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Summer Camp 2021

All of the information included below can be found on our website: https://ncdisciples.org/summer-camp/.

CYF: (Grades 10-12): June 20th - 25th High schoolers engage with topical issues that impact their faith journey while building a community through fun small groups, worship, and God’s creation. REGISTER

Created to be Me: (Grades 8-9) June 27th - July 3rd Learn to know yourself the way God has created you to be as healthy mental, spiritual, and physical young adults. For more information on this camp, please visit their website: justsayknowministry.com. REGISTER

Uno: (Grades K-1) July 9th - 11th Camper and a parent/guardian enjoy a weekend together to start their camp experience while connecting with the great outdoors and worshiping God. REGISTER

JYF: (Grades 2-5) July 11th - 16th Elementary schoolers are invited to make new friends, enjoy arts & crafts, and discover God’s beauty all around them. REGISTER

Chi Rho: (Grades 6-7) July 18th - 23rd  A great place for middle schoolers to learn how to sail while listening to God’s direction in their lives during these changing times and establish what their faith truly means to them. REGISTER


Camp Caroline 2021 COVID-19 Protocols


Disclaimer: Camp leaders are continuing to monitor cases in North Carolina as well as governmental guidelines. These protocols are subject to change based on those guidelines or other changes in the state/national response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and regional leadership advice.

Pre-screening and Symptom Monitoring at Home

  • Campers are strongly encouraged to have a negative Covid test administered 5 days prior to the start of camp and quarantine following the test. Please bring test results to camp. 
  • ALL campers are required to monitor symptoms for 14 days prior to coming to camp and to present a record of temperature and symptoms for that 14 day period upon arrival. Download a copy of the log here.
  • Assuming widespread availability, all volunteers and camp staff are requested to receive the Covid 19 vaccine prior to arriving at camp. 

Protocols while at Camp

  • Camps will be limited to 32 campers, 8 staff members, and 3 program staff (directors, keynote speaker, etc). Overall numbers (with Camp Caroline Staff, etc) is not to exceed 50 people. 
  • Campers will be placed in cabins in groups of 4 with 1 adult counselor.
  • Each cabin of 5 (4 campers, 1 counselor) will join with another cabin to form a ‘pod.’
  • Campers will only be in close indoor settings and settings where masks cannot be worn (dining hall, pool, sleeping) with their pod. 
  • Masks will be worn at all times, except when sleeping, eating and swimming.
  • Pods of campers will only intermingle in outdoor settings where masks can be worn. 
  • The full group of 50 will only be gathered in outdoor settings or inside the gym with pods spaced at least 10 feet apart. 

Symptom Monitoring/Response While at Camp

  • Camper temperatures will be taken and recorded daily.
  • Campers will be monitored for symptoms.
  • If a camper begins to exhibit symptoms related to COVID-19, they may be sent home and their pod may be sent home. 

We Are Our Region’s Camp in North Carolina!


Gifted to the region nearly 67 years ago, Camp Caroline continues its strong history of ministry and is forever grateful for the lives that have been impacted. There is no greater proof that WE are ONE than the incredible support that many of our churches and regional ministries provide annually. 

As we kick off our fundraising season, will you consider making a gift this year so that our vision might continue to grow into the next 67 years? Why make a gift now? Our feet are squarely planted on these 
sacred grounds and you can be instrumental in helping us move together in our collective stewardship of Camp Caroline. 

Please visit www.campcaroline.org/appeal to learn about the 2021 Square Foot Appeal and about how you can help us meet - and exceed! - our goal of $30,000. Camp Caroline exists to provide a setting for ministry to help form and develop young lives into greater Christ-likeness. YOU are integral to this process. 

Lent Revisited!

Henri Nouwen is one of my favorite authors. His writings point me to one of the best places to find God, which is within myself. During this Lenten season, The Return of the Prodigal Son speaks to me once again. The spiritual mystery is found in both sons' imagery; one left and one remained. Both seek to be understood and find a particular closeness that extravagant parties or running the family business did not satisfy. They went outward for fulfillment when the answer was inward!

Subsequently, my longing for the closeness of God has invited me into a 'let all the earth keep silence' listening for God's homing device. Intentional listening reveals a place of grace somehow forgotten. In this space, I hear God call me by name. God calls me home; to love which is already within me because I am formed in God's image. One seminary professor called it the Imago Dei, a theological term that applies uniquely to me as a human and my symbolic relation to God. Remembering what it means to be at home with God and myself should be the same.

Not only as a result of, but amid the listening, the stresses and tangles of life fall away, and a calmness settles in my innermost being. Shalom, where nothing is missing, nothing is broken. My ministry capacity is being enlarged so that my approach is reimagined. 

My prayer for you during these 40-days is that you will go inward for time with God and self to prepare for outward service to others. May it be so.

Bishop Valerie J. Melvin,
Regional Minister

Get Ready Coastal Plains District!

 
Your pastors are planning a drive to collect hygiene kits for Church World Service after Easter. All churches from the district will be invited to assemble kits; with each threshold we reach (50, 100, 200, etc) the clergy from district churches will complete a "challenge." Ideas are still in the works, but we can say that a hair piece may be involved. If you have ideas for a challenge for YOUR pastor, feel free to send it to district president Chris Furr (chris@covenantcc-cary.org) or Amanda Kerr (amanda@stpauls.org). More info to come!

 

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These words, which will serve as our theme for this year’s Regional Assembly, come from Dag Hammarskjold’s pen, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. We have lifted these words from his journal/diary pages, published posthumously under the title, Markings.

As we began our work on the Assembly, the COVID-19 pandemic’s realities were paramount in our hearts and minds. Congregations, pastors, and church members have lived for a year in a mood of enormous uncertainty – in many cases trying to reinvent authentic worship carried on the Internet…trying to figure out how to do ministry and mission in distanced ways…struggling to maintain congregational intimacy while apart. And all the time, trying to keep one another safe and healthy. It became clear that we would not be able to hold our spring gathering in person because of current health conditions.

So, while our time together is always a time to celebrate where we have been and how we have come to the present moment, we are still called to affirm what lies ahead. This seemed especially true this year. So, we choose to say Thanks for all that has made up the faithful witness of the CCNC, especially in the past year, but to also speak a deliberate and forceful Yes to what shall be opening up before us.

We invite you to join us on April 17th as we gather again in gratitude and expectation. Enclosed are registration materials – complete them for yourself and make sure that others in your church have them in their hands as well. And I will see you in just a few short weeks. God bless.

Gary L. Walling, Chair
Commission on Regional Assembly

NC DWM Update

Blessing Box Giving

For 60 years, the women of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have had a special way to express their gratitude to God for the blessings they have received – the Blessing Box. Blessing Box giving is at a critical level.  Give to help support the operations of the national DWM office.  Offerings may be converted to a check made payable to Disciples Mission Fund and remember to include the name of your church.  Follow the link below for more information to print the required remittance form and then mail it all to:  OGMP-Treasury Services, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.
 
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application Process Open!
 
The Small Business Administration is accepting Second Draw PPP Loan Applications through March 31. Disciples Church Extension Fund is available for assistance in preparing calculations for PPP applications. Contact them at CaresAct@disciplescef.orgLearn more.
MISSION TEAMS and WEEK OF COMPASSION: We are very excited to be welcoming our first mission team back to the camp(coming in from FCC Salem VA) at the end of this month. Our regional partnership with Week of Compassion will allow teams to work on offering healing in Pamlico County and at Camp Caroline.
Faith Leaders,

Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen announced that beginning on March 17, people in Group 4 who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk and people who live in additional congregate settings will be eligible for vaccination.  The rest of Group 4, which includes other essential workers will become eligible April 7th.
 
North Carolina follows the recommendations of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as to who is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, sickle cell disease, obesity,  or smoking (a complete list is available in our Deeper Dive). In addition, this population includes anyone who is living in higher risk congregate or close group living settings who is not already vaccinated including, people experiencing homelessness or living in a homeless shelter and people in a correctional facility, such as jail or prison.
 
More information can be found online in our Deeper Dive Group 4: Adults at Higher Risk of Exposure and Increased Risk of Severe Illness (Higher-Risk Conditions and Additional Congregate Settings)
 
Currently eligible groups – health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, people 65 and older, and child care and school staff – will continue to be prioritized. Some vaccine providers may not be ready to open to people with a medical condition on March 17 if they are still experiencing high demand for vaccines in Groups 1, 2, and 3.

As always, we rely on you as a trusted messenger to help people make informed decisions. We have developed a suite of resources to support your outreach efforts. Please visit YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov and vacunate.nc.gov regularly as we add new materials. Our communications toolkit includes:
  • Video Library
  • Social Media Graphics
  • Flyers
  • Website and Newsletter Graphics
  • Postcards
  • Presentation
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