The Director of Marketing and Communications for VLM will be developing creative strategies and branding, as well as print and digital media. In addition, they will be visiting our camp communities and audiences (churches, camper families, potential retreat guests, neighbors, and donors) that are interested in using and engaging in Camp Hiawatha and Camp Vermilion.
We are accepting resumes until July 21st with a potential start date of Sept 1.
This is a full time, salaried, position with full benefits, based out of Duluth, MN.
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“19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:19-22
In this passage we find the disciples in a place that we have all been: locked in and gripped by fear. Just days before, the man they had been following for years was arrested, convicted, and crucified. He had called them from simple lives to follow him into an abundant life. They had been witnesses to miracle after miracle. They watched as He fed thousands, healed the sick, and challenged the church authority of the day. He had even called one of them to walk on water! They had hoped that this man would be a victorious conqueror, overthrowing their oppressors and leading them to freedom. But then things didn’t go as they had planned… They were with Jesus as the army arrested Him. They pulled out their swords to defend Him. They were confused when their King told them to put their swords away. What was going on here?
And this is where the fear and doubt began to creep in. As Jesus was brought before the authorities, they watched the crowd turn against Him. The man before them was in chains and there was no army outside the city to free Him. As the trial continues, it becomes clear that if they are going to continue to follow this man, they would be following him to a conviction and death. Maybe this man was not the Son of God?
They listened to the insults that were hurled at Him. Days before, the crowds had welcomed Him; now they laughed and jeered as He stumbles and falls while carrying a piece of wood that will be used in His death. They watched as the one who promised them abundant life breathed His last breath, hung his head and died. It had been three days and all hope was lost. How could life come from a Man who was now dead?
I woke up last week and immediately pulled the covers over my head. I did not want to get out of bed and deal with my tasks for the day. Fear and doubt had crept in. What was I supposed to do with my day? Was I skilled enough to accomplish the tasks set before me? What about that poor interaction I had the day before with a friend? Are they still mad? Is everything going to fall into place or is it all falling apart?
In the midst of all of these fears and doubts, under my blanket, with my heart locked to the world, I was reminded that Christ is still present. I was reminded that I hadn’t been called to lock myself away and hide under the blankets. There were people coming to get cabins ready for campers, and I knew they were going to want coffee. So begrudgingly I poked my head out, got dressed, and dragged my feet up the hill to Voyageur Lodge.
Oh, what Peace I found there! A lake that was as clear as glass! Trees that I had watched be planted as saplings that were now taller than me! A dining hall that will soon be filled to overflowing with the excitement of campers! Volunteers willing to spend their time scrubbing floors so that our guests have a clean place to rest! Friends of many years sharing updates of their careers, pictures of their families, and plans for weddings! There is so much Peace in the abundant life of Christ!
“30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe [d] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31
Brian Heuer, VLM Summer Staff Member 2007, 2009-2011, 2013, 2017-2019
YOUR ARE INVITED to the annual Deer Lake Frolic, a summer picnic held at Camp Hiawatha in August. Festivities begin at 5:00 with dinner served at 6:00. Dinner includes grilled chicken, corn-on-the-cob, corn bread, salad, and a Dairy Queen ice cream treat for dessert. The Frolic also includes music, kids games, prizes, and silent auction. The event is free, but food tickets are $12 per person (food tickets for age 6 & under are free). Contact email@example.com for $12 advanced tickets or you may buy them at the door for $15. Hope to see you there!
Why are we sharing this event? Because VLM and Camp Hiawatha are members of the Deer Lake Association (DLA) and value our partnership with the DLA. In addition to Deer Lake water quality, DLA's mission includes building community among members, property owners, and the broader community who use or have connections to the lake, including you!
The month of June brings the start of our weekly worship services at Camp Hiawatha. This tradition has been happening for many years, and is often a highlight for those who summer on and around Deer Lake.
These services are completely volunteer led, from putting the schedule together to preaching to offering music for the service. And while the basic format of the service remains the same, the variety of speakers and musicians gives each week a unique feel and experience.
A simple breakfast is offered following the service for a free will offering. This provides time and space for fellowship and reconnecting with friends seen only during the summer months at the lake.
This year our services start on Sunday, June 2 and run through Sunday, August 25. Worship begins at 10:00am with fellowship and a meal immediately following. If you are in the Deer Lake/Grand Rapids are this summer, we would love to have you join us!
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
Have you ever been in a situation where you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? The decision at hand, a passage to defining your future, hinges on you, and there are so many details to consider that your mind is scurrying rapidly to answer each one? Simply put, it seems impossible - to make the right decision, but also to deal with the outcomes of it.
I recently lived this situation. I had a decision to make and a very on-the-spot deadline in which to make it. My heart desperately wanted to make the right one, to obey God’s plan for me, but with all of the details to consider, it was quite overwhelming.
Thankfully, I have some incredible people in my life. Most of which I met at camp! I was told to make a pros and cons list, to listen to my heart, to trust my gut, to pray about it. All helpful and not helpful at all in the same breath. In this decision, I was asking for all the help I could get! Truth is though, the more I talked about it, the more I prayed about it and the more I asked for prayers, the more I panicked. But at the end of the day, all I could hear was “I think God’s got this. You have to believe He’s got this!”
“God’s got this.”
It’s like a huge wave came over me and went WHOOSH, and all of the anxieties over details and frantically wandering thoughts went still. They were replaced with a peace, the kind that transcends our understanding.
There are countless things in this world—decisions, problems, tasks, responsibilities, cases, people—that seem to be impossible. And yes, with just us in control, they are. But God has proven too many times His capability to do the seemingly impossible for us not to consult with Him or trust in Him on everything!
To assure us further He says that, “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Our capacity to think and to do are limited; there are countless ways that we can come up short. But God’s ways, His thoughts, are so much greater than ours. We cannot even fathom it; our minds cannot grasp it. One of my greatest fears has been that I might get in God’s way. That I might make the wrong decision and then I’ll have to pick up and mend all of the wreckage I’ve caused because of it. Ha!
I think I think too highly of myself—to think that I can get in the way of the Almighty God?! For He goes on to say in Isaiah, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
God spoke us into being; therefore, He will achieve through us what He purposes to achieve. We cannot get in the way of that. Trust and believe that God’s got this, whatever the “this” might be.
Lakyn Muilenburg - VLM Alumni 2014-2017