13 of our amazing Confirmation Students, Becca Shelor and Pr. Joe attended Confirmation Camp at Mar Lu Ridge Lutheran Camp in Jefferson, MD July 16-21.
CLC had the largest group (13) in attendance from 7 congregations across Maryland/Delaware and Metro DC Synods. A total of 63 Youth were in attendance with Pastors, Youth Leaders, Camp Counselors and Staff as they spent the week in Faith Formation exploring the theme” Jesus Make a Difference!” Everyone participated in Large and Small Group Bible Studies, Worship, Camp Games and Challenge Courses including the Zip Line and Ropes course as well as Swimming, Hiking, Camp Fire Cookouts and Crafts. 10,000 meals were packed for the Hungry as a Service Project (2 times Jesus’ feeding the 5000!)
We are so proud of our Youth and CLC for making this possible with your good offerings, prayers and support. Enjoy the pictures and the comments from our Youth. Jesus Makes a Difference in all our lives and we give thanks for the Adventure in faith together!
I am so thankful for my opportunity to go to Confirmation camp, and everyone who helped send me! I got to spend a week at beautiful Mar-Lu Ridge, have fun with my friends, and learn about how Jesus makes a difference. Some of my favorite memories of camp are having fun in the pool, singing, worship in the beautiful chapel, and our service project. In the service project, we packaged food for Rise Against Hunger, and it made me realize how Jesus was making a difference through me and my friends to help hungry people get a healthy meal. It was amazing how much food we were able to pack in a short amount of time by working as a team. Thank you to Pr. Joe, Miss Becca, my church family, and my counselors for an amazing week at camp!
Jesus made a difference through my friends during the week. He brought me closer to my existing friends and even “gave” me new ones, without whom the week would not have been the same. He also made a difference through the Bishop. Hearing him talk about his encounters with God made everything feel more real, like God is closer to all of us than it might feel.
I had a tough start to the week (yep, I was homesick, sick, and stung by a yellow jacket!) and began thinking NEVER AGAIN, but Jesus made a difference by putting people around me to help me like Pr. Joe, Mr. Jae, the nurse and my church and new camp friends. I ended up having fun on the zip line, playing ga-ga ball, and singing songs and even thinking I’d like to give it a try again one day.
I loved camp! It was so much fun being with my friends and worshiping with them. We did everything together and helped each other. Jesus was with us in everything we did. Thank you to our church family for letting us have this experience. We will always remember it!
At Confirmation Camp I got to know my CLC friends better and I met new people. I think that God helped me the most during the zip line and ropes course. I am a little afraid of heights and doing the ropes course was scary. I had to depend on my friends and campers to help me and I finished and accomplished both of them! I was so excited 😀
Thank you to the Congregation for giving me the opportunity to go to Confirmation Camp. Confirmation Camp 2017 challenged me physically, mentally and spiritually. We had bible study, rope courses and skilled crafts which all made me stop and think about how God is with me in everyday life.
This summer at Mar Lu Ridge was beyond fun. I feel I have not only become closer with my friends at camp but feel I have also become closer with god. When at Mar Lu Ridge I feel closer to God than ever. Between all the signing, worships, prayers, games and service projects I became closer and feel more connected with God. I want to thank CLC for this amazing opportunity and for letting me have the time of my life and helping make memories that will remembered.
This year was my third and last year of confirmation camp and I could not have asked for a better week. Every year I go I get to see so many kids my age that are so involved with their church and congregation. Confirmation camp is when I’m closest to God, when there are no distractions, and when you can just be surrounded by what God has created. My experience with confirmation camp is one of the memories I will never forget. Thanks be to God and my church for giving me this opportunity!
Confirmation Camp made a difference in my life because it reminded me of God’s commandment to treat people well and to love everyone. Thank you CLC for helping to send me!
Confirmation camp was a bit of a mixed experience, because I dislike the woods, but I think overall the good definitely outweighed the bad. I ended up making new friends from other congregations and I greatly enjoyed some parts of it. I’m glad I went, and got the experience.