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New mattresses arrive in time for Annual Meeting at Pilgrim Firs

Wade Zick, managing director of Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center at Port Orchard has been focusing his energies on details of hosting the PNC Annual Meeting there on Saturday, April 29.

As of early April, 200 were registered.

New mattresses piled in the lodge ready to be taken to the beds at Pilgrim Firs.                                       Photo courtesy of Pilgrim Firs

New mattresses from the Mattress Campaign will be in place in time for Annual Meeting at Pilgrim Firs.

Some guests will stay at the camp—and there is still some space there—and some will stay in nearby hotels.

Mark Boyd, managing director at N-Sid-Sen said that all the new mattresses will be in place there by summer.  He is transporting mattresses.

The Mattress Campaign still seeks donations for another $15,000 of the $75,000 goal, but the PNC went ahead with purchasing the mattresses at a good deal.  The campaign also includes the cost of transporting the mattresses and disposing of the old ones.

New mattresses are ready to go on beds at N-Sid-Sen. 

Photo courtesy of Mark Boyd

Kyna Shilling, camp administrator, said that donations can still be made at

Wade said he is also focusing energy on discussions about the new model for camps, with intergenerational church mission camps at Pilgrim Firs for two to three weeks beginning in 2018.

He noted that given the variation in summer break dates for schools in the region—some mid-June to mid-August and others late June to late August—reduced the number of weeks youth can gather at traditional camps.

 He is making contacts in Kitsap County with social service agencies working on housing, environment and other justice issues for mission opportunities.

 The idea is for congregations to bring youth and adults to “do mission trip” experiences, he said.

Wade is also promoting weekend retreats for churches, and Annual Meeting will be an opportunity to introduce Pilgrim Firs to more PNC members.

“Studies show that when a young person forms a significant relationship with older people—at least five older people—in a church, the young person tends to stay connected to the church,” said Wade. 

“In retreat settings on weekends and in mission camps, such relationships are fostered,” he said.

“It’s huge for a church to have a retreat,” Wade added.  “Connections happen when people come together, pray together and play together.”

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Pacific Northwest Conference United Church of Christ News © April 2017


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