Friday, February 22, 2013

Sherlock Re-Dedication

This past Sunday evening we were privileged to be able to re-dedicate Sherlock Lodge prior to the 28th Annual Choir Camp concert. The following blog entry is intended to share this exciting time and ceremony with all the people who couldn't be there in person. The opening of this re-dedication ceremony came from the memorial service of Pearl Sherlock in 1954 and was read by Reverend Peggy Luckman.

Psalms 122:1; 134: 1,2; 136:1; 147:1; 95:1,2,6,7 (RSV)

I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!  Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praise to our God; for he is gracious and a song of praise is seemly.
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Camp Director, Steve Rumage, followed that by sharing about Pearl Sherlock's life and contributions to Camp Magruder as well as sharing how this renovation has been paid for. 

"Construction of this building was completed nearly fifty years ago and was dedicated to the memory of Pearl E. Sherlock. Pearl Sherlock was born in Madison, Nebraska on September 20, 1892, the daughter of Charles and Belle Sherlock. After graduating high school she attended Kearney State Teachers’ College. She first taught two years in a rural school and then was elected principal of Alexandria, Nebraska High School. Later she was elected principal at another high school, but her deep interest in the church led her to decline and accept the position of pastor’s assistant at the First Methodist Church at Norfolk, Nebraska. Desiring further training, Pearl went back to college where she received her A.B. from Nebraska Wesleyan and took graduate work at Columbia University. After serving as director of Christian Education in Boise, Idaho, she ventured further west into Oregon. Her first work in Portland was at Rose City Methodist Church, where she served as director of Christian Education. After one year she accepted a similar position at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she served twelve years.

Upon her passing on July 20, 1954, Ralph G. Kleen wrote: “Many of us will remember through all time the hearty laughter of Pearl Sherlock. Life was good and wonderful because God was in it. Those who through the years have been privileged to work closely with her in planning the total program of the Oregon Conference will well recall with what care she gave herself to each part, and to the total program. Her vision could not tolerate poor planning nor half-hearted participation. She gave her utmost for the highest, and this she expected of all. It was her vision and complete dedication that inspired such men of Oregon Methodism as the late J. Edgar Purdy, Jesse Bunch, and Frank Magruder to give so much of themselves in the development of our summer camp program. At the center of every forward step in this conference in education, evangelism and recruitment over the past decade has been this Christ-like woman – a Mary and a Martha in her own right.”

In 2008, the conference launched a major gifts campaign entitled “A Time to Grow.” The two-fold purpose of the campaign is to: provide opportunities for growing disciples here at home and in mission setting, through Camp & Retreat Ministries, and to: grow and sustain future ministries through the Oregon-Idaho Foundation. Significant gifts to the campaign benefiting Camp Magruder have been made by the estate of Marilyn Parrish, the Meyer Memorial Trust, and a couple who first met here as counselors and wish to remain anonymous.  These contributions, added to those of others, enabled Camp Magruder to renovate this building. The campaign is actively seeking new contributions that will be matched by the gift from Meyer Memorial Trust.  New gifts will support plans to complete work on Huffman House, and renovate Shorehouse, and Smith & Herron Lodges.  It is our prayer that you may be moved to support efforts to contribute to making “new spaces for new people.”  Through camp and retreat ministries lives are changed, leadership skills are developed, and we learn to reach beyond ourselves and serve others."

Peggy than presented the building by leading people in a call and response re-dedication. This ceremony was closed by a blessing before the Choir Camp concert began. 

We present this building, rebuilt and renewed, to be dedicated to God once again, in service to new generations of campers who will come to experience Christian community within these walls.

Friends, it is a joy to gather together to rededicate Sherlock Lodge for ministry, made new by the gifts of many hands. For the vision of the original donor and those whose gifts made this work possible,
            We give thanks today.
For the careful planning of the designers, and the skilled labor of so many trades,
            We give thanks today.
For the volunteers and staff who will care for the Lodge,
            We give thanks today.
For the boys and girls, men and women who will gather here across the years,
            We give thanks today.
For the living presence of Jesus Christ, here in this place,
            We give thanks today and always!

Gracious God, We dedicate this building, Sherlock Lodge, as a gift and offering to you that it may ever be a place where people encounter you in love and joy. Bless this space as holy and sacred to you. Bless all who gather here as your people. Bless the ministries, camps, and retreats meeting here to your service. In word and song, we give thanks and praise you, in Christ’s name. Amen.

Choir Camp and College Cares

Last weekend we were host to Choir Camp and College Cares. What a wonderful weekend of beautiful music and energy focused on helping to make Camp Magruder a better place. Our maintenance staff continued to work hard to finish up Beutler and Sherlock Lodges. There are some touch ups to be done in Beutler, but for the most part things are beautiful and in tip top shape.


Meeting Space

Staff were also busy in Sherlock getting it ready for Choir Camp. We weren't able to complete the tile floors in the bathroom, the back deck, and some of the audio visual components, but we had enough of the building done and ready for people to use. You can't even begin to imagine the squeals of delight heard in Sherlock as people began to check in for Choir Camp on Friday. It is now a wonderful space to share with people.

We started a new program this year called College Cares. This program was designed for 18-25 year old people who were interested in doing service work to give back to the camping program. The theme of this event was, "Tree of Life" and ended with campers re-locating three apple trees from the greenhouse to the outer part of the garden. These campers worked throughout the weekend in the rain and cold to get several projects done including staking new trails in the gathering space in the center of camp, removing brush from the donkey pen and Koinonia fire circle, turning the compost, hauling donkey poop and bark chips to the compost center, and unwrapping and labeling new program equipment. As a reward for their hard work these campers were able to test out our new life jackets and kayaks.

Compost Turners

Compost Turners

Staking the Gathering Space for Trails

Unwrapping New Boats

Testing New Kayaks
Digging up Trees

Digging up Trees

We were host to the 28th Annual Choir Camp this year. Campers participated in workshops, choir practice, free time, a talent show, worship, and a choir concert. Choir Camp was focused on rest this year with the theme, "Sing Now His Song." In two and a half days these talented and passionate musicians were able to learn 11 anthems including pieces featuring handbells, oboe, and cello.

Campfire Workshop

Sectional Practice

Choir Practice

All Group Practice

Pink Panther at the Talent Show 

Talent Show
Talent Show

In donkey news, last week we found out that Caleb does not like cauliflower or broccoli. What a particular treat eater he is.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Light at the End of the Tunnel

We appreciate the dedication and sweat that has gone into the renovations at Camp Magruder over the past few months, but celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel. Over the past three months dramatic changes have occurred and we can't wait to share these improvements with our guests.

Progress has continued in Sherlock Lodge. The flooring has been completed in the main hall, lighting fixtures have been installed upstairs, kitchen appliances have gone in, the costume closet shelving system has been completed, wiring for a digital projector is being worked on, and the bathrooms have gotten their fixtures. Additionally, work has been done on the new bunk beds to get them sealed before putting them together.

Women's Bathroom

Bedroom Lighting

Installing Projector
Installing the Chemicals to the Plumbing for the Mop Station

Shelving System for the Costume Closet

Bunk Bed Pieces

New flooring has been going down in Beutler this week. It seems as if the bunk beds have been in constant shuffle in that building due to the constant rain and not being able to put anything outside.

Flooring in the South Bedroom

Surprise! The dining hall also has new flooring. In addition to the new tables and chairs that were purchased last year, this will give the dining hall a fresh new look. A new flag pole has been donated to us by the construction company and has been installed outside the dining hall.

Our volunteer piano tuners were in camp this week getting things in tip-top shape for Choir Camp next weekend. With the help of the maintenance department, they even moved the baby grand piano into it's new home in Sherlock. This piano, as well as an upright piano, were donated to us by the Sellwood United Methodist Church that closed last spring. The baby grand will be a great place for groups to gather to have worship and camp sing-alongs.

Putting the Baby Grand Piano Together

Caleb continues to be up to his usual antics. The other day he was caught licking the metal siding on his fence and today he's spent time basking and warming himself in the sunshine. What a silly donkey he is.

We keep looking for debris from the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, but have yet to see anything big wash up on our shore. While giving a tour this morning, we watched the ocean roll a giant tree in the surf and were reminded just how powerful God's creation can be.

Don't forget to mark your calendars to join us for the Choir Camp Concert Sunday February 17 at 7:00pm. We'll be holding a re-dedication ceremony for Sherlock Lodge at the start of the concert. If you'd like to stay the night at Camp Magruder you can still sign up for the Choir Camp Concert Package. Visit for more details.