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Fircreek week #1: Zone Wars: The Creek Awakens

The Jesus & Me (JAM) time was about “living by faith” explained as “grab a hold, listen and trust.”  Kids were very receptive and many responded to an invitation to live by faith in Jesus.

Firwood Week 1:

Centerstage message: “God’s Escape Plan” – The narrow and wide path explained from scripture – how the world makes the wide path seem easier and more attractive, but that it leads to destruction. Many campers responded and made a first time decision to follow Jesus Christ. Another group made the choice to follow Jesus more closely.

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SOUTH COVE TODAY – Look at me now!

Take a look at the transformation of the buildings at South Cove over the years. Bruce Vander Meulen and most recently Doug Walker, combined to see this work through to completion.  We thank God for his provision as these two buildings get put to use more than ever this summer.

 

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GOLF MARATHON 2017

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Well, another Marathon has come and gone! 100 holes of golf were completed last Monday by twenty golfers and they have survived to tell about it, once again. It was an extraordinarily beautiful day for our 9th annual edition of this event and we are pleased with the results.

The combined effort of our golfers, along with the support of sixteen local businesses, brought in over $51,000 in contributions and pledges.  The exciting part is that after expenses for the event are removed those monies will go directly towards the program ministries of The Firs and, in particular, Firwood, Fircreek and After School Adventure. As a result this will, once again, be a huge boost in our efforts to provide a quality, life-changing programs and keep them affordable for all.

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FIRCREEK & THE LEGO CASTLE

Fircreek was represented in both the Jr. Ski to Sea parade and the Blossomtime Parade last weekend. This was no ordinary castle parading down the street, it was a Lego Castle made complete with Lego characters! Enjoy the photos.

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PROJECTS ‘R US

Our Talented Maintenance Team!

There is never a shortage of capital projects to see accomplished at our sites as we continue the battle against deferred maintenance and seek to improve our facilities. Here is a partial list in front of us as we head towards the summer. Some of these projects are funded and many are not. Some have already started and some are a ways off from starting. But they will give you an idea of what is happening on this front at The Firs:

  1. The small cabin at South Cove (Firwood) is being renovated and will be put to use this summer.
  2. Four roofs need to be replaced on accommodation buildings at the Retreat Center.
  3. A water main that runs through the grounds of the Retreat Center needs to be replaced.
  4. A new fireplace for the main floor of the Chalet needs to be purchased and installed.
  5. A Firs house next to Fircreek is in the process of being re-purposed to serve as a Clubhouse for ASA and all of our Children’s ministries.
  6. A patio with pavers needs to be constructed below the Alpine Room along with a new stairway
  7. A good condition, used 4×4 truck/SUV needs to be found and purchased for Chalet Food Service usage.
  8. Sidewalks need to be replaced and more landscaping added at the Retreat Center.
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Thank you to our Sponsors!

 

We are so grateful for the help of our corporate sponsors who made it possible for proceeds made to go to help send kids to camp. The overhead for The Firs Golf Marathon was significantly reduced because of these gracious donors. Our event sponsor this year was Robinson’s Hardwood followed by our course sponsor, HUB International. Our cart sponsors were Church Mutual, Cigna, Larson Gross and Pioneer Foods. Our hole sponsors were Aqua Technex, Ben & Rebecca Kaemingk, Curt Maberry Farms, Hometown Values, Larry Steele & Associates,  Lee Family Dental, Lynden Door, Pearson Construction, Salish Wealth Management, Thrivent Financial  & Valley Market & Deli.

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Superhero 5K

On April 22 we had over 150 participants in our annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk! Parents came out with their kids and had fun with them on the course dressed as superhero’s and engaged in beating the villain in order to win a prize at the finish line. It has come to be such a great family event for folks in our community. All of the proceeds from the 5K will go to help families who are struggling financially to send their kids to camps and after school care within our ASA program.

Take a look at all the fun that was had!

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