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

Vol. VIII, No. 4


From Our President

Greetings in Jesus Name,

Ella Mae and I enjoyed a couple of warm and wonderful weeks in Avon Park. During this time I presided over the camp board meeting and spoke at the Friday night service. We also enjoyed great fellowship at the Christmas Day dinner.

We anticipate seeing many of you during the annual Holiness camp meeting. Once again we have a great team of workers. Please pray that the presence of the Lord will be manifest in every service.

If you cannot attend please join us on live streaming. On your computer, you can find us here: http://www.sundaystreams.com/go/AvonParkCamp. If you have a smart TV, smart phone, or tablet, download the Sunday Streams app and search for Avon Park Camp.

Grace and peace,
-- Tom Hermiz

From Our Director of Buildings and Grounds

With more people returning each week, activities are beginning to pick up here at Avon Park Camp. We’ve been having great Friday evening worship services in the tabernacle that began the first Friday in November. Our Tuesday morning Bible Studies began in November as well with a series on the life of Joseph. Beginning on January 10, Rev. Ray Bachman will be leading our Bible Studies with a series entitled “Christians, Jews, and the End Times”. Our weekly prayer fellowship meetings have been rich as we’ve listened to those sharing how God has answered prayers. We’ve had some wonderful times of lifting requests before the throne.

Lots of repair work, maintenance, and remodeling has taken place at the camp this past fall. Due to the failure of a toilet valve in the Rollings Dormitory, six rooms received water damage. A remediation team has been working for several weeks and we are anticipating the completion of the work in time to receive people coming to stay in the dorm.

Two rooms in the Watts-Hughes dormitory received water damage this past summer due to a crack in a toilet. That repair has now been completed.

For several years we’ve wanted to finish updating the Shiltz building which is where our camp meeting workers are housed. Two rooms on the West end were updated several years ago, and kitchenettes installed. In October and November of this year with the help of work teams, we took the four small rooms in the center of the building and converted them into two larger rooms. Our plan is to install kitchenettes in those two rooms as well as the two remaining rooms on the East end. These rooms will also be available for short term renting before and after camp meeting.

Beginning the first week in January our block prayer meetings will begin. The home on each of the streets on the grounds will be getting together weekly to pray for the upcoming camp meeting in February.

We are happy to report that three houses on the grounds have been sold this fall. We currently have 7 more that have been put up for sale.

-- Dale Dorothy

From our Treasurer

Thank you for your faithfulness to Avon Park Camp with your prayers, attendance and financial giving. 2016 has been a challenging year in many ways. Losing Bob Hudson to cancer, as our Treasurer of over 10 years has been difficult for the camp administration as well as for me personally. Since I worked very closely with Bob in his responsibilities, the camp Board has allowed me to serve as Treasurer. Digging out those areas where I was not familiar has been quite a task but I have felt the Lord guiding, helping and blessing. Right now I am in the throes of preparing year end reports for the IRS.

I am thankful for the Financial Committee the Board appointed to work with me. Our first order of business was to update the rates for Investment Loans made by individuals. The revised rates are: 1% for a 1 year loan, 1.5% for a 2 year loan, and 2% for a 3 year loan. This became effective as of January 1, 2017 and as loans become due.

Over the years as I have served as the Financial Secretary, I have been pleased to see that those who come and enjoy Avon Park Camp faithfully pay their rents and obligations. This helps cover much of the expense during the time of residency.

We praise the Lord for those who see the additional need and respond to God's call to support our camp by giving, volunteering, praying and spreading the word. Your additional giving helps cover the expenses during Camp Meeting as well as the rest of the year when many major bills continue (electric, water/garbage, insurance, salaries, etc.). Please pray about how God would have you contribute to ensuring the future of our Camp.

May the Lord bless each of you as we enter this 2017 year and may it be the best year yet for Avon Park Camp.

-- Bonnie Hudson, Treasurer

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Grace Anderson, Marco and Phebe Bartolomeo, Art and Donna Bridger, Jim and Suzy Bryce, Burnis Bushong, Flossie Coller, Alton Crosby, Ramona Davis, Dale and Glenna Dorothy, Dean and Carol Ellicott, Ray and Ann Fisher, Joanne Gamber, Dean and Marlene Gilkerson, Walter and Genny Hackett, Tom and Ella Mae Hermiz, Bob and Imogene James, George and Ruth Jenkins, Reba Peters, Bob and Arlene Sanger, Bill and Mary Welker.

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



Live streaming of Friday evening services began December 30th, 2016 and the 78th annual encampment will also be live streamed.

    The schedule for Friday night and special services:
  • January 6, Evangelist George Holley, Wesleyan Church, Crown City OH
  • January 13, Rev. Bark Fahnestock, retired SIM missionary from Ethiopia
  • January 20, Pastor Ron DeGenero, St John's United Methodist Church, Sebring
  • January 27, Rick Webb Family in Concert
  • February 2-12, Camp Meeting
  • February 17, Rev. C.V. Elliott, New Mission Systems, International
  • February 24, Buddy Liles, bass soloist, in Concert
  • February 27, (Monday) God's Bible School Choir in Concert
  • March 3, Pastor Chad Tingley, South Lake Wales Church of God
  • March 9, (Thursday) Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale in Concert, with Dr. Todd Guy
  • March 10, Pastor James and Lynda Boardman, Nazarene Missions, Colombia


We welcome back Rev. Ray Bachman who will be teaching from his book "Christians, Jews and the End Times" for this year's winter Bible Study. Sessions begin January 10 and continue each Tuesday morning at 10:00 through March. (There will be no class on January 31 or February 7 due to Camp Meeting.)

A 70 page study guide has been prepared and both it and the text book will be available at the first session. Come with open hearts and minds to discuss and study a topic that is rooted in the ancient scriptures yet as pertinent as today's news reports.


The Avon Park Holiness Camp Tech-Support office is now open and will be open through the end of March 2017. Any computer repairs or electronic devices can be worked on. All proceeds will go towards the Avon Park Holiness Camp technical budget. The tech support shop is located in the former RV Rental office. Contact details are posted on the office door.


We have several houses for sale on the campground. You can preview them on the website or view flyers (available in the Tabernacle or at the office). For more information, call Beverly Cowles at 863-368-1107.


Rhea Huey wishes to thank all you dear people who prayed for her during hip replacement surgery and recovery. PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!




About 200 people gathered in the Dining Hall for the 2016 Christmas Dinner.


The 78th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is Thursday, February 2, through Sunday, February 12, 2017. Scheduled Evangelists are Dr. Doug Carter and Rev. Ray Lasalle, with Bible Teacher Dr. David Case and Rev. Mark Murphy, song evangelist.

WOMEN'S AUXILIARY: Upcoming Events

A Ladies Welcome Friendship Luncheon - Thursday, January 26th, at noon in the dining hall. This luncheon will be catered. The speaker will be Dorinda Henry of Choices Resource Center in Avon Park. Ann Fisher, vice-president, asks each lady attending to bring a tea cup.

An Open Sale (arts, crafts, collectibles and treasurers) - Friday and Saturday, February 24, 25 from 9 am - 3 pm in the dining hall. A portion of each sale will benefit the Auxiliary.

A "Chat with Dottie Bowen" - Thursday, March 16th, at 2 pm in the Luce Lounge.

Elaine Boring, Ladies Auxiliary President

The Strange Preacher's Kid

John 8:44-47 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”


Glenn attended church regularly, and was involved in the music ministry. He attended an affirming church, where he and his homosexual partner of 25 years were welcomed and loved. Glenn felt the call of God and began to take classes that would allow him to become a pastor.

During intense Bible study for these classes, Glenn was convicted that the Bible does not condone, even forbids, homosexual activity.

For Glenn, whose church family let him believe otherwise, there was only one answer. He listened to the voice that said: "The Bible is wrong. God is wrong." He no longer is a Christian. Who did he listen to? We fail our fellow Christians when we hide the truth.

-- PAB


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