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Did You Attend Camp Meeting This Year?
Photos Share Glimpse of Conference Camp Meetings

Compiled by Visitor Staff
Published 7/17/2012

Did you attend any of the camp meetings across the Columbia Union Conference this summer? For some camp meeting fans these gatherings often bring great memories of reuniting with friends from across the country or across town, hearing new speakers, learning new ways to minister and spending more time with God. Although all the major camp meetings across the union are finished for this summer, the Visitor staff members wanted to share snapshots from each camp meeting. Don’t see your camp meeting here? Share your photos on our Facebook page or place a link below in the comment section. We hope you have fun reminiscing!

Allegheny East
The Allegheny East Conference set aside a special day for family fun during the June 28-July 8 camp meeting in Pine Forge, Pa. Children and parents shared laughter and got involved with activities like hula hooping, volleyball, relay races and basketball. Here, one group is pictured playing in musical chairs.

Allegheny West
 Despite the severe storm that knocked out power in parts of Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, about 2,000 people within the Allegheny West Conference still attended camp meeting in Thornville, Ohio, on the weekend of June 28.  The storm affected restroom operation at the camp meeting, but leaders were able to bring in generators that allowed the well to pump water and get camp meeting to run as smoothly as possible.

The Chesapeake Conference Camp Meeting themed “Walk with God! Share His Grace!” held in Hagerstown, Md., focused on prayer and challenged worshippers to reach out to others in Christian love regardless of race, religion or social status. Here, Dick Stenbakken draws the congregation into the dramatic story of the leper who was made whole by Jesus Christ.

Mountain View
With Father’s Day falling on the first Sunday of Mountain View Conference’s Camp Meeting in Huttonsville, W.Va., Alaina Zill presents her father, Victor, with a very special handmade paper shirt to honor the occasion.

New Jersey
On Sabbath afternoon of the New Jersey Conference English Camp Meeting, held in Tranquility, only one person was supposed to be baptized. However, after that person was baptized, Pastor Jean-Michel Etienne made an appeal for others to be baptized. Four additional individuals who had been studying, but had not yet been baptized came forward and responded to the call. Pictured from left to right is José H. Cortés, conference president; Stephanie Lawrence, Pastor Etienne, Alex Czereuta, Ken Smith, Randy Randazzo, Pastor Jorge Coxaj, Dennis Blake and Pastor Leonel Pottinger in upper background.

Attendees to the Ohio Conference’s pastor-led camp meeting enjoyed Mohaven Day in Danville, Ohio. This is a day where Camp Mohaven can “show off” the best they have to offer such as horseback riding, canoeing, ropes course and the zip lining.  It’s a free afternoon activity for all ages. It was a hit in the past, but then fell to the side. This was the first time in years it has returned to camp meeting.

Lois Shores enjoys spending time with the children of the Bucks County church, where she has worshipped for many years. You can find her every year at the Pennsylvania Conference Camp Meeting in Hamburg, Pa., under the children’s craft tent. There paints, colors, cuts and pastes crafts along with the kids. Having no grandchildren of her own, Shores shares that she loves all the children she volunteers to help during camp meeting and considers them all her grandchildren.

During the Potomac Conference’s June 19-23 camp meeting in New Market, Va., attendees were challenged to focus their lives on making disciples for Jesus. Here, one woman places a signature on a copy of Harry Anderson’s painting, “Christ Ordaining the Twelve.” Nearly 300 people signed the painting signifying an individual commitments to bring one new soul to Christ this year.

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