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Camp theme is on ‘Fearless Faith’

“Fearless Faith, Courage in Community” is the 2016 theme and curriculum for PNC 2016 summer camps.

Each day the study guide has some variation on the theme, beginning with “Together, the Courage.” The first day based on Genesis 12 is on the courage to show up. The second day on Ruth is on the courage to trust. The third day on Genesis 45 is on the courage to forgive. The fourth day on Daniel 3 is on the courage to stand. The fifth day on Esther 4 is on the courage to do justice. The sixth day on Acts 10 is on the courage to change, and the last day on Matt. 28 is on the courage to connect.

Wade Zick, managing director at Pilgrim Firs, Mark Boyd, managing director at N-Sid-Sen, and Katy Lloyd and Kristin Almgren, Outdoor Ministries Task Force co-chairs, met with summer directors at Kirkland UCC on Jan. 23.  They spent the day discussing camp, curriculum, culture changes and worship at camp.

“We are excited to know we have a great team of directors getting ready for our campers,” said Mark.


Environmental Justice camp set

N-Sid-Sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene will host an Environmental Justice Workshop Wednesday to Friday, March 9 to 11 to train participants to teach classes in their own congregations. The train-the-trainer program will look at how people of faith can work for environmental justice and help create a sustainable, healthy and inclusive community, said Meighan Pritchard, environmental justice curriculum trainer for the national United Church of Christ (UCC).  She is also half-time pastor at Prospect UCC in Seattle.  For two years, she was minister of environmental justice for the national UCC.

Participants will explore a faith-based approach to environmental justice: gratitude, humility, responsibility, justice and community. Each theme includes biblical readings, selections from the video, “Renewal,” insights from respected leaders and study questions. Participants will also look at water management practices in urban and rural settings with Janet Torline of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance in Coeur d’Alene. The session will also address working through environmental despair to build communities based on hope, and creating plans for participants to share the workshop materials in their communities.

“Renewal” includes stories people from many faith backgrounds responding to environmental issues in their communities, she said. The workshop costs $100 and is co-sponsored by the PNC and UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.

For information or to register, call 208-689-3489 or visit


Camps plan campaigns for mattresses and more

Both N-Sid-Sen and Pilgrim Firs are joining in “Sweet Dreams,” an Adopt a Mattress Campaign to replace the 334 mattresses at both sites.

The total cost of the project is $50,000, which will be raised by people making tax-deductible donations to adopt mattresses, with a suggested amount of $250 per mattress.

“One of the joys of going to a summer camp or weekend retreat is the assurance of a restful night’s sleep, and that takes a good mattress,” said Mark Boyd at N-Sid-Sen and Wade Zick at Pilgrim Firs.

“Next year we will be dreaming even bigger dreams of a capital campaign that will fund some projects for both camps,” said Andy CastroLang, conference moderator, and Mike Denton, conference minister.

The plans for N-Sid-Sen include construction of pedestrian paths under Highway 97, construction of lodge-style, year-round housing for older guests and relocating the manager’s residence to the North Cove area.

At Pilgrim Firs, the proposals are to create RV sites, improve staff housing, construct a program and performing arts building and acquire additional acreage.

For the “Sweet Dreams” Adopt a Mattress campaign, checks may be sent to the Pacific Northwest Conference with “camp mattress” in the memo line.  They may be mailed to the conference office, 325 N. 125th St., Seattle WA 98133.

Online contributions by credit card may be made at and click the donation button.

For information, call 206-725-8383.


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