Dear friends and supporting churches,
As the holidays are approaching, and the year is coming to a close, there is much to reflect on. We have been blessed with tremendous support from churches and individuals alike, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The November 14th workday was a great success! Many came with tools, strong backs, and determination to remove the memories of Fall. The dreaded leaves that were weighted down by the rain from the night before were no match for our clean up crew. The blowers made quick work of breathing life back into the campsite. Though the leaves were the focus of our work, we were also able to remove a pile of scrap metal and even took down a few dead trees that could have harmed our roads, trails, or buildings. I thank you for the great turn out - much was accomplished!
This next update is in regards to our Annual Christmas Banquet. In excited anticipation for our first big event since the shut down, decorations were put up, lights were strung, and the Hiliker was made to shine! But, on November 21, Governor Baker gave us some news that would dampen our Christmas spirit. As it stands now, Massachusetts can have no out of state visitors from nearly all states. As the majority of our staff and guests journey from New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York, all of which are on the travel ban list, we have made the decision to postpone this year's banquet. Much thought and prayer went into this decision. If you have already purchased your tickets for this event, we will refund you in the same manner in which you paid unless you deem otherwise. Pray with us as we look to reschedule this banquet for late Spring, 2021.
In our last letter, I presented the somewhat daunting goal of raising $20,000 towards our Covid relief fund. So far, nearly $5,000 has generously been donated towards this goal. In addition to the financial support, camp has also been given a plow truck! There is nothing our God cannot do!
With the postponement of the banquet, camp is not only missing a sweet time of fellowship and making memories, but we will be missing out on one of our biggest fundraisers of the year which would have brought in over $4000. If you are looking to still donate to camp this year keep an eye out on our social media pages to receive information on how Amazon Smile, and Facebook's Giving Tuesday can help Camp!
We are looking to do some major work on the old farm house that sits across from the soccer field. Unfortunately, it has reached the point of no return over the years and it must come down. We are going to save the garage portion of the building to help establish a long needed maintenance building. One of our board members has done some extensive research on this project and estimates the demolition to cost $15,000. More information can soon be found on our website regarding this and other upcoming projects at Camp Northfield.
We trust that you all have a great time of thanksgiving, and a Merry Christmas as you reflect on the birth of our Savior. Luke 2:10 says, "Fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people" - this year has been hard, but trust in Him, and fear not! What an incredible God we serve!
Thomas Jackson Jr.