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A Higher Ground - Quarterly eNews

Vol. I, No. 3                 October 2009

From the President

Dear Camp Family,

This has been a full and wonderful summer of ministry for Luanne and me. God has honored the preaching of the Word, and many found help at camp meeting altars. Thank you for your covering of prayer.

It is now time for the next chapter of our lives. On September 1, I began as Associate Pastor of Missions and Life Groups at the South Lake Wales Church of God. We have been amazed how God opened doors at just the right time for this ministry. One of the great blessings of this ministry is that we can continue living in our house in Avon Park, and I can continue as President of the camp. Thank you Jesus for your faithfulness!

Scores of you have given financially to our ministry with World Gospel Mission, and we thank you for your sacrifice over the years. Those who gave life investments to our ministry have made it possible for us to continue receiving the income from those as payment for our supplemental health insurance. That is a huge gift! And those who gave monthly have made it possible for us to do future ministry on any of the WGM fields. You all have made our ministry possible!

It is now almost time for you to return to Avon Park for another glorious year of blessings. Please drive carefully, and bring a friend with you to experience the blessings of the Trinity.

Much love to all of you,
-- El and Luanne

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Arthur Adam, who was recently released after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

    Arthur Adam
    c/o Marilyn Huyck
    10222 Prairie
    Highland IN 46322

Please pray for Bob and Mary Allen as he goes through treatment for Acute Myeloid Lukemia.

Please pray for the family of W.A. Amerson in their loss.

Please pray for Aldine Avery and family in the loss of her husband, Allen D.

Please pray for Alton Crosby who has suffered a mini-stroke.

Please pray for Dwight Daniels following surgery on his foot.

    Dwight Daniels
    Country Court
    1350 Yauger Rd
    Mt Vernon OH 43050

Please pray for Marie Fitz and family in the loss of her husband, Jim.

Please pray for the family of Doris Hall in their loss.

Please pray for the family of Charlie and Ellen Mishey. Ellen was killed in a car accident, and Charlie died shortly after of complications from the accident.

Please pray for Larry Moughler who has resumed cancer treatment.

Please pray for the family of Sylvia Stewart in their loss.

Others on the prayer list include Verva Adam, Jean Alexander, Phebe Bartolomeo, Joe Bittner, Paul Black, Dr. Earle Bowen, Gary & Viola Case, Dave Coller, Gene Correll, Dwight Daniels, Dean Ellicott, Dick Fry, Joanne Gamber, Len Gamber, Bruce Gilham, Loren & Lena Hein, Ann Holbert, Eldred & Luanne Kelley, Marion Lewton, Bob Manges, Clotine Morgan, Carl Peters, Ebby & Hank Rhodes, Barbara Shiltz, Phyllis Sirk and Verna Watson.

A Note from The Bliszacks

As we return to Avon Park Camp we look forward to starting a new adventure in our Christian journey, working together as a team with all those involved in serving the people during Camp Meeting. We welcome any others who would like to be involved by helping in the kitchen or dining room.

Please pray for us as we serve the Lord in this new challenge.

"Serve whole heartedly as if you are serving the Lord, not men."       -- Ephesians 6:7

We'll see you in Avon Park!
-- Harvey & Anne

Sharing Corner

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At the end of July, Paul and Wilma Divine (Mishawaka IN), Duane and Lois Hetmansperger (Auburn IN), Alvin and Donnabel Scheerer (Auburn IN) and John and Blanche Louthain (Warsaw IN) were blessed to attend a session of Friends of Israel at the Rodeheaver Auditorium, Winona Lake IN Christian Conference Center and then have lunch together. All but Divines then went blueberry picking at a nearby farm. Thank the Lord for this privilege to be together as Avon Park friends.

-- John & Blanche Louthain

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The West Virginia picnic was a great success. We had 24 or so in attendence. Wilma and John, Ken Hendreck, and the WV Quartet were the entertainment. We had a wonderful time.

See you in December!
-- Bobbi & Larry Balderson

There were 92 people present at the Ohio Snowbird Dinner. Thank you Addie Tacket and Carol Ellicott for helping check the people in.

Dave & Dolores Coller and Gary and Rosa Meek attended, and Dave gave an update report on the camp. President Eldred Kelley visited with us by phone and we sang Happy Birthday to him.

Next year's dinner is scheduled for August 28th, 2010 at 12 noon, same place. Thank you, Georgene Bethel, for volunteering to help with that!

-- Pauline Butler

Hello everyone,

Here we are at the Golden Corral in Parkersburg, WV, right after we enjoyed a great meal and wonderful pictures of the improvements to Avon Park Camp. Thank you, Eldred, for providing the slide show.

-- Ted & Pam Casto


Forty-nine people attended this year, including the Pettifors from Indiana and Eldred and Luanne Kelley. The Kelleys updated the group on their activities, highlights of the upcoming 2010 Camp meeting, and some concerns about camp members.

Myrtle MacDonald and her daughter also attended. Please add Myrtle's new address to your book:

1441 E. Bromfield St, Apt 107
Mt Pleasant MI 48858.

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Avon Park Camp Illinois Reunion at Beulah Holiness Camp Meeting in Eldorado IL

Thank you Dorothy Luckert, Patty Bridewell, and Beulah Camp for making this new venture a success!

From the Camp Treasurer

Greetings from Indiana and headed for Florida next Wednesday.

God has continued to bless Avon Park Camp during these summer months through the commitment of our Continuing Donors. We have been able to meet our financial needs this summer, however we will have the large Fire and Security Assessment due in November.

I will be attending a seminar on Gift Annuities in Orlando on September 14 and 15. A Gift Annuity is a win-win program as provides a great income for life and a great opportunity to support Avon Park Camp.

May God bless you,
-- Bob Hudson
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Camp Meeting 2010

1. The 71st annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting will be February 4th through February 14, 2010.

2. Scheduled Evangelists are Dr. Mike Kitsko, Rev. David Leeder, Dr. Norman Wilson and Dr. Jack French.

3. Phyllis will be sending out the housing reservations the first of October with returns due in the 25th of November. A deposit of $25.00 is requested for a dorm room when the reservations are made. Please send requests to pwsirk@yahoo.com or call Phyllis at (304) 530-7866.

4. RV Park managers Sonny and Dianne Wilson will be sending out reservation forms to the campers the first part of September. You need to return them by October 31 to be guaranteed your spot in the RV park.

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Shhhhhh!!!! Secret!!!!

Jean Rollings 90th Birthday
October 15th!

We would like to shower her with cards! but, shhhhhhh!!! it's a secret!

You may send a card to:

Jean Rollings
687 Wesley Circle
Avon Park FL 33825

Let's give back to this lady who has meant so much to the camp over the years!

Women's Auxiliary Welcome Back Tea

  *  Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 2 p.m.
  *  Followed by the Annual Meeting.

Our new Vice President, Marilyn Brownrigg, will lead with the theme "Women With A Mission".

"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24.

Thank God for a warm place to worship and praise Him with wonderful Christian fellowship during the winter months!

-- Beverly Wilson, President

Ladies Chorus

We will be using the Sweet Assurance book this year. If you are in the chorus and do not have the book and tape, please order it so you can be ready to sing when the time comes!

If you did not get a letter and need the ordering information, please call me at 863-453-9561.

-- Glenna Shook, Director

Beth Coppedge is the keynote speaker for the 4th annual inter-denominational women's conference on the holy heart.

To be held at the First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, TN, the conference begins Thursday evening, November 12, and concludes at noon Saturday, November 14. The 2009 Theme is:

Receive Your Inheritance.
"Receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me." Acts 26:18

There is no registration fee. Offerings and donations cover the expense of the conference.

For more information and/or to register, (Click Here) for the website.

For additional inspiration, you may enjoy:
Blog: Pastor Donald Bastian
Blog: Dawn Batterbee Miller

From the Mission Field

We spent an "eventful" week in Haiti. Our cell phone did not work, but YOUR PRAYERS DID!
After returning home, we left to minister at a Couples' Retreat, then had four days home before leaving for Brazil.

-- Laura and Jeff Edwards
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Luanne and I are rejoicing that four more saints have completed the race! All four lived for this moment, and though there is sorrow, there is the incredible promise that they are rejoicing with Jesus forever!

John Butler: John served on the camp board for many years. I loved him greatly, and miss his counsel.

Ellen Mishey: I loved seeing her return to camp because her youthful face always brought a smile to the face of everyone.

Charlie Mishey: Always had a wonderful joke or story, and he was known as our story-teller.

W.A. Amerson: I will never forget the first day I met him and Virginia. They always lightened up a room they entered. Now, W.A. is rejoicing with Virginia forever.

-- President Eldred Kelley

Exodus 2:1-10

.... 7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" ....

Luke 8: 1-3

....Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another.... The Twelve were with him, and also some women.... These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Matthew 27

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.

The Strange Preacher & His Kid

Three women work together to save a child and change the world.

Women supported Jesus and the disciples in their ministry.

Three particular women, among many, minister to Jesus' needs.

Men may find it difficult to express their caring in actions, and often choose to work alone. The special gifts of women are their ability to nurture and to work together.

-- Nathan Althoff & Patty

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