Music Camp - Montreat Worship and Music Conference

On Saturday, June 16, 23 adults and 34 youth boarded one charter bus and two twelve passenger vans travelling to Montreat, North Carolina. After an eleven hour journey, our group set up in one of three houses that First Presbyterian Church rents for the week. Sunday is the day of rest for the Florida Montreators and is spent sliding down slippery rock, climbing Grandfather Mountain or exploring the Montreat campus. Chaperones Janine Hubbell, Sara LeMaire, Cyndie Williams, Kim Ball, Curtis Ball, Alicia Johansen, Kris VanSickle, Evelyn Lewis and Coleen O’Brien nurtured, mentored, helped our children and youth experience the church in community, and helped our children and youth grow in their Christian faith. Our extraordinary chaperones have the heart of God for the children of God.

On Sunday night, after a day of fellowship with our church family, we attended the opening worship service that began the conference. “In God’s Abundance Living, Moving, Being” was the theme of the conference. On Monday morning, we began classes; choir, handbells, art, Bible study and a daily worship service, all centered around the theme of the conference. Each day we were blessed to be able to gather together as a group for lunch and dinner prepared by Martha Osmun, Susan Willis, Lorie Drewke, Meg Brodeur and Larissa Israel. After dinner, there were daily evening activities such as a talent show, organ recital and a hymn festival, which we all attended together. The conference concluded on Friday evening with a final concert featuring each of the different choirs. On Saturday morning, we

departed for Gainesville returning home in the late afternoon.

“God is calling us to a place beautiful and set apart, calling us to a life of love and service.
We come, encircled by a great cloud of witnesses (by whom we are blessed)…
We come with a vital heritage (living, moving, being the body of Christ)…
We come looking for guideposts at the crossroads (of justice and hospitality)…
God is calling us to this place, directing us to new avenues of service (to let our lights shine)…
We come with joy in our hearts (we give thanks to God and share our gifts with others)…
We come with openness to Christ’s presence among us (who comes to make all things new)…”
from the daily call to worship by Donna Giver Johnston

Thank you for keeping all of us in your prayers as we were in Montreat.

Thank you to all of those who contributed over $16,117 through our fundraisers this past year: Sweetie Pies, Homecoming Parade Parking, Downtown Arts Festival parking and Noteworthy Sponsors.