November Happy Birthdays

New month means a new Happy Birthday post! Help us wish these staffers born in November a very happy birthday!Happy Birthday Image

NOVEMBER

Kevin Richter

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Emily Dillon

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Becca Simcik

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From the Summer Staff: Allie R.

“This summer, campers taught me more about worship than my ministry classes ever will.”

–Allie R.

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Allie is in the middle with her hand up.

You may recognize Allie from our videos and photos as the girl behind the keyboard and microphone. Allie served as the Worship Coordinator for Summer 2018 after serving on the worship team in Summer 2017.  We are so excited to feature Allie on our blog today and we know you are going to love what she has to say.

“This summer I had the pleasure of serving Asbury Hills as its Worship Coordinator. I saw this as an incredible opportunity to serve God, live out my life calling of music ministry, and spend another three months at my absolute favorite place on Earth.

I am a Christian Worship Major at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I was ecstatic to use all I was learning in my worship classes at school to lead the staff and campers at Asbury Hills in authentic, biblical worship.  I believe, however, that those campers left more of an impression on me as to what it means to authentically and whole heartily worship God, than I ever would have expected. Instead of teaching, I often found myself as the one learning.

During Week 8, a few new activities were added to the groups’ schedules to mix things up a bit. One of those activities was titled “Band Time”. During this time, we would typically write a short song with each group. These songs brought out a lot of silliness and laughter from both the campers and the band.

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One morning, as we met with an elementary group for Band Time, we realized this group was still in the middle of their morning devotion time. I sat down with the group and was surprised to hear the questions they were asking their counselors. Their devotion time, which typically lasts twenty minutes, lasted over an hour as these campers were trying to wrap their minds around a theology adults still don’t fully grasp. As they finished, we only had about thirty minutes left for Band Time. The band began to set up to write a song as we had with every other group but as we were getting into place, one girl asked this of us:

“Is it okay if we just worship together?”

Her question was quickly followed by affirmation from her fellow campers. We, of course, were not going to deny them the chance to worship together. I spent the next thirty minutes in one of the most spirit-filled, authentic, and powerful worship settings I had ever experienced. So powerful that some of the campers were moved to tears.

In Mark 10:14-15, Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Through this experience, I truly believe I saw a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Those campers will never know how much they taught me about worship, and my view on what it means to purely worship God will never be the same.

So to those campers: thank you for showing me that I will never be done learning how to worship, and please never lose the passion you have to ask the difficult questions and worship without concern of the world around you. You are binging the kingdom of God to Earth.”

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–Allie R.

Staff applications for Summer 2019 are live on our website. If you know someone looking to have a summer that will change their life, send them our way. All questions can be directed to Sarah Moseley, our Summer Camp Director.

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Another New Face (and Voice!)

We are thrilled to introduce our new Reservation Specialist, Bonnie Harding. Whenever you give our Asbury Hills office a call, her voice is what will greet you!

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Bonnie grew up in Greenville. She graduated from Texas Tech University. but moved back as soon as she could because she really loves the upstate! Bonnie met her husband, Colin, in high school. The high school sweethearts have two children.

If Bonnie isn’t at camp, you can find her hiking or camping with her family or baking up something delicious!

Bonnie grew up going to Asbury Hills with her youth group.

“I have a passion for being at camp and love spending my time out doors.”

Please join us in welcoming Bonnie and her family to our camp family!

“I’m so excited to be a part of helping out with camp for so many sweet kiddos, and being the first contact they might have with Asbury Hills!”

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Fall Festival 2018

Our Fall Festival 2018 was great fun, even if the weather wasn’t favorable! We enjoyed sharing Asbury Hills with everyone who joined us. Check out some photos from the day and stay tuned for a video!

Fall Festival is an annual event here at Asbury Hills and we absolutely look forward to it each year! It always seems to end up falling on the weekend where the season of fall really makes itself known. The leaves start changing colors, the air get a little more crisp and the smell of apple cider filling the air really makes for a great Fall Festival!

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As always, a huge thanks to our wonderful Summer Staffers for helping make Fall Festival 2018 a huge success!

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Cooking Up Something New

We are so excited to introduce our new Food Services Director, Travis Johnson! He comes to us from the small town of Happy, Texas and we are so HAPPY he has joined our Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center family!

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The Johnson Family outside their new home at Asbury Hills.

Travis and his wife, Trina, have been married for 11 years.  They have three children: Corben, Cannon, and Courtney. They are from Lebanon, Tennessee which is just 25 minutes east of Nashville. In Lebanon, Travis and Trina own and operated three restaurants, a food truck, and a catering company while working as the food service director for their local church. Why did Travis decide to go into the camping world? He says that he “loves seeing smiling faces enjoying great food and fellowshipping together around the table!”

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How did Travis get into food service? We asked and he told!

“I started in food service at a young age through our church back at home and quickly realized it wasn’t just a job for me but a passion.”

Travis and his family are coming from a large camp in Happy, Texas where Travis served as the Food Services Director.

How did Travis and his family end up at Asbury Hills?

“The door opened up for me to join the Asbury Hills family and it instantly seemed like a great fit for me and my family. Being at Asbury brings us closer to family and the beautiful mountains, what more could one ask for?”

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Travis and his wife, Trina.

If Travis and Trina aren’t at camp, you can find them at church. Trina enjoys volunteering with the children ministries and leading small groups. Travis and his family also enjoy being in involved in the community events and supporting local restaurants.

Will you join us in welcoming Travis and his beautiful family to our favorite place in the world? If you are interested in meeting Travis and his family, be sure to join us for our Fall Festival on October 20th!

“I look forward to serving you and your family here at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center at your next retreat or during camp!”

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Coming Up: Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2018 is coming up and Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries is happy to be participating again this year! What is Giving Tuesday? How can you participate? When is it? All that and more is just below!

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Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year, on November 27th, it is expected that over 2.5 million gifts will be made across the world. Last year alone, over $300 million dollars were raised on Giving Tuesday from 150+ countries around the world.

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How is Asbury Hills participating?

How can you participate?

Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center along with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries will be participating in Giving Tuesday by joining the millions of organizations asking to be remembered during this season of giving. You can participate by making a donation on Tuesday, November 27th to the non-profit organization of your choice. We hope you will consider making your donation to Asbury Hills & Camps & Retreat Ministries so we can work towards making camp a better place.  When the day comes, donations can be made via our secure giving website.

Thank you in advance for making your mark!

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October Happy Birthdays

It is time to wish our 2018 staffers born in October a very happy birthday! Join us in wishing these folks well wishes for their birthday.

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Ridge Clark

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Jessica Minor

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Faith Olson

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Danielle Timme

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Katie Wray

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Immerse is Back!

That is right! Immerse will be back at Asbury Hills for Summer 2019! What is Immerse? Who can go? When is it? All those questions and more are answered below.

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Immerse is thrilled to be returning to Asbury Hills for Summer 2019. We fully expect God to do great things in our midst again next year as we share time together in powerful worship, relevant family groups, and challenging activities in an incredible setting at Asbury Hills. We look forward to having youth from across the SC Annual Conference and beyond join us for this life changing experience as we “go deeper in our faith”.

What is Immerse?

Immerse is an event put on by SCMYP (South Carolina Ministry with Young People) every summer. Immerse is a 4 day summer experience for Christian teens in South Carolina. It is designed with the hope that teens will grow deeper in their faith and strengthen their relationship with Christ.

Who can go to Immerse?

Teens across South Carolina! Immerse is designed for youth groups to attend together. Not only will young people get to try new things but they will also get to try those new things and grow their faith with their youth groups.

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When is Immerse?

Immerse is going to be July 24-27, 2019 at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center.

What is SCMYP?

SCMYP is a program developed to make youth workers aware of anything that might be useful to impact the lives of the youth in our congregations.

How do you register for Immerse?

Since registration for Immerse is by youth group, you cannot register online. Youth directors can register with our Reservation Specialist at Asbury Hills by calling 864.836.3711.

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How much does it cost?

Immerse costs $240 per person. What does that include? Your entire stay at Asbury Hills, meals in our dining hall, worship, and activities are included.

Can my child do summer camp at Asbury Hills AND Immerse?

Of course! Asbury Hills has over 20 week long and two week long camps running throughout the entire summer. Feel free to register online for a week of summer camp at Asbury Hills.

Is there a limited amount of space for Immerse?

Yes! Space is very limited so be sure to register your youth group ASAP!

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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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JaneyahBrown

Janeyah Brown

EllieKeeter

Ellie Keeter

LexieStarnes

Lexie Starnes

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Justin Teal

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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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