Avon Park Camp Association
1001 W Lake Isis, Avon Park FL 33825
863-453-6831
office@avonparkcamp.com
Higher Ground
Quarterly eNews

Vol. XII, No. 2

July 2020

From Our President

Dear friends,

I sincerely pray that all of you are doing well and avoiding Covid-19. It seems like about every day I hear about another friend testing positive for this very contagious virus.

Our granddaughter, Julia Doerr, and her three-month-old baby have been very sick with it but are now improving. So far Ella Mae and I have stayed healthy.

Although most of the camp meetings I had scheduled for this summer were cancelled, I have had a good number of opportunities to preach the Word, sometimes to live congregations and at other times it has been virtual to empty sanctuaries.

I think many of us are weary of all the “shelter-in-place” and the mixed messages on masks and social distancing.

I want to urge you use caution and know that this soon will pass. The hope I have today is not based on science, politicians or Wall Street. It's based on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I stand on Christ the solid rock. All other ground is sinking sand. He is my hope and my all in all.

Keep looking up and in the words of Winston Churchill, “Never give in, never give in, never give in” (His shortest but most powerful speech).

Grace and Peace,
--Thomas H. Hermiz



From our Director of Operations

All of us have been affected in one way or another by the Covid-19 epidemic these past few months. We trust that life is getting a little more back to normal where you are. We are not aware of anyone here at the camp or in Oaks Village who have contracted the virus although there have been many cases reported in Highlands County.

There were several residents here at the camp who stayed longer than normal this spring because of the number of cases in their home areas. Most of them have now left.

We are all grateful for the medical personnel and first responders who have been on the front lines during this pandemic. We displayed a message on our sign near highway 27 expressing our gratitude for their bravery and their tireless service.

We trust that you are enjoying the opportunity to be with friends and family and are looking forward to the summer months. Actually, it has felt like summer in Avon Park for some time. The rainy season thus far has been a bit spasmodic, but the grass is now a luscious green and it seems as though you can almost see it grow. We are grateful that some of our long-time residents here on the grounds have volunteered to help with mowing & trimming this summer.

We are always happy to welcome newcomers into our community here at Avon Park Camp. A good number of them joined us this past season and we are expecting a good number this fall as well. If you are planning to join us this coming winter season, you will want to get your reservation in early.

We have several houses for sale here on the grounds. You can see pictures of them on our web-site. Beverly Cowles, who manages house sales will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Her contact information is also on the web.

Many of you will remember Dr. Burnis Bushong, who served as chairman of the Avon Park Camp Board of Trustees for a number of years following his retirement from World Gospel Mission. Burnis went to be with the Lord on May 17, 2020.

Plans are already being made for this coming camp season. We are happy to announce that Rev. Lynda Boardman will be our Bible teacher for the months of November and December. Her husband, Rev. James Boardman, is a member of the board of trustees here at the camp. The Boardmans have served at Avon Church of the Nazarene for a number of years. Prior to relocating in Avon Park, Lynda served as Global Director of Children’s Ministries for the Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, Missouri. She is a published author of several children’s books.

Dale Dorothy
Director of Operations


From our Treasurer

Dear Avon Park Camp Family,

It certainly is quiet on the home front with so many of you gone and we miss you. We have a nice “warm” welcome waiting for any soon returns. (Smile)

The Lord continues to help us reduce our debt in loans; by $281,636.00 so far this year with $155,499.00 to finish within the last six months. Praise Him. Operation expenses have been covered during this time thanks to many of you and especially a sizeable gift from an individual’s sale of property. You may be receiving a letter soon from Dr. Hermiz and we pray you are in position and attitude to give as well, or better, than last year. Thank you for being so faithful when there are so many things happening in our world to distract us. Our Lord Reigns.

-- Bonnie Hudson, Treasurer


From our Women's Auxiliary

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Avon Park Camp. In the daily craziness of all this life brings, we long to be in union with our Lord. There is nothing greater in our lives than the presence and a renewal of the Holy Spirit.

The message has been, “We’re in this together!” We do need each other. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

Looking forward to our time together, we will have Sherry White as our speaker. She is an evangelist who has been called by God to preach the Word, and helps many in need. She also is a minister of music. The Word comes to life as she delivers a message of hope.

We all need to hear some good news of Jesus Christ, through faith in Christ, we are given a Spirit of power, love and discipline; and for that reason, we have nothing to fear.

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, January 28th, 2021, at NOON

We are having a carry in luncheon this year, so count on bring your favorite salad type or dessert. A freewill offering will be collected for our speaker. Dues stay unchanged this year and are $10.00

Our “chat” will be Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the Luce Lounge.
Our speaker will be Wilma Blackwood Ausbrook.

Campmeeting starts January 31st and continues through February 7th, 2021

Its time for a new picture directory and Diana Constance will be heading that up. More information to follow.

I thank Ann Fisher, our past president, for all of her hard work.

God’s blessing to each of you and remember you are very special and loved.

In the precious name of Jesus,
Sincerely,
-- Jean Long, President


Homes For Sale

Check out the homes available on this website, Homes for Sale, then, for more information, call Beverly Cowles at 863-368-1107.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OHIO SNOWBIRD DINNER Saturday, August 15th
1-3 p.m.
Der Dutchman Restaurant, Bellville, Ohio
Buffet: $17.99/person

Please pay by August 8th to:
Lori Gailey
2696 Ellen Ave.
Lexington Oh 44904

Questions?? 418-564-2037 or lorilou712 @ yahoo . com


NOTE FROM THE TECH TEAM: Archives for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 services are now located on this site. Click on the link from the menu at the left: LiveStream Archives.

CAMP MEETING 2021

The 82nd annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting will begin with our Opening Rally on Sunday, January 31st, followed by Missionary Day on Monday February 1st, and continuing through Sunday, February 7th, 2021. Our Evangelists will be Mark Wilson and George Holley, Bible Teacher Jonathan Morgan, and Music Team, Mike and Denise Cork. Brochures will be available soon. Watch our Facebook page for the announcement and download link.

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

SPECIAL DAYS 2021


MISSIONARY DAY -- Monday, February 21st.

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE DAY -- Tuesday, February 2nd.

ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY DAY -- Thursday, February 4th.

WESLEY BIBLICAL SEMINARY DAY -- Thursday, February 4th.

HEALING SERVICE -- Thursday, February 4th.

ASBURY UNIVERSITY DAY -- Friday, February 5th.

CCCU DAY -- Saturday, February 6th.

MEMORIAL SERVICE -- Saturday, February 6th.

SHARING CORNER

Please continue in prayer for Marco and Phebe Bartolomeo, Geneva Beck, Dean and Carol Ellicott, Joann Gamber, Tom Hermiz, Dorothy Luckert, Betty McVety, Betsy Schott, our trustees and leadership team. Please also pray for the leadership of our states, country and the world as we fight covid-19. Remember especially our missionaries serving in locations that often are unable to provide the level of health care we receive in the United States.


Rhea Huey is making her home with her brother and his wife in Gulfport MS. She really misses her Avon Park friends and the Nazarene Church Family. May God's best be yours today and every day. REHuey @ centurylink . com



Pictures: Grant's 93rd birthday celebrated at Avon Park Holiness Camp, Sunday, April 26th, 2020
Ted Casto getting the Lake Isis beach ready
Morning coffee, donuts, devotions and fellowship at Fellowship café
The Sewing Ladies made masks for our people.


The Strange Preacher's Kid

"16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
-- Romans 1:16-17 TPT


Righteousness. It is a two-sided blessing of God's grace.

Because of Jesus' sacrifice, God's righteousness is imputed to us, giving us the status of righteousness in relation to God. This is salvation.

Because of the resurrection, God's righteousness is imparted to us, giving us a righteous character, through the power of the Holy Spirit's ongoing indwelling. This is sanctification.

-- pab

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