Avon Park Camp Association
1001 W Lake Isis, Avon Park FL 33825
Higher Ground
Quarterly eNews

Vol. VI, No. 3

October 2014

From Our President

Greetings to the Avon Park camp family,

I trust that each of you have enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing summer. For those who have gone through illness and grief please know you are loved and prayed over faithfully.

I want to urge you to begin praying now for the 2015 camp meeting. Once again we have an outstanding team of workers coming to minister to us. Several of the team members will be coming to Avon Park camp for the first time. I can assure you they will give us their very best. However, without prayer and obedience very little of lasting value will be accomplished.

I will be back in Avon Park to meet with the Board on Oct. 28th. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated as we endeavor to develop plans for the future.

I am confident that great days are ahead for the Avon Park camp and community.

Warm regards,
Thomas H. Hermiz

Camp Meeting 2015

The 76th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is Thursday, January 29, through Sunday, February 8, 2015. Scheduled Evangelists are George Holly, Norm Wilson, Nelson Perdue, with Bible Teacher Jonathan Morgan and Todd Guy, song leader. Missionaries will be Andy and Lizet Bowen, WGM, and John and Lisa Hamilton, OMS. See our Camp Meeting Page for more information and to download brochures.

Make your reservations for Camp Meeting today! For dorm rooms or apartment or trailer rentals, call Rosa at the office 863-453-6831. For the RV Park, please call Sonny and Dianne at 812-945-7828. Our campsites are also available year round!


Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Mary Allen, Norma Barnard, Burnis and Thelma Bushong, FLossie Coller, Len Gamber, Tom and Ella Mae Hermiz, Bob and Bonnie Hudson, Fred Jeans, Gary Meek, Karen Miller, Heidi Rahenkamp and Lorraine Rogers.

Please pray for those traveling, our camp leadership team, and each member of our camp.


New Calendar and Event Pages

Our new Calendar gives a quick overview of what is going on in the Camp. You can always access it from the Calendar link on the website. If you don't see an event listed, please let Patty know (editor@AvonParkCamp.org) so it can be added.

We have also updated our Events page which may also be accessed from a link on the website. From there you can check out the guest artists for this season.


We would like to give each of you the opportunity to send a birthday wish to a very special lady. I know that Mother has touched each of your lives in a variety of ways. Let me tell you... she continues to be a blessing to a number of folks here in Houston. It is amazing!

Jean Rolling's 95th birthday is Wednesday, October 15. She would be so thrilled to receive a birthday card or call from each of you, and, if so led, you may reach her at:
20311 Fairfield Trace Dr
Cypress TX 77433

Thank you for helping us celebrate the 95 years of Jean Rollings.
- - Bevan and Vern Howard


FRIDAY OCT 17 at 7 pm
(in the Tabernacle)


FRIDAY OCT 31 at 7 pm
(in the Tabernacle)


FRIDAY DEC 5 at 7 pm
(in the Tabernacle)


Camp-wide Bible Study will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am this year. Dr. Patricia Bridewell has been asked to be the Bible teacher beginning November 11, continuing through December 16, 2014.

Rev. Ray Bachman has been asked to be the Bible teacher beginning January 6 and continuing through March 31, 2015.

Ray also has a new book which was released in July entitled, Christians, Jews and the End Times, and deals with the relationship between Christianity and its Jewish roots. Special emphasis is given to God's plan for the salvation of the Jewish remnant at the return of Messiah, Jesus. Recognizing that much of end times prophecy is centered on the Jews, the book outlines fifteen events which the Bible teaches that the Jews will face in the last days. To see more information about the book go to: www.createspace.com/3450322


The Ladies Welcome Tea will be held on Wednesday, January 21 in the Dining Hall at 2 pm. The theme is "The Bride of Christ" and is based on the words of Jesus in Matthew 13:45 Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. We are s=asking each lady to bring a jewelry box (to be used for a table decoration) and to wear pearls.

The officers for this coming year are Elaine Boring, president; Suzy Bryce, vice-president; Nina Morrow, treasurer; Bernice Pettifor, secretary. Other positions are: Marilyn Brownrigg is past president; Sara Tobias, chaplain; Ruth Jenkins, welcome hostess chair; Dorolores Coller, Camp Board refreshments and bulletin board; Ann Holbert, flowerbeds and Camp Meeting child care; Verva Adams, card ministry; Ann Fisher and Dorothy Luckert, Camp Meeting greeter coordinators; Sharon Humphries, evangelists/musicians hostess; Sharon Allison, Kaye Fourman, and Pam Casto, arts and crafts show (Friday February 13); and Ethel Cain, arts and crafts show (food).

We still need volunteers to serve as coordinator for Friday evening services greeters, and hostess for platform and sound booth personnel during Camp Meeting.

Sincerely, in the love of Jesus,
- - Elaine Boring

The Strange Preacher's Kid

Galatians 13:17-22 NET

What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to invalidate the promise. For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise.

Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the descendant to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one. Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the scripture imprisoned everything under sin so that the promise could be given—because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ—to those who believe.

What can we say to further explain this scripture? What is not to understand?

"Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." (Romans 4:3) Saving faith is apart from the law, but because of mankind's hardness of heart and sinfulness, the law was given to convict the unfaithful. (The law can also be used to help a faithful person check his walk in the Spirit.)

I laughed when I read, "If a law had been given that was able to give life....." because it was a new way of thinking about those who try to "earn their way to Heaven" by good works. But no, real life and righteousness come only through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

I pray that I, that WE can remain strong in that faith as temptations and trials come. Let us think of and pray for our persecuted Christians, those who suffer mutilation and even death because they refuse to deny christ.

-- PAB


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