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Friday, August 1, 2014

SPORTS CAMP 2014!!!!

Wow, hard to believe Sports Camp is over…Celebration tonight, but the memories and connections will forever remain!  This year we had a very special camp and a very special visitor.  I share this as I know word will travel and always best to hear it from the source….and you will want to mark your calendar for next year's Sports Camp, it only gets BETTER every year!!!

The special camp was for special needs.  Just amazing!!!

The special guest was the Executive Director/Treasurer of the The State Convention of Baptists in OHIO!  All the way from Columbus, Mr. Jack Kwok came to see what the clamor was about our Sports Camp.  Was he in for a pleasant surprise!  It was not until we heard his observations at our closing meeting Wednesday night that I had affirmation that it was not just my opinion, but goes far beyond the four walls of our humble church and local area.  People are always asking why we drive so far for church, well the answer is "There is ONLY one God and ONLY one CVC".  What Mr. Kwok said was spot on :)  The volunteers did not know he was going to be visiting, so it was business as usual, these are his observations:

1.  The number of of volunteers under the age of 25!  He stated how so many churches have older members running the VBS or Sports Camps.

2.  The enthusiasm!!!!  Yeah, I agree wholeheartedly :)  Denise Petek who is in charge of our Children's Ministry and runs the Sports Camp (with her team) every year.  She gives and gives and gives….(I think she must have a cot at the church?)  She is there so many hours, setting up, ensuring everyone and everything is in place, that we have trained volunteers and super awesome meals for the volunteers (lunch/dinner).

This year we added a Special Needs Camp!!!  We did a theme of "sports camping" and this photo demonstrates it (pose).  We "sports camped" in our orthodontists' office :)


3.  Wednesday night it rained, so for how ever many Sports Campers we had (500-600?), she had an alternative rain game plan.  Mr. Kwok was amazed (me too) how smoothly everything ran.  You never would have known God's plan had rain for us?  The kids were brought inside, sports were regrouped and continued….


Mr. Kwok ended up giving us $1,000 to support our camp and said how he would like to replicate our camp at other churches in Ohio!  How about that for affirmation?????  Thank you God, we give you all the glory!

Please know he visits churches all over OHIO!!!!

It was amazing, we had a friend join us, he attended the Dads' Camp and after Day 1, Denise recruited him as a volunteer :)  God was working the whole week!!!  So many children made decisions FOR Christ.  God provided affirmations to volunteers who wondered if the decisions were true, based on the child's age, etc.  The stories just kept on coming and were amazing!  There was a table of children in Art (14 kids) that ALL chose JESUS!!!

The only way to know if you are really missing out on something is to be there!  The week is as good as or better then Christmas…no stress :) just blessings and love.  To share Jesus with others is the best gift of all!  Join us and Sports Camp with us in 2015!!!!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."  Jeremiah 29:11-12

3 comments:

  1. Sports Campers! If you were wondering which songs we opened with each day, here you go :) ENJOY!!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4tzqdUWz8k

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6d2JULnRs4

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  2. From Denise Petek, THE best ever Children's Ministry Director!!! If you like to plan ahead you can mark your calendar for CVC'S 2015 Sports Camp for the week of July 27th.

    Exciting breaking news: We have the tradition of inviting our Sports Camp friends to opening night with The Cleveland Cavaliers each year. With Lebron's return and this being one of the biggest games of the year I did not think this would be possible this year, but I was mistaken. The Cav's have set aside 200 tickets for our group and have also given us the opportunity for a court time event too. If you were at Sports Camp this year, please check your email for details!!!! If you go, have an AWESOME time :)

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  3. Mark your calendar for our 2015 CVC Sports Camp! Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31. One of the weeks during the year our family really looks forward to!!! Please join us, your kids will thank you, and there is a Mom's and Dad's Camp as well :) Fun for the whole family.

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