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

Vol. VII, No. 4

January 2016

From Our President

Greetings to the Avon Park Holiness Camp community,

With the dawning of a new year it is a reminder that camp meeting is just around the corner. The 77th annual camp opens on Feb. 4th and closes on the 14th. Please begin to pray earnestly for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the camp.

I am excited about the outstanding team of evangelists that will be ministering to us this year. Both preaching evangelists, Dr. Jim Diehl and Dr. Earle Wilson will be here for the first time. These are two outstanding evangelists and leaders in the Holiness movement. Our song evangelist, Dr Gary Bond, will also be here for the first time. His rich baritone voice and Christlike spirit will add much to the services. Dr. John Neihof will be returning, but this time in the role of Bible teacher. These men not only preach and teach holiness, they live godly lives.

Please join me in praying that every service will be blessed with the wonderful presence of the Lord.

Warm regards,

-- Thomas H. Hermiz

Year End Financial News

Greetings to our camp family,

Our financial position looks really good from our preliminary year end financial reports. We will have some year-adjusting entries to make, including an entry for depreciation. At this time we are showing $454,575 as total income, and total expenses of $376,467, giving us a gross income of $78,108. I anticipate the depreciation deduction will be around $50,000, so we will be ending the year with a Net Income of around $30,000.

You will recall that at camp time last year we were able to purchase the home at 1110 Emmanuel Way and, of course, renovating the home has been our major project during the summer. I'm happy to report that the project has been completed. Tom and Ella Mae were able to spend the week of Board Meeting in the facility and enjoyed it very much. Tom has agreed we will plan an Open House for one of the afternoons during camp meeting. We were able to pay expenses as they happened and I want to thank each of you who helped us with your contributions and loans for the project. Now, we just need to pay back the loans.

I've been able to process four new Gift Annuities in 2015 totaling $65,000.00. The first Saturday afternoon of camp I will be leading a seminar on Gift Annuities, Wills, and Protecting Your Financial Security. Hope to see you there.

-- Bob Hudson, Treasurer

From our Director of Building and Grounds

Greetings to our camp family,

We are grateful to report that all of the apartments and dormitories were ready to receive guests by the middle of November. A lot of time was spent power washing buildings and sidewalks.

With the help of volunteers we've been able to get a lot of things done this fall. New privacy fences have been installed around the shower houses. The frontage wall along Highway 27 and the Jim Green Memorial Building have been painted. Two vinyl floors have been installed. New appliances have been installed in the 1110 Emmanuel Way house. Thanks to the women's auxiliary and Ramona Davis lots of work has been done to beautify our camp property with flowers.

We are so grateful for the help of Johnnie and Glenlyn Conley from Frankfort, Kentucky, who have come down to help us for a couple of months. Glenna and I volunteered with the Conleys on the Texas-Mexican border with World Gospel Mission in recent years. Johnny is one of those 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. kind of volunteers and can do everything. Just don't ask him to paint.

If you are interested in helping with some of the projects here, please get in touch with me and we will put you to work. My phone number is 863 449-7974.

Welcome back to those of you who are regulars and a special welcome to those of you who have come to experience Avon Park Camp for the first time.

-- Dale E. Dorothy

From our Technical Team

The live streaming is now up and running. We streamed last Friday night's service. However we have much work to do before Camp Meeting. We plan to change the encoding software and camera setups.

We plan to stream the following services:

Friday Evening Services 7:00PM
(exceptions will be when a specific entertainer/preacher requests not to be live streamed)
Camp Meeting Services Feb 4th -14th
9:00am Bible Study
10:30am Morning Worship
7:30pm Evening Worship

To view the Live Stream services on your computer, go to our website, AvonParkCamp.org and click on "Watch Live" at the top of the page or from the left hand menu. If using a smartphone, you may connect directly from the Avon Park Camp app. There is also an app for the hosting site on smartphones, ROKU and smartTV. Search for "Sunday Stream"; the church ID for access is AvonParkCamp. Once at the site or on the app, click on Watch Live or select an archived service.

NOTE: You may incur data charges on your mobile device if you are not connected to WiFi. Check with your carrier if you aren't sure.

Thank You,

-- The Technical Team

Christmas Dinner 2015

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Flossie Coller, Dave and Beverly Cowles, Alton Crosby, Dean and Carol Ellicott, Joanne Gamber, Dean and Marlene Gilkerson, Tom and Ella Mae Hermiz, Bob and Bonnie Hudson, Bob and Imogene James, George and Ruth Jenkins, Ligia Mejia, Richard Mohler, Rae Rahenkamp.

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

Please pray for our nations leaders, that God give us leaders who will put Him, God, first and seek to do what is biblically good. Let us also pray for revival in our nation.

Working on our Lake Isis "Beachfront"


See Events Page
Friday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

Ken Osborne
Friday, February 19, 2016 7:00 pm


The 77th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is Thursday, February 4, through Sunday, February 14, 2016. Scheduled Evangelists are Dr. James Diehl and Dr. Earle Wilson, with Bible Teacher Dr. John Neihof and Rev. Gary Bond, song evangelist. George Maddrell and Aletha Sheets will be on the organ and piano. Missionaries will be David and Debbie Hawk, John and Beth Muleheisen, WGM; Larry and Susan Weil, Pablo and Rebecca Pazmino, OMS.



This year our luncheon will be catered. Please make your $12.00 pre-paid reservation in the Snack Shack after Friday services in January.

Additional items on this year's agenda:

  • Arts, Crafts, and Collectibles Show in the dining hall from 9 am - 3 pm on Saturday, February 20
  • "Chat with..." in Luce Lounge at 2 pm on Thursday, March 17.


Bible Study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians continues on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in the tabernacle through January. Patricia Bridewell has been leading these sessions.

Prayer Fellowship continues on Thursdays at noon in the tabernacle through the end of March.

Friday evening services continue at 7:00 pm in the tabernacle through the end of March.

The Strange Preacher's Kid

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. -- John 1:14 NKJV

Susie decided to make the perfect fishbowl and adopt a goldfish. She chose the bowl carefully, selecting the very prettiest rocks and decorations, installing a bubbler to keep the water fresh, and dropping in the very nicest of plants.

Carefully selecting her goldfish, she told it how much she loved it, and how she had put together its new home so carefully, making sure it was the best it could be.

Her fish did not understand her. She tapped on the bowl, made fishie faces, and even wrote a note saying "I love you," but the fish did not understand. She realized that the only way she could truly communicate with this fish she loved was to become a fish.

Love came down at Christmas.

This Christmas full moon was the first since 1977 and the last until 2034 (photo and info courtesy of Addie Tackett).

-- PAB


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