Camp Northfield Update 10/21/20
Dear Supporting Churches and Friends,
Thank you all so much for your continued support of this ministry. God has continued to bless Camp, despite the many setbacks this year. During the summer, supporting churches were able to come up and do some overdue work on the property. A lot of the plumbing was reworked in the hilltop lodge, the chapel was painted, and the director’s home was repaired and updated. There is always work that can be done here at Camp! We recently updated our website so if you're looking for any news related to camp - that is the place to visit!
Pastor Losier and his family will soon be moving on to their new church out in Fulton, Indiana. We thank Jeremy and Tiffany for their many years of faithful, unwavering service. It was a blessing being able to work alongside Pastor Losier when he first came to Camp in 2014, and now I have the added blessing to work alongside him once again before he leaves to follow God’s calling to Fulton Baptist Temple. The Losier family plans to pull out Wednesday morning, October 28.
We are moving forward in preparations for our annual Christmas Banquet. Yes, you heard it here first! Due to group size restrictions for the state of Massachusetts, seating will be limited to 25 guests each night. To accommodate as many of you as possible we are going to extend our Christmas Banquet into four nights - December 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th. We are asking all to register through our website. If you need help, please contact me directly by calling the camp office. Unfortunately, because of the strict group size restrictions we won’t be able to accept anyone at the door - so be sure to register early! Check out the website for information regarding reservations and ticket prices.
Fall in New England brings crisp air, apple cider, and vibrant mountain views. The changing leaves are an awesome testament to the handiwork of our Creator! But eventually all of these leaves will have fallen - bringing with them the need for a lot of work! There is a work detail scheduled for Saturday, November 14th starting at 9:00am. Come lend a hand in getting Camp tidied up before the snow flies!
As mentioned earlier this year, the restrictions from COVID-19 kept Camp from operating fully this summer and that has taken its toll on our finances. Many of you have graciously given to camp, and because of that we are able to keep our doors open. Your kind show of generosity led us, as the board of directors, to launch the COVID Relief Fund on Labor Day weekend. We have a big goal of $20,000 to try and finish this year strong. 1 Chronicles 29:12 tell us, “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.” There is a challenge before us, but there is nothing that our God cannot do. For 59 years, God has provided for Camp and we have seen His work. Hundreds of life changing decisions have been made in the hearts of campers, many of which were to accept the Lord as their Saviour, including myself. Our greatest desire is to see Camp continue to be a place where memories are made and lives are forever changed! Below will be a breakdown of what $20,000 will do to help get Camp into 2021. Please consider giving to help us reach this goal.
Above all else, we ask that you pray. Pray for our family as we seek to serve camp to the utmost of our abilities. Pray for the Losiers as they transition into a new home and a new ministry. And pray for Camp, that it will continue to be all that the Lord intends it to be.
Thomas Jackson Jr.
COVID RELIEF FUND - $20,000
Pool Pump Valve / Cover - $1500
This project was started last year but needs to be finished. The pool needs to be resealed and painted. The paint has already been purchased, but we are looking to install a valve on the pump so that we can hold water in the pool during the off season. This will protect against leaks, leading to fewer repairs every year. Keeping water in the pool necessitates the purchase of a winter cover as well.
Line of Credit - $10,934.34
Because of camp’s tight finances over the years there was a line of credit opened. I would love to see camp out of this debt.
Plow Truck - $8,000.00
The truck that Camp has been utilizing has reached the end of its lifespan and will not pass inspection this year. Camp will need a replacement plow truck to help get through the winter months. The truck is used throughout the year but it’s main function will be to plow.
A lack of campers doesn’t equal a lack of utilities! There are still bills that need to be paid each month despite the lack of a camping season.
If you have a desire to help with any of these needs please reach out to us. If you want to make a donation, camp is a non-profit organization and any donation to us is tax deductible. Please keep us in prayer as we go into the 2021 season!