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Camp Kulaqua Celebrates 60 Years of Memories

posted on December 05, 2013, under Camp Ministry by

Hundreds of former employees gathered at Camp Kulaqua for the 60th anniversary celebration in September. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Hundreds of former employees gathered at Camp Kulaqua for the 60th anniversary celebration in September. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

This 1955 photo shows campers enjoying a swim in Hornsby Spring on the 250 acres purchased for $18,000 soon after Wayne Foster joined Florida Conference as youth director.

This 1955 photo shows campers enjoying a swim in Hornsby Spring on the 273 acres purchased for $18,000 soon after Wayne Foster joined Florida Conference as youth director.

by Phil Younts

More than 500 previous Camp Kulaqua staff members returned to the banks of Hornsby Spring located near High Springs in North Florida, September 22, to celebrate and to reminisce. “We are thankful for all the staff who dedicated their lives to camp ministry, and for 60 years of God’s blessings on Camp Kulaqua,” said Phil Younts, Administrative Camp Director since 1987.

From the original 273 acres purchased in 1953, the Camp has grown until it now encompasses more than 680 acres with housing for 1,000 people. More than 50,000 people use the facilities each year.

Almost all of Camp Kulaqua's past administrative and summer camp directors were present for the anniversary weekend. From left: Wayne Foster, Norm Middag, Phil Younts, Wally Welch, Bucky Weeks, Lewis Hendershot, Byron Voorheis, Rick Faber, and Ray Queen. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Almost all of Camp Kulaqua’s past administrative and summer camp directors were present for the anniversary weekend. From left: Wayne Foster, Norm Middag, Phil Younts, Wally Welch, Bucky Weeks, Lewis Hendershot, Byron Voorheis, Rick Faber, and Ray Queen. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

While developing into a year-round camp, the original purpose of bringing young people to the Lord in an outdoor setting has not diminished. During 2013, 75 young people were baptized, and hundreds more made commitments to Jesus.

Camp Kulaqua continues to improve its facilities to accommodate an increasing conference membership with the construction of three Woodland Lodges. Each lodge can house up to 120 guests in hotel-style rooms. A Visitor Center is also in the building process.

“We provide the opportunities. You provide the memories,” says Younts.

 

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Three Church Facilities Dedicated

posted on December 05, 2013, under Church by

by Gladys Neigel

God is opening new doors in new facilities for His work to grow and prosper in Florida. During the month of October, three buildings were dedicated.

Bethsaïda Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Bethsaïda Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Bethsaïda
On October 26, members and friends gathered for the dedication of this Creole-speaking church congregation that was born into existence on January 5, 2013, after the merger of Shiloh and Morijah Churches in Miami, Fla. The dedicatory sermon was presented by Duane Rollins, Florida Conference treasurer.

Lay pastor Wesle Pierre shepherds this flock of 158 members. The church building at 10185 NW 7th Avenue in Miami was previously occupied by another denomination and, before that, a funeral home.

Fort Lauderdale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Fort Lauderdale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Fort Lauderdale
During the weekend of October 18-20, Fort Lauderdale members realized the fulfillment of a 27-year dream to dedicate a new sanctuary. Since 1986, the adjacent fellowship hall has served the 297 members as a place of worship.

Pastor Jeffrey Thompson led the weekend celebration that included guest speakers George Brown, former Inter-American Division president; Henoc Paulicin, Florida Conference ministerial field secretary; and Conrad Duncan, Florida Conference vice president for general administration.

Jupiter-Tequesta Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Jupiter-Tequesta Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Jupiter-Tequesta
Jupiter-Tequesta Church dedicated its new facility on October 11 as the first step in a building program that will eventually include a sanctuary. Florida Conference President Mike Cauley was the speaker for the worship service.

Church members currently are meeting in their fellowship hall. The campus provides ample seating, parking, classrooms, and amenities for the 115-member congregation under the direction of Pastor Richard Moseley.

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5K Walk/Run Leads to Improved Health

posted on December 05, 2013, under Church, Hospital, Member by

by Robert and Thomas Broome

Shermin Tao made healthy lifestyle changes before winning his age category in the Let's Move Day 5K walk/run. (Photo: Robert Broome)

Shermin Tao made healthy lifestyle changes before winning his age category in the Let’s Move Day 5K walk/run. (Photo: Robert Broome)

For the past three years, Apopka, Fla., Church has partnered with Florida Hospital Apopka for a Let’s Move Day 5K walk/run and health fair. On September 22, in addition to the main event with 130 participants, a Kids’ Fun Run was offered to youngsters 12 and under. The goal of this event was to encourage healthy kids and families in the community.

One success story was that of Shermin Tao, a return participant from last year’s race. Shermin did well in the race but was determined this year to win his age category. His preparation included running a mile every day and playing tennis in the evening.

However, just weeks before the event, Shermin was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He took the news in stride and promptly changed his diet to improve his health. Changes included more plant-based foods, a reduction in meat consumption, and staying away from his favorite fast food restaurant.

Confirmation of the results from Shermin’s efforts came just days before the race when both his high blood pressure and cholesterol numbers were lowered to within normal ranges. On September 22, a healthier Shermin Tao finished the 5K run and won his age category!

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New Port Richey Pathfinders Learn CPR

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by Lennie Schiefer

New Port Richey Pathfinders and staff received professional instruction on life-saving techniques of CPR and automatic defibrillators. (Photo: Joe Vital)

New Port Richey Pathfinders and staff received professional instruction on life-saving techniques of CPR and automatic defibrillators. (Photo: Joe Vital)

The Pathfinder Club of New Port Richey received free CPR instruction from Tom Mazzant and Daryl Sample, two certified CPR teachers from Florida Hospital of North Pinellas.

According to Pathfinder Club Director Carol Koch, 18 Pathfinders and staff members took the three-hour CPR course. The teachers gave each Pathfinder a Red Cross booklet to remind them how to perform CPR. Instruction included a video and a how-to demonstration of each step in giving CPR to adults, children, and infants.

Pathfinders also performed hands-on practice with various-sized manikins loaned from the hospital, and they were instructed in Automated External Defibrillator (AED) usage.

After successfully completing the Family and Friends CPR course, each Pathfinder received a case containing an official CPR mask and gloves and a certificate of course completion.

These Pathfinders are ready and prepared to act in a time of emergency. Director Koch has approached the Church Board with this request from the Pathfinders, “Our church should look into obtaining an AED to have on the premises in case we should ever need one. They are simple to use and could save a life.”

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