This week I am attending the Southern Baptist Camping Association, Annual Conference. It is a gathering of 150 directors and staff of all the camps in the Southern Baptist Convention. We are staying at Carson Springs Camp nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. In 2019 Windermere will host this event. I am excited to meet friends and to learn from others.
I love retreats. The purpose of a retreat is to renew your spirit, to reconnect spiritually with the Lord. Without times to pause and renew, we drift further away from our power source. It becomes easier to just run on our own power.
Yesterday I was walking to worship and heard the mountain streams of the Smokies. Don’t you love that sound of a splashing brook? Mountain streams can quench the thirst of many mountain animals. When was the last time I was thirsty for the Lord?
In Psalm 42:1-2, the Bible says David thirsted for God like a deer panteth after a drink of water. David knows that if the deer can get to the water he will be refreshed and can escape for his life…but if he can’t he was going to die. I thought to myself – do I long for the Lord desperately like a deer searching for the freshwater? As I finished my walk to the chapel, I was praying for forgiveness and to reconnect with the Lord. That day was a good retreat day.
Everyone needs a good retreat day. Windermere can be the place for your next retreat.
Pastor’s Retreat Weekend, March 2-3, 2018. We inviting all pastors (senior pastors, youth pastors,
children’s pastors etc.) to a … absolutely free of charge retreat. It will be a refreshing weekend of
fellowship, relaxation, worship, and peace. It starts with dinner on Friday, March 2 and ends at 2 pm on
March 3. Call us for more details
100 Giving $100 Campaign. Don’t forget to be one of the one hundred who are pledging $100 more a
month, for each month in 2018. Windermere is making strides in turning around our ministry. Will you
be one of the one hundred to invest in our future? We have 89 of the 100 pledging so far.
The extra mile that Jesus talks about in Matthew 5, is the place of opportunity. We expect God to lead
us all beyond the minimum to the extra mile. Join our pledge campaign and see what God is doing.
How can you give? There are three ways you can make a tax-deductible donation to Windermere –
(1) You make your check out to Windermere Baptist Conference Center
(2) You may make a donation by credit card by going to our website – Go to
(3) You can donate an investment such as stocks, CD’s, etc. It is a simple process. Just give us a call and we can walk you through the steps.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.