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

Vol. IV, No. 4

January 2013

From Our President

Dear Camp Family,

Luanne and I greet you in the powerful name of Jesus. We have just experienced a wonderful Christmas, and now we look forward to camp meeting. Pray with us that we all will be ready for the Holy Spirit to do His work in each of us.

I wanted to give you a praise report about a change in my work schedule. In September, God allowed me to go half time as a pastor at South Lake Wales Church of God. I am now the Pastor to Senior Adults. This change has been a great blessing, allowing both Luanne and me to have more time at the camp. As a result, I am excited about two changes I can make.

  1. Starting this month, I plan to be in the camp office Thursday afternoon and Friday mornings, and as many other times as possible.
  2. Also, starting Thursday morning, January 10, I will be teaching the Bible study in the Tabernacle at 9:00 AM. We will be digging into I John. With my schedule changes, we both are excited to get to know each of you more closely.

Now a word of special congratulations! Patricia Bridewell is now Dr. Patricia Bridewell, having finished a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. Patricia, we are all so very proud of you and Jerry and so pleased with your involvement with Avon Park Camp.

Now, as the New Year unfolds, begin each morning with the awe and wonder of reading the Bible to experience a God who wants to lead us in every area of our lives.

In the sweet name of Jesus,
-- El and Luanne

From Our Treasurer

Greetings from Avon Park, Florida.

We arrived here at the end of October after a very eventful summer in Indiana. I had the privilege of spending 10 days at El Sembrador, Honduras, with my son and three grandchildren. About a month after returning I was diagnosed with with a bad case of pneumonia and spent one month in two hospitals plus a month in rehab. The Lord answered many of your prayers as I was told I would be on oxygen the rest of my life, but a week before coming to Florida my doctor released me from oxygen.

As we come to the end of 2012 we find the economy has had some negative effect on the camp. Our contributions for 2012 were $15,000.00 less than 2011, and our rental income from dorms and the trailer park are down by $30,000.00, as many needed to cut their time with us last year. Overall our income is down $50,000.00, however our expenses are about the same as 2011; we will be finishing the year in the black with net income of approximately $15,000.00.

One of our current goals is to reduce our debt, which is all owed to our members. In 2012 we were able to pay off $600,000.00, and we will be reducing our interest on loans renewing in 2013. (Our policy states we will match any offer from a bank and those certainly are not good.)

We have been blessed by having 32 participants in our Gift Annuity Program. The rate of return is based on the person's age at time of inception. The economy has also affected this program as the current rates would be from 6% to 9%. I would be glad to furnish you a non-committal proposal.

May you have a very Blessed New Year.

-- Bob and Bonnie Hudson

Prayer Opportunities

Remember: The Avon Park Phone Prayer Chain is now in action. To begin a request or join the prayer chain, call JoAnne Gamber at 863-453-3172.

Please pray for Verva Adam, Jean Alexander, Nathan Althoff, Beth Coppedge, Len and Joanne Gamber, Bob and Bonnie Hudson, Bob and Imogene James, Eldred and Luanne Kelley, Marion Lewton, John and Blanche Louthain, Ligia Mejia, Fran Moore, Jean Rollings, Hettie Shingledecker, and Glenna Shook.

Please pray for our camp leadership team.

Please pray for Camp Meeting and the working of the Holy Spirit as God's people come together for retreat and growth opportunity.

Service Opportunities

The Sound Booth Team is looking for a computer capable person (or someone with experience using Easy Worship) to assist during some of the Camp Meeting Services. Contact Art Miller or Wilmer Lawson.

The Newsletter Team is looking for a computer capable person to assist in layout and/or printing of the Higher Ground daily camp newsletter. Work will be done in the newsletter office on the second floor of the Morrison Building. Contact Patricia Bridewell.

The Kitchen Crew is looking for volunteers to help in the dining hall during camp meeting. Contact Harvey Bliszack.

If you would like to help before, during, or after camp meeting in any other way, please let Gary or Rosa Meek (in the office) know of your particular gifts and willingness to help.

Recent special events at the Campground:

Ditchfield Family Singers
(Notice the beautiful Christmas decorations: Thanks, Donna Randolph!)

Christmas Dinner
(Second picture shows Flossie Coller with her birthday cake.)

Upcoming special events at the Campground:

  • Ladies Welcome Tea and Auxiliary Meeting
    Wednesday, January 23, 2 pm

  • Rob Mills and Family
    Friday, January 25, 7 pm

  • 74th Annual Camp Meeting
    January 31 - February 10
    (If you don't have a brochure yet, you can download it from the CAMP Meeting page.)

  • Sacred Concert with Larry Ford
    Friday, February 15, 7 pm

  • God's Bible School Choir
    Monday, February 25, 7 pm

Women's Auxiliary

This year the Arts and Crafts sale will be held Friday, February 15, 2013, in the dining hall. If you have any questions concerning this event, contact Chairperson Betty Monzo.

We plan on publishing a new Auxiliary Cookbook this coming year, so please bring your favorite recipe and suggestions. If you will be willing to help on this project, please let Marilyn Brownrigg or Elaine Boring know.

The Women's Auxiliary invites you to


Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Two O'Clock PM
in the camp Dining Hall

(And wear your favorite hat!)

"...Anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father..."(John 14:9)


The 74th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is January 31 through February 10, 2013.

Scheduled Evangelists are David Leeder, Norm Wilson and Nelson Perdue. Stan Key, Bible Teacher, and Larry and Tamla Lechrone, musicians, round out the leadership team.

Make your reservations for Camp Meeting today!

For dorm rooms or apartment or trailer rentals, call Rosa at the office 863-453-6831.

Call Sonny and Dianne at 812-945-7828 for RV reservations. Our campsites are available year round!

(If you don't have a brochure yet, you can download it from the CAMP Meeting page.)

From Our Missionaries

Please pray for Frances Moore's daughter, and husband, Sylvia and Ray Degenkolb, who are preparing to go to Columbia as missionaries with OMS. They will need financial support and hope to leave the States by July 2013. Anyone who wishes to be a part of their financial support, contact them at 103 E. Tenny Ave., Louisville, KY 40214, or by calling 502-361-2715.

Pray for God's provision in a timely manner.

Mark 8:34 NET

Then Jesus called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

The Strange Preacher's Kid

Have you ever heard somebody say, “That is just my cross to bear,” perhaps in the face of illness or disability?

When Jesus took up his cross, it was to his death, that is, to the death of his earthly body. We also are to take up our cross and die to this world’s claim on our intentions and desires, AND we are to follow Jesus.

When Jesus said, “Follow me,” he did not say, “Try to figure out what I want you to do and go do it.” He said to follow. When you follow, you don’t always know where you are going, you trust your leader to know the destination and the way. It is a journey one step at a time, one day at a time, one challenge after another, one blessing after another.

-- PAB

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