Spring Thank You Party a Success

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Despite weeks of rain and a questionable forecast, the skies cleared for DuBois Center’s annual “Thank You” Party. On Sunday, April 28, pproximately 65 volunteers, donors and staff – all who are essential to the success of DuBois Center – enjoyed a taste of DuBois.

As usual, there was a wonderful catered meal. But, this year, camp tours and activities were added to agenda. One of the goals of the event was to get folks out and about to see camp. During tram and pontoon boat rides, volunteers pointed out the new bee hives and docks, as well as the broken spillway. Guest visited the horses at the barn, checked out some spring wildflowers and “toured” camp from the porch of Oak Lodge using mega-binoculars. Photos and s’mores were part of the fun – of course. Believe it or not, for some it was their very first s’more!

Pictured here are centerpiece winners Micah Palmer, son of Pastor Brett and Carolyn Palmer, and Connie Freels. They won for being the youngest and oldest (90+) in attendance!

THANKS to the Outdoor Ministries Team, Green DuBois and the Marketing Committee for making this event possible!

RSVP for the Thank You Party by Friday!

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The annual DuBois Center ‘Thank You’ Party is scheduled for Sunday, April 28. Previously held during the Christmas holidays, this event is our opportunity to share our appreciation for your prayers and support, your gifts of time, talent and treasure, and your partnership in our shared mission and ministry at DuBois Center.

Together, we have touched countless lives over the past five decades through ministry in God’s great outdoors. Volunteers, staff, supporters and friends make it all happen. If you fit into any of these categories – then YOU are invited. Churches are encouraged to send representatives.

Enjoy a yummy meal, tour the grounds by tram or pontoon boat, take a nature hike, or just sit on a dock or porch and enjoy the day. DuBois Center is beautiful in the spring, so don’t miss this opportunity! Remember to dress casually and for the weather. Activities will begin at 2 pm, with dinner at 4:30 pm. We’ll conclude by 6 pm.

Click here for your invitation. Please RSVP to DuBois Center at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202 by Friday, April 19.

Thank You Party — Sunday, April 28 – Save the Date

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The annual DuBois Center THANK YOU Party, previously held during the Christmas holidays, is our opportunity to share our appreciation for your prayers and support; your gifts of time, talent and treasure; and your partnership in our shared mission and ministry at DuBois Center. Together we have touched countless lives over the past five decades with gifts of God’s abundant love. Volunteers, staff, supporters and friends make it all happen. If you fit into any of these categories – then YOU are invited. Churches are encouraged to send representatives.

Enjoy a yummy meal, take a nature hike, tour the grounds by tram or pontoon boat and see what’s happening around camp. DuBois Center is beautiful in the spring, so don’t miss this opportunity! Activities will begin at  2 pm, with dinner at 4:30 pm. We’ll conclude by 6 pm. Please RSVP to DuBois Center at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202 by Friday, April 19.

Thank You Party – April 28

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The annual DuBois Center Thank You Party, previously held during the Christmas holidays, is our opportunity to share our appreciation for your prayers and support, your gifts of time, talent and treasure, and your partnership in our shared mission and ministry at DuBois Center. This year, we are starting a new tradition – the event will take place on Sunday, April 28 and will now include outdoor activities on the beautiful grounds of DuBois Center.

Together, we have touched countless lives over the past five decades with gifts of God’s abundant love – we couldn’t do it without our volunteers, staff, supporters and friends who make it all happen. If you fit into any of these categories – then YOU are invited. Churches are encouraged to send representatives.

Enjoy a yummy meal, take a nature hike, tour the grounds by tram or pontoon boat and see what’s happening around camp. DuBois Center is beautiful in the spring, so don’t miss this opportunity! Activities will begin at 2 pm, with dinner at 4:30pm. We’ll conclude by 6pm. Please RSVP to DuBois Center at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202 by Friday, April 19.

Thanks to Region 2

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A big THANK YOU to Region 2 and all those who turned out for the annual Bunco Night to support DuBois Center! Scores of gamers gathered at St. Paul UCC in Columbia for an evening of fun, fellowship, good eats and friendly rivalry. Together, they raised over $1200 to support the ministry of DuBois Center and donated 77 healthy food items for Kindercottage.

Entrance fees, a fifty-fifty drawing (which the winner graciously donated back to the cause), a silent auction and donations for snacks accounted for the grand total. All the yummy snacks and very cool auction items were donated by Region 2 churches and individuals.

THANKS to Region 2 for making it happen!

Don’t Forget – “Thank You’ Party Moved to March!

This annual event is traditionally our opportunity to say THANK YOU! Thank you for your prayers and support; your gifts of time, talent and treasure; and your partnership in our shared mission and ministry at DuBois Center. This year we are certainly no less grateful, but we did take some extra time for reflection before sending out the invitations. Our lives are packed with holiday commitments… with family, church, friends, the crew from work, our social groups… we often have to choose between two, even three holiday gatherings on the same night. On top of that, it’s DARK outside, the weather is often questionable and the roads to DuBois Center are not the best – even in the daylight. This year, the Outdoor Ministries Team would like to give you a different kind of gift – the gift of time, the gift of one less place to be, one less present to wrap, a free moment to… breathe. We do hope you will join us in March when we celebrate spring, new life and YOU! Thank you for a great year, and watch this space for details in January.

“Thank You” Christmas Party Rescheduled for March

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This annual event is traditionally our opportunity to say THANK YOU!  Thank you for your prayers and support; your gifts of time, talent and treasure; and your partnership in our shared mission and ministry at DuBois Center.

This year we are certainly no less grateful, but we did take some extra time for reflection before sending out the invitations. Our lives are packed with holiday commitments… with family, church, friends, the crew from work, our social groups… We often have to choose between two, even three holiday gatherings on the same night. On top of that, it’s DARK outside, the weather is often questionable and the roads to DuBois Center are not the best – even in the daylight. This year the Outdoor Ministries Team would like to give you a different kind of gift – the gift of time, the gift of one less place to be, one less present to wrap, a free moment to… breathe.

We do hope you will join is March when we celebrate spring, new life and YOU! Thank you for a great year, and watch this space for details in January.

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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Thanks for Making Camp Memories Possible!

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As DuBois Center’s summer camp season draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support. Without the multitude of prayers, volunteer hours and financial support, the life-changing experience of a week at camp simply would not be possible for the hundreds of DuBois Center campers. Friendships built and renewed, faith nurtured, self-confidence bolstered, nature discovered – these experiences shape lives and develop healthier happier children. THANK YOU for being part of the ministry of DuBois Center!

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Bunco Recap

Thank You

THANKS to everyone who turned out for a great evening of family fun on February 24. It truly was a family affair. In fact, one young man – about 7 years old with a hot winning streak – was there with his parents and sister from Zion UCC in Marion and his grandparents and aunt from Maeystown. Thanks to Region 2 for sponsoring the event, St. Paul UCC – Columbia for hosting, and all the pastors who supported it. They were there in force – playing, facilitating and MCing. Thanks to the church members and friends who organized and set-up, those who made and donated gift baskets, prizes and snacks, and those who came and played and donated food items.

Between admission fees, the silent auction, a 50-50 drawing and other donations a total of $1,487 was raised for DuBois Center and 323 food items were collected! The group with the most “players” in attendance won the honor of selecting the recipients of the collection. Uni-Pres Kindercottage received 285 of the items; the emergency pantry at St. Paul UCC received 38 items that were less appropriate for Kindercottage.