A Fresh New Look (Logo, Website, Blog and Facebook)
As you can see from above, Streamside has recently updated it's look. After working with 3 designers over a period of about 6 months, the final drawings from each designer were shared with a diverse sampling of stakeholders (including parents, staff, retreat group leaders, summer staff, and pastors) for input. The final drawing is a combination of the work of 2 of the designers after input was received. We believe the logo provides a fresh, modern appeal with welcoming fonts and refreshing and calming colors that reflect the atmosphere of the camp while preserving a similar arching design and text look to the previous logo. The name Streamside - by which we are widely known - is most prominent and the graphics visually tell the story of our mission to plant young people - urban or otherwise - beside The Stream ie. God’s Word. (Psalm 1)
It will take us a while to transition to the new look, but it has already been incorporated into a new website design. In addition, we have begun to blog and have an official presence on facebook. It is important for us to effectively and consistently communicate our message and keep our ministry before an ever more technological society. I would love to have you sign up for Streamside's email newsletter on our website, follow the BeSide the Stream Blog and, of course, like us on facebook!
BeSide the Stream Blog
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A Pastor's Sabbath: Experiencing The Ministry of Retreat
Pastors with families watching a Pocono sunset on Camelback
While participating in a Pastor's Appreciation Luncheon put on by WMCA 570 AM New York, we gave away a number of Pastor's Sabbath Retreats. Two accepted our invite and came for a 2 day retreat. Both pastors who attended were from urban communities and new to us. The retreat included rest, personal study and reflection, great Streamside meals, tourist trips, roundtable discussions, free books and other resources, and of course, introduction to the ministry of Streamside.
Pastor Bill Sweeting, from Vroom St. Church in Jersey City comments...
"I want to thank you and your staff team for the great service, wonderful hospitality, and excellent food! I’d come back to Streamside again in a heartbeat. I am especially grateful for the gift spending time away from the busyness and demands of ministry in an urban setting. We will definitely consider Streamside as a place of choice for retreating."
WMCA 570 AM New York Pastor's Appreciation Luncheon where we met 39 pastors
An Effective Ministry
Streamside is proud to be a member of the Christian Camp & Conference Association. CCCA exists to help camps maximize their ministries. We participate in the Mid-Atlantic sectional each January and enjoy the fellowship, encouragement and learning that takes place within the context of other like-minded ministries. In 2009, CCCA commissioned the Waypoint Research Survey that documented these mind boggling statistics...
In 2008 alone, 246,000 individuals trusted Christ in a camp setting and 412,000 pastors, Christian workers and missionaries are serving as a result of a decision made at a Christian camp
Streamside is passionate about seeing these same results for children and teens from urban environments whose only opportunity to be impacted with the Gospel in this powerful way might be a week at Streamside.
10 at 50 in 2012
On-going monthly support as of 12/31/2011 is at 81%. Our goal for 2012 is to add 10 more supporters at $50 a month or the equivalent. Might you be one of those 10?
Give on-line at http://bcmintl.org/donate/ or by mail to BCM International, 201 Granite Run Drive, Suite 260, Lancaster, PA 17601. All checks should be made out to BCM International. You can designate the gift to Craig Vincent/Streamside Camp (#16191) on a separate sheet of paper but not on the check itself. Simplified giving through EFT is available as well.
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Reyna made her on stage debut at the historic Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg as a member of the cast of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After a song and dance audition, she was cast in the ensemble which included the roles of an Oompah Loompah, a village child and a squirrel. She did a wonderful job and benefitted from the purposeful activity and building of new friendships. We are hopeful that she will have more opportunities in the future.
Village child outside Willie Wonka's factory
Reaching Neighbors with God's Comfort
Just before Christmas we held our annual Neighborhood Banquet. This is a free banquet event for those who live nearby the camp. It is our way of saying we appreciate that they let us exist in their community and gives us a chance to reach out with the Gospel locally. Our desire was to provide encouragement to many who were experiencing difficult circumstances. After 2 children preformed special Christmas numbers (one was a piano student of Peggy's), we presented 2 testimonies of how God provides encouragement through His Word and His People. One testimony was from Renee who shared her journey with Crohn's Disease. This was a first time public speaking experience for Renee, but she did a great job. Her testimony had a noticable impact on a couple of the guests. Our text for the evening was 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 which brought out the following truths...
God's comfort is adequate no matter how big our trouble is
The greater the suffering, the greater the comfort overflows
God's comfort often comes through other people who have experienced God's comfort
To benefit from comfort, we need to be connected to God, His Word and His people
We received a number of prayer requests and 2 individuals are interested in attending a Bible study we will host in 2012.
Prayers & Pictures
Increased participation of both campers and retreat groups resulting from the many new contacts we have made
The recruitment of another strong staff for the summer
A healthy and productive year for our children
Continued favor in the eyes of our parent organization, BCM international
Safety and protection from all the inherent risks of a camping ministry
The bear that welcomes our guests
2011 Family picture
Continue to pray for the worldwide ministry
Another bear - like the one that visits us occasionally