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From the PCCCA Board President

Kevin CarteeSabbatical – (noun) a time of rest and renewal, a time for focusing on personal, spiritual, and professional growth.

At our Spring meeting, the PCCCA Board approved a sabbatical plan for Joel Winchip, our Executive Director, that seeks to recognize and honor the diligent work achieved over the last 12 years. This Sabbatical, totaling 12 weeks, will be divided into two six-week blocks over the next two summers. The first Sabbatical period will run from May 27 until July 5. 

As our Executive Director, Joel has very capably led us through periods of growth and transition, while also organizing and directing the day-to-day operations and special programs and projects that are so important to our PCCCA family. 

This Sabbatical plan is also designed to be about strengthening the future of the PCCCA! In addition to much deserved rest, Joel’s sabbatical energies will engage him in observation of cutting-edge and innovative programs, organizations and facilities and learning opportunities beyond ordinary “continuing education.” 

As Joel prepares for his Sabbatical time, we are preparing, too! The Board is working with Joel to assure that essential work continues during his time away. We are finalizing details and will publicize additional information soon that will include contact information and coverage plans for the sabbatical period. I want to invite you to join us in preparation by praying for God’s blessing upon this time of enrichment and sabbath for Joel.

More details on who to contact during Joel's sabbatical will be made available in the May issue of Branches (and will be included in the autoreply when you send an email to joel@pccca.net between May 27 and July 5).

Your PCCCA Board President,

Kevin Cartee

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Peace Works: The Summer Camp Curriculum for 2019

Peace WorksPeace is a prayer for some and a life’s work for others. It’s a blessing we share with others and a longing within each of our hearts.  Scripture is filled with the stories of peace and justice and camp in the perfect place to share them.  Peace isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth the effort, because we know that peace works! 

Peace Works, the newest offering from InsideOut Christian Camp Resources, is a complete outdoor ministry resource for camp planners and directors at Chiristian camps everywhere. Created by an ecumenical team of veteran camp ministry professionals, Peace Works is packed with materials and ideas for seven days worth of camp. Written for multiple ages, it’s flexible to use, easy to share with staff, biblically sound, and community-focused.

From bible studies to creative worship to community-building games to creative arts projects, Peace Works will educate and empower your campers to become peacemakers in their churches, communities, and world.

Upon completion of your order, you will receive an email from insideout.techsupport@chalicepress.com within 48-72 hours of your order, with a unique login and password to access the online resource. Your license to access the product is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

The new all-online resource for Summer 2019 includes:

  • More than 350 printable pages of camp activities and curriculum in PDF and Microsoft Word formats
  • Extra resources with additional arts and crafts, games, science fun, table talk prompts, whole-camp worship plans, and more
  • Biblical and theological overview for each day
  • Training materials, including a video, presentation slides, handouts, and exercises
  • Staff Devotionals
  • High-quality customizable graphics
  • New for 2019: Expanded Worship Section with even more ideas for creative worship experiences for your campers!

 You can learn more about this resource by going to the InsideOut Curriculum website.

Have You Updated Your Website Listings?

Three Websites
PCCCA has websites that help potential retreat groups, summer staff, and summer campers find your ministry. While all of our camps appear on the websites, PCCCA members receive priority listings which include pictures and appear at the top of search results. Have you made updates to your listings? If you haven't already done so, please go to the links below to access your login for each website.

SummerToRemember.com for summer staff
BookARetreat.com
 for retreat groups
BestSummerYet.com for summer campers

Good Things Happen When Denominations Work Together

OMC Council 2019Representatives from PCCCA, United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries (UMCRM), the United Church of Canada, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM), Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers (ECCC), and the Outdoor Ministry Association of the United Church of Christ (OMA-UCC) gathered together on March 25-28 for a meeting of the Council of the Outdoor Ministries Connection at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (Carefree, AZ). The group heard the latest reports on the Interim Director Training in May and the Great Gathering at Lake Junaluska in November. It is always great when the OMC Council comes together for a meeting. It shows us how much can be accomplished when we work together with our ecumenical partners. If the 2019 OMC Great Gathering is not yet on your calendar, it will be held at on November 10-14 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina.