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Fall 2008

ABOUT THE PRESBYTERY : 

ABOUT THE PRESBYTERY The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley (PSL) is the representation of the Presbyterian Church USA in central Alabama Comprised of: 90 congregations Represents approximately 15,000 members 8,000 households Includes Anniston, Auburn, Birmingham, Eufaula, Montgomery, Selma, Tuscaloosa and points in between

PSL CAMPING PROGRAMS : 

PSL CAMPING PROGRAMS Mission: “Christian camping is an extension of the church’s program of education. It is not apart from, but a part of the church’s educational path to discover God’s will for the world, community and self.” Adopted April 19, 1990

PSL CAMPING PROGRAMS : 

PSL CAMPING PROGRAMS National Report on Presbyterians: What is the most significant setting for spiritual growth experience which had the greatest significance in shaping Christian life?

Setting of spiritual growth experience which had the greatest significance in shaping Christian life: : 

Setting of spiritual growth experience which had the greatest significance in shaping Christian life:

Setting of spiritual growth experience which had the greatest significance in shaping Christian life: : 

Setting of spiritual growth experience which had the greatest significance in shaping Christian life:

Setting of spiritual growth experience which had the greatest significance in shaping Christian life: : 

Setting of spiritual growth experience which had the greatest significance in shaping Christian life:

PSL CAMPING PROGRAMS : 

PSL CAMPING PROGRAMS Goals of the PSL Camping Program: Provides a physical place for retreat in a prayerful outdoor environment. Utilizes the people to guide and lead others. Offers a quiet place for discovery & strengthen our ability to listen for God’s intentions for our lives. Make or renew our commitment to God through Jesus Christ and the mission of the church.

HISTORY OF CAMPING IN PSL : 

HISTORY OF CAMPING IN PSL The Presbyterian camping program: 50+ years of experience developing programs. Reached thousands of children, youth & adults. Many participants discovered a call to the pastorate through their camp experiences.

CAMP PROPERTIES : 

CAMP PROPERTIES Covenant Mountain Outside Springville Birmingham Presbytery Extensive work needed Suburban sprawl and development Camp Closed 90’s Sold 2001 Gulftreat Panama City Florida –too far Not adult-friendly Very Rustic Sold in 2003 Leased through summer 2007

CAMPING PHILOSOPHY:OUR FUTURE : 

CAMPING PHILOSOPHY:OUR FUTURE New Camp Requirements: Provide a premiere facility: Central place for Presbytery –mission & ministry. Host church and non-church groups. Provide experience: Outdoor space for spiritual retreats –mission & ministry. Team building, education and other recreational activities. Develop programs: Workshops, seminars, retreats –mission & ministry. Value natural resources and commitment to environmental stewardship.

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE : 

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE “ Out of the believer’s heart will flow rivers of living water.”

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE : 

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE Living River: A Retreat on the Cahaba In 2001 purchased 440 acres on the Cahaba River. Central location in the Presbytery. About 40 miles southwest. The property is in both Shelby County and Bibb county. Directly south of Tannehill State Park and 10 Miles northwest of Montevallo.

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Camp Visioning Task Force Research and Study Design Team Ross Kelly Landscape Architects * Gresham Smith and Partners * Davis Architects, Inc. * Shades Valley Forestry * Mark Thomas F/W I, LLC * Walter Schoel Engineering * KREBS and Associates Master Plan Completed 2002 Updated Fall 2006 OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE

Gateway : 

Gateway

MASTER PLAN : 

MASTER PLAN

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McQueen Welcome Center

PHASE I - OVERALL SITE : 

PHASE I - OVERALL SITE Outdoor Chapel- Camp Area Lookout Area & Chapel Welcome/Administration Center Canoe Take-out & Launch RV Park Primitive Camping Picnic Areas Gym/Dining Hall

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RETREAT AREA –PHASE I

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YOUTH CAMP -PHASE I

YOUTH CAMP -PHASE I : 

YOUTH CAMP -PHASE I Camp Bell Tower 6 Youth Cabins 12 Sleeping Areas -each 12 Adult Alcove Sleeping Areas -each 1 Common Area –each Concrete and Mulch Paths Pool & Pool Deck Director’s Cabin Stunning Views & Porches

YOUTH CAMP - IMPACT : 

YOUTH CAMP - IMPACT PROGRAMS: Summer Residential Camps Weekend Retreats Environmental Education Camps Other User Groups

ADULT AREA – PHASE I : 

ADULT AREA – PHASE I

ADULT AREA – PHASE I : 

ADULT AREA – PHASE I 2 Adult Lodges with: 11 bedrooms -each 2 Kitchens -each 1 Meeting Room -each Concrete & Mulch Paths Stunning Views & Porches

ADULT AREA – IMPACT : 

ADULT AREA – IMPACT ADULT PROGRAMS: Committee Planning Meetings PW Gatherings Sunday School Retreats Corporate Groups

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE : 

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE Master Plan Cost $20,000,000 Phase I Cost $11,000,000 Business Plan 2004 Re-developed 2006

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Marvel Slab Removal

OUR VISION: OUR JOURNEY : 

OUR VISION: OUR JOURNEY Organization Temporary Living River Board Established fall 2006 Permanent Board Spring 2007 Separate Corporation approved April 2008 application 501 (c) 3

OUR VISION: OUR JOURNEY : 

OUR VISION: OUR JOURNEY Create a nurturing camp and retreat environment for people of all ages and abilities. Set a standard of customer satisfaction that will exceed expectations and provide enduring experiences with the faith goals of the camp’s mission. Develop a sustainable nonprofit that draws on best practices and standards with objective to operate off program revenue.

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE : 

OUR VISION: OUR FUTURE Where Are We? Phase I Project Funds $  3,867,300 Includes outright gifts & pledges and restricted reserves

OUR VISION:CHURCH PARTNERSHIP : 

OUR VISION:CHURCH PARTNERSHIP When will we build Living River? Second Quarter 2009 Request bids from contractors Award construction contract Begin construction June 1, 2010 Infrastructure completed Youth camp completed and ready for summer camp First Quarter 2011 Adult lodges completed and ready for occupancy

THANK YOU : 

THANK YOU QUESTIONS / COMMENTS Side Bar