This morning I met Jerry Jacoby, Kid Motivator for breakfast. That was fun. I discovered that we live only a few miles way from each other. It’s a small, small world. I preached for the families and enjoyed a nice lunch and some more conversation with Bair Lake’s new Director, Drew Gardner and Event Coordinator, Daniel DeForge.
Camp Isn’t Really Camp
One thing I love about camp is that camp isn’t really camp. I have an air-conditioned private room with an attached bath. A variety of meals are served hot at scheduled times in an air-conditioned lodge. Camps are built in places of natural beauty but you don’t have to risk unwanted exposure to the elements if you don’t want to. You can sip coffee here, enjoy the WiFi and look out on the lake through a plate of glass ten feet tall here at Bair Lake while watching the sun bring the lake to life in the morning. Or, I suppose you can hike around and canoe and kill bears if you want to. There’s just not a lot of hardship here, they even bumped my session forward a bit so it would not interfere with the traditional Notre Dame vs. Michigan football game, complete with hot snacks and two huge projector images of the game with thunderous speakers to capture every nuance of the mayhem.
Bair Lake Bible Camp is a few miles south of M-60 near the village of Jones, Michigan. Bittersweet Farm is a few miles south of M-60 about and hour and three-quarters northeast. It’s pleasant drive, every mile the scenic route, no need to use the frantic interstate.
Lured Away to Lowry’s
I was lured away for an hour and a half this afternoon by the rumor of an good indie bookstore in Three Rivers. I had to manage my way around a bit of a street fair into the store but I was well-rewarded for my efforts. Right on Main, Lowry’s Books and More
Next week I’m launching a series of messages on angels. I found a collection of sermons on angles by great preachers of the past. For a few dollars I now own a three-in-one volume of the first three Miss Read novels, The Chronicles of Faircare. (Something I have been keeping my eye open for, for a time) I now own another title by a favorite author, Charlie Shedd, How to Make People Feel Loved, and a wonderfully preserved copy of Adventures in Insight by Michigan author and pastor Harold Kohn. So for less then 20.00 I walked away with some treasures with which I hope to color my talks and entertain my heart.
So it has been a good day. Now I’m writing in my quiet quarters. There may be a nap in my future, dinner with some new friends, and a circle of friends around a good fire after dark to crown the Lord’s Day with some fellowship, singing and storytelling.
Tomorrow I will preach again, one last time, and head back to Bittersweet Farm for a reunion with Lois and Hope and whoever is visiting when I return.
If you ever get a chance, take in Bair Lake, visit Lowry’s and by all means meet Jerry Jacoby , the Kid Motivator and his wife, Michaela. You will be glad you did.
Oh, and serve the Lord. It’s the life!
Bair Lake Bible Camp
September 2, 2018