Minnesota 2014 Camp Meeting Was Powerful

DSC_1522The Minnesota 2014 Camp Meeting was powerful! The worship hours on both Sabbaths and during the week were moving, filled with powerful spiritual messages. I looked out into the crowd every night and noticed people from every age group. I was moved. I knew God was at work.

The theme song, led by the Morrison family, captured the spirit of the whole camp meeting:

DSC_1609“Make me a servant
Humble and meek
Lord let me lift up those who are weak
And may the prayer of my heart always be
Make me a servant make me a servant
Make me a servant today.”

IMG_0350Camp Meeting brings people from across this great Minnesota Conference into one place for worship and fellowship. These are people who want to hear the Blessed Hope. The preachers messages this camp meeting were centered on the fact that Jesus Christ loves us. The speakers and presenters challenged us to know Jesus personally, to love, and serve Him.

The Bible says Jesus is coming again. We were challenged to actively engage in winsome ministries. The Blessed Hope message says, “God loves you, wants to give you everlasting life in Jesus Christ”.

Several attendees where touched by the messages. Here is a sample of their remarks:
“Bradshaw spoke to my heart.”
“The messages were so very relevant.”
“Dr DeRose’s Health Ministry presentation pointed me to the writings of Ellen White in a way that made her make sense.”
“Oh, I wish we all would catch that Advent passion again.”
“I will try meditation, I liked Dr Vine’s approach.”

IMG_0201Maybe the summary statement was from the Ministerial Director of Minnesota Conference, Sherman McCormick who said, “It is evident that the Lord is doing something great in the world we can see it here in this camp meeting.” Sherman was right; I saw men and women line up to sign up to volunteer their services in the 2015 Voice of Prophecy meetings.

The theme of this year’s camp meeting was, “Serving Jesus.”

Let’s go and serve. The Lord’s Word will not fail. Let’s serve this dying world. Let’s live out salvation until we all catch fire for God.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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MN Camp Meeting – “Serving Jesus”

IMG_0308Camp Meeting is a time where almost everyone looks forward to attending. Congregations talk and wonder about who the speakers will be and what topics will be taught at each break session. Parents also talk about the break sessions for their children – there is something in camp meeting for every kid of every age. Camp meeting is supposed to be an experience to remember for years to come!

Barb Eno with childrenOur MN Conference President sent an email to all staff, which includes pastors, lay workers, and conference employees in regards to last minute details. His closing words to that email said: “Camp Meeting is meant to be a very positive experience for each person who attends. The theme for this year is ‘Serving Jesus.’ Please, serve each person as though you were serving Jesus – you will be blessed and have fun doing so.” His words were brief but profound – Serve every person as though you were serving Jesus! Those words once read; stayed with me and reminded me of what camp meeting is really about: to serve! I don’t know how many people actually know all that goes behind the scenes in order to make every camp meeting a success.DSC_1585 I don’t even know exactly what each department does to make this happen, but I do know that right around camp meeting, every employee, from the top down is exhausted, worked out and stressed.

Some choose to be exhausted right after camp meeting begins, but everyone is working together and for “you” – the individuals who come to camp meeting to be blessed by everything that we have worked so hard for.

IMG_0215It’s good to elaborate a bit on what it takes for camp meeting to become a reality for every person, and to really thank those pastors, lay workers, spouses, children and conference staff for all of the hours and energy they put into making every camp meeting a blessing for everyone. You see, every teacher from cradle roll to youth is led by a team of pastors or lay workers; kitchen staff is led by Maplewood students or teachers; the conference does not really close when camp meeting is in session; the staff only work double time! Talk about serving as if we were serving Jesus!Hot dog feed – I believe for many years their effort has been unrecognized and I would like to challenge everyone who is reading this article to extend a couple of words of gratitude to those who make this happen for you every year. They do it; not because they get paid, not because they have to or their jobs will be in jeopardy, not because they want to boast, but because every one of these people want to serve as if they were serving Jesus.

Walter James helping childrenI believe camp meeting begins with a simple “calling” that happened long ago when each one of these individuals were called by God to serve Him. Long ago, a pastor was impacted by an experience to come to Jesus and serve. Long ago, a teacher was impressed by a child and thought, I could serve. Long ago, a child was born into a Christian home and was taught to serve. Long ago, someone prayed for a partner and married a pastor and was united to him to serve. Long ago, different people from all walks of life were called by God to serve. For Camp Meeting we were “all” called to serve and we all said: “We are your faithful servant.”

 

Elizabeth Rodriguez, Capital City Adventist Christian School Principal

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Camp Meeting Connections

DSC_1684The normally quiet and tranquil Maplewood summer campus takes on a whole new tenor when camp meeting rolls around. Actually, the changes can be felt several days before the meetings begin, as workers arrive in preparation for the big event. There’s a humming sound in the air: lawn mowers, weed whips, people and vehicles scurrying about, truck loads of deliveries for the ABC and the MWA cafeteria. Then on Friday tents, RVs and other vehicles rumble up the road and set up camp in the woods; hopefully not too close to standing water. You can feel the anticipation in the air.

Things really come to life when the meetings begin–especially the children’s meetings. Spiritual food by way of outstanding speakers, music and prayer times for people of all ages. Also, bountiful physical food at the great potluck after church services. Haystacks anyone?

Mostly camp meeting to us is about connections — connections with God, connections with family and friends who have come to worship, connections with current and former students who stop by to visit,DSC_1778 connections with people who enjoy a glass of lemonade for ADRA, connections with people who gather after the evening meetings for watermelon, pop corn or cookies. Camp meeting truly is a great time to get together–a perfect time for connections.

Evie and Evan Swanson

 

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Camp Meeting AHA Moments

I now believe there are more than 10,000 lakes in Minnesota….some are in the North Woods!

IMG_0290As the rains came down, part of nearly every day and night, I prayed for the tent campers. When the sun came out, had they gone home? The undaunted strung clotheslines between trees and hung their soaked clothes and bedding, hoping to dry them before the next expected downpour. As the week progressed, more tents mushroomed in the woods. Yah, sure, you betcha…true dyed in the wool Northerners!

DSC_1579My AHA moment was when Pastor John Bradshaw from “It is Written” shared his compelling experience with tongue cancer. I thought, “Where could Satan attack him harder than the very tongue God uses to spread His Good News?” During the process, he couldn’t eat and lost 40 pounds. When he was so sick, a package came in the mail – all he knew was that his friends from Minnesota were praying for him and had sent a Prayer Quilt. If the real sender was in the room, he asked for them to please let him know. I could feel many eyes from the congregation on me in wonder. After the service, I met him behind the curtain. He was so overjoyed, he gave me a big hug! I explained about my team of helpers with the Prayer Quilts Ministry; all are Christians, not all of them are Adventists. There is no noticeable difference in his powerful messages of any speech deficiencies! I told him God was not done with him yet, and that is how he feels.

DSC_1553When he left, Mic Thurber kept us riveted to our seats with his humorous and serious experiences each evening after the music….

Oh, the music went right to the soul of our beings! The Morrison family and friends seemed to have chosen just the right hymns and praise songs to bring us up to a little place in heaven. We could almost hear the angels singing along with us!

IMG_0238I, as everyone, did not get to attend all the daytime seminars, but the ones I did attend gave me much to add to my learning and educational tools. How to pack so much “good stuff” into one week is impossible!

Jon Paulien took us to the absolute importance of loving Jesus and loving each other, which cannot be separated. From some attendees, the statement was heard that his message hit, “Right between the eyes!”

IMG_0347Shawn Boonstra moved around the stage in stocking feet, and has for 20 years. His size 10 1/2 shoes are not comfortable on two different size feet….9 1/2 and 11! He shared how God led in his life and in his ministry with undeniable events, sending audiences in the most unreachable places!

Joy and humor were threaded through all the speakers’ inspiring experiences and illustrations, though some happenings were sobering and sad.

As I stopped by the office to reserve the now drenched spots for next year, I was proud to be a “Camp meeting Enthusiast!” As they say, “The Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise!” They must have been to a camp meeting week in Minnesota at some point in their lives! Anyway, I got my spot reserved! See you there next year?

Rita Tasche

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Camp Meeting 2014

John BradshawMinnesota Camp Meeting 2014 opened with reasonable weather for folks to set up camp or move into dorm rooms, but then frequent heavy rains kept the campus and the north woods soggy, but the wet weather didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of those in attendance.

Kings HeroldCamp Meeting began with a full weekend. John Bradshaw, speaker and director of the “It is Written,” television show, was the keynote speaker for the first weekend, and the Kings Heralds gave a Sabbath afternoon concert. Heavy rains necessitated moving the potluck inside the gym.

Dr David DeRoseThe daily plenary speakers were Dr. David DeRose, MD, MPH, Dr. Conrad Vine and Mic ThurberMic Turber. A dozen or so presenters also taught classes during the week.

DSC_1751Featured speakers for the last weekend were Jon Paulien,Dean, School of Religion, Loma Linda University and DSC_1805Shawn Boonstra, the Speaker/Director for Voice of Prophecy.

David Israel

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Threshold – Minnesota Young Adults Camp Meeting

DSC_1737Sun peaks through your window. Beneath the sheets you stretch arms and legs as if knowing that succumbing to the day’s activities is inevitable. One glance at your smartphone and you realize it’s Saturday. Maybe you hop in the shower, grab a quick bite for breakfast, rummage in your closet for a shirt and tie or your favorite pencil skirt and heels before heading out the door. Destination: church. Objective: show up, mingle an appropriate amount of time, situate yourself on your reserved pew, try to engage with praise music, and listen to the thoughtful, well-crafted message before heading home again to determine what you’ll do with the remainder of your day. Ever waited for the sun to set on Sabbath evening and realized a quiet emptiness inside? Maybe the blessing of the Sabbath and the experience of church left you wanting more – left you hoping for the Son of God to captivate and transform and fill you in the just same way the golden morning awoke you from deep slumber.

IMG_0184It’s hard not to fall into a consumer mindset when it comes to church, faith community, and corporate worship on Sabbath. Although young adults (ages 19-35) exist in a culture and society heavily driven by consumerism, this generation possesses a deep yearning to share life within an integrated community void of a kind of compartmentalization that hinders us from seeing our spiritual life as something that interacts with every part of our daily lives.

IMG_0220Each year, camp meeting provides a unique opportunity to gather together in celebration of friendship and community as we experience profound moments which reveal the character of our God with greater clarity. Again this year, young adults from all around the conference met together over the second weekend to network and share community, as well as to experiment beyond the borders our routine worship formats. Seeking to challenge the intentionality and purpose of each aspect and component within the worship format, the theme “Threshold” became a way to articulate what kind of worship environment we desired to craft in order for the presence of the Holy Spirit to captivate, transform, and fill us.

IMG_0223In place of one main speaker, this young adult gathering on Sabbath morning focused beyond merely consuming worship to fully engage, interact, and participate in worship. Three young adults each shared a brief, ten-minute personal experience or perspective followed by several questions which we then broke into small groups to discuss.

For twenty minutes or so, each small group allowed the opportunity for individuals to share intimately and authentically as we identified with parts of the speaker’s perspective and wrestled even more deeply with the topic of “Threshold”: will we cross the line from bondage to freedom, from death to life, from complexity to simplicity?

DSC_1658Following all of this, another young adult led us to cast a vision for our personal and corporate worship experiences beyond our camp meeting gathering. The question posed was, “Maybe church happens all week long, AND on Sabbath?”meaning that perhaps we could identify ways to format our worship experiences on Sabbath mornings to 1) celebrate what we have experienced as active disciples of Christ all throughout the past week, and 2) to empower us for the opportunities God will lay before us in the week ahead? This led our small groups to clasp hands in eager and fervent prayer for a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit to captivate us by His grace, transform us by His power, and fill us with His love both personally as well as a corporate faith community. Rejoicing in the rich blessing of our day together, we closed with worship in music and praise, singing “I need you; oh I need you, every hour I need you. My one defense, my righteousness, oh God how I need you.”

IMG_0225We don’t claim to have it figured out. We don’t propose any kind of formula to replace current worship formats. What we might ask you is this: are you hungry, desperate, yearning for more? More of Christ, more from your Sabbath morning worship experience, more from your church community? It may require you to engage in a deeper conversation personally and/or corporately, but trust us, it will bring you rich rewards.

For more information about young adult ministries in the Minnesota Conference, please contact Anna Romuald or Jeff Wines. Follow us on Twitter @MNyoungadults.

Anna Romuald, Assistant Pastor – Southview SDA Church; Assistant Director for Young Adult Ministries – MN Conference of SDA

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Watch Camp Meeting Right Here

Miss camp meeting? All is not lost! You can watch the programs that happened in the main auditorium right here.

WATCH! June 13—John Bradshaw, “All In”
WATCH! June 14—John Bradshaw, “The Blueprint”
WATCH! June 14—Maplewood Academy, Sabbath School
WATCH! June 14—John Bradshaw, “The View from Mt. Nebo”
WATCH! June 14—King’s Heralds Concert
WATCH! June 14—John Bradshaw, “Empowered”
WATCH! June 15—Mic Thurber, “Are You Some In With Jesus?”
WATCH! June 16—Mic Thurber, “When God Whispers His Secrets to You”
WATCH! June 17—Mic Thurber, “When Jesus Changes How You See”
WATCH! June 18—Mic Thurber, “What Have You Done with Your Walter?”
WATCH! June 19—Mic Thurber, “Almost People”
WATCH! June 20—Jon Paulien, “Serving Jesus Surrendered”
WATCH! June 21—Jon Paulien, “Serving Jesus Watchfully”
WATCH! June 21—North Star Camp, Sabbath School
WATCH! June 21—Jon Paulien, “Serving Jesus to the End”

WATCH! June 21—Shawn Boonstra, “Believe, Part 1”
WATCH! June 21—Shawn Boonstra, “Believe, Part 2”