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Thank You to Our Embracing the Vision Banquet Sponsors

The following individuals and businesses together helped covered the costs of the Camp's two Embracing the Vision (ETV) banquets held last May in Bellevue and Everett. These dinners enabled us to share the story of what God is doing through WBC with the nearly 800 people who attended. As a result, many people were introduced to WBC for the first time, and more than $400,000 was raised for the ETV campaign. We are so thankful for each person who attended ...

Warm Beach Camp — a Tropical Paradise!

By Matthew Lambert, Guest Services Associate Each year, Warm Beach Camp serves many different guest groups, providing facilities and services to support conference and retreat programs run by other non-profit organizations. Occasionally, a group comes to WBC with a unique approach to their time here. One such group who came recently, the Arthritis Foundation Families, held a retreat for kids and teens with rheumatic diseases, and their families, called "KAT-FISH" Camp. The theme of their camp was "Escape to Paradise." ...

The Lights of Christmas: Taking Time to Breathe

By Keith Yarter, The Lights of Christmas Director Christmastime for some reason seems to make year-end accelerate into the "race" gear that takes our breath away. Our November and December calendars are filled with shopping, parties, school plays, musicals shows and a myriad of other social and family functions. You had better not forget that special present for Aunt Mable. For me, Christmastime is never very far away from my thoughts, even in the middle of summer! So, how does ...

Warm Beach Vaulters Fly Through Nationals

By Patrick Patterson, Director of Administration For the second year in a row, the Warm Beach Vaulters were the only Pacific Northwest Vaulting program participating in the team competition at the AmericanVaulting Association (AVA) National Competition. The Warm Beach Vaulters took 21 participants and three horses to Watsonville, CA, August 9-12 to compete. According to Patti Skipton, vaulting coach, California is the hub for U.S. vaulting and presents the toughest competition in the Nation. This year's competition featured nearly 80 ...

Briefly…

Horseback Riding and Vaulting Lessons are being offered this fall. These weekly lessons are ideal for riders to sustain the riding improvements they experience during summer camp. For more information, contact email Patti or call her at the Camp. Eyerusalem McDowell, daughter of Ed and Bev McDowell, was recently named a "Shining Star" by the Stanwood School District for the '07-'08 school year. This award is given to students who have demonstrated their abilities to work hard and overcome challenges. ...

WBC Tests Software for Microsoft Corporation

In the spring of 2007, Warm Beach Camp was invited by Microsoft to be one of only a handful of Beta2 live production test sites for a new mid-size server product under development. This opportunity provided the Camp with leading-edge Microsoft software along with hardware from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) worth more than $50,000 in total. It also included advanced training, service, and support. When you think about camp, conferences or retreats, the last thing you probably ...

Thank You, Volunteers!

The people listed below volunteered their time and talent to help out at Warm Beach Camp during the months of April, May, and June. They served as maintenance help, construction workers, office and mailroom helpers, grounds maintenance help, camp nurses, wrangling staff, program staff, or provided another important function. Besides these, nearly 100 people attended the Camp's Memorial Day Working Weekend and helped get the Camp ready for the summer season. All told, nearly 3,800 hours of volunteer labor were ...

WBC’s “Want Ad”

Here is a list of some things we could really use at the Camp right now. Please take a moment to look it over and see if you have any of these items, lying around unused and taking up space, that you could donate. It will be a big help to the Camp and we'll see that you receive a valuable letter of receipt, good for income tax purposes. To donate items, please email Gary Kocher, or call him at ...

Staff Alumni News

Tammy (Daniels), who worked on Summer Staff in '89 and '90, and Brian Keepers announce the arrival on June 12, 2008, of their baby girl, Abigail (Abby) Elizabeth. Proud big sister is 5-year-old Emma. Grandparents include Joanie Yonker, Executive Assistant, and husband Mike. Cami (Cook), who worked in The Lights of Christmas Dept., and managed the bookstore for several years, and husband, Eric Blue, were delighted with the arrival of their third child, Gracie Jean, born on May 20, 2008. ...

Living Memorials

  MEMORIAL FOR/Given by IN HONOR OF/Given By BRADEN BLAKE ALLISONMr. and Mrs. Leon Spangler SHAWN RITCHEYMr. and Mrs. Donley Ritchey DORIS HEPKERMr. and Mrs. Wes Thompson ELIZABETH KANEHENMr. and Mrs. David KanehenMr. and Mrs. John Yarnell GORDON LINDGRENMr. Harry FruddMrs. Catherine JensenMr. and Mrs. James Kaneen MARGE OLIVEIRAVirginia DietzelMr. and Mrs. Dave EatonMr. and Mrs. David KilleMr. John OliveiraMr. and Mrs. Kenneth PetersonMr. and Mrs. Mark SkiptonMr. and Mrs. Larry WalshPaulyne White HAZEL SIMSHAUSERRoxanne Camp  

Give a Memorial Gift

When someone close to you goes home to be with the Lord, you want to give something that is fitting, meaningful, sincere. Through the thoughtfulness and concern expressed with a Living Memorial gift, Warm Beach Camp can continue to touch lives for Jesus Christ. When your Living Memorial gift is received, a tasteful and beautiful card is promptly sent to the family of the person honored telling them their loved one has been honored in this way. The amount of ...

Thank You, Volunteers!

The people listed below volunteered their time and talent to help out at Warm Beach Camp during the months of July, August, and September, 2008. They served as maintenance help, construction workers, office and mailroom helpers, grounds maintenance help, camp nurses, wrangling staff, program staff, or another important function. All told, more than 3,600 hours of volunteer labor were given to the Camp during this three-month period. Our volunteers are an incredible resource that helps keep this ministry strong and ...

Staff Alumni News

Kim (Dugard) Smelser, who worked in the Registration Department from '00 to ‘03, and Brian Smelser, on Summer Staff from '89 to '94, and currently a member of the WBC Board of Directors, welcomed the arrival of their third child, Luke Joseph, born June 23rd, 2008. He was greeted by big brother, Wyatt, age 4 ½ and sister, Makenna, age 2 1/2. The Smelsers live in Stanwood, where Kim is a stay-at-home mom, and Brian works as a Forensic Scientist ...

WBC’s “Christmas Wish List”

Here is a list of some things we could really use at the Camp right now. Please take a moment to look it over and see if you have any of these items, lying around unused and taking up space, that you could donate. It will be a big help to the Camp and we'll see that you receive a valuable letter of receipt, good for income tax purposes. To donate items, please email Gary Kocher, or call him at ...

Embracing the Vision Campaign Coming to Central Washington

In May 2008, Warm Beach Camp had the opportunity to share the Embracing the Vision Campaign with many friends of the Camp at two exciting banquets, one in Bellevue and the other in Everett. Now, the Camp is getting ready to share the story with the friends of Warm Beach who live in central and north-central Washington. The $8.6 million Embracing the Vision Campaign forms a foundation for more effective and comprehensive ministry. It will help ensure that the vision ...

Meet Our Staff–The Lamberts

By Joanie Yonker, Executive Assistant When Matt and Emily Lambert "tied the knot," little did they know the rich heritage they were building at Warm Beach Camp. Matt grew up attending camps at Warm Beach. His grandfather was a pastor in the Free Methodist Conference and Matt's father came here as a child, growing up and enjoying Warm Beach Camp in its infancy. Matt became a Warm Beach camper early in life, attending Junior Camp at Chinook and Junior High ...

Director’s Column

A Time for Community ... As I visit with people every day about how they are navigating the times, one thing stands out very clear: We are meant to go through this time together. Here are "seven points of perspective" for you to consider: God longs for us to seek Him and draw close. We long to do the same with God, whether we recognize it or not. The best way to work through challenging times is together, not alone. ...

A Program in God’s Time

By Jessica Beach, Volunteer Coordinator Every once in a while, God makes Himself and His timing unmistakably known. This certainly was the case one day this past January when I met Debbie Clymer for the first time. Debbie, a speech therapist, was interested in exploring volunteer options at Warm Beach Camp, so she came to meet with me to discuss possibilities. As we talked, I learned that Debbie had time available to serve, was very eager to help, and was ...

Seven Reasons to Die Without a Will

By Darrell Weiland, Warm Beach Camp Foundation Director There must be some great reasons to avoid having a will because so many people die without one. In case you happen to be one of the seven out of 10 (70%) who will depart this earth without a will, I have compiled seven reasons to support your position. You can use these to help you "sleep" at night. 1. The court can do a much better job of deciding how to ...

Summer Spells Opportunities

"You will be challenged. You will grow in ways you cannot even imagine! You will have fun and you will also discover personal talents that you didn't even know you had." Spring Break is just around the corner and we all know what that means ... summer is on the way! Each summer, Warm Beach Camp seeks to fill between 40 and 50 summer job positions with people who have a desire to serve God, minister to people, and be ...
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