Bounty of Beauty

Purple Flowers

DuBois Center is much more than simply a summer camp or place to hold a retreat – it’s a slice of heaven right here in southern Illinois. The rolling hills, creek bottoms and Southern Flatwoods play host to a magnificent variety of life. Towering oak and hickory shelter owls, herons, foxes and a host of other creatures great and small. Ironweed, phlox and Cardinal flowers are only a few of the beautiful bursts of color that bloom between the trees.

This splendor isn’t free – in exchange for the breathtaking sights, sounds and smells, we must serve as stewards of the land. It is important to care for this creation so that we may continue to learn from and be amazed by God’s majesty for generations to come.

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It’s Quilt Time!

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The clock is ticking… less than 9 weeks until the annual DuBois Center Fall Festival and the much anticipated Quilt Drawing. This year, three beautiful and unique quilts have been donated. Two are queen-size and one is twin-size. One is a salute to our 50 states; one has an elegant diamond-star pattern; and one has fun blocks in shades of brown and gold. With these gems, we hope to raise a minimum of $2000.

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You can help by spreading the word! A flyer with pictures and tickets are available to assist. You are also invited to sell tickets and display one or more of the quilts at your church on a Sunday morning or during a special event. Contact Norma Borgmann at 618-533-1658 (home) or 618-292-4617 (cell) to reserve a quilt.

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Group Rides at DuBois Center

Group Rides

Is your youth group, family ministries program, scout troop or neighborhood playgroup wild about horses? Did you know that groups of six or more can schedule horseback rides at DuBois Center on weekends and mid-week school holidays?

Trail rides, with an orientation in the arena, last for one hour; the cost is $22 per person for day groups. Our Equestrian Team can also provide educational sessions related to badges for all ages and levels of scouts, or “Horse Sense” sessions for non-scouting groups.

For more information contact the DuBois Center office at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Hats Off to Our Volunteer Camp Nurses

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Health care professionals are a key component of our ministry, but rather than starched “whites,” you are more likely to find them dressed in tie-dye and shorts, and maybe even toting a guitar.

Camp nurses deal with a variety of ailments – everything from ticks to homesickness, fevers to sprains. They provide special attention when a camper needs a little extra TLC or just a break from the action. Their’s is a ministry of compassion, presence and healing.

This past summer, we were blessed by the ministry of two volunteer camp nurses. A very special thanks to Donna Asbridge of St. Paul’s UCC in Freeburg and Jessica Nave, former DuBois Center staff member. This year, Nurse Bandit (Donna’s camp name) went above and beyond, as is often the case. In addition to her nursing duties, she studied our curriculum and helped the summer staff understand and engage with it. She has also started a guitar and ukulele revival at camp – playing herself and teaching others. Sumac (Jessica’s camp name) volunteered for 24-72 hour stints throughout July, in between her ER shifts. It was great to have this former camp counselor back at DuBois Center.

If you are an RN, please consider serving with us next summer. For more information, contact Shirley at shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

You’re Invited to Fall Festival 2018!

Fall Fest 2018
Now that the 2018 summer camp season has concluded, we will soon be enjoying the cooler weather of autumn and the Fall Festival at DuBois Center.
This 42nd annual fall fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 7 from 11 am to 5 pm. A list of chairs to supervise specific attraction areas and their contact numbers will be coming in an upcoming article. If you able to volunteer in a certain area (inside or outside) and know that already, please contact Norma Borgmann at 618-533-1658 or DuBois Center at 618-787-2202.
We are still looking for nice items to fill the tables of the “Upscale Resale Shoppe” and Silent Auction. Maybe you have been doing some summer housekeeping, downsizing, or just wanting to find a new owner(s) of new and/or almost new items. Please consider donating your item(s) for the “Upscale Resale Shoppe” which is featured in Oak Lodge. We are seeking purses, jewelry, seasonal decor, unique collectibles, toys, outdoor things, etc. We will put price tags on the entries if you do not want to do it. Please – NO clothing or sets of china ware. Be reminded that buyers need to carry their purchases to their vehicles. For more details about pick-up arrangements from your home, please contact Norma before September 30.
We will have a Silent Auction in the fireside area of Oak Lodge as well. We are asking for theme baskets, unique items, decor, etc. for attendees to submit bids on the accompanying sheets.
In addition, there will be three drawings for three unique, creative, and hand-made quilts that have been donated to DuBois Center for fundraising. We are most grateful for these donors’ generosity of time, talents, and passion for DuBois Center.
A packet of Fall Festival flyers and sheets of quilt tickets is being sent to each ISC church via snail mail in the next week. Please feel free to duplicate any of those sheets. They will also be included in future Weekly Connection edition(s). We ask that you assist in promoting the Fall Festival. Thank you in advance.
If you have any questions about the Fall Festival, please free feel to contact DuBois Center or nborgmann1658@charter.net. Hope to see many of you at DuBois Center on 10/7/18 as a visitor or volunteer.
Thank you!
 – The Outdoor Ministries Team — Fall Festival Planning Committee

Save These Dates

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Summer camp is winding down and planning for fall is in full swing. We have a great line-up of events once the sunscreen and beach towels are packed away. Save these dates and watch for additions and details.
Sept 14-15     ISC Confirmation Retreat
Sept 24          1st Day of Nature’s Classroom
October 6      Fall Festival Work Day
October 7   FALL FESTIVAL
Oct 12-14       Mother-Daughter Retreat
Oct 19-21       Southern Illinois Art Workshop
Dec 1              Thank You Christmas Party

Help is needed in Oak Lodge Cafe for DuBois’ Fall Festival on October 7

Fall Fest 2018

St. Paul UCC in Waterloo covers the 9:00 am to 1:00 pm shift, but we need another church to cover 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm with 5-6 members to serve and clean up.  Please contact Audrey Hicks at 618-939-8673 or audhicks@hotmail.com if you can take on this most important mission.

Chaplains – Thank You!

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Our last group of ISC summer campers departed last Wednesday with memories that will last a lifetime. There are so many individuals who make summer adventures at DuBois Center possible. Chaplain - HolstAmong these are the chaplains. They help pass the light and love of God from one generation to the next. They help make the curriculum come alive for our campers. They lead BLAST (Bible Learning and Spirit Time), prepare worship, and embody an amazing ministry of presence – walking with our campers and staff throughout a week of camp.

Our chaplains are a fun, inspiring, eclectic bunch. Some are ordained ministers; some are Christian educators. Some are teachers, and some are parents and/or former staff members who want to stay involved and give back. A special thanks to our 2018 summer camp chaplains:

  • ChaplainNicole Avise-Rouse – St. Paul UCC, Columbia
  • Craig and Rev. Katie Jo Bielke – St. John Evangelical UCC, Collinsville
  • Joan Daab – St. Paul UCC, Columbia
  • Rev. Christy Eckert – St. John UCC, Trenton
  • Audrey Hicks – St. Paul UCC, Waterloo
  • Rev. John Holst – Zion UCC, Marion
  • David Jackson – St. Paul UCC, Columbia
  • Rev. R.J. Morgan – Zoar UCC, New Hanover
  • Rev. Todd Mushaney – Christ UCC, Dupo
  • Alaina Scherle – St. Paul UCC, Waterloo

Thanks, also, to the churches that supported their time at camp and sharing their gifts with ISC church family.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nature’s Classroom Instructor

Nature's Classroom Instructor

Are you a substitute teacher, active retiree or someone with a flexible schedule? Do you enjoy the outdoors and have experience working with youth or as a teacher? Nature’s Classroom Instructors are needed from Sept 17 through October to work with school groups (grades 5-8) that stay overnight at DuBois Center and to provide a fun and supportive environment while teaching about predator-prey interactions, night life in the woods, cultural differences, erosion, teamwork and other engaging topics. Our instructors teach classes, and lead campfires and other evening activities. Parent chaperones supervise free time, dining tables and cabin times.

Training is provided, as are meals and overnight accommodations during Nature’s Classroom sessions. Click here for a program brochure or position description. Contact DuBois Center at email or 618-787-2202.

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HOT DOG it’s been a Great Summer!

Cook out

You’d be hard-pressed to name a more quintessential “summer camp” activity than cooking hot dogs (or pie irons or foil stew) over a campfire. Though it might not seem like much more than fixing dinner, each cookout is an almost sacred time. Through the smoke and sizzle, conversations often turn to faith and where we’ve seen God throughout the week. Cooking around the fire in community is a distillation of the unplugged relationship-building that forms the core of DuBois Center’s ministry. As we pack up another summer full of friendships, we take scores of warm campfire memories with us into the colder months ahead.

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