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Wednesday’s Whim: Giving Thanks

The gratitude overfloweth at Camp Stevens these days!  Yesterday we gathered for our annual family Thanksgiving potluck dinner that highlighted family recipes, a couple experiments, and some darn good homemade pies.  Before we dug in, we gave thanks …

… for weather that has allowed the leaves to stay on the trees, for one another, for good food, for gardens and chickens and pigs, for friends and co-workers who are like family, for new journeys, for opportunity and growth, for our own families around the country, and for the 100+ folks who will join us for the great feast tomorrow evening at Thanksgiving Family Camp.

From top left: Camp Stevens Family Thanksgiving; a curious hen; Upper Meadow; the laying hens in the kitchen garden coop; an almost finished St. Francis meditation chapel; beautiful, wonderful evidence of fall

Thank you for being part of our family – whether through summer camp or the retreat center; whether you give of your time or your money.  Maybe your children did or do work at camp (maybe you’re my own mother!).  Perhaps you’ve never been here and have just heard through the grapevine of the magic in these mountains.  We are grateful for you.  Blessings to you during this Thanksgiving week.

A Thanksgiving Day collect from the Book of Common Prayer, p 246:

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.  Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and for ever.  Amen.

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Whim: “sudden idea.”  This weekly post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!

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