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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 ...

Molly Holzknecht Joins the Camp Board

By Nancy Nelson, Development Director Warm Beach Camp's newest board member, Molly Holzknecht, has a special place in her heart for Christian camping. When Molly was 15 years old, the Lord spoke to her at a Young Life camp. With sparkle and conviction in her eyes, Molly claims, "Christian camping is a powerful tool of God and He has used it in my life and in the lives of many." Molly grew up in Bothell, Washington, graduating from Seattle Pacific ...

The Lights of Christmas — A Winter Wonderland

Keith Yarter, Sr., The Lights of Christmas Director It was interesting how many times during December I heard the songs, White Christmas and Winter Wonderland on the radio. It seemed that those two songs were the only ones being played throughout the season. I know that is not true, but when you experience a season like The Lights of Christmas of 2008, you begin to wonder. Yes, it was a challenging season with 11 days of snow, ice and cold ...

Preparing for Worldwide Christian Service

By Jessica Beach, Volunteer Coordinator A collective roar of laughter went up from the staff dining room as Priyanke, an intern at Warm Beach Camp, told the story in staff break of how Rob Down, the Camp's Construction Manager, had to rescue him and his boots from certain calamity.Earlier in the day, the two had been down in the horse pasture digging fence post holes in a torrential downpour which turned the fields into a virtual bog. Priyanke, having positioned ...

Living Memorials

MEMORIAL FOR/Given by:BARBARA JOHNSONMr. and Mrs. Don FriedrichELIZABETH KANEHENMr. and Mrs. David KanehenGORDON LINDGRENMrs. Carol JarrettBILL McKINDLEYMr. and Mrs. Don FriedrichMrs. Catherine JensenMr. and Mrs. Jim KaneenMr. and Mrs. Marvon McLaughlinMr. and Mrs. Ray SamuelsonMAYNO DELAMARTER PRIEBE Mrs. Myrtle MollerOPAL ROOTMr. and Mrs. Leon SpanglerROBERT AND JULIETTE VAN DINTERMr. Michael Van Dinter, Sr.        

Briefly…

Christmas Year-around! Just because we took the lights down doesn't mean we are done with The Lights of Christmas. Many exciting plans are being made for our thirteenth season opening December 3! If you would like to help with welding, construction, design, and décor, please contact Keith Yarter, Director of The Lights of Christmas. He'll find a project that is right for you and that will greatly bless thousands of people this next holiday season. It takes a year-round effort ...

Spring 2009

The Perfect Weekend Away! Women have an opportunity to experience the perfect weekend away from home this spring at the Warm Beach Women's RetreatsEmbracing the Vision Campaign Coming to Central Washington If you live in Central and North-Central Washington, you are encouraged to attend this fun and informative event in Wenatchee.Director's Column A Time for Community ...A Program in God's Time It was clear that God had guided this volunteer to WBC at just the right time!Seven Reasons to Die ...

Winter 2008

All Aboard!A new Polar Express Engine comes to The Lights of Christmas, thanks to the efforts of a group of wonderful people!The Lights of Christmas 2008 Schedule Dates and Times for this year's The Lights of Christmas...Director's Column I am glad it is Christmas timeWhat Happens the Rest of the Year? WBC is a place where people can set aside the daily routine and hustle-bustle of life to gain focus...The Lights of Christmas by the Numbers A collection of interesting ...

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 ...

Staff Alumni News

Jenny (Records) Filonczuk was a camp counselor the summers of '98 - ‘00. She and her husband, Shannon, recently moved to Mineola, Texas, where Shannon teaches high school chemistry and Jenny runs a program at the high school for "at-risk" youth. Jenny says that God has blessed them greatly in this move from their former home in Oregon. Sonya (Seifert) Lydford on summer staff '92, along with her husband, Robert, finalized the adoption of Alice Yei Klembia Lydford on National ...

Thank You, Volunteers

The people listed below volunteered their time and talent to help out at Warm Beach Camp during the months of October, November, and December, 2008. Most of them were part of the incredible army of volunteers who helped make The Lights of Christmas possible. Others served as maintenance help, construction workers, office and mailroom helpers, grounds maintenance help, camp nurses, wrangling staff, program staff, helped at the Thanksgiving Working Weekend, or provided another important function. All told, nearly 14,100 hours ...

Warm beach Camp’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 ...
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