Up and Down the Valleys: April 2018

Clergy Notes:  Synod Council granted retirement status to Rev. Pat Pittsnogle (St. John, Northumberland) effective June 1.  They also granted on-leave-from-call status to Rev. L. Keith Pittsnogle (Interim, St. Paul’s, Erdleys), effective the same day.  Rev. Vicky Schaffner is now the interim at the Columbia-Montour Parish.  Rev. Mike Sigler started this year as the new interim at St. Mark, Alfarata and St. John, Ridge.  In late February, the  East Kish Parish (St Paul’s, Milroy, and St. John’s, Siglerville) held a joint worship where Assistant to the Bishop Craig Miller led a Thanksgiving at the Conclusion of a Call for Pastor Jan Moody on her last Sunday.

Camp Mount Luther Updates:  Raise the Region was another huge success in March.  The event was coordinated by The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.  We raised $17,225 (a new record) from 115 gifts and just recently received our check from the foundation with stretch dollars.  The total amount from this event was $ $18,540.12!  Thanks to all who donated and supported our efforts.  We appreciate it.  The camp is also gearing up for their summer camping season for 2018 and is accepting registrations for all programs.  This year’s camping season will begin on June 17, 2018.  Resident and Day Camps run until August 7 with programs for all ages from kindergarten to senior high, adults, and families.  Most sessions run for one week, but there are also half-week, day-only, and ten day sessions.  New programs this year include Tracks, where campers will choose from four activity areas to focus their attention during the week.  Susquehanna Canoe, a new trip camp, will allow middle school-aged campers the opportunity to paddle for a day on the Susquehanna River.  This year’s theme at Mount Luther is “Awesome God, Awesome Love.”  Campers will look at five Bible stories to see the awesome love that our Awesome God gives each of us.  Campers also get to do crafts, go swimming, play games, camp out, and sing songs during their time at camp.