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Linda and Randy Crowe now back in PNC spend time at camps

After several years of retirement as managing director at N-Sid-Sen, Randy Crowe and his wife, Linda, who retired as pastor at Veradale UCC, went to work camp at N-Sid-Sen, helped with program (Linda) and as a counselor (Randy) at junior high aqua camp at N-Sid-Sen and senior high camp at Pilgrim Firs this summer. They return with some perspective.

“At the end of the camps, I had a smile on my face, recognizing members of the PNC camping family through the years.  I did generations of baptisms, weddings and counseling,” said Linda.

She and Randy are spending six weeks this fall visiting volunteer workers who served on the N-Sid-Sen staff in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.  Then they will spend a month in Italy, which they have never visited before.

While Linda served as interim pastor of the UCC church in Brainard, Minn., she and Randy met Wade Zick, the new Pilgrim Firs managing director, impressed with his work helping youth address bullying, developing faith formation experiences, helping children and youth understand why the UCC is so important.

“We took seven youth from the Brainard church to Pilgrim Pines, where they gained in the camp experience awareness that they are not the only ones in this church tradition,” Linda said.

“It’s important for youth to gain a bigger picture of their church family, community and national denomination,” she said of camps in the Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest conferences.

While at the Westminster Congregational UCC retreat, Randy and Linda shared in some “maintenance” tasks. Randy reminded that camp, as the N-Sid-Sen’s managing Mark Boyd says, is “our home on the lake.” 

“So we should share in responsibility for them,” he said.

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