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May Special Offerings: Campground Support

May Special Offerings: Campground Support

For many years it has been the practice of many congregations in the GPNW Mission Center to have special offerings to support local Reunions in an effort to lower prices for those gatherings. Those offerings have been appreciated. Because camps and reunions have been cancelled again for 2021, those special offerings this year will be directed to support local campgrounds instead of the camps themselves. The month of May has been set aside for these types of offerings.

Any individual who wishes to make a special offering in the month of May should send a check to their local CFO with the words “May Campground Offering” on the memo line. You may also make e-tithing donations to campgrounds by selecting “Greater Pacific Northwest USA Mission Center” and then selecting the campground of your choice by following this link: https://app.securegive.com/cofchrist.

Finally you may send donations directly to campground treasurers. To do so, contact them below to get their mailing address:

Samish Island Campground & Retreat Center

Dave Skoor


Lewis River Campground

Dan Jackson


Camp Remote

Bev Burk


If you would like a very simple view of campground financial health in the mission center please click here. Detailed questions should be directed to Campground Treasurers. 

Any CFO who needs help processing donations like these please send Donald Welch a message: dwelch@cofchrist.org or 712-310-0718.

Press Release: GPNW Emergency Funds Awarded

Press Release: GPNW Emergency Funds Awarded

As was authorized by the GPNW Mission Center conference in November of 2020—per the resolution titled “Establishment of the ‘Emergency’ Fund”—the Mission Center Financial Officer consulted with field leadership and with a sub-committee of the Mission Center Council to determine the proper uses of said Emergency Fund.  Three jurisdictions applied for the distribution of emergency funds; all three were Mission Center Campgrounds:  Camp Remote, Lewis River, and Samish Island.

 Factors for making distribution decisions were varied and contextual and included the following considerations:

·         Losses in 2020

·         Overhead expenses

·         Overhead expenses that could be further reduced

·         Depth of capacity of supporting congregations and/or individuals

·         Vulnerability to further closures and cancellations in 2021

·         Demonstrated need according to overall financial health

 The following decisions have been made:

1.       The entirety of the $70,000.00 set aside in that fund should be payable immediately.

2.       Camp Remote shall receive $14,175.00.  This represents approximately 4.5 months of its operational expenses reported in 2020.

3.       Lewis River shall receive $25,000.00.  This represents approximately 3.75 months of its operational expenses reported in 2020.

4.       Samish Island shall receive $30,825.00.  This represents approximately 2.25 months of its operational expenses reported in 2020.

The amount our three campgrounds lost in 2020 was very large.  Indeed, the losses were far more than the entire amount of the Emergency Fund.  And we realize that these naked numbers may seem inequitable (particularly to Samish Island) to people who have not reviewed the large amount of data the above-mentioned people reviewed.  Nevertheless, we are confident of the overall distribution in regards to fairness and demonstrated need.  In particular we would like to remind GPNW that Samish Island is supported by 3 mission centers, and we intend to publish our decisions with those mission centers as a challenge to them to match our distribution.

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