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Thursday, June 25th (Amy Jensen)

The “fruits” we focused on today during our Morning Gathering were kindness and generosity.  How wonderful it was to hear the many examples shared about how we can be kind and generous to one another, like Paul wrote about.  We had great fun during an activity where we learned a little bit about each other’s likes and dislikes.  We found out which ones of us are morning people and which are are night owls.  Some are football fans and some are definitely not. Some love to eat bacon, others not so much. And we learned that we only have one non chocolate lover among the entire group!  It was a fun way to remind us that while we may not all have the same interests or preferences, we can all still get along and be kind to one another, the way Jesus taught us.
After the gathering, we all set off on various adventures as it was “free day” here at camp.  Some went off exploring the surrounding area, and others stayed here at camp to enjoy the beautiful grounds.  I heard mention of several naps!  When we came back together for the evening, we were all excited to welcome many new campers and families who drove up today.
Lots of animal sightings have been reported here at camp, including:
A mama deer and baby fawn over near I-house
A frog jumping across the gravel path heading toward the playground
A wild turkey in the meadow near the pool
Another deer in the woods behind Toad Hall
-And loads of free range children all over the grounds!

Wednesday, June 24th (Amy Jensen)

Wednesday morning brought fresh faced campers (thank you latte deliverers!) again to the dining hall to start the day with another incredible breakfast served up by the Lodestar staff.
In our Morning Gathering today, Jomary led us in further discussion about the fruits of the spirit. Wednesday’s focus is on peace, and I think we all definitely left with a sense of peace as we all set out for our various activities of the day.
We had swim lessons for many of the children, two more fantastic meals, and plenty of snacks from the snack shack to keep us going.  It has been warm up here at camp, and that ice cream, lemonade and other assorted treats have sure been appreciated by all!   Later in the day after our Evening Gathering, we had many groups playing together for Game Night.  There was sharing of new games, playing old familiar ones, and teaching some of the kids (and some “grown ups” too) a few new tricks. A highlight for a lot of the little ones was having the chance to be part of the “Big Kid” group!
It’s been another wondrous day here at Camp Lodestar.  Sharing meals, worship and music morning and evening, getting to know each other better and sharing the fruits of our spirits in this beautiful setting- What could be better?

Tuesday, June 23rd (Amy Jensen)

TUESDAY
It’s just about bedtime on Day 2 and it’s hard to believe we are only at our 2nd day with all the fun we’ve already had!  This morning we had another fabulous meal (And did I mention the latte delivery? Yes, that’s right you can have a latte delivered to your door at your pre arranged time!  Divine. Who ever had camp like this?).  After breakfast, it was time for our Morning Gathering where we were treated again to the talents of Shirley and Sylvia and their joyous music.  We worshipped together in the sunshine and talked about the fruits of the spirit, enjoying the time to get centered and ready for the day.
Throughout the day there was so much to do.  Some met for early morning Tai Chi, some were able to join Pastor John Dodson for a talk about Pentecost. There was lots of swimming and sunshine, time for walks in these beautiful woods, and I spotted many relaxed campers sitting quietly with a book, a project, or a quiet conversation. The craft shack is in full swing — we’ve done some candle making, T-Shirt painting, and some other very creative and fun projects. Ask Shirley to show you how to make a Glove-o-phone.  You’ll be glad you did.
Tonight was another amazing dinner — We’ve got plenty of hungry campers here at Camp Lodestar!  And again, dinner was followed by an inspiring night of songs and a dance, and wonderful lessons from scripture.  We all caught the Holy Spirit (ask someone who was here about the great game we played!) and then, sat by the campfire for some more singing, discussion, and relaxation.  What a beautiful way to end the evening.
The stars are shining so brightly now, it seems a shame to go to bed.  But that latte is coming early and there will be so much more to come tomorrow.
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Monday, June 22nd (Amy Jensen)

Greetings from Camp Lodestar!

We arrived this afternoon and were greeted first thing with a warm welcome, smiling faces, and fresh ice cold lemonade made with love and lemons straight from the Alvey Family lemon tree!  What a treat.
After finding our accommodations and settling in, we all came together for a delicious welcome dinner prepared by the wonderful staff here at Camp Lodestar. If you thought camp food would be blah, think again!  We all had our fill of some wonderful food, and then the group gathered under the trees for music and singing.  We are very blessed to have the amazing duo of Shirley and Sylvia playing music and leading us in song.  Many many thanks to them for singing their hearts out for us every morning and evening!
In addition to the music, we had wonderful discussion and food for our souls.  We listened and talked about the fruits of the spirit.  We had readings and reenactment of some readings from Paul’s letters.  We even had a bit of drama to go along with the night’s activities.  Wow, do we have some fabulous actors and dancers among us – Can’t wait for the next show!

It’s so peaceful here and we are grateful for the chance to feel close to God in this beautiful setting.  By the end of the night there had been much chatting and catching up among old friends. We all met some new friends too!  Some of us have been coming to church camp for 20+ years, some of us are here for the first time ever. And how blessed we all feel to be here together.

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