Our mission is to provide unforgettable faith, education, and renewal experiences in God's creation for all God's people.
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Six Month Campaign Goal: $200,000. Get Involved Today!
Estimated loss of $200,000 from overnight Summer Camp and year-round retreat groups.
Retreats are trending a 75% loss in revenue - likely to continue until we have a cure or vaccine.
We have received small grants, but they do not cover continued expenses.
Year-round staff are furloughed or on half-pay or half-time. All variable expenses have been reduced.
We Need your Support Today,
Because the World Needs Caroline Furnace Tomorrow.
2020 has been a tough year for all of us, and especially for your outdoor ministry. We are experiencing an estimated loss of $200,000 in revenue from overnight Summer Camp and year-round retreat groups. Although we were blessed with a grant from the CARES Act, it only provided partial support for continued operations. Expenses are ongoing and include salary, insurance, mortgage, utilities, maintenance, and office equipment. You can help us continue through the pandemic so that we may provide unforgettable experiences for the next generation - experiences we have continued to provide even in these difficult times.
Your continued and generous partnership in ministry will ensure we reach next summer, and the next, so campers and counselors may return once again to sing by a campfire, run through the fields, swim in the lake, look up at the stars, and build community together - for decades to come.
A Message from Tom Powell, Executive Director:
The Board of Directors and staff are proactively planning how to lead your outdoor ministry through the long-term effects of this pandemic. To reach 2022, we must raise $200,000 by March 2021 in order to maintain continuity over the next 12 to 18 months. We ask for your generous support in this fundraising campaign. We are grateful for the additional gifts we have already received in 2020. Many of you - organizations, families, individuals - have already gone above and beyond this year. You have donated summer camp payments, sponsored a counselor, and participated in family retreats. You make this ministry possible and we thank you.
A Message from Allison Ryals, Board President:
We are living through a time of fear and uncertainty that seems to impact everything. It feels as if the very things that bring us joy - shared spaced, social connection, healthy risk-taking - have been swept away. While hope guides us forward, we still have to live with the uncertainty of how long this may last.
Our educators and ministry leaders are working harder than ever to teach our youth and help them grow. As we look ahead in hope to Summer 2021, we know our kids need camp to soothe their souls. Our young adult staff need camp to connect and discern calls to service and ministry. Our ministry leaders, families, and retreat guests need camp as they recover from months of solitude.
For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them. Matthew 18:20
Although we were unable to open for traditional, overnight Summer Camp in 2020, we continue to prepare for WHEN we are able to safely gather for Summer Camp in Fort Valley once again. With your help, Caroline Furnace will continue to serve our communities and provide an outdoor space of faith, education, and renewal for generations to come.
Caroline Furnace is YOUR outdoor ministry. As friends, neighbors, and partners, this is your story, and it is up to you to continue it. Help us reach next summer and keep the legacy and tradition of Caroline Furnace alive for generations to come. We will get through this together. Saving your outdoor ministry starts NOW.
Six Month Campaign Goal: $200,000
How can you help?
1. Send an above-and-beyond, one-time gift between now and March 2021.
2. Set up online 20 for 20 monthly giving (ACH preferred) to support us in 2020 and beyond.
3. Ask your church leaders about congregational support for Caroline Furnace.
20 for 20: Generosity for the Next Generation
Join our 20 for 20 campaign by giving $20 monthly in 2020 and beyond. A solid foundation of regular giving allows us to shift our focus from basic operations to a focus of growth and better reflecting Christ's presence in and through Caroline Furnace.
As we reflect on this ministry, consider what $20 a month will support:
- The smile of a small explorer carrying the biggest hunk of slag
-The excitement of a young camper passing the swim test for the first time
-The anticipation of rising seventh graders moving up to the Sukkah Village
-The dedication of a college student to serve as a camp counselor
-The generosity of a young adult to budget for monthly giving
-Time together as a family while on retreat or at Family Camp
-The commitment of a parent to bring their young children to Summer Camp
-The courage of a middle-aged adult to plan and lead a retreat
-Older alumni reflecting on a lifetime of faith, growth, and adventure
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry!
The Lord has provided us with wonderful gifts, that we may proclaim the gospel boldly through
Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center.
Perhaps our most important gift as we seek to minister to a world in need is YOU. Your prayers and your partnership are essential to this ministry. We respectfully ask for your donations to support the incredible work done here. By providing, participating, and praying for Caroline Furnace, you share Christ's love with a world in need and provide a sacred space for all among God's beautiful creation.
We ask that you keep us in your prayers. We encourage you to participate in our programs and to bring groups here on retreat, to seek faith, education, and renewal here. We have a glorious corner of God's creation to call home, and this place helps all who come here to see and hear God more clearly - and to experience faith made tangible. Whether walking the prayer labyrinth alone, worshiping together around a campfire, or just having quality conversation among the trees, time on
retreat can truly transform community.
You are welcome here. We are one as the body of Christ, and we are so very blessed by your abundant generosity.
Peace & Blessings,
Caroline Furnace Staff & Board of Directors
How can you make a difference?
Use the arrows below to learn more about recurring donations, in-kind donations, and legacy giving.
Did you know? You can set up scheduled donations to Caroline Furnace through Vanco,
our secure online giving engine.
This makes it easier for you when filing income taxes and helps us better project our operating budget. We provide options for quarterly, monthly or weekly giving. Recurring donations also reduce check writing for frequent donors, allow donations to continue uninterrupted during absences, allow donations to be spread out over time, and reduce administrative costs on our end. These can be paused or cancelled at any time, and can be done by both individuals and congregations. Most individual contributions are between $25 and $250.
Other ways to give back
Use the arrows below to learn more about Thrivent action teams and choice dollars, AmazonSmile, Kroger Plus, Gifts of Hope (Metro DC), GreatNonprofits.org, and YourCause.