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N-Sid-Sen plans youth camps, has boat fund

N-Sid-Sen seeks $10,000 for new sail boats. Courtesy of N-Sid-Sen

“Beyond Belief! The Universe of God” is the theme for the curriculum for youth camps this coming summer at N-Sid-Sen.

Directors have been selected and are recruiting their counselors and planning their programs.

Mark Boyd, managing director of N-Sid-Sen is on sabbatical until March, so more announcements will be made after his return.

He is, in part, using his sabbatical to put the photos and verses he has written and posted on Facebook  together as a daily inspirational book.

N-Sid-Sen has the offer of a $10,000 matching grant if it can raise $10,000 to purchase up to four new sailboats.  Mark has looked at small sailboats that would be more “user friendly” for new sailors, as well as boats in between those and the camp’s Cape Dory boat.

Donations may be made by mail to N-Sid-Sen, 36395 S. Highway 97, Harrison, ID, 83833 or online.

For information, call 208-689-3489, email or visit

Common Fire is focus at Pilgrim Firs

Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center in Port Orchard is inviting congregations to bring their youth groups to one of two Service/Mission Weeks being offered this summer in the Kitsap Community.

The camps are June 24 to 29 and July 15 to 20.

Wade Zick, managing director at Pilgrim Firs, has been organizing work sites throughout the Kitsap Peninsula.  It will provide housing, meals, evening snacks, evening programs and vespers.

Youth groups provide transportation for their groups to Pilgrim Firs and to the work sites.  The program needs a one -to-five ratio of adult leaders to youth.  Groups must commit to participate fully in the service work and camp programs.

Churches will choose an area of focus for their week, so Pilgrim Firs staff will pair the church with area service organizations that connect with their chosen focus.

Areas of focus include housing, food, environment and social services.  Housing programs will involve building, renovations or landscaping. The food programs relate to the food bank or meal distribution. Environmental projects will be clean-up, trail work and parks department projects. Social services are with people experiencing homelessness, elderly people and at-risk populations.

The weeks will be limited to 80 participants.

For information, call 360-876-2031 or email


Pacific Northwest United Church of Christ News © February-March 2018


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