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Upcoming events

    • 28 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Camp Mechuwana, Maine

    Don't miss this annual gathering of those who relate to United Methodist Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries on behalf of their Annual Conference or region. Come be with colleagues who understand your role and who care about you.

    • engage in small group discussion and networking
    • worship together
    • hear from the UMCRM Board about their work and issues that are important to all of us
    • gain new perspectives from guest speakers
    • tour our host site and learn how Mechuwana harnesses the gifts of volunteers for major endeavors
    • enjoy an afternoon out together, exploring the unique culture of coastal Maine

    Event registration includes three nights' lodging, seven meals, and program. Our dinner out in Freeport is not included and is your own responsibility.

    Double Occupancy: $200 per person
    Single Occupancy: $275 per person

    Camp Mechuwana provides comfortable lodging, meeting, and dining facilities. Special meals will be gladly provided for those with alternative diets.

    On Thursday afternoon we will explore offsite with a visit to the fishing village of Freeport, home of L.L.Bean. We'll enjoy dinner out and sample the local seafood.

    New Staff Onboarding Day 11/28:

    NEW THIS YEAR! Tuesday November 28th, 9am-5pm, we will hold an “add-on” day expressly for new annual conference staff with Camp and Retreat Ministry in their portfolio.

    Learn more about the powerful opportunities, unique challenges, and supportive resources available to your work on the conference level in camping ministries. Seasoned conference staff will share in this day customized to your needs. If you opt to participate in this extra day, the cost is $25, $50 if staying over Monday night. Airport transportation will be provided.


    We'll coordinate shuttle runs from Portland International Jetport (PWM) Monday evening, Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please schedule flight arrivals by 4 pm if you want to make it to the camp in time for dinner on Tuesday. There will be a later car departing at 5:30 pm; those folks will get dinner on the road. The ride to Mechuwana is approximately 1 hour. Departing flights should not be scheduled before 10 a.m. on Friday (shuttle leaves after breakfast).

    If you are driving, please view directions at: http://www.mechuwana.org/directions.html

    Payments by check may be sent to:

    Brant Henshaw

    UMCRM Treasurer

    PO Box 13650

    Des Moines, WA 98198

    • 21 Jan 2018
    • 26 Jan 2018
    • Life Enrichment Center, Fruitland Park, FL

    The Florida Conference Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida will host our first week long UMCRM Immersion Experience from January 21 – 26, 2018. A core component for Certification in Camp and Retreat Ministry, this event is open to anyone who would benefit from an immersion into what it means to be a uniquely United Methodist Camp, Retreat and Conference Center.

    New and aspiring Directors and Program Directors, board members, and key staff, as well as students seeking Certification, are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to grow and be nurtured by exploring the following topics:

    • United Methodist Theology and Doctrine

    • History of UM Camp and Retreat Ministry

    • The Seven Foundations of CR Ministry

    • The Social Principles and How They Apply

    • Worship in the UMCRM Tradition (And Daily Worship)

    • Program Development and Faith Formation

    • Tour of the LEC to explore Facilities and Hospitality

    • Budgets, Financial Management, and Conference Treasurers

    • Governance Models/Working with your Board

    • Collaboration with Local Churches and Agencies

    • Best Practices in all the Above

    Perhaps best of all, the event features networking with peers in small groups and growing in relationship with colleagues across the nation, many of whom may become friends and encouragers throughout your ministry.

    Russell Casteel, Camp Executive of the Tennessee Conference and Site Director at Camp Cedar Crest, will direct our week together as well as offering instruction. Your faculty will be United Methodist Camp and Retreat leaders with many years’ experience in our shared ministry and the art of teaching.

    Tuition is $300 plus room and board. The Life Enrichment Center is offering us a 10% discount.: double occupancy $301;  $392 for single occupancy. The inclusive cost is $601 (shared room) or $692 (single room). Full payment is due by January 5th. After January a $200 cancellation fee will be incurred.

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