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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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...
Hoping you had a wonderful Fall, and your winter is going well. On Sunday this past week we sat down to some legendary Kratz Lasagna at our annual Mid-Year Banquet. We had some fun catching up with each other, and got to hear some exciting announcements for this year.
Meet our New Evangelist for 2015
We were introduced to our new evangelist for Highland Park, 2015, Colleen Batchelder. From an early age, Colleen has had a passion for sharing her relationship with Jesus Christ with others. She's received several degrees in biblical studies and ministry, but was very recently diagnosed with a life-changing condition placing her at risk for Aortic Aneurysms. The average lifespan for people with this disease is approximately 45 years. Colleen embraced this as a calling from God to spend the rest of her life ministering to others instead of studying, and sharing her passion with the rest of the world. We are blessed to have her sharing her passion with us as Highland Park's first female evangelist, and are excited to welcome her into our Highland Park Family.
Registration Is Open, and we have yet another great deal
As if $160.00 wasn't a low enough price for a week of youth camp, we're offering an opportunity to cut that in half. If you introduce a friend to Highland Park and they attend as a first-year camper, you will only be responsible for your $80.00 deposit. Please keep in mind, your friend must not have been a camper prior to this year, and must be entering grades 7-12 or graduating in 2015 (Sorry, TJ, you can't use Elliot as your friend).
New registration forms are currently in the process of being printed, and will be mailed out soon, but you can download them here if you want to share Highland Park with a friend. On-line registration and payment is also available through our website at highlandparkcamp.org.
This is the year that you won't want to put this off until July. We got really good at advertising last year, and are starting three months early! Make your plans now to join us for camp!
With sadness, we want to take a moment to remember Charles “Bud” Hollenbach, a friend of Highland. Bud was killed in an automobile accident last Friday, October 17, 2014. He was a retired Pennridge High School teacher and , football coach.
As a member of the Pennridge community, I had the privilege of being under Bud’s guidance, and his physical, educational, and spiritual leadership. I was blessed in my youth, by going to First Evangelical United Brethren Church, at Fifth and Market Streets in Perkasie, which is now known as The First United Methodist Church. As such I was the recipient of multiple mentors. In the course of our life's journey, we may be lucky to have one mentor, teacher, or coach, who makes significant impact on the person we become.
I had many, of which Bud is so counted. His wife, Maggie was my confirmation teacher, and Bud was my high school Sunday school teacher, and later our adult Sunday school teacher.
Bud’s Passion for coaching, teaching, and his family, was matched only by his passion for spreading the good news of the Saving grace and power of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ! Please take a moment to remember Bud and say a prayer for his family.
In fondest memory,
Mayor of Perkasie
President, Highland Park Camp Meeting Association