Just as God’s creation experiences changes in the year, the ministry of Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp changes along with it. With the conclusion of the summer camping season, camp now is offering hospitality to a variety of fall groups including the annual church retreats. The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continue as we practice the same guidelines in place for the Camp For Families weeks (i.e. wear masks inside, keep 6 feet distance between those not in your household, dining tables 6 feet apart, wash hands frequently, etc.).
Despite the cancellation of many guest groups and the summer youth camping season, camp was grateful for the opportunity to even hold the two weeks of Camps for Families and for the interest/desire (coronavirus cabin fever?) to stay in the ridge accommodations for the months of July & August with only 9 available nights between Eagle’s Nest, Rocky Ridge and Sky-Hi-View.
This helpful assistance by guest groups and the tremendous response by donors are the “lighthouses” we are needing to see us through this coronavirus storm. Since July 1st, we have received $47,678.75 as part of our “Paying the Legacy Forward” campaign to sustain the RMMC ministry including 10 monthly donors.
We are especially grateful to Mountain States Mennonite Conference and those who contributed toward the “Girl Named Tom” RMMC Benefit Concert as part of the conference assembly which raised $2.475 for Rocky Mountain.
FALL QUILT RETREATS
To respond to the realities of the coronavirus guidelines, a 3rd session of the Unfinished Objects (UFO) Quilt Retreat will be offered.
To allow for the 6 feet separation of quilting tables and only 1 quilter per table, the maximum number of participants that can be accommodated for all quilter retreats and use of both dining halls is 18. Space is limited but please let us know if you would like to come with our online registration.
EDELWEISS RENOVATIONS COMPLETED
Camp is excited to have the Edelweiss chalet ready to better serve campers, guests, volunteers or summer staff who need a comfortable place to stay. Improvements made include the addition of a new 1/2 bathroom, replacing/increasing the electrical service, replacing the windows, new flooring and adding insulation to the walls and ceiling for year around comfort.
Edelweiss was originally built by Frank and Jim Brunk (Frank served as camp director from 1960-1980) in honor of their father Christian Brunk. Frank’s family is honoring his years of service with his family to Rocky Mountain by funding the renovation of the facility improvements.
WHO’S BEEN HELPING
Thank you to the volunteers for the month of August:
Evelyn Brubaker, Ruthie Brubaker, Loren Burkholder, John Goshow, Karen Horst, Marie Newswanger, Marcus Nolt, James Reiff, Ron Weaver, Lamar Zimmerman, Steven Zimmerman and Harvey Zimmerman.
While not with an RMMC labeled item as requested, we took a second look and spotted a Yellow Bellied Marmot in the rock pile by the Nature Center. Far from home above tree line, camp apparently offers a place of retreat to visiting marmots too.
Share your “spotted” photo with an RMMC labeled item (i.e. clothing, water bottle, etc.) from anywhere in the world and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Glennon Heights Mennonite Church Retreat: September 12
- Beth-El Mennonite Church Retreat: September 18-20
- Unfinished Objects (UFO) Quilters Retreat – Session 1: October 4-7
- Unfinished Objects (UFO) Quilters Retreat – Session 2: October 7-11
- Unfinished Objects (UFO) Quilters Retreat – Session 3: October 20-25
- Fall Mennonite Quilters Retreat: October 29-November 1
- Pastors Retreat: November 13-15