Posted: November 19
Prayer and Communion today at 10:30 AM in the Chapel. Everyone welcome.
Posted: November 02
Bold steps originating from a bold book: Worship at First Christian Church today at 10:30 AM. Hope to see you.
Posted: October 29
Posted: October 16
Please join us in prayer and solidarity tonight at 6:30!
Posted: September 24
Update on Black River Camp Good Morning! I went to Black River yesterday afternoon as the water flowing from the creek was finally low enough to get across the low water crossing to the buildings. I have to say to begin with that driving through the front gate the view of destruction is stunning. It literally takes your breath away. After walking the grounds with Don and taking lots of pictures (which I will forward once we get them off of the camera) it is now evident that the water flowing through the area between the manager's residence and the visible debris line on the other side of the river indicate a flood width of well over 300 feet. The debris line in the tree at the low water crossing where the creek comes into the river is at about 10-11 feet and the debris line along the river banks indicates a river flood depth of 25-30 feet. The greatest loss that Black River has sustained in this event is the loss of the trees. Across from where the boat house once stood, only one tree remains on the island. Behind the island, only three trees remain. All else from there on down stream is essentially gone. All that remains of the boat house is two 3" broken off stubs of 4' by 4' sticking up out of the concrete slab. All else, including handrails, is gone. Fortunately, all of the main buildings were well above flood stage except for the Chapel. We have water damage from ground water in all buildings. However, I asked Jane and Don to go into town and purchase at least a dozen box fans so that we can dry the buildings out as quickly as possible. The insurance adjuster comes today. No, we did not have flood insurance but we do have $25,000 of Specialty Insurance. I had hoped that maybe the footbridge to the fire pit area had just come off of it's piers and was lying in the creek bottom so we could just have a crane pick it up and reset it. But no. The bridge is now fully visible on the creek bank closest to the dorms and it has been twisted like a pretzel. Total loss there. Clean up has begun today. We will soon announce workdays and the need for lots of chainsaws, rakes, etc. Please keep Black River in your prayers. While the river beauty of the river has now been totally changed for our lifetimes, Black River remains, we will continue in ministry, and we will be ready for our next batch of guests the weekend of October 4th. Thank you for your continued prayers for our manager's and our ministry! Rev. David Grousnick, President Black River Board of Directors