Spring Update

We have had some very exciting news, which the Senior Board of Directors has asked be shared with everyone.  We received this email last week:

Also, In partnership with the West Rockhill Historical Society, we would like you to put July 15, 2017 on your calendar for our first ever Highland Park Open House!

For more information:
Plaques or Signage for your property at Highland Park
Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

 

Fall Updates 2016

We hope everyone is having a safe and wonderful fall.  We have had some exciting things going on at Highland Park over the past few months since Camp Meeting 2016 ended.

National Register

You may or may not have been aware that an effort has been underway, initiated by Merle and Larry Landes, and the Historical Committee of Highland Park, to have Highland Park listed as part of the National Register by the National Park Service, as an example of the Camp Meeting movement in the late 19th century..  A meeting was to take place on October 4, 2016 by the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board to decide whether or not Highland Park's Nomination was to be carried to the next stage of the process.    Highland Park's Board President Ed Van Arsdale announced that Highland Park was approved by the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board for listing on the National Register.  A video was also included in the announcement (see above).

Congratulations to our dedicated Historical Committee for some hard work that has paid off!

Cottage owner, Larry Landes, admiring the restoration of the Fireplace, at the Pavilion.

Fireplace

 

The Fireplace at the Highland Park Pavilion has been restored as a Memorial to Rev. Earl Trauger and Merle Landes, Larry's wife.  These memorial funds are $1000.00 short, of the actual cost, of the project.   If you would like to contribute to this needed repair, please send your check, made out to: Highland Park Camp Meeting and mail to Highland Park Camp Meeting, PO Box 5, Sellersville, PA 18960.  Write "Fireplace" in the Check Memo section. 

Packing Checklist

Packing Checklist

Here is a handy packing list you can use as a guide when you start packing for camp.  

Camp is 8 days long, and we have no laundry service, so please pack accordingly.  We value modesty, so please leave things like spaghetti-strap tanks and dresses, midriff clothing, halter tops, short shorts, or other revealing clothing at home.  Lost belongings can easily be returned to their owner when they are clearly marked!

HPYC Gives Some of its August Heat to January

The River Church & Resource Center in Carneys Point acts as one of two Code Blue locations in Salem County.  Check them out at www.therivernj.com

The River Church & Resource Center in Carneys Point acts as one of two Code Blue locations in Salem County.  Check them out at www.therivernj.com

Highland Park Youth Camp introduced a new type of service project during the summer of 2015.  Using a stash of donated fleece, campers spent an afternoon making no-sew fleece blankets for the needy.  This weekend, Highland Park Youth Camp donated 16 fleece blankets to the newly established Code Blue program for Salem County, NJ.

What started as a camper service project quickly became a camp-wide effort on the last day of camp.  It was inspiring to see so many people of all ages drawn to get involved to turn a pile of fleece into warm blankets for the winter.  Code Blue volunteers at the River Church in Carneys Point were very grateful for the donation towards their cause.  Many comments were made on how nice the blankets were and how great a blessing they would be for those in need.

The Code Blue program is actually an initiative to provide “warming shelters” for homeless people in extremely cold weather conditions.   They operate from 6pm-6am on nights where the temperature drops below 25 C, or 32 C w/ precipitation.  The program had previously started in Cumberland County, and has just now opened in Salem County for the first time on Wednesday, January 27.  It is important to note that these are not fully operational homeless shelters, and will not be serving food other than donated water and snacks.

We are happy to help contribute to this program, and we hope to continue providing blankets and other goods to Code Blue in the years to come.  We are always in need of more fleece for future donations!  Each blanket is made from 2 pieces of fleece that are 1 2/3 yd (or 60"x 60"), and can be patterned or plain fleece.  All blankets are given directly to Code Blue Shelters.  This project is coordinated by Andi Grimes.  If you would like to donate fleece, please email her at info@highlandparkcamp.org.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  - Matthew 25:34-40

 

Park News - July 2015

Welcome to our new friends, Child Evangelism Fellowship

We would like to welcome the Bucks-Mont Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship to our Campground, as they move into Cottage No. 1 at Highland Park.  This group performs a variety of services to the local community throughout the year.  While Highland Park celebrates its 122nd Annual Camp Meeting, CEF will commuting to Philadelphia for their summer missions trip, "Flood Philly" in their efforts to reach boys and girls with the gospel and show God's love in everything they do.  They will also be working with our own campers as they work on their service project during camp.  If you see someone from CEF, please say hello, and give them a warm welcome to Highland Park!

It's not too late to register for camp!

Our Youth Camp for grades 6-12 is still accepting registrations.  The Youth camp is held during Camp Meeting week from Sunday July 26 to Sunday, August 2.  Check-in is at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, and our on-line registration will remain open until the evening of Saturday, July 25.  Cost is $160 for the week, but if you invite a friend, you can save $80.  We've already had a lot of camper registrations, but the more, the merrier!  Don't miss out, it's a great experience!

Introducing our new Young Adult Program

In an effort to keep our Camp Alumni actively involved with our annual Camp Meeting and maintain stability in participation, Highland Park is now offering a Young Adult Program for ages 18-30.  Participants will be volunteering their time to help out with the many activities, programs, park maintenance, services, and all of the aspects of Highland Park Camp Meeting, while housed at Highland Park.  While this program is still currently in its infancy, this program will ultimately include its own bible study, service projects, and community outreach.  Interested persons should contact Holly Fite as soon as possible.

King's Brass Concert Next Week

Our Annual King's Brass Concert will take place Next Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 in our Tabernacle.  If you've never heard them play, this is a nationally-famous brass ensemble that plays a variety of styles, including contemporary praise, traditional hymns, classical, marching-band crowd-pleasers, and jazz.  There is no cost for admission, but we will hold a love offering for the King's Brass to pay for their expenses for performing at Highland.  The concert is usually about an hour and a half long, and refreshments will be sold at the snack stand afterwards.  This group is no joke, and draws a crowd from all over the state.  Please come and enjoy a beautiful summer night of great music and fun!

2015 Camp Meeting and Youth Camp starts Next Weekend!

Our 122nd Annual Camp Meeting will take place from Saturday, July 25 to Sunday, August 2.  Our camp meeting will kick off with a concert by Norma and Roy Brunner on Piano and Organ on Saturday, July 25 at 7:30.  The Youth Camp will open check-in at 1:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall, and  Guest Evangelist Colleen Batchelder will deliver our first service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Evening.  Our theme for the week is "We Were Made to Thrive," based on the contemporary Christian song "Thrive" as performed by Casting Crowns.  We will also have the pleasure of a praise band joining us for our services for the week. 

Make sure you come out and join us during Camp Meeting week!  If you have never been to Highland before, you'll love the great music, powerful messages, and the fellowship we have to offer to you.  If you have been with us before, you know you can always count on a yummy ice cream cone after each service, but be prepared for how much Highland has grown over the past few years!  Come visit our Camp Meeting page for our mealtime menus and daily schedule.

Interested in teaching a bible study?

Our youth camp is always in need of good, knowledgeable Christians who are interested in working with our youth ages 12-18.  If you think you would enjoy leading a bible study for a small group of our youth, please contact our Youth Director, Dr. Joanne Leight.  Each bible study group will have approximately 6 sessions together during the week of camp meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This site needs your contributions

If you are interested in spreading your faith with the rest of the world, please consider writing for our blog!   We aim to steer clear of the trendy, controversial subjects that may clutter up your news feed, and focus on the more relevant topics and troubles of daily Christian life.  Interested Highlanders should contact Jack Grimes at their earliest convenience.

 

 

 

Why Highland Park Youth Camp?

Why Highland Park Youth Camp?

When I was a camper, many, many years ago (like, the 90's), I tried very hard to convince my friends to come to Highland Park Youth Camp.  "Your camp doesn't even have a lake!  It's hardly a camp at all!"  Unfortunately, I was not very convincing. I just couldn't make friends understand that Highland Park had something very special to offer that you just can't find anywhere else.   But I apparently missed some big ones...

Comprehending a Big God With a Tiny Brain

...by Andi Grimes

It may seem weird that I am going to start off a blog post about God with a video of Neil DeGrasse Tyson talking about life on other planets. If you are unfamiliar with him, he is a famous astrophysicist, and a vocal atheist. Even with that second part, I am still a big fan of his. And, I promise, this video will illustrate the point that I want to make. This is a long video, and interesting, but the part that I am going to reference starts at about 7:40
 

 
 

To sum up for those who didn’t feel like watching a video, Dr. Tyson points out that the DNA difference between us and a chimp is 1%. That’s it. 1%. And, imagine if there were life on other planets that is 1% in the other direction from us and chimps- what would they know? How would they look at us?

Think about that 1% for a minute- then multiply it by God; The God that breathed the universe into existence. That’s a lot more than 1%, right? We are like an ant trying to comprehend human beings.  How would an ant describe humans? Would they even have the capability to begin to describe what a human is?

So, how can we expect to fully comprehend God? When we read the Bible, we are reading God put into words- the words created by our tiny, limited minds. When Jesus came to Earth, the words he spoke created new understanding of God, which makes sense considering he was God and human. But, even with that, you can see that humans were then, and are still now, a bit dense. The disciples, who lived with Jesus, still didn’t get what Jesus was saying to them much of the time. Jesus told them that the temple would be destroyed and rebuilt in 3 days, and it wasn’t until after Jesus’ resurrection that they had any idea what he was talking about. I always imagine Jesus looking at them with his hand on his forehead saying, “Guys, we went over this multiple times. Why were you confused?” But he knew why they were confused.
This brings me back to my point. Humans are dense. We don’t understand God, even when he is here on Earth talking directly to us. We are not able to fully comprehend God because we are ants in comparison. We cannot say with any certainty that we understand His ways or His plans. We can’t. And, really, we shouldn’t. There will be a day when each of us meets God in His full splendor, but at that time we will not be confined by the limitations of our physical being. And maybe that’s the point. Until then, we can study the Bible, but understand that what we have is an ant’s understanding of human. We will always be tiny in our understanding of the divine.

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9 NLT

Sit down, shut up, and listen

Sit down, shut up, and listen

Be still. I don’t know about you, but those words are very difficult for me. I feel like I am always talking. I was the kid who constantly was told that I talk too much, and it hasn’t changed over the years. Even when my mouth isn’t moving, my mind is still having conversations: going through to-do lists, planning for upcoming meetings, or even having arguments with people that I haven’t spoken to in years. My mind is rarely quiet. I found this especially true when I prayed.