Changing Lives, Changing Times 

September 1, 2020

Going to camp transforms and changes lives and, we are in the midst of challenging and changing times. The camps, retreats, workshops and meetings at N-Sid-Sen and Pilgrim Firs this spring, summer and fall are simply not able to happen for health and safety reasons. And we deeply grieve this loss. 

However, we want you to know, your camps are still here! The beauty, the birds, the gentle sound of the lakes in the evening, the wind whispering through the trees, the quiet trails, the opportunity to experience the embrace of creation’s beauty, the space to renew, create and learn and so much more still remains. And our typical camp events will continue to be present again for our campers and churches, as soon as it is safe to do so!

We are ministering in new ways at both camps this summer. N-Sid-Sen is providing a different kind of camp experience for “Families At Camp”. This allows small “family” groups to still be present at camp in safe ways. Pilgrim Firs has formed a temporary partnership with Kitsap County, and continues to offer housing and respite for individuals infected with the coronavirus. These new ministry opportunities have provided limited income to help keep some of our staff in place. But we need a lot more funding to continue our mission.

Due to the camps not happening during this season, we now anticipate a budget deficit of approximately $450,000 this next fiscal year (June 2020-May 2021). The Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ has committed $200,000 to support N-Sid-Sen and Pilgrim Firs in this time of financial need. We are deeply grateful for this funding. And that support comes with a challenge to those of us who hold this camp dear. 

We invite all of you to consider helping double the impact of the conference support by raising an additional $200,000 and assist us in reaching our total campaign goal of $400,000! Can we, as individuals and faith communities that have experienced the magic of this sacred life-transforming place, step up with our gifts? 

In the upcoming month, our partner groups, congregations, leadership within the conference and the camp community will be asked to consider participating in this campaign. We will be asking folks to consider a gift in an amount that they find meaningful - such as gifting the dollars they would have spent on a vacation away that has now become a ‘staycation’? 

This campaign is being led through the PNC Board of Directors, the Stewardship Committee and a Camp Campaign Team. If you have questions about the campaign or making a leadership gift, please give either co-chairs, Margaret or Eric, a call or shoot them a text and we are happy to discuss the campaign further with you. Their contact info is below in this email.

If you would like to make that gift to the campaign now, please visit the conference website, or send a check to PNC-UCC, 325 N 125th Street, Seattle, WA 98133.

We are excited to partner with you to support our camps during these challenging times. Let’s make sure our camps can continue to transform and change lives! Stay tuned for more information coming soon about the campaign and ways you might support this effort.

With deep gratitude, The Camp Campaign Team, Margaret Swanson (co-chair), Cell 206.399.2213, Eric Johnson (co-chair), Cell 253.640.7137

Photo courtesy of Nick CastroLang

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