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Mid-States getting “Back to the Basics”

052013midstatesintroThe Mid-states camping program will return to Tar Hollow State Park near Chillicothe, Ohio on July 21-27 for Senior/Post High Camp for 2013. The mid-states camping program has been held at Tar Hollow since 1948.

The Rev. Darryl Bell from The Promise church in Ohio and Rev. David Bennett, Eastern District president from Bethlehem, Pa will lead the 2013 program, “Back to the Basics.” They follow last years’ team of our own mid-states pastors the Rev. Denny Rohn and the Rev. John Wallace, who made a great team as they presented the program entitled “I’d Rather Be…”

Mid-states camping programs are planned by the Regional Youth Council made up of four elected youth officers, six or more appointed cabinet members and four adult members (two pastoral and two lay advisors) who are also elected by the youth. The RYC plans the camp and theme and gives directions to the program person/people and they run with it. In this way our youth learn to work together on a common goal and have ownership in the events of the week. It is a great learning process for all involved.

We have many “traditions” at our camp that help to make our week special. One of them is our Wednesday night themed mission dinner, where campers raise money for a chosen mission project. The RYC go all out and spend their entire afternoon of free time decorating the lodge to fit the theme.

They are a dedicated and determined group of young people! Through their efforts and generosity nearly $3,000 was raised for their mission project last year. This year they have chosen two mission projects: they plan to adopt a village in Africa and send money to Hurricane Sandy Relief.

For information on Mid-states Moravian camping opportunities for other age groups, including Epworth, Illiana and Bethany, visit

Jo Keller is a member of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, Indiana.


From the May 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, March 23 — Psalm 38:9–16
Exodus 29:1–30; Matthew 26:1–13

The commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8

Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63

Dear Lord, we ask your blessing upon our churches today. The week ahead is a special one that provides the opportunity to remember the story of Holy Week—the journey Jesus took to the cross. Help us draw close to you to remember. Amen.

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