September Happy Birthdays

It is time to wish our summer staffers with birthdays in September a happy birthday! Join us in wishing these staff members a very happy birthday.

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SEPTEMBER

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Janeyah Brown

EllieKeeter

Ellie Keeter

LexieStarnes

Lexie Starnes

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Justin Teal

AndrewWetzel

Andrew Wetzel

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Spencer Willoughby

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It’s time to UNLEASH your faith!

Today is the day! Summer 2019 Registration is NOW OPEN! Are you ready to Unleash your faith with us? We are SO READY!

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For Summer 2019, we will be exploring what it means to unleash our faith. Matthew 17:20 says that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains. We are hoping to teach our campers that we serve a powerful God and if we have faith in Him and His kingdom, great things can happen! Sarah Moseley, our Summer Camp Director, has shared her expectations and excitement for Summer 2019 and exploring what it means to Unleash our faith. Hopefully after reading her words, you will be just as excited as we all are for Summer 2019.

“I’ve always been obsessed with Colorado. I think it’s because I grew up listening to John Denver and Rocky Mountain High is one of my favorite songs. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to visit Colorado and see the Rocky Mountains. So this past spring, for my 27th birthday, that dream came true. I spent a week visiting, exploring, and going on adventures in Colorado. It did not disappoint. Every morning when I woke up and went outside, I would feel overwhelmed at the sight of the Rockies, especially Pikes Peak, towering over 14,000 feet high. With every mountain I climbed and explored, Pikes Peak was always towering over me and the landscape. It was incredibly beautiful and so intimidating. Driving to the top was nerve-wracking and time consuming so I can only imagine how tall it must have felt to those folks who hiked it from bottom to top.
Pikes Peak intimidated me. I felt so incredibly small in comparison. Who was I in comparison to this gigantic piece of earth?

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Jesus said if we have faith as small as a mustard seed we can tell a mountain to move and it will do so. I’ve got to tell you, staring up at a mountain like Pikes Peak, telling it to move, and expecting it to happen is scary. Impossible is a word that comes to mind. Yet, that’s exactly the opposite of what Jesus tells us. “Nothing will be impossible for you.” Nothing. And even crazier still is that our faith only has to be the size of a mustard seed to accomplish such incredible feats.
When things are going well for me, I feel like my faith is so strong, bold, big and secure. But if I’m completely honest, I think my faith is more like the size of a mustard seed in the face of hard times, adversity and challenges. The cool thing is that the size of my faith doesn’t diminish the power of who I have faith in. God can do impossible things because He is God, not because of how big, strong, proud or fearless I am. As long as we have faith in Him, nothing is impossible.

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What amazing things could we as Christians accomplish if instead of wondering how we measure up to obstacles, we focus on putting our trust in Jesus to move mountains? This coming summer we hope to explore more about unleashing our faith and what wonderful things God can do and what kind of mountains he can move as long as we have a little faith, even if it’s only the size of a mustard seed.
We hope to see you this coming summer at Asbury Hills as we unleash our faith.

–Sarah Moseley, Summer Camp Director

 

As of today, you can register your camper for Summer 2019 at 2018 rates! That’s right–register for Summer 2019 at the price of Summer 2018. This offer won’t last long so be sure to register before the end of the year because once we get into the new year, new rates will be effective.

Summer 2018 was a huge success for many reasons. We are truly looking forward to another fun and exciting summer and we hope you are, too!

As always, any questions or comments are welcome! For Summer Camp 2019 questions, feel free to contact Sarah, our Summer Camp Director, by calling 864.836.3711 or emailing summercamp@asburyhills.org. Any other questions can be emailed to office@asburyhills.org.

We hope to see you UNLEASH your faith with us in Summer 2019!

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“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing is impossible for you.”

–Matthew 17:20 NIV

 

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Summer Staff 2019: APPLY NOW!

The moment you have been waiting for is here! Applications for Summer Staff 2019 are live and ready for you to apply!

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That’s right, Summer 2018 only just ended but we are gearing up and starting to put final preparations in place for Summer 2019. Are you or someone you know looking for a summer job that will change your life? Perfect! You’re in the right place.

Being a part of our Asbury Hills Summer Camp family is something many of our current summer staff value! Not only do they get the opportunity to pour into campers and make a lasting impact, they also meet and build relationships with people who will be a part of their lives forever.

“Being on staff at Asbury Hills was such an incredible & growing experience for me. Having the opportunity to help campers grow in their relationship with God while also growing in my faith is such a moving experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

–Faith O.

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We believe in the power of camping not just effecting camper’s lives but also effecting the lives of our summer staffers. While they make an impact on the campers, the campers make an even larger impact on the staff.

“My time on staff was amazing. I fell in love with the job as soon as my first campers got there. It was really awesome being in a place where I could see God work in so many people’s lives, including my own.”

–Ben S.

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Applications are open now for a number of positions (listed on our website here). These spaces will fill quick so be sure to start and complete your application soon! Ready to apply now?! Click HERE to start your application. Any questions can be directed to Sarah Moseley, our Summer Camp Director, by calling 864.836.3711 or emailing Sarah at summercamp@asburyhills.org.

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Do You Miss Us?

Do you miss us? We miss you! Camp just ended and we are already ready for campers to come back! Summer 2019 is just around the corner and it will be here before we know it.

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In the mean time, what can you do if you are ‘campsick’? Easy! Here are a few things you can do to help cure your campsickness until you can get back to Asbury Hills.

Watch our Summer 2018 Highlight Videos on YouTube

All the highlight videos are loaded on our YouTube page. Just click here or search Asbury Hills on YouTube and binge watch as long as you need!

Search the hashtag for the summer on Instagram: #DefyFearAtAH

Every post on our Instagram related to Summer 2018 has the hashtag #DefyFearAtAH in the comments. Feel free to scroll through photos to reminisce on the fun from this summer! If you want to add the hashtag to our photos, go for it!

Check out the photo albums from each week on our Facebook page

Each week, we loaded a few photos to our Facebook page. These are organized by week so go check them out.

Schedule a Church Visit

We would love to send someone to share about Asbury Hills at your church! If you are interested, email Paige at info@sccarm.org or call 864.298.0125 to get a visit scheduled.

Come to Fall Festival

Fall Festival is an annual FREE event we host at Asbury Hills. Join us on October 20th from 10am to 5pm. We will have some activities opened, a blue grass band performing, apple cider and you can see Asbury Hills dressed in fall! While the event is free, we will have lunch tickets available for purchase.

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Bring your youth group, small group or Sunday School class to Asbury Hills for a retreat

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that Asbury Hills is closed. We host retreat groups during the fall, winter, and spring months. These spots fill quick so if you are interested, book now!

We hope these few things can help cure your campsickness. As always, keep an eye out for updates–our social media family are always in the know! Registration for Summer 2019 is just around the corner!

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Staff Tell All: 2018

Our Summer Staff work so hard to ensure each camper enjoys their week of camp. Are you curious to hear how Summer 2018 made an impact on the summer staffers?

Our staff go through at least two weeks of training. Some even go through three or four weeks in preparation to serve our campers to the best of their abilities. While our full time staff work to equip them with everything they need for a successful summer, one thing they never can prepare enough for is the impact they will make. Our campers share countless great stories about their counselor. Whether it is about their counselor helping them over come a fear, asking them to try something new, encouraging them to meet new friends, or just being a friend, we truly believe we have some of the best staff.

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While our staff make an impact on the campers, the campers will never understand how much they impact the staff.

Jessica, our administrative assistant from summer 2018, points out that one of her favorite parts of camp is ‘watching returning campers come back summer after summer, just as excited as the first. That is how I know we are doing something right!’

It is truly a blessing to see campers come back year after year looking for their counselors or rec staff from previous years. Building relationships with campers is something our staff see the value in!

Getting to see my campers growing spiritually and ask the hard questions, seeing my own faith grown tremendously, and getting to call Asbury hills my home and all the staffers my family” was what Gloria, counselor, pointed out to be her favorite part of Summer 2018.

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While these are only a few staffers sharing the impact of our campers, we know this is common among most staff members! They work hard to encourage and make a mark on the campers all while the campers are also making a mark on them.

We hope this never changes!

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I really enjoyed getting to see the growth in all of the staff throughout the summer as well as all of the campers who love Asbury Hills and keep wanting to come back! The Lord is working in amazing ways and it’s so great to see!”

–Connor, counselor

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Defying Fear in 2018

If you didn’t hear, this summer has been our LARGEST summer to date! That means we had a record breaking number of campers, more summer staffers and ultimately, our ministry was shared with more people than ever before!

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This summer, we had over 1250 campers and their families come through our gates. That is huge for us! Our largest summer prior to this summer was 2016 with numbers of 1128 campers so you can see why we are so excited! This means that we reached 1253 campers and hopefully gave them the best week of their summer.

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How exciting is this?! Thank you to all of our campers, camp families, youth leaders, guardians, and anyone else who contributed to making Summer 2018 a huge success. Are you ready for Summer 2019?! So are we! Stay tuned for updates on when registration will open to the public. If you aren’t subscribed to our newsletter, we highly recommend it!

Thank you again for supporting and praying for our ministry at Asbury Hills!

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Love Gift Ceremony: 2018

We just ended Summer 2018 and the end of summer always means our annual Love Gift Ceremony takes place. What is a Love Gift Ceremony? So glad you asked! While it is something you can’t truly understand without experiencing it, this explanation should do it justice.

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At the beginning of the summer, summer staffers draw names from a helmet (or hat, backpack, etc.). Staffers keep this a secret for the entire summer. As the summer goes on, staffers are encouraged to take the time to get to know the person they drew. Well, get to know them without giving away that they drew them for Love Gift. During the summer,  staff work on making a gift specific to that person. Once the last week of camp wraps up and we get camp cleaned and flipped ready for retreat season, the Love Gift Ceremony commences.

This event is highly anticipated by all of the summer staffers because this secret they have been keeping all summer is finally going to be revealed! Spending a few months in a place like Asbury Hills is life changing so these staffers have experienced a lot over the last few months. They have developed life long friendships and relationships and now, they are going to be even closer after presenting these thoughtful gifts to one another.

Check out these heart warming photos of the moments some staffers realized who had been spending the summer getting to know them to create something special for them.

If you are wondering about the silly outfits, this year’s theme was ‘night before the apocalypse luau’; hence the pajamas, ripped clothing and Hawaiian shirts.

This summer was a huge success and so was this year’s love gift ceremony!

 

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Farewell to Kate

We hate to say farewell to Kate from Asbury Hills but we know she will continue to do great things!

Have you eaten in the dining hall at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center over the last few years? If you have then you know how delicious our food is and how hard Kate has worked to ensure that our guests enjoy their food service experience.  Kate served as our Food Service Director and definitely brought our menus and dining hall in general to new and wonderful levels.

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Paige, Marketing & Communications Director; Kate, Food Services Director; Sarah, Summer Camp Director

“While I have loved my time working with Asbury Hills, I have been given the opportunity to pursue a job in Columbia that brings me closer to my family.”

Kate has spent a lot of time at Asbury Hills not only as our Food Service Director but as a camper and a summer staffer.

“Asbury Hills has had a special place in my heart since I was a camper and I will always see this place as another home.”

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Lady, Kate’s dog at Mountain Chapel

While we are sad to see Kate leave, we know her future is full of incredible opportunities!

Kate says that, “the Lord has blessed me during my time here and I have loved every minute of watching this amazing place grow and change the lives of those who have experienced Asbury Hills. I will continue to pray, love, and support this beautiful place that is a home to so many.”

We wish Kate the best as she moves on to new adventures. Join us as we keep her in our prayers during this transition!

Are you interested in the Food Services Director position at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center? Click here for details on the position. Questions can be directed to David Rouse, our Site Director, by calling 864.836.3711 or emailing director@asburyhills.org.

 

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August Happy Birthdays

We want to recognize and celebrate our Summer Staff from this summer and how better to do that than wish them a happy birthday?!

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Help us wish these June, July, and August babies a happy birthday!

JUNE

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Madison Barefoot

PaigeBronander

Paige Bronander

KatieRichter

Katie Richter

AndrewTaylor

Andrew Taylor

BriannaWells

Brianna Wells

AnnMarieWhite

Ann Marie White

JULY

IsaacCase

Isaac Case

AnthonyHolloway

Anthony Holloway

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Scott Rouse

NickSamson

Nick Samson

CarolineTherrell

Caroline Therrell

 

AUGUST

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Connor Bragg

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Cameron White

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Saying Good Bye to Emily

We are so sad to see Emily move on from Asbury Hills but we know our God will use her in so many great ways from this point on.

If you have called Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center at any point over the last year and a half, you probably had the pleasure of speaking with Emily Eskridge. Emily served as our Reservation Specialist and absolutely filled that position with passion for our ministry. Emily did everything from answer the phone with joy in her voice to booking retreats and ensuring all the details were squared away. Emily was truly a specialist when it came to summer camp registrations and being sure camper parents had all their questions answered. Some would even call her the queen of the Asbury Hills office!

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While it is hard to see Emily leave, her and her husband Franklin are on to new adventures! Franklin has accepted a job with Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. Athens, Alabama is just 10 minutes away from the Tennessee Valley in northern Alabama.

Emily and Franklin both say that, “While we are sad to leave the places we love, we are excited for this new adventure and the new opportunities God has given us.”

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“I am so grateful to Asbury Hills and the people I’ve met here. I will always value my time here greatly!”

–Emily

Best of luck to Emily and Franklin as they move onto this new adventure! Join us as we pray for the Eskridges with their move and transition.

Are you interested in the Reservation Specialist position at Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center? Click here for details on the position. Questions can be directed to David Rouse, our site director, by calling 864.836.3711 or emailing director@asburyhills.org.

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