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“Come, Follow Me” to Camp Van-Es

0512vanesintroWe at Van Es Camp and Conference Centre are excited to open up for our 71st summer of camping for the Canadian district. Our theme for this year is “Come, Follow Me” which we borrowed from the Board of World Mission.Also this year, we are excited to have Brother Brandon Salyzyn come back to be the coordinating director, serving in so many great ways which help to make Van Es a safer, better place.

Our directors for this years camps are Rev. Wendy Beck and Gloria Toole for grades 1–2; Rev. Steve Gohdes and Catherine Clake for grades 3–4; Marilyn Gurnsey and Rev. Josh Viste are working grades 5–6. Rev. Rick Beck is directing junior high with Revs. Eileen and Ian Edwards serving as program directors for that camp. Last but not least, senior high will be lead by Rev. Matt Gillard, and for the first time in a number of years, the senior high camp will be a full week long.

0521vanes2Also this year, in an effort to increase our numbers at camp, Brandon Salyzyn and Matt Gillard will be coming to local congregations and offering a camp night: 2-3 hours of the camp experience, brought to your congregation. We hope that each congregation who hosts will invite the neighborhood to the evening, where youth from the community can come and experience a small bit of the fun of Van Es, in the hopes they might come in the summer.

Van Es Camp has always been a place where Moravians and their friends come to experience the meaning of Our Lamb Has Conquered: Let Us Follow Him. We hope that many will respond to the invitation of Christ to “Come, Follow Me.”

Matt Gillard is pastor of Heimtal Moravian Church in Edmonton, Alberta.


From the May 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Thursday, March 22 — Psalm 38:1–8
Exodus 28:15–43; Matthew 25:31–46

The Lord God has opened my ear; and I was not disobedient. Nor did I turn back. Isaiah 50:5 (NASB)

Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.” John 12:26

Great Shepherd, we seek to follow you. But how does a nation follow you? To follow you is counter to the culture of this world. Provide energy and nerve to live as love and light where little is focused on you. Amen.

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