From 2006 to 2011, members of St. Luke’s and Lutheran Church of the Cross shared a weekend together each spring at Camp Columbia. The Camp weekend is a time for sharing fun and fellowship as well as a time to connect with God in a beautiful place.
However, Camp Columbia was not available for parish weekends in 2012. A report by the Camp Columbia Review Team to Diocesan Council for the September Diocesan Council Meeting outlines short term options and recommendations for the future. Here is a link to the report.
Looking back at our 2011 camp, the theme for our weekend at Camp Columbia with Church of the Cross was In Harmony with Neighbours and the Earth. Forty-four campers (from almost a year to 80 something) took part in the Camp Weekend, held Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th. From St. Luke’s, 24 campers attended: 16 adults, 5 children (5 - 11 years) and 3 children under 5. From Church of the Cross, 20 people took part: 14 adults, 2 teens, 2 children (5 - 11 years) and 2 children under 5.
On Saturday morning, we welcomed Marguerit James and Dave Bodaly, our neighbours from Penelakut Island. Marguerit shared her people’s history and traditions and also talked about the residential school on Penelakut Island as her late husband was a residential school survivor. Dave shared his knowledge of local plants and their traditional uses.
While the rainy weather meant that we had an indoor sing-along instead of a campfire and our service was in the Lounge instead of the outdoor chapel, it was another very enjoyable weekend at Camp. As well as Marguerit and Dave’s visit and talks, other highlights included a return appearance by Ernestine, fresh cinnamon buns and donuts, and the continuing friendship of the two congregations.
Visit our Image Gallery to view pictures from our 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Camp Columbia weekends.