Friday, October 21, 2011

Day of Giving is Huge Success {Thank You}

Thanks to you, Ligonier Camp and Conference Center was the number one non-profit in the Westmoreland Day of Giving that took place October 4.  Fifty-three donors gave a total of $31,505, and the community foundation matched $7,246.  Total dollars received were $38,751.


That money means more summer staff, dodge balls, sticky buns, belay ropes, building supplies, scholarships and most importantly--more kids who will challenge themselves, connect with community and creation, and encounter the love of Christ--many for the first time.

Over seventy non-profits participated in the county.  Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone who gave so generously and to who continue to keep our ministry and community in prayer.  Thank you all.

Monday, October 17, 2011

McMurtey's Saw Mill Ministry Turns Fallen Trees into Valuable Lumber for Camp

We are each called to use our gifts and resources to serve the Kingdom of God, and John and Emma Lee McMurtey do ministry with one incredible piece of machinery: a hydraulic sawmill.
John and Emma Lee hail from Columbia, Missouri, and they have been bringing their portable sawmill to LCCC for several years.   Their heart for ministry takes them on the road  to various Christian camps and churches across the country, enabling organizations to use their equipment at no cost.  What a tremendous gift!

When the saw mill comes, we spend several days milling logs from our property into planks. Most logs are from tress that fell during a windstorm, so their usage is efficient and good forest management.  We've milled everything from poplar to pine from trees on property. 

The process is involved, so we get lots of help from staff family members, volunteers and year round staff.  Everyone pitches in rolling logs, raking sawdust and seeing that the wood that isn't sawn into planks is split and stacked for fire wood.
Planks cut in the saw mill were used to finish the dining hall and the downstairs of the lodge, and the conference center side of the dining hall was finished using cherry wood from our property. We would never be able to afford the cherry otherwise, so the McMurtey's gift is a true and luxurious blessing as we improve our property.

This year, we'll use white oak and cherry from the saw mill to finish the hallways upstairs in the lodge as well as for part of the restoration of the old summer dining hall porch.

Thank you to John and Emma Lee for your generosity and service and to all who lent hands on the mill projects last week!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Even Rain Didn't Dampen Spirits: Golf Outing raises $16,000!

Last week on October 3, ninety-seven golfers rocked the greens at the Ligonier Country Club for camp's annual golf outing.  The weather was less than ideal, but everyone was a great sport and the event raised over $16,000--the second greatest net in its history.  Monies raised help to keep camp affordable for every camper.

Most called it a day at nine holes, as everyone was eager to come inside and sit down together to a warm turkey and ham dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, cheesecake and plenty of good conversation.

Thank you to all of our fabulous tee, green, and prize sponsors and every golfer that helped to make this event such a tremendous success. If you missed it this year, please plan to join us next fall. Rain or shine, the Ligonier Camp golf outing is always a great time for our community to gather, enjoy and support camp in its ministry to children and teens.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lookin' Sharp: New LC3 Sign Welcomes Guests

The front of property received a bright new face lift in the form of new signage.  It is top-lit by night and looks fantastic.

Did you think camp winds down once summer ends?  Not at all.  The driveway is buzzing with caravans and charter buses, and we're booked all year for adventure and retreats.  We'd love to have your youth group, soccer team, yoga retreat, or office workshop here, too.

Come see for yourself what we're up to in the "off-season."