News & Updates

See & read about what is going on in the Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center community

Time to Stop Talking?

Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 10:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.10.19.NLT   Have you ever dug a hole with your words? I have. The hole got bigger and deeper the longer I talked. I should have just kept my mouth shut. Words are an accelerator. When spoken in a stream of rapid interaction, words often take us to a place we did not intend. Proverbs says we end ...

A Place of Safety & Refuge

Port Susan Bay at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. Psalms 59:16 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.59.16.NLT At Warm Beach Camp there is a baby grand piano sitting in the corner of Cedar Lodge Chapel with a spectacular view of the beauty of Port Susan Bay and ...

Giving Through Your Retirement Account

Did you know you can make a charitable donation from your retirement account and lower your taxable income? At age 70 ½, IRS regulations require individuals with qualified retirement accounts to begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from their account. Did you know that by gifting this distribution directly to charity, you can lower your taxable income while making a difference in a ministry? Want to donate part, or all, of your RMD to Warm Beach Camp? Contact Jeannie Patterson ...

September 2019 Project Updates

Here is what your generosity is going towards at Warm Beach Camp: The repaving of Cedar Lodge loop is finished and looks amazing! Four mountain cabins received new roofs in August. Landscaping plants are being purchased for the parking lot improvements. They will be installed this Fall and next spring. The Lights of Christmas began hanging lights right after Labor Day. Creative projects for the festival have been on-going all year. As we head into fall, our staff are wrapping ...

Auction Recap

By Jeannie Patterson Grateful. This is the first word that comes to mind when I think about the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day. Grateful for those who donated such fun and amazing items. Grateful for all the volunteers and staff who contributed time and energy to make this day happen. Grateful for generous bidders.  Most of all, grateful for a God who brings so many together to work and give for the sake of His Kingdom. It was a beautiful ...

A Gate and a Path

Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.  But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.7.13-14.NLT Everything about God’s Kingdom is available to anyone, anywhere, anytime, through Jesus Christ. He is the way, truth, and life. Ultimately following ...

God Personally Goes Before Us

Photo by Becca Matimba on Unsplash So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/deu.31.6.NLT God had given the people of Israel a promise: The Promised Land. The promise seemed absolutely overwhelming, as the land was already occupied by other people. God personally went before them, and the Promised Land became ...

5 Ways to Preserve Dignity in Content Creation & Storybranding (Nonprofit Christian Sector)

Photo by Taras Shypka on Unsplash The need to produce high quality and engaging content in a saturated market can feel overwhelming. Trying to stand out amongst a variety of brands, messaging, and products can be challenging. Selling the brand, cause, and experiences in the nonprofit sector comes with unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. To meet the demand for new content and effective storybranding, we often find ourselves scouring surveys, photos, and emails from staff, looking for ...

Never Give Up

Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash Take time to read and reflect on God’s word with me.  We never give up. “Therefore, since God in His mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-4 https://www.bible.com/bible/116/2CO.4.1-4.NLT If the Good News we preach ...

Let’s Stop Judging and Start Listening with Compassion

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:1-2 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.7.1-2.NLT A professor stood at the front of a classroom of students pursuing their master’s degree in Educational Counseling. The following instructions were given, “As I read this story, raise your hand when you think you have ...

Truly

Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash O Lord , if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone! Jeremiah 17:14 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.17.14.NLT What is it that you really want to be healed from?  Is there a set of circumstances or relationships you need to be saved from?  How are your own efforts to be healed and saved working out? I have come to yearn ...

A Community that Cares- Employee Commitment to Creation Care

At the beginning of 2019, the staff of Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center made a commitment to make changes that would contribute to meeting the goal of reducing campus waste by 10% from combined fuel, propane, electric, and solid waste consumption by 2020. Every month leadership sends an email to staff with the latest news in the field of sustainability with an attached action step. The action step incorporates the news shared with practical ways of integrating it into ...

Gone Forever

Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4 NLT https://www.bible.com/bible/116/rev.21.4 What comes to your mind when you hear “gone forever”? Is it opportunities missed, wealth squandered, or broken relationships now out of your reach? I hear two words most often associated with “gone forever”: regret and relief. Regret represents aspects of life that ...

Experiential Learning Outcomes for Outdoor Science Education

Photo by Ellie Storms on Unsplash “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I’ll remember. What I do, I’ll learn.”                          -Chinese proverb This proverb could be the first identification of the styles of learning. It certainly is one of the earliest confirmations of what many educators have developed over the years. Many advocated children going outside to learn about the forest by walking in the forest. Encouraging students to bring a notebook along, stopping, seeing, drawing, smelling, digging, and measuring. ...

The Challenge of Honor & Respect

Photo by Product School on Unsplash So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 1 Peter 5:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/1pe.5.6.NLT Honor and respect are often associated with people who are established leaders. Up-and-coming leaders often wish to be shown honor and respect. Yet, there are challenges associated with honor and respect: Established leaders think they deserve it, and treat it as an aspect of power and influence over ...

Please Love and Know Me

Photo by Emmanuel Phaeton on Unsplash I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/hos.6.6.NLT Every person wants to be loved and known. Guess what, God desires the same thing! God wants us to show love and to know Him. This is far more important than any religious structure or system in our lives. There is a nasty tendency in humanity to try to ...

Cared for by God, Always

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/php.4.19.NLT You and I are cared for by God. Always. Along the way, we don’t always see the evidence of God’s care because we are blinded by the sheer force of stress or trauma we are dealing with. Questions burst out in hard times ...

Is a Fundraising Event Right for Your Organization?

From time to time I am approached by organizations looking for ways to improve their fundraising efforts. One idea on their list is inevitably an auction. Auctions seem pretty straight forward right? You get items donated, people pay for the items and your organization benefits from those purchases. I wish I could say it was so easy, but auctions can be much more complicated than they appear. There are few questions you should ask yourself before you dive in head ...

Kingdom Building in Korea

There he was, all 40 or so inches of him, heading up to the stage determined to be the first one to share at open mic time at Camp. This is a time where campers can share about their experiences during the week in front of the entire camp. In our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Eric was a good student – bright and very accomplished with his English as a 4th grader. He stepped on stage and ...

On Purpose

Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.10.10.NLT “Did you mean to do that on purpose?” is a phrase a co-worker would often say to me when reviewing and managing my overcrowded schedule of commitments. It was a polite and humorous way of asking me to examine my priorities and purpose. Jesus asks the same question when ...