The Latest News from PCCCA

PCCCA LogoThe August issue of Branches Online, the enewsletter of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, is available online. You can see all of the latest news and resources by checking out this new issue. If you missed it, here is the June/July issue. If you did not receive this issue in your email inbox, you can subscribe by sending your email address to joel@pccca.net.

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Register Now for the OMC Great Gathering

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Registration opened on May 1 for the Great Gathering of the Outdoor Ministries Connection. You won't want to miss the ecumenical event that will bring together camp and conference professionals, board members, and volunteers from across the United States and Canada. The theme for the conference is "RelationSHIFT" and it will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Western North Carolina on November 10-14.
 
Please register early at omcgreatgathering.org to guarantee your housing preferences. We are excited to have PCCCA as a part of the Great Gathering and we hope to see you at this one-of-a-kind conference!

APCE Needs Your “Outside the Box” Videos

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The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) is seeking “outside the box” videos relating to discipleship through retreat, mission, and justice ministries. They plan to show these videos during their 2020 Annual Event in Little Rock on January 29 – February 1. Does your camp, conference, or retreat center have a video to share related to this theme?

Here are the guidelines:

  • Video about a ministry related to 2020 theme: Getting Outside the Box - Discipleship through Retreat, Mission & Justice Ministries
  • Two and half minutes or less in length
  • Polished but not professionally made promotional material (example: APCE 2020 Local Reveal Video)
  • Visual and active - not all talking heads
  • Eye catching, inspirational, and informational
  • Permission to post across APCE platforms
  • Submitted no later than October 15th to 2020outsidethebox@gmail.com
  • Submission formats include .mp4 format or a third-party service such as YouTube or Vimeo
  • Contact will be made with those whose submissions will be shown at the Annual Event, and you will be notified when they will be shared
  • One Annual Event registration discount will be given for each of the video chosen

For questions, please contact Miatta Wilson at 2020outsidethebox@gmail.com.

Good Things Happen When Denominations Work Together

OMC Council 2019Representatives from PCCCA, United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries (UMCRM), the United Church of Canada, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM), Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers (ECCC), and the Outdoor Ministry Association of the United Church of Christ (OMA-UCC) gathered together on March 25-28 for a meeting of the Council of the Outdoor Ministries Connection at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (Carefree, AZ). The group heard the latest reports on the Interim Director Training in May and the Great Gathering at Lake Junaluska in November. It is always great when the OMC Council comes together for a meeting. It shows us how much can be accomplished when we work together with our ecumenical partners. If the 2019 OMC Great Gathering is not yet on your calendar, it will be held at on November 10-14 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina.