Thursday, October 25, 2012

IGNITE Was Great!

Last weekend's IGNITE Fall Camping Retreat was a great time. We spent our time at a beautiful group campsite along side of a crystal clear spring fed lake. 

Friday night we set up camp and enjoyed a delicious taco dinner. Afterwards we spent time around the fire ring fellowshipping and making smores. Our Impact Point topic was "Rest" and the importance of taking time each week (and throughout the year) to have times of rest so our body, mind, heart and soul can grow, recover and prepare for action. Our verses of emphasis were Matthew 11:28-30 and Genesis 2:1-3.

After a good night's sleep we woke up to gorgeous weather on Saturday. We had eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast. Our devotional time was a great way to kick off the day as we spent quality time in God's Word & prayer. 

Afterwards we canoed the lake and got into a huge squishee ball war. It was a blast! 

For lunch we made Pizzadillas then relaxed on hammocks. We had an unexpected visitor stop by as we got to witness a small bear walking around looking for food. That was quite thrilling!

In the late afternoon the group played several games of volleyball. We had so much fun! On the menu for dinner was chicken and mashed potatoes... yummy!! Our Saturday night Impact Point around the fire centered on staying worry-free as a way of maintaining the times of rest that we talked about the night before. Nothing can rob you of restful moments more than an anxious mind full of worry. We focused on Matthew 6:25-34. Right after our Impact Point we enjoyed an outdoor movie night as we set-up a projector, sound system, and a large bed sheet. The movie choice was "Salt" and everyone loved it. GTD owns several edited movies that have inappropriate content & foul language professionally removed so we can enjoy a great flick without all the trash. The temperatures began to drop on Saturday night as we headed off to bed.

Sunday morning was just as pretty as the day before, but with a little more chill in the air. We had pancakes for breakfast followed by another good devotional time. Throughout the morning & early afternoon the group enjoyed free time to play volleyball or go canoeing or just relax. For lunch we had sandwiches and chips. Around 1pm we began to break camp and pack the trailer. Thank you to everyone for helpping with the hard work of packing up.

God blessed us with a great time together on IGNITE this year... we are already planning out IGNITE 2013!! All glory to God!