dedication to God.  Genesis 8:21-22 says: “The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.  And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.  As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.’”  In the midst of these current difficult times, focus on God’s promises in His Word, pray to Him with your needs and thank Him for His love.  God is with you.
Camp Phillip's Crocodile song
Update from 3/21/2020

Dear friends of Camp Phillip,

Camp Phillip takes guest and staff safety very seriously.  At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Waushara County, but we are still closely monitoring the information coming from our state and local authorities and we are following their guidelines.  For that reason all events have been canceled until we are told that we can begin operating again.

Last year I spent a good portion of the year preaching on the book of James.  The key passage from James 1:2-4 seems so appropriate for our current situation: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

I don’t know of anybody who looks forward to tough times in life, but those tough times force us to throw ourselves into our Shepherd’s care.  We pray that God keeps all our camp friends and families healthy and we ask that you continue to pray for us.  Because the majority of our income is from camp events, we face some difficult decisions with staffing when we have to cancel camp events.  We will begin to be severely impacted the middle of April.

We continue to plan for ministry later this spring and we are looking forward to an amazing summer of lives that are changed through this ministry.  Right now my prayer is that camp can reopen soon and that children are so eager to come to camp that our numbers explode like they never have before, but I also pray that God’s will be done.

We have faith that ours is a God of love and that He is with each and every one of us.  This Lenten season certainly reminds us of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice so that we have a forgiveness and a heaven that we don’t deserve.  May God continue to be with you and bless you.  

As information changes, we will continue to update this News webpage which can be found under the “Current info” tab of our website or by going to www.campphillip.com/news.  Check out the resources on our website under the God’s Word tab, especially the Kid’s fun page, for some resources to keep children in God’s Word during these difficult times.  Also watch our Facebook page (which has been very inactive lately) in the days ahead for encouragement.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact me at pastortom@campphillip.com.

In Christ’s service,
Pastor Tom Klusmeyer,
Camp Phillip Camp director

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