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by Bennie Hill

Cramer & Hanover Church of Christ, 199 North Hanover Ave., Lexington, KY, is CELEBRATING 100 years by the Grace of God, on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.   There will be an OPEN MIC! Refreshments to follow.

Woodland Bible Camp – Year End Update —Click here for the  2015 Camp Schedule I hope this letter finds you doing well. We find ourselves coming to the end of another great year of camping at Woodland. This year was one of special significance as we celebrated our sixtieth season. We continue each year to see God working mightily in the lives of young people here at camp. Many receive Christ into their hearts as Savior for the first time, or begin to feel His call to a particular purpose, or perhaps, simply experience a desire for a closer walk with their Lord.

Every year we have scores of volunteers who give of their time, their energy, their love , and their devotion to help make it possible for Woodland to fulfill its mission. These people do so because they believe deeply in what God is doing here, and each year we hear the stories from campers and volunteers alike of the impact their experiences at Woodland have had on their lives.

One such story was shared with me by Jeff Adams:

The weather at this year’s Fall Youth Retreat was unseasonably cold; nighttime temperatures were in the low 30’s. Saturday afternoon an 18 year old young lady told me that she wanted to be baptized. She had been christened as an infant in the church her parents attended, but after attending Senior Week during the summer, and reading her Bible, she desired to be properly baptized at camp after chapel that evening. After a brief discussion I said that I would call one of the local churches and get it arranged. “No”, she said, “I want to be baptized at Woodland!” I tried to talk her out of it by explaining how uncomfortable it would be with the open air chapel and only cold water available in the baptistery. With tears in her eyes she said, “Bro. Jeff, Jesus died on the cross for me. The least I can do is to get cold for Him!” Needless to say, she was baptized that evening at her beloved Woodland Bible Camp. Yes, it was cold, but inside we were all warmed by God’s great love and the way He used this young lady to remind us of His sacrifice for us.

Like our summer volunteers, you are not just a mere observer of all this. You play a great role in this ministry. The camp is sustained by those whom God moves to give of their time and also of their financial resources. We do not want this letter to be perceived as one just to beg for more money. We leave that between you and the leading of our Lord. We do however, want you to share in the blessing.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing on Nov. 25 of my father Orell Overman. He was the last of three men who more than any others had extraordinary vision for, and tireless dedication to, the establishment and maintenance of a youth church camp in this area. Eugene Pound, Jim Reintjes, and Dad all poured their hearts and souls into every facet of Woodland. Let us dedicate ourselves to the continuation of this great work with the blessings of the Almighty.

Joe Overman – Treasurer — Woodland Bible Camp — 1235 S. 800 W., Lyons, IN 47443

joverman@bluemarble.net

LADIES INSPIRATION DAY for 2015 has been set for APRIL 11, 2015. The theme will be: “I Give Up.”   It will be at the Cramer & Hanover Church of Christ in Lexington, Ky, hosted by the Central Kentucky Churches of Christ.   Ladies, mark your calendars now and plan to be there.

KENTUCKY/INDIANA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP…is being scheduled for July 27-30, 2015 and to be held on the campus of Portland Christian School (8509 Westport Rd., Louisville, KY 40242) The topic and speakers will be announced at a later date. Put this on your calendar and plan now to attend a great week of fellowship and the study of God’s Word.

Dr. Gale Richard Price, 73, of Clark County, husband of Nan Taylor Price, passed away peacefully Sunday at his home. A service of celebration was held Saturday, December 20th, at 11am at the First United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main St., Winchester. To honor Dr. Price the family is establishing a scholarship at the UK School of Music to support a student in choral conducting, composing and arranging. Donations may be made to: UK School of Music, Attn: Kim Ha, 206 Fine Arts Bldg. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 40506. Many of our readers will remember Gale when he served as counselor during Bro. Hall Crowder’s summer camp in Winchester, and then later, where he directed the Southeastern Christian College Choir.

CORRECTIONS to the recent Prayer/Praise Booklet 2014 (highlighted)

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