Western District Camps get neighborly

For many young Moravians in the Western District, heading to camp for a week is an annual ritual not to be missed. And for 2019, those young Moravians will be studying what it means to be a neighbor.

We have five camps that range from children finishing grade 1 up to age 21. Four of the camps are held at Mt. Morris, Wis., with the fifth being held in Alexandria, Minn.

This year the theme for our camps is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Each camp will explore what a neighbor is and how Jesus calls us to love and serve our neighbors.

What is a neighbor? The Webster dictionary defines it “as a person living near or next door to you.” In the Old Testament neighbors were considered other Jews who were considered the chosen ones, fellow members of a specific group.

Jesus expands our concept of neighbor to include non-Jews as well. Jesus’ definition of neighbor is anyone with whom you come in contact. There is nobody excluded from Christ’s definition. It is not limited to people in our family, our direct neighbors, people that share the same ethnic background, go to church with us or even share a belief in God. Jesus gives each of us a lot to think about when he calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Each of the camps will build on the neighbor theme this summer, with a variety of activities and events to make for a memorable, spiritual summer. Registration information can be found at www.wdcamping.com. All are welcome; come and join us!

Kathy Liebenow of Watertown, Wis. is chair of the Camping Ministry Committee.

At Mt. Morris, Wautoma, Wis.

4M Camp (completed grades 1 and 2)
August  5-7, 2019
Director: Staci Mareese-Wheeler

Junior Camp (completed grades 3, 4 and 5)
July 28- August 1, 2019
Director: Katie VanDerLinden

Winmor (completed grades 6,7 and 8)
July 21-27, 2019
Director: Beth Rohn-Habhagger

Chetek (completed grade 9 – age 21)
July 14-20, 2019
Directors: Jason Andersen and Amy Andersen

In Alexandria, MN (for Minnesota)

Camp MINDYY (completed Grades 2, 3, 4 & 5)
June 16-19, 2019
Tiffani Glime