directorsletterPromises matter. Keeping promises builds trust and encourages transformation. There is a profound erosion of trust in U.S. culture today where words and commitments are dismissed under clever justification.

Warm Beach Camp is clear on the promises it makes and keeps. Warm Beach Camp:

  • Provides Christ-centered hospitality and programming.
  • Introduces campers to Christ, helping them grow in Christian living, and preparing them for worldwide Christian service.
  • Reaches out to members of society who are often overlooked and marginalized by bringing them to a camp or retreat.
  • Provides individuals and camper groups with opportunities for rest and renewal in a setting that reveals the grandeur of God.
  • Encourages the Body of Christ.
  • Produces positive societal change both locally and globally through programs, hospitality, and global initiatives.

Keeping these promises is why life changes here.


Ed 80pxBy Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

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LOC 450px9 full time light hangers began setting up The Lights of Christmas after Labor Day

73 seasonal paid jobs were provided to the local community

18 lead decorators directed a decorating crew to transform 75 sleeping rooms and over 20 event areas into a Christmas wonderland

700 people donated 16,000 volunteer hours to the event

75 volunteers came on December 20th to clean up the grounds after a strong wind storm

74 entertainment groups performed on five stages throughout the event

3 engagement proposals (that we know of) occurred at The Lights of Christmas this year

$3,600 was collected for Kids 2 Camp scholarships through donation cans and the wishing well at the Festival

68,862 guests enjoyed the event in 2018

1737 people attended Dinner Theater/Sunday Dessert Matinee, with 14 nights of performances

540 rooms were booked for overnight stays

2,535 guest enjoyed a delicious breakfast after their overnight stay at The Lights of Christmas

Countless lives were touched by the Christ-centered hospitality of The Light of Christmas

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  • kitchen 450pxNew floor treatment in the kitchen was completed in January
  • Cascadian remodel of the lobby and rooms 1-11 begins in February
  • Program Center Auditorium stage walls will be painted and prepped for sound absorbing acoustic panels in February
  • New set of ovens were ordered for the kitchen in January
  • New cabinets were ordered for Glacier and Whistler Mini Lodge lobbies in January
  • One Mt Baker deck was replaced in November
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sarasblogfeb"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." – Hebrews 13:8

I am so thankful Jesus is the same and will remain the same forever. He is unchanging and never failing.

One of the most fascinating things in youth ministry is the ever-changing culture of the students. Music, clothes, movies, humor, relationships, and expectations are moving and turning through a wheel that never stops spinning. Youth are viewing the world, and God, based on this cultural wheel which could present a problem for youth ministry organizations.

The best thing about Jesus is that He is consistent and always relevant no matter how the cultural spinning wheel is changing the perspective of the world.

Last year I decided to ask the youth attending Warm Beach Camp summer programs a question. I asked the campers to write down one question they had about God, the church, or their faith. The answers were heartbreaking, fascinating, extremely helpful, and gave me a glimpse into their world and knowledge of God based on their current environment.

I proceeded to sift through the answers and organized them by age. Out of these answers, the theme for summer of 2019 was born. After receiving very different questions from the Discover Campers (grades 4-6) and Adventure Campers (grades 7-9), I decided to make changes to the structure of the curriculum and themes.

The most commonly asked questions by Discover Campers were, “How was I created? Why was I created? Who created God?” I took this information and am intentionally crafting Discover Camp curriculum around the story of creation. We will be journeying through the book of Genesis for this age group.

The most commonly asked questions by Adventure Campers were, “How do you have faith? What is faith? If God is good, why does he let bad things happen?” As a result of these questions, the Adventure Camp theme will be “Champions of Faith.” We will learn about and meet some characters in Scripture who had big faith in the midst of crazy circumstances.

My hope and prayer for this summer is that the Lord will use these two themes to meet campers where they are in the middle of the questions they are asking. I am so excited to see how the Lord is going to move this summer through Warm Beach Summer Youth Camps.

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Manager
Warm Beach Camp

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"So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ." - Romans 10:17 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.10.17.NLT

Jan26Every one of us has a desire to be saved or rescued from the things we know are not right in our lives. We try to address our known need by common efforts familiar to all of us:
- Self-help programs
- Religious activity
- Physical discipline
- Personal resolutions

While each of these has the potential to contribute positively to our lives, these efforts alone will not rescue us and set us free from what is wrong in our lives.

The Apostle Paul writes a simple truth: Faith is received through listening and responding to the incredible news of Jesus Christ.

Jesus has intercepted judgement for sin in our lives. Not only has He intercepted it, He took this judgement onto Himself. Judgement that led Him to the cross. His death was the absorption of all brokenness and sin in everyone’s life for all time.

Jesus’ resurrection is the definitive victory over every type of corruption, deception, hurtfulness, and violation of what God intended for people and creation.

Faith comes from listening and responding to this truth.

Faith is not produced by keeping laws and rules, or achieved through religious activity, or increased personal discipline.

Faith in Jesus Christ is listening to the incredible news of who He is and what He has done. It is responding to this truth with belief and acknowledging our need to be rescued by the only one who really can rescue us.

Thank you, Jesus, for your incredible news. Thank you for rescuing me. Thank you for taking the judgement due me, and taking It on yourself. Thank you for giving definitive victory over all that is broken in my life. I love you. In your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center focuses on giving people opportunities to connect with the incredible news of Jesus Christ by creating a place to listen and respond to God. We hope you’ll join us this year in discovering more of who Jesus is and the impact He has on our lives.

Ed 80pxBy Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

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CourtesyCartThis past week I visited with two volunteers, both have driven courtesy carts for The Lights of Christmas Festival for many years.

The first volunteer told me of a grandmother arriving on the public bus with her two grandchildren on the last night of the event, just before 5:00pm. “I only have an hour!” she told the cart driver. “I promised them they could ride the train! Can you take us there?” The train wasn’t running yet, but the suggestion of pony rides brought delight, followed by Bruce the Spruce the talking Christmas tree, donuts and more. Each stop the driver would leave them, serve someone else and come back to take them to the next stop, culminating with the hoped for train ride on the Warm Beach Express before meeting the bus just in time. The grandmother was beyond grateful for this gift to her grandchildren.

The second volunteer cart driver told of a man escorting his elderly mother. “Could you drive her around to see the lights?” the man asked. “She can’t walk very well.” The elderly woman was filled with joy as they drove, admiring the lights and displays. When they were ready to leave, the son turned to the driver, “Thank you. My mom has been given three months to live and you just gave her the best Christmas gift of her life.” We both had tears in our eyes by the time he was done telling me the story, praising the Lord together for the opportunity to be His hands and feet to the thousands who come to The Lights of Christmas each year.

Volunteers - You make a difference in people’s lives! Whether it is driving a courtesy cart, parking cars, or cleaning the bathroom - what you do matters. Thank you for serving Jesus with us.

Jeannie100pxJeannie Patterson
Charitable Gift Planner
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

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Horsemanship IMG7893 450pxAs I sat around the crackling campfire with my campers this summer, I was filled with amazement as they began to share their stories. One particular girl stood out to me. I knew some of her background as she’d been to Horse Camp for a number of years, but this year was different. She had a sparkle in her eye as she told of the way God had helped her through her struggles and she boldly encouraged the other kids to trust and seek Him. Her passion and heartfelt care for the others who she knew were struggling, brought them hope. Her story pointed to God, our amazing Father who used her passion for horses to draw her close to Him.

We often use the illustration of a horse and rider as a picture of the relationship God longs to have with us. Just like we as riders long for our horses to trust and obey us so that we can have harmony together, so God longs for us to trust and obey Him so that we can reach the full potential He has for us. When the horse trusts us and takes that step of faith, we are filled with pride and joy over the bond we have established with them. Sometimes hard and challenging circumstances come across our paths in life and God longs for us to trust Him and follow Him through those trials.

I am thankful that God uses Warm Beach Camp and our horses to show campers they can have hope and love in God.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13

For a list of the year-round lessons and camps for 2019, see www.WBHorsemanship.com

Lisa TremainLisa Tremain
Horsemanship Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Quiet and focused, he stood with his family at the Nativity scene. His family was enjoying the beauty of The Lights of Christmas festival and soon drifted off towards Joyland, leaving Dad alone. His eyes were glued to the passage of scripture sitting right next to the baby Jesus. Line by line he read it silently and reflectively. God was speaking to him.

Life changes here.

During summer camp this year, the theme for Friday was “Truth” with the subtitle, “What lies about yourself have you believed as if they were true?” The camp pastor would speak the truth of scripture that describes how God sees us. We are His creation. We are loved. There is nothing we can do to make God love us more than he already does. He knows our name. He will never leave or forsake us. We are wonderfully made and have incredible value.

Each camper had the opportunity to write down a lie they had believed to be true and nail it to a wooden cross. Literally, campers were exchanging lies for the truth. The cross was full of deceptions young people believed. They were set free to the truth of who they are in Christ.

Life Changes here.

Over 300 groups come to Warm Beach Camp for specific purposes. Many want to grow in God. Others want to learn about better relationships. Some come for outdoor education, and others come for sport camps.

What everyone finds is a place and a people where God is present and at work. The Holy Spirit connects with people. Our hospitality is often the conduit for transferring God’s grace.

“We appreciate the attention and care we always receive from everyone at Warm Beach, and are blessed to be able to hold our events with you!” – Guest Group leader

“I had a good time connecting with my son.” – Dads and Sons Weekend attendee

“My son looks forward to camp. He loves it! His counselor was patient and kind and the atmosphere made him feel a sense of belonging.” – Summer Youth Camp parent

These are only a few of the encouraging words we have received throughout the year. God changes lives at Warm Beach Camp and we are blessed to be part of that journey.

We wish you a happy New Year and many blessing to you and your family.

Ed 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

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“Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”
- 2 Corinthians 9:15 NLT

Plant a few seeds, get a small return. Plant many seeds, get a large return. This is one of God’s great gifts to us: Generosity.

Paul encourages followers of Jesus to trust living generously. Chapter 9 of 2 Corinthians talks about the gift of generosity. Paul explains God’s gift is “too wonderful for words.”

Be generous in every phase of life. Put much into life. Invest in people. Spend time in relationships. Share your time. Give of your money. Meet needs and solve problems. Be generous about all things. Don’t do life “on the cheap.” Be a good steward.

God is generous in every way. Trust in His generosity and you will experience the joy of seeing “the harvest” of life.

So, what holds us back from being generous? Here are a few thoughts for consideration:
  • Selfishness: We simply choose not to share. We choose to sow a few seeds in the ground, and there’s not much return.
  • Scarcity: We are concerned that we will not have enough. Creating the illusion that generosity is not a wise option. God asks us to trust Him. He is the source of all generosity. He says that He will take care of us.
  • Spending vs. Investing: The current culture is focused on spending. We are a consumer society. There is not an appropriate focus on saving and investing. It is very difficult to embrace generosity when we are consumed with spending.
  • No Margin: For most people there is no margin in their life. Time, relationships and finances are tapped out. Most USA families do not even have $500- $1,000 in the bank to handle basic small emergencies. Any small disruption in life becomes a major issue when there is no margin. Generosity is lost.
  • Immediacy: Fast results and 24/7 access have taken our eyes off of the time required for good relational, physical, and financial investments in our lives. Generosity thrives off of good “investments” or “seed planting” when it is given time to grow and produce good returns or a “rich harvest.”

Consider a life of generosity. Look for ways to be generous through networks and resources. “Plant more seeds” in this world. Tend to them and give them time to grow, giving you much to share with others.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for God’s generosity in our lives. Help us embrace a life of generosity to others through our relationships, our time, and our resources. In Your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Ed 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

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As I walked down the gravel road I could feel the cold sneaking into my coat. Winter’s approach grew stronger each day. I’ve lived in cold climates before. I grew up in Indiana and braved the Michigan winters through college. However, this winter felt different. It wasn’t because of the cold or the frost covered grass. It felt different because I was different.

Last winter I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. As a new mom, I was also helping my mom overcome cancer treatment. The winter before, I was newly married and adjusting to life as a wife. I look back at the last two years and I remember how much God can change a person in so little time. In two years I got married, became a mom, and helped my mom through a life-changing illness. It was hard but it was beautiful. God showed me what it means to be compassionate and patient. He also showed me how valuable the gift of life is and how fleeting it can become.

As my family and I settle into our new life at Warm Beach Camp, we are surrounded by an unusually warm and generous community, who every day, reminds us of God’s provision and grace.

1 Corinthians 1:4-10 reads, “I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I appeal to you, brothers and sisters... be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Can you believe it? As we gather with family and friends let’s remember how God has worked, and is working in us still. Let’s show kindness to others and remember that God is working in each one of them too. Let’s remember how fortunate we are to experience the freedom of relationship with Christ and how blessed we are with the right to exercise that freedom.

We are so blessed to be fervently loved by the Creator. So let’s give thanks to the One who is in everything that is good, and who loves us more than we could ever imagine.

KaylaStikeleather2018 100px webKayla Stikeleather
Marketing Assistant

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Project Updates November 450pxNovember is the month our whole team is preparing for The Lights of Christmas.

Projects include:

Temporary parking lot preparation

Sets, scenes, lighting, and décor

Grounds clean-up

One Mt Baker deck replaced

Interior painting of one staff park model

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