Avon Park Camp Association
1001 W Lake Isis, Avon Park FL 33825
Higher Ground
Quarterly eNews

Vol. III, No. 2

July 2011

From Our President

Dear Camp Family,

Luanne and I greet you in the wonderful name of Jesus. Every day is a new opportunity to live for the King of Kings! We trust your summer plans are developing with family and friends, and encourage your personal growth time to include prayer and Bible study.

As many of you know, I previously cancelled my preaching schedule for this summer because I needed time to recuperate physically from a tough winter. Apparently, I did not take enough hydrocortisone at the time of my back surgery, and it has taken months to begin to feel normal again. Praise God for great doctors and the medication that keeps me alive.

Now, it is time for summer camp meetings. Please cover your camp with prayer and support its workers in every way possible. Every year, it seems there are more enemies of camp meetings, and leaders everywhere need extra prayer support. I am excited that Avon Park Camp people are involved in camp meetings all summer long.

Here at the camp, God is blessing in outside retreats because of our camp staff. I can't say enough praise for Dave and Dolores and Gary and Rosa. When you think of them, thank God for sending them to our camp. They are incredible servants of God.

May the Lord bless each of you and watch over your family. And may you spend time in personal devotion so that you have the eternal resources to help those with special concerns. Luanne and I love each of you and look forward to your return to Avon Park.

Because of Jesus,

-- El and Luanne Kelley

Thank You Notes

Thank you for your prayer support during this past year, especially for our son who was in a terrible motorcycle accident. He returned to work a few weeks ago after several surgeries and being out of work for 10 months. He is praising the Lord for His goodness to him. How we praise the Lord for His watchcare.

-- Tom and Elaine Boring

Thank you for the many prayers lifted up for healing in behalf of our son-in-law, David Cross, and also for your many prayers, e-mails, and cards sent in sympathy at his death.

We also appreciate your loving concern for our daughter, Christy, and her family. What would we do without GOD and our Christian friends in these times.

-- Jack and Dorothy Luckert

Prayer Opportunities

Please pray for Jean Alexander, Mary Allen, Roger and Marilyn Blackburn, Gary & Viola Case, Dolores Coller, Flornell (Flossie) Coller, Roy Dettwiler, Louise Fitzgerald, Len and Joanne Gamber, Lois Hetmansperger, Imogene James, Eldred & Luanne Kelley, Jane Kunze, Marion Lewton, John and Blanche Louthain, Kathy Patterson, Glenna Shook, Doris Smith, and Alwilda Warner.

From Our Missionaries

Dear Avon Park friends,

THANK YOU For our your prayers for us!! We feel them.

Jesus is giving us some new opportunities in relationships to share Him and see Him working. One of the nurses at the orthodontist's office had a headache the last time we were in. I’ve had opportunities earlier to talk to her about Jesus and when I saw her again later in the week, she said, “I’m better.” I said, “I prayed that Jesus would help you.” She said, “I know!” He’s working!!!!!

Jesus is helping our girls and we are thankful! We see daily answers to prayer!!!

Lots and lots of love,

-- Dan and Katy Beth Searls
and the girls

Mark 1:21-22

...Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching because he taught them as one who had authority....

The Strange Preacher's Kid

Jesus taught with authority because He had intimate knowledge of the scripture. He knew the author; He WAS the author!

Jesus calls us as ordinary people so He can do extraordinary things through us. In Him, He in us, we too will be like Him, do what He did, and speak as He spoke.

-- PAB



Beulah Camp Meeting
Eldorado IL
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lunch together at noon. Reservations not necessary, but for more information or to let us know you are coming, please contact Dorothy Luckert, 618-977-7654, or dj.luckert@att.net.

Click Here for more information about Beulah Camp Meeting.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Dinner at 12 Noon
Old Country Buffet
G3583 Miller Rd
Flint MI

Cards will be sent to those on the mailing list. For more information, or to make your reservations please contact Donna Randolph at 810-869-4533 (ddrand82@gmail.com)


Dupont Park
Parkersburg WV
Saturday, August 20, 2011

For more information, please contact Pam Casto (pamelacasto@aol.com) or Bobbi Balderson (bobbibalderson@yahoo.com)


Saturday, August 27, 2011
Dinner at 12 Noon
Come early to visit
Troyer's Dutch Heritage
720 St Rt 97 W
Bellville OH 44813

Reservations are necessary. Letters will be sent in July to those on the mailing list. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to attend, please contact Pauline Butler, 1715 Devonshire Lane, Mansfield OH 44907, or call 419-756-9849. Georgene Bethel will be receiving payment.


2011 Women's Conference
"Enter His Rest"

September 29 - October 1
Grove City Church of the Nazarene
Columbus OH area

Free Registration
Open to women of any age, church or denomination

For more information or to download a printable flier or poster, Please Click Here

Southeast Celebration of Missions-WGM

November 3 - 5, 2011
Epworth by the Sea
St Simons Island, GA

Registration Deadline
October 23, 2011

Download Brochure


The 73rd annual Avon Park Holiness Camp Meeting is February 2nd through February 12, 2012.

Scheduled Evangelists are David Gallimore, Doug Carter and John Neihof. Dr. Bill Ury, Bible Teacher, and Greg and Becky Reynolds, musicians, round out the leadership team. The website has been updated, and you can download your brochure now!


When planning how long you can stay, remember the snack shack is open for breakfast two weeks before and two weeks after Camp Meeting, so come a little early and stay on with us for a while!

For dorm rooms or apartment or trailer rentals, call Rosa at the office 863-453-6831.

Call Sonny and Dianne at 812-945-7828 for RV reservations. Our campsites are available year round!


Friday, February 17, 2012
10 am to 3 pm
after church until 9:30 pm
in the Dining Hall

This is your opportunity to display your craftiness with your friends. In order to plan our exhibits, please let us know the following:

  1. What will you be displaying?
  2. How many tables (1 or 2) will you need?
  3. Would you want to sell any of your items at that time? (20% of the sale will go to the Auxiliary.)
  4. Would you be willing to teach your craft on that day or on a future day?

It was exciting last year to view the work of our talented ladies and men. Let's make it a fun day!

If you are interested, please contact one of the following committee members by December 15th, 2011:

  • Dorothy Luckert, dj.luckert@att.net or 618-977-7654
  • Sharon Allison, sja2438@aol.com or 814-322-5741
  • Pam Casto, pamelacasto@aol.com or 304-481-7143
  • Virginia Maddrell, 909 W. Kingdom Way, Avon Park, FL 33825

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