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Life at the Heights: December 2019

"How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news..." - Isaiah 52:7
Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas from all of us at the Heights!  Life at the Heights has continued to be busy, even as things slow down for the winter...
Summer Camp Registration
Fundraising efforts
Lots of winter snow
Summer Staff interviews
And so much more!
But first, we have a Christmas message from our executive director, Kyle Mills!  Read below for all the details and more.

Merry Christmas from the Executive Director, Kyle Mills

Advent is a special time of year. It is a time of hope, of expectation, of waiting. It is a time of faith, as we anticipate the celebration of Christ's birth. And for us here at Annunciation Heights, a camp whose name is so closely connected with the Incarnation, this time of year is especially poignant.

But there is a “problem:" Christmas shopping, Christmas trees, Christmas dinner, Christmas travel, Christmas lights, Christmas parties, Christmas cookies – and the list goes on and on. All these good Christmas things can sometimes take the place of soaking in the reality of Christmas itself! Advent can quickly turn into a season of stress and waiting – not for the birth of our Messiah – but anxiously waiting to get it all over with!

How do we turn what is one of the busiest seasons of the year into one of mystery and joy? Do we not buy gifts for our loved ones, forgo hanging the lights or putting up the tree? Should we avoid the work Christmas party, tell the kids there are no cookies this year, and disinvite the relatives? Maybe! But probably not.

I don’t claim to have a complete solution for this, but I do take some encouragement from the Blessed Mother. When the angel came to her to announce the mystery and miracle of the Incarnation what was her response? “Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). “Let it be done…” – what an incredible saying! It was God’s action and her active passivity to let God accomplish in her life that which has given us Christmas in the first place. She made herself a gift to God so that He could give Himself as a gift to us. Perhaps we can follow her lead; when we are scurrying around town trying to get all the Christmas stuff done, maybe we can echo her prayer in our circumstances: “Lord, let all the stuff be done, according to your word – the gifts, the lights, the tree, the travel”. If it all has to be done, let it be done, according to His word!

From all of us here at Annunciation Heights, I want to wish you and yours a blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas. We wish to thank you for helping us make this a place of tremendous blessing and fruitful ministry. Since we opened our doors exactly two years ago we have welcomed 6,845 guests with 142 different guest groups; have hosted 1,662 JPII Outdoor Lab students, served 264 summer campers at our first ever summer camp, and hosted nearly 80 families at family camps. Thank you to countless others who have attended our Work and Worship Weekends, have given to us financially, and have prayed for our staff and missionaries.

And yes, we have grown.  We have ten full-time staff and ten Altum Institute Missionaries, all here to facilitate an encounter with Jesus in the beauty of His creation. We look forward to serving you in the coming year and, with your help, continuing to spread Christ's love to all we meet in our daily lives. Annunciation Heights exists for this purpose, to serve each and every one of you in the truth and love of Christ's Gospel message, a message of begun in the flesh two millenia ago in the humble Bethlehem stable. May your days this season be filled with joy, happiness, and holiness!

Register Today for Summer Camp 2020!

Summer Camp 2020 Registration:
GET THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT WHILE IT LASTS!

Take time today to register for Summer Camp 2020, and get $50 off if you register before January 1! We are excited for another summer of adventure in the mountains with our campers - adventure in faith AND adventure in the outdoors!  Registration is now active, so please go on today to ensure your child's spot!

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

Be sure to check out all the available discounts: Referral Discount, Multiple Child Discount, and Early Bird Discount (as mentioned above!). 

Additionally, the following dates have been finalized for Family Camps 2020 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 after January 1!  Stay tuned!!

Please Consider Making an End-of-Year Donation to Annunciation Heights, and Receive a Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

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. Currently, the state of Colorado is offering what is called a Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. This credit seeks to increase the quality and availability of child care. The state allows you to take up to a 50% tax credit on your state income taxes when you donate to qualified child care programs, of which Annunciation Heights is one! Our office will mail Child Card Contribution Credit certificates to donors in January with donation amounts qualifying for the 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. If you have been here to camp, you know what a gift this property and this mission is, set deep in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. But with this gift comes great responsibility. And as we seek to be good stewards of all that God has given to the Church, we need your help!

Click Here to Support Annunciation Heights Today!

Wanted: Summer Staff
Update: Interviews Have Begun!

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 2020.  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 as to how to apply!

Buy a Last Minute Christmas Gift
at the AH Camp Store!

Looking for something to remember your time at AH, or trying to find a trendy gift for your kids?  Look no further than the Camp Store.  Visit the store today!
 

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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