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

Vol. IX, No. 1

APRIL 2017

From Our President

Greetings in Jesus Name,

The camp meeting movement was started in the early 1900's by the National Camp Meeting Association for the promotion of Holiness. They spread rapidly across the country with thousands attending every year. Our camp meeting was started by some of the early leaders in this movement.

The expressed purpose of these camp meetings was the preaching and teaching of scriptural Holiness. This is why the Avon Park Holiness camp meeting exists.

My prayer is that we will never waver or detour from our stated purpose. The greatest need in the church today is for believers to surrender all to Christ, have their hearts cleansed from all sin and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Begin to pray now that this message will be proclaimed with clarity and conviction at our 2018 camp meeting .

Grace and peace,
-- Tom Hermiz

From our Treasurer

I am still rejoicing in the glorious camp meeting the Lord showered upon us. I thank the Lord, and each of you who gave of yourselves and your finances to extend the outreach of Avon Park Camp Meeting Association.

I, personally, was also blessed and encouraged in each Thursday morning Prayer Fellowship time before and after Camp Meeting.

It is becoming so quiet on the grounds with the exodus of our dear friends who make the camp come alive each year. Thank you for providing, praying for the camp and for encouraging and standing with the Administration, who seek God’s will for the camp. I could worry about the months ahead and the monthly $10,000 that is needed to cover the basic expenses of the camp, but I do have confidence in our Lord and in each of us who love the camp to provide. Thank you for your ongoing faithfulness.

-- Bonnie Hudson, Treasurer

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Grace Anderson, Marco and Phebe Bartolomeo, Elza Bond, Art and Donna Bridger, Jim and Suzy Bryce, Burnis Bushong, Flossie Coller, Dale and Glenna Dorothy, Dean and Carol Ellicott, Ray and Ann Fisher, Joanne Gamber, Walter and Genny Hackett, Tom and Ella Mae Hermiz, Imogene James and the family of Bob James, Ruth Jenkins and the family of George Jenkins, Bette McVety, Reba Peters, the family of Lorraine Rogers, Bob and Arlene Sanger.

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

What's Happening

The 2018 Camp Meeting Brochures will be ready soon. Call the office if you need a number of brochures for your summer camp meeting. A Facebook post will announce when they are posted for download from the website. (https://www.facebook.com/AvonParkCamp/)

The 2017 Camp Meeting Higher Ground (daily newsletters) are on the website in case you missed any.

Anniversary pictures are up. (http://www.avonparkcamp.com/page3/code-32/photos-6/)

The concert schedule for the 2017-2018 Camp Year includes a Christmas Cantata on Friday, December 1, the Mark Dubbeld Family on Friday, February 2, and The Lore Family on Friday, March 2. In addition, the KMBC Trio will be part of our worship on Saturday, February 10.

We are still watching for the Sandhill Crane babies to hatch. Watch Facebook for an update.

A group of camp members enjoyed an outing to Highlands Hammocks State Park.

Rosa Meek has retired after 15 years of service to the camp.

Working to restore the dock:



The Ohio Snowbird Reunion will be Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Der Dutchmann Restaraunt in Bellville, OH. Please let Lori know if you prefer to do the buffet again or have the meal served family style. RSVP by July 15. Contact Lori at 419-564-2037 or lorilou712@yahoo.com.


We have several houses for sale on the campground. You can preview them on the website. For more information, call Beverly Cowles at 863-368-1107.


Missionary Church Day is undergoing a complete renovation. Next year's date is Wednesday, February 7. Following the morning service the group will move to an off-site location for lunch and a program. Get this date on your calender NOW!


Ray and Jean Bachman are organizing a pilgrimage to Israel next winter on the dates of February 11 to 22. For more information on this trip of a lifetime, contact the Bachmans at bachmanjr@gmail.com or by phone at either 870-425-2733 or 870-405-4033.


We are looking forward to the 79th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting from Sunday, February 4, through Sunday, February 11, 2018.

You will notice that this is a shorter Camp Meeting than we have had in the past. Please be encouraged to get your reservations in early, as those who only come for part of Camp Meeting will have fewer available openings for lodging.

This change will help those who serve and those who attend avoid the fatigue we often feel at the end of ten days. It will also help us continue to bring in the high calibre of evangelists our tradition demands. Instead of two weekends, our leadership team will only need to be away from home or their pulpit for one weekend.

Dr. Hermiz will open the camp on Sunday evening. Monday, as usual, will be MISSIONARY DAY. Tuesday will begin our schedule of Morning Magnification at 7:00 am, Bible Study at 9:00 am, Morning Service at 10:30 am, and Evening Service at 7:00 pm. That was not a mistake! The evening service has been moved up to 7:00 pm so you will have more time to enjoy your snacks at the Fellowship Cafe.

Two changes will make the 7:00 pm service possible: Supper will be served cafeteria style rather than family style beginning at 4:45 pm, and Missionary Moments will move to 6:15 pm. Breakfast will again be available in Fellowship Cafe beginning at 7:00 am.

Scheduled Preaching Evangelists are Dr. Nelson Perdue and Dr. J. K. Warrick, with Bible Teacher Dr. Christopher Bounds and Mike and Denise Cork, song evangelists.

The Strange Preacher's Kid

Guest Author, Dr David Jeremiah

1 Corinthians 13:6a [Love] does not rejoice in iniquity.


When we rejoice in the iniquity, sin, failure, or misfortune of another person, we have ceased to love as God loves.

The apostle Paul wrote that true love “does not rejoice in iniquity.” Why? Two reasons: First, sin is a grievous thing whenever it is committed or revealed. Sin should produce compassion and empathy on our part. We should hope that sin will be overcome and that the person will discover God’s grace and forgiveness. Second, true love always seeks and wants the best for other people.

We should “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). But we should never rejoice over someone’s failure or sin.

When you learn of someone’s failure, do what you can to love and encourage that person toward the forgiveness and grace of God.

-- Dr. David Jeremiah, Turning Point


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