History of Camp Living Waters

Camp Living Waters was purchased by the United Brethren (U.B.) Church in 1967. The camp property, located in Luther, Michigan, is made up of 100 acres of woods and wetlands. This property is adjacent to state land and includes semi-private Stewart Lake (public access where our west property line falls). The first summer camp program was offered in 1968. 

    

The 100 acre camp property is totally surrounded by the Pere Marquette State Forest. This location has given CLW numerous opportunities for programs beyond the camp property boundaries. These programs include horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, snowmobiling, and access to the Lake County ORV trail systems. 

 

Since that time, the program has expanded into a year-round operation and now meets the needs of many churches, schools, and community groups. Our summer program for years has served youth camps – Junior/Junior High combined camps, High School camp and camps serving teens and adults with special needs. A Ranch Program has also been a part of our summer camp offerings. The camp has grown to include hosting rental groups and other CLW sponsored events for men, women, families, and youth. Wheels retreat was one popular addition- retreaters stage at the camp for weekends of ORV trail riding on the neighboring state trails. Our services also include: band camps, family camp, and individual church camps/retreats.

Mission

Serving and loving people so they may know and grow in Jesus Christ.

Values

God Honoring Stewardship

Psalms 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

 

Creative Relevance

1 Corinthians 9:22 “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might win some.”

 

Christ Centered Service

Matthew 20:28 “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

 

Philippians 2:6-7  “Who being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather He made Himself nothing by taking on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

 

Godly Integrity In All Things

Proverbs 14:2a “Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly.”

 

1 Chronicles 29:17 “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people, who are here, have given to You.” 

 

God’s Word Is Truth

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,   correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

 

Unity Of Purpose

Ephesians 4:1-3 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” 

 

Family

1 Chronicles 16:43 “Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.”

 

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

 

Christ Centered Relationships

Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

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