, Newburyport, MA

September 3, 2013

A blessed week for Vacation Bible Camp

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

This year the theme of the East Parish United Methodist Church/ Merrimacport United Methodist Church Ecumenical Vacation Bible Camp was: “Kingdom Rock: kids stand strong for God.” VBC is a joint effort of members of EPUMC, MUMC and other local churches. This year, 115 campers, 42 adults and several senior high students had a most blessed week at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover. In addition to the joy of the week-long retreat learning to follow Jesus, our mission projects provided 500 pounds of food and school supplies for the Pettengill House and $500 to the Mission of Hope in Haiti. Relatives of a camp family have just left for full-time mission work in Haiti. Our prayers go with them.

Many thanks to these generous neighbors: The Newburyport 5 Cents Savings Bank, The Juntunen, Hudson, Plummer, Mitchell, Roberge, Stucker and Boyce families, Tom’s Discount, Mark Filtranti, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Salisbury Dairy Queen, The Winner’s Circle, Bruce and Trish Hudson, Marcia and Bill Fowler, the Salter Transportation Co., Salisbury House of Pizza, Diane’s Fine Desserts, Coady’s Towing Service, Market Basket, Angelina’s, members of EPUMC and MUMC.

Our volunteer staff spent all or most of the week at the camp and countless hours preparing the path: Pastor Rusty Davis, Pastor Gwyneth Arrison, Jan and Leslie Juntunen, Sue, Bob, and Sean Mitchell, LeAnne and Jason Plummer, Rhonda Frascone, Cathy Boyce, Lucy Blanchard, Eric and Leah Stucker, Denise and Mark Hudson, Harbormaster Ray and Wendy Pike, Sue Bateman, Mike, Dawn and Courtney and Bonnie Roberge, Cindy and Deana Lind, Al Fisher, Cindy Krafton, Jane and Emily Sample, Jessica Fowler, Laurie Paszko, Tina Currier, Sherri-lynn Dow, Hollie Johnson, Wendy Tinkham, Kathy Leavitt, Alia Mavroforos, Andrea Nemoda, Christine Ogilvie, Nikki Stanley, Jean Tardiff, Michelle Dow and our “Camp Gramp,” Al Fisher.

Thirty of our campers were seventh- and eighth-graders and served as counselors in training. They put their love of the Lord into action by committing their willing hearts and hands.

We spent the week learning that through God’s love, prayer, trust, friends and family and the Bible we can stand strong.

Area churches are starting Sunday School classes. This is the perfect time to continue on your own path with God. To build your relationship with God we offer this advice: go to church regularly, read the Bible, pray without ceasing. Now … pick a church and sign up for Sunday School!

Denise Hudson, LeAnne Plummer, Jan Juntunen, Pastors Rusty Davis and Gwyneth Arrison

East Parish United Methodist Church/ Merrimacport United Methodist Church Ecumenical Vacation Bible Camp