Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Banquet

A full-sized hammock hanging between two palm trees set the mood for the beach scene at the 2012 Banquet on May 5th, creating a relaxing atmosphere accented by a tiki hut, surf boards, and mini palm trees on each table. We were pleased to host over 160 guests for the annual event this year, including many who came for the first time. The theme was called “Anapauo Beach,” referring to the Greek word translated in Matthew 11:28 as “rest.”

Following the Open House and Reception, the Banquet started at 6:05 pm. Chuck Teague provided live music as guests entered and took their seats. A warm welcome by O.A. and Charlotte Fish was followed by camp board vice-president Don Alexander who gave the opening prayer. Everyone enjoyed a great free meal featuring pulled-pork barbecue and grilled chicken, prepared by our facilities manager, Art Reagle. The expenses for the meal were paid for by a list of business sponsors.

After the meal, O.A. introduced the camp staff and board members, then presented me as the new Executive Director. Using a shoulder yoke to lift two heavy buckets, I acted out a skit with my wife, Jen, to demonstrate how Jesus calls us to lay down our burdens at his feet and find rest for our souls. This led into my presentation of our Summer Camp theme, “Anapauo Beach,” in which we will be teaching campers that they too can find rest from the heavy burdens that they carry in their lives.

Afterwards, O.A. addressed the audience once again sharing how the ministry of South Mountain Christian Camp operates entirely by faith. He gave examples of how God miraculously meets our needs each year through the generosity of our supporters. The evening concluded with an opportunity for attendees to fill out response cards if they wished to be added to our mailing list and even to make donations to the ministry if they felt led to do so.

You can view more pictures of the Banquet and leave comments on our Picasa web page at  here.