Crossways Connections
December 2018
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
- Karl Barth

Advent is a wonderful season, it is one that provides us with the opportunity for remembrance of Christ’s first coming and anticipation of Christ’s second coming. 

For Crossways, this is also a time to reflect on the events of the past year (lives changed, communities enhanced and many changes experienced) and a time to anticipate the coming year, full of opportunities. 

Part of our reflection is remembering each of you with joy and humble gratitude. Giving thanks for all the ways you have supported Crossways Camping Ministries. 

Maybe you attended one of our programs or retreats, participated in a volunteer work project, attended one of our fund-raising events, supported Crossways with your prayers, or contributed financially – THANK YOU! Crossways is able to do what it does because of God’s love and grace and because of you!

As interim executive director, I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the amazing (and tireless) work of the staff, board of directors, committees and volunteers. Crossways is truly blessed by these talented and committed individuals.

The board continues to discern the ministries’ needs as it begins the search for the new executive director, one that will serve not only the needs of Crossways today, but also the future. A transition team has been formed and very soon the call/search committee will begin its work. I know many of you are also anxiously awaiting news of who will be the new Pine Lake director – watch in the coming weeks for that announcement.   

Living into the realities and unknowns that change creates, let us lean into our faith, especially during this season of Advent, putting our trust in God, just as Mary did so long ago. 

“Do not be afraid,” counsels the angel when appearing to Mary,
“for you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30).

 “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to
your word” (Luke 1:38).

Let each of us to be open to God’s spirit of transformation. Open to embracing a compelling new vision for all of life and for this ministry that is Crossways. Come Lord Jesus.

God’s blessings of remembrance and anticipation to all this Advent season.
Laurie Wilkinson
Interim Executive Director

Thank you
for giving!
Your generous support on Giving Tuesday raised $1,570.98 .
 We are so thankful for the continued partnership with and support from all of you!
Please consider a year end donation to Crossways Camping Ministries.

During this season of anticipation and reflection, I would invite you to prayerfully consider a year-end gift to Crossways. Your gift is so vitally important to this ministry, especially this year, due to some unforeseen and unbudgeted expenses and the cancellation of several events due to weather conditions earlier in the year. With your help and God's grace, we will finish the year strong.

Click here to DONATE today!
Welcome Lindy!
Lindy is our new Administrative Office Assistant in the Appleton administrative office. Lindy has a husband, and served her family the past 7 years being a stay-at-home mom to her two children. She has a long history of working with outdoor camps, administration, and service. Lindy loves to volunteer her time as a youth leader volunteer at her church, Head Coach for "Girls on the Run", and in many other ways in her community.

We are thrilled to welcome her to our Crossways team, and encourage you to give her a warm welcome when you call our office!
Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer Ordained
Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer was ordained to the priesthood in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion on November 23, 2018 in Oshkosh. Jake will serve as the assistant pastor of Emmaus Ecumenical Catholic Community on a part-time basis while continuing to serve as the part-time capital campaign director at Crossways until the campaign is completed in six months. 

Emmaus Ecumenical Catholic Community, a member of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, is co-located with St. Paul United Church of Christ in Oshkosh.   

Congratulations Jake on your ordination!
Capital Campaign Update
As of 11/28/18 we have received  $613,579  in pledges and gifts which is  33.88%  of our Base Goal of $1.8 million. The Congregational Phase of the campaign begins in January. Currently,  40 congregations  have agreed to conduct a 6-week campaign in their churches. For more information on the campaign and how to make a gift, please check our our website or contact Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer, 920-882-0023.
Second Crossways GALA a Huge Success!
The second Crossways GALA was held on November 3rd at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. in Appleton. Crossways donors, alumni, volunteers, current and former staff and sponsors gathered to celebrate Crossways Lutheran Camping Ministries together.

We give thanks to God that through the generosity of so many we raised more than $30,000. Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, donated, or served on the GALA committee.
The Third Annual GALA has been scheduled for November 2nd, 2019. Mark your calendars to attend this special evening and support the mission and ministry of Crossways.
Promote Camp in Your Congregation, With Friends, and With Family!
Would you like to help promote camp in your congregation this winter and spring? You can invite Crossways staff to your congregation for a promotional visit! We would love the opportunity to come share why camp is so important for young people, families, and the church. If you would be interested in any worship or program leadership we would be happy to discuss possibilities. Please email Laurie Wilkinson at to inquire!

And if you're a parent wanting to share about the magic of camp with friends and family, go on over to our  Facebook Page   and follow/like us! Liking, commenting on, and sharing our posts helps more and more people hear about camp.

Another huge help in promoting camp? WORD OF MOUTH! Tell other people about Crossways!  In 2019 campers who refer new campers to Crossways receive a $25 discount per successful referral, up to four referrals ($100 total)! First-time campers are also eligible for a $25 discount, so it's a win-win for both parties.
Summer 2019 Registration is OPEN! Visit our website to learn about all the exciting programs coming to our camps in 2019. All registrations received by March 15th receive our "early bird discount!"

Here are a few more exciting discount opportunities:
  • First-Time Camper Discount: Youth campers new to Crossways are eligible to receive a $25 discount for their 2019 summer program!
  • Bring-a-Friend Discount: Youth campers who refer a new-to-Crossways camper for summer 2019 are eligible to receive a $25 per camper they refer, for up to four new campers! That's a total possible discount of $100.

For more details about our discounts, visit our Pricing, Discounts, & Financial Assistance page on our website!

Crossways Camping Ministries
912 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911
p: 920.882.0023 | f: 920.882.9474