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

Vol. X, No. 2

JULY 2018

From Our President

Greetings in Jesus' name,

I trust that all of you are well and enjoying these summer months.

On July 20th I will be stepping down as the General Superintendent for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. It has been a great honor to serve in this position for the last 12 years. I will be re-entering the field of evangelism.

Present plans are that Ella Mae and I will be coming to Avon Park in mid December. We are planning on living there through March.

We are looking forward to this next chapter in our lives. It will be a blessing to spend the winter months with our friends in Avon Park.

Warm Regards,
-- Tom Hermiz

From our Director of Operations

I trust that during this season of the year you’ve spent some time thanking the Lord for our freedom and for those who have served our country. Having lived abroad and visited many countries in the world I am indeed thankful for God’s blessing and His mercy on this beautiful land we call the United States of America.

Most of you are aware by now that the Lord has blessed us with a new metal roof on the Kelley Apartments. I want to say thank you again to all of you who prayed, trusted, and gave to help make this possible. What a blessing to have the new roof installed prior to the rainy season.

During the summer months God has allowed Avon Park Camp to be a blessing to other Christian organizations who have come to use our facilities for Conferences and Retreats. We had a large group for a few days in April and another group is scheduled to come the middle of July. There is a good possibility we will have another group coming this fall. It is wonderful that our facilities can be a blessing to others during the summer months.

During these months there are a limited number of people on the grounds so we are very appreciative of several volunteers who have given so many hours working very hard. Some have helped Norm Lamy with lawn work and maintenance on the buildings and grounds. Others have volunteered to help clean rooms and do laundry after groups have used our facilities.

May the Lord make the remaining summer months a blessed time for you, your friends, and your family. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you later this fall and winter.


-- Dale Dorothy

From our Treasurer

Dear friends of Avon Park Camp,

Your camp is missing you very much these days. Everywhere we go it is so quiet with so few smiling faces to greet and chat with. It is true there isn’t much going on with the exception of grass cutting which is almost twice a week these days with our afternoon rains. Oh yes, the other major bills are payable each month even if there isn’t anything exciting happening on the grounds.

That means we have to find $10,000.00 each month to cover current expenses. The last three months the contributions received have averaged around $2,500.00 per month. We do have some other income but nothing to equal the difference.

So, we do appreciate those of you who continue to make a monthly gift to the camp. It not only helps to meet the needs, but encourages those of us who feel the responsibility to keep the camp going financially.

I wish we had a more pleasant picture to present to you from the Treasurer’s Office but am still confident that the Lord is still in control.

-- Bonnie Hudson, Treasurer

From our Board Secretary

Avon Park Camp is a great place to live. We currently have five furnished houses for sale. You can view them on the camp website. For additional information, contact Beverly Cowles at 863-368-1107.

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Grace Anderson, Billie Beard, Elza Bond, Burnis Bushong, Dean and Carol Ellicott, Joanne Gamber, Walter and Genny Hackett, Imogene James, Jack and Dorothy Luckert, Bette McVety, Elaine Moughler, Jim and Heidi Rahenkamp, and Bob and Arlene Sanger.

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



We still have some houses and park models for sale on the campground. Check out our HOMES FOR SALE webpage, then, for more information, call the office at 863-453-6831 or Beverly Cowles at 863-368-1107.

Saturday, August 18th at 1:00 pm
Der Dutchman Restaurant, Bellville OH
"Dutch Treat" (of course)
Reservations due by July 20th
For more information or to reserve, contact:
Lori Gailey at 419-564-2037 or email lorilou712@yahoo.com.
Everybody is invited!

Taylor County Holiness Campmeeting, Butler GA, July 5-13
Evangelists Dan Schafer, Roy Lauter; Music Leader, Gary Bond.
We also offer camping experiences for childeren and youth.

Indian Springs Camp Meeting, Flovilla GA, July 12-22
Evangelists Nelson Perdue, Bill Ury, John Vermilya; Bible teacher Mark Nysewander, Music Leader, Scott McPherson
Check Programs for nursery, children and teens.

Hollow Rock Campmeeting, Toronto, OH, July 19-29
200-year Celebration
Evangelists Lane Loman, Tom Hermiz, Charles Lake, Ron Smith; Bible teacher Victor Hamilton, Music Leader, Brock Barnhouse; other special guests include Kim McLean, Sandra Gray, Bob Fetherlin, Dan Schafer.
Check out our unique schedule which includes a full program for children and teens.

Beulah Holiness Camp, Eldorado IL, July 27-August 3
Evangelists Tim Bias and David Clardie; Bible teacher, Mike Henderson; Song Evangelist, Brian Arner.
This is a full family camp with youth and children's workers and activities.

Brown City Camp, Brown City MI, August 2-12
Evangelists David Gallimore, Dave Engbrecht; Song Evangelists, Rob Mills Family.
This is a full family camp with youth and children's workers and activities.


The 80th annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 3, through Sunday, February 10, 2019. Preaching Evangelists are Dr. Jim Diehl and David Gallimore, Bible Teacher is John Oswalt and music evangelists are Larry and Tamla Leckrone.

Brenda will be pleased to help you with your reservations. Call her at the office: 863-453-6831

The 2019 Camp Meeting Brochures are available. If you need a quantity for your Camp Meeting, please call the office. You may also download and print your copies:

2019 Brochure Inside | 2019 Brochure Outside (for printing)


Click for SPECIAL EVENTS 2019

New Speer Family, January 4th
Ladies Retreat, January 31st
Rick Webb Family, February 1st
Camp Meeting, February 3rd-10th
The Browns, February 22nd

The Strange Preacher's Kid

"Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades, as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.'" (Luke 16:22-24)

We long for others to come to Christ, to enjoy the freedom of being in the Kingdom of God. Evidently fear of Hell doesn't work--notice the rich man didn't ask to be set free from Hell, but only to receive a temporary comfort. And it appears that the promise of eternal life isn't really enough--the rich man lived "in the moment" while elaborately displaying his wealth. Is there something about the Kingdom of God in this life we can offer others? What incentive is there to accept Christ's invitation today?

-- pab


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