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April 2017

April 2017

April 2, 2017 newsletters

Redwood Glen:Getting Ready for Summer Work Day Saturday, June 3 Don’t miss out on your chance to help Redwood Glen prepare the campus for the summer activities. Whether it be painting, raking, building, or cleaning, we have the perfect project that can fit your needs and capabilities. Breakfast is served […]

Redwood Glen:
Getting Ready for Summer

Work Day
Saturday, June 3

Don’t miss out on your chance to help Redwood Glen prepare the campus for the summer activities. Whether it be painting, raking, building, or cleaning, we have the perfect project that can fit your needs and capabilities.

Breakfast is served at 8:00am in Smith Dining Hall and the work begins at 8:30. We will gather in front of the Miller Meeting Room to find out what jobs are available. Lunch will be served at noon.

Please call the camp office (650.879.0320) if you plan to come so we can have an accurate count for meals.


Summer Camps

Summer Camps are coming fast! This year we’re going to find out what it means to be “All In” with God. Focusing on how to integrate our lives into the plan God has for us and being steadfast in that. We already have over 60 campers signed up and we are watching those numbers grow daily (some camps have already hit capacity).

If your child is interested in spending a week in the woods, swimming in the pool, swinging on the tire swing, hunting for Banana Slugs, stomping through the creek, and making new friends… Send them to camp! With a price tag of $329 for an entire week, you can send them to two!

If you’re interested in helping us out this summer, we are still looking for some volunteer counselors and a camp photographer and we would love to hear from you! We are gearing up for a pretty exciting summer and can’t want to see your campers at Redwood Glen.

Check out these camps and dates:
Discovery Camp
June 11-16; completing grades 2-5;  $329

Middle School Encounter Camp
June 26 – July 1; completing grades 6-8; $329

Children’s Music And Drama Camp
June 26 – July 1; completing grades 2-5; $329

Adventure Camp
July 10-15; completing grades 4-6; $329

Youth Music And Drama Camp
July 10-15; completing grades 6-12; $329

Senior High Camp
July 16-21; completing grades 9-12; $329

Pioneer Camp
July 18-21; completing grades 1-4; $259

Click Here for more information and to register your child


Water Update:

Redwood Glen is about 90% completed with the water project. The summit is in sight, even though the last 10% of the climb may be steep going.

Redwood Glen is about 90% completed with the water project. The summit is in sight, even though the last 10% of the climb may be steep going.

We are still in business! The California State Water Board is allowing us to haul in water and San Mateo County continues to allow us to operate as we work at fevered pace to get the new water system up and running. As soon as we are given the green light to build, our contractor, Total-Western, Inc. will begin construction. The Community Credit Union has approved our loan and we are just waiting on the title company to give us the thumbs up. In the meantime we are working with our local electrician and plumber on the plans to take to the County for permitting the water plant.

We have hauled 3,000 feet of pipe up the hill to re-connect to Piney Creek and to divert water from the Hoffman Creek line. While the American Red Cross was at Redwood Glen to do some training with new recruits, they volunteered and hauled the first 1,000 feet up the hill. Then on Saturday, April 1, a group of volunteers from some of our supporting churches came and hauled the other 2,000 feet. Next, we will weld the 500 foot lengths together.

Our engineering consultants and project manager, SRT, has completed the technical drawings and turned that in to the State Water Board for approval. Once they give the approval we will be ready to begin the final phase of putting it all together. We project that Redwood Glen will be running our own water through camp before the end of May.

Yes, we are still paying 15 cents per gallon of water right now which runs about $10,000 – $15,000 per month. But we are making it through. Staff is at bare bones; we’ve had to cut back on some projects, and go without in some places. But we are survivors. Once the loan comes through (which includes money for the water facility and paying off the current mortgage balloon payment) we’ll be able to breathe a bit easier.

You have been fantastic in your support as we battle through this issue. Redwood Glen has received over $360,000 in financial support through this water crisis. When we needed workers, volunteers showed up. You have been there for us. When it looked the bleakest, you prayed…you gave…you encouraged us.

And even though there is still much to be done in a very short time, our Water Team: Chad Plantenberg, Andrew Gonsalves, Ronald Gonsalves, Wyman Chin, CJ Bohlen, and Mike Greene, are working together so that Redwood Glen, as we prepare for next year’s 60th anniversary, will be ministering to campers, young and old, for 60 more years to come.

Click here to donate to Redwood Glen


Letters from Larrrrrrrry

In the mail recently I received the Spring issue of the World Vision magazine and the cover immediately drew my attention (pictured at right). A five year old Kenyan girl, named Cheru, is carrying a pot of water on her head. Each day she walks 3.7 miles with her siblings to the nearest river to collect water for the family for cooking, cleaning, bathing and drinking.

The reason the cover caught my attention was not because of the picture (maybe I’ve become immune to these “poor, starving children” kinds of appeals. What caught my attention was the caption for the picture, “Water Within Reach”. It made me think of Redwood Glen, our reach for water, and how we are getting closer and closer to having our own water system.

Since the cover so caught my attention, I read the article. It tells the story of children from two different villages. In one village, Cheru’s, the children walk a total seven and a half miles every day for their supply of water that is dirty and unhealthy. The other village has a mountain spring that World Vision has tapped into and piped to the village. There the children walk a total 252 yards round trip for water.

A few thoughts came to mind as I was reading:

1. Our struggle here at Redwood Glen is not unlike little Cheru’s. Water is there and yes, it is within reach. We still have a few hurdles to jump over to get that water, and it seems this last part is the hardest, but it is within reach. And we can soon become like the other village with lots of good water.

2. I may complain about the tight restrictions the State of California has put on water systems to provide good, clean, drinkable water, but I know how needed those restrictions are and am impressed how, here in California, our city water systems are managed and controlled so we don’t have a Flint, Michigan type of scenario where the water did get contaminated because of poor management and corners cut. So when I go to the tap and turn on the water I take for granted, I know it is good, clean, drinkable water.

3. My wife and I make a monthly donation to World Vision. And while it does help Cheru and the 319 million other people in Sub-Saharan Africa find water, it also covers administrative expenses. But when you give to Redwood Glen, those admin costs are already covered by guest services fees, and your gift goes directly, right now, to providing water for you, when you come to Redwood Glen for your conference or retreat.

Thank you for your prayers and donations. We do see God’s hand in what we are doing. He is forever faithful, and we are his faithful stewards, working to keep Redwood Glen that special place in His creation.

Well, that’s where I’m at right now . . . at least until I learn and grow just a little bit more.

Larry Rice
Executive Director

 

 

 
 


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