Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer Has Begun!!

I have officially started my summer as the Assistant Director of Grace Presbytery Summer Camps at Camp Gilmont!! It feels great to be back at camp and ready for another amazing summer serving God! We have had a great week of staff training and are ready to get our first campers tomorrow!! If you would like to send me mail during the summer my address will be:
Lauren Rampy
6075 ST HWY 155 N
Gilmer, TX 75644

I am very close to reaching my first fundraising goal of $2500 toward a total of $6500 for the year, so there is still a need and plenty of time!

Tax deductible donations can be made to Presbytery of South Louisiana with Lauren Rampy in the memo line, and mailed to:

Kathy Lee- YAV Coordinator
Presbytery of South Louisiana
3700 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70122

Donations can also be made to the PC (USA) website, but a 5% administration fee will be taken from all donations.

I will be finding out my placement before the end of the summer, and I will be sure to blog about it once I find out!! I'm so excited about the opportunities that this year and this summer will bring!!

In our staff devotionals I was led to a verse in Ephesians that really spoke to me about this summer and the year ahead.

19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. -Ephesians 2:19-22

The passage speaks about Christ building us up together as a place that the Spirit will reside. As much as my individual faith means to me, it is nothing without the support of those around me. It's amazing to think of the power of people when it comes to faith. The faith community I have has built me up to be the person I am today, and through the faith of those around me, I can clearly see the work of the Spirit throughout our time together. God has truly built up Church through the building of individuals, and through our interactions with each other, we add to the body of Christ. Individual faith alone cannot keep the fire burning in that individual. It really takes a community to build individual faiths and God's community at large.

In Christ,