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Life at the Heights: October 2020

"How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news..." - Isaiah 52:7
Greetings again from the Rocky Mountain heights!  It has been quite some time since we last sent out a "Life at the Heights" newsletter!  The COVID-19 pandemic has done quite a bit to throw off life at camp, as have the fires this fall, but we are so excited to have been able to operate this summer and even into this fall! 

Besides highlights from the summer, there is lots to catch up on, including Summer 2021 Registration (Now open...YAY!!), Summer Staff and Missionary hiring, a letter from executive director Kyle Mills, and much more.  We are so grateful to have you part of the AH Family!  Read on for all the good stuff! 
Register Today for Summer Camp 2021!

Summer Camp 2021 Registration NOW OPEN!!

Take time today to register for Summer Camp 2021We are excited for a normal summer of adventure in the mountains with our campers - adventure in faith AND adventure in the outdoors!  Registration is live, so please go on today to ensure your child's spot!  And learn more by clicking the link below!

See below for the full schedule, or click here for more information:

Family Camp 2021 Dates:


The following dates have been finalized for Family Camps 2021 during next summer:
  • Family Camp 1 - Sunday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 1
  • Family Camp 2 - Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29
  • Family Camp 3 - Friday, July 31 - Monday, August 3
Registration for Family Camps will go live shortly!  Stay tuned!!

CALLING ALL DYNAMIC, FUN-LOVING, FAITHFUL COLLEGE STUDENTS!
Summer Staff Applications have JUST OPENED!!

Are you looking for a job this summer?  Or is someone you know looking for one?  We are in need of faith-filled, energetic college students to serve on our Summer Staff 2021.  Not only can we offer you a community of prayer and adventure for the summer; we can also offer you a place to serve and work for the Lord!  Find more information here, including directions how to apply!

Apply for Summer Staff Today!

Director's Corner with
Executive Director, Kyle Mills

As I sit down to write this from camp I am looking out the window to see a forest of trees covered in a light dusting of frost from last night. It’s a welcoming and beautiful sight. Yesterday, we had quite a scare. At around 3pm in the afternoon the Larimer County sheriff’s office came to camp to notify us that we were to go on “voluntary evacuation” because of the East Troublesome fire that jumped the Continental Divide yesterday and came screaming down into Rocky Mountain National Park. All the residents of Estes Parke were evacuated, Grand Lake braced for the worst, and we watched and waited to see if the fire would make its way closer to us. It felt like the apocalypse up here; thick, dark, red smoke filled the camp obscuring the mountains around us. Then an equally thick but unexpected blanket of cool fog came to rest on us pushing some of the smoke away as night fell and the frost came. It was eerily quiet and cold. Most of our staff and missionaries had left, our guests canceled, and a few of us remained to keep a close watch on what might unfold.

This year has not gone the way we had planned it. That’s a big understatement that I imagine you can identify with! Pandemic, quarantine, school closures, MASS CLOSURES!, loss of work, threats of fire, an unsettling election. What are we to make of all this? Frankly, I don’t have a good answer to that question.

I am reminded however of a little exhortation St. Paul gave a few years ago to the church in Philippi. “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12 NIV). “I press on” – I find that extremely encouraging. What else can we do? God has not abandoned us. On the contrary God “is not far from each one of us” as St. Paul reminds us in another place (Acts 17:27). The grace of our faith will keep us strong and on mission.

Staying “on mission” has been a big theme for us up here at camp these past months. Though we have had to cancel nearly everything (accept weekend retreats and Family Camps!), we have continued to press on with welcoming a new crew of Altum Institute missionaries, pivoting our John Paul II Outdoor Lab program to go to schools, and prepping for what we anticipate to be an awesome summer camp in 2021. Registrations will go live any day now so please take a step of faith and give your kids something to look forward to next summer.

Lastly, I want to ask you if you could considering become a part of our monthly giving team? The pandemic hit us hard financially. We could really use your help in getting back to where we need to be and offer all the programs we are pressing on with planning. Any gift on a monthly basis helps to build the stability of our important mission to youth and families; it helps makes us stronger with you as part of our team. Please prayerfully consider and go to our website or contact us if you would like to join the team.

Now back to the fire watch!

Grace and peace to you and your family – from the Heights,

Kyle

Support Annunciation Heights Today and Receive CO State Tax Credit

Yes, we need your support! In order to continue the work of forming and sanctifying youth and families in the truth and love of Christ, we are humbly asking for your assistance. And in the difficult times brought about by the current pandemic, we are especially in need of your help to carry forward this mission.  There are so many ways to give! Furthermore, as a licensed child care camp facility, benefactors who give to Annunciation Heights are eligible to receive not only a tax write off, but a tax credit. Click the button below to learn more about this and ALL the many ways you can be a part of the AH mission!

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Forest Fires So Close To Camp!!

For those following the wildfires in CO this fall, you may have seen that camp was close to both the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires.  Though we were impacted by evacuation notices, camp staff and buildings all remained safe and protected thus far.  We are so grateful for the many prayers for camp, and for the many offers to house staff when we evacuated!  We felt so supported by all of you!  Please continue to pray that these fires will soon be extinguished and that we have a wet, wonderful winter in the mountains!!

Meet a Missionary:
Journey Lee

Journey is a first year Altum Institute missionary.  She joins us from the “breadbasket of the world”, aka Kansas, coming from a small town in the northwest corner called St. Francis. She’s a graduate from Benedictine College with degrees in Theology and Evangelization/Catechetics (Go Ravens!). She is a big lover of sharing in the joy of Christ, all things adventure, and playing any kind of games. Some of her favorite activities are rock climbing, hackie sack, spike ball, and writing poetry! 

Journey’s favorite Bible story:
Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

Journey’s favorite quote:
“Love changes everything so fill the world with it.” – Kid President 

Support AH

We are always in need of financial and volunteer support.  Please know that we are always looking to expand the AH family.  Find more ways to get involved at the Heights here.

Wanna Get Away?

Do you have a parish group, school group, or retreat that you are looking to host?  Annunciation Heights is the perfect place for your event.  With open weekends year round, we are always open to hosting weekend and weekday events on camp.  For more information, please don't hesitate to call the Camp Office at (970) 586-5689.  
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