Men’s Retreat #1

Lake Ann Camp has an opportunity for men to be encouraged to live as God has called them to live. This three day Christian men’s retreat is filled with “guy stuff”, or you can choose to relax and fish on the lake. Activities include great Chapel services, Archery Tag, golf tournament, disc golf and much more! Other activities and events are available from year to year so you can experience all Lake Ann has to offer.

Speaker: Pat Nemmers, lead pastor Saylorville Church, Des Moines, Iowa

Pat Nemmers has been the lead pastor at Saylorville Church in Des Moines, Iowa since 1998. During his time at Saylorville the Lord has blessed with much growth, expansion of facilities, four church plants and and the sending out of several missionaries. Saylorville Church is a thriving Gospel-centered, Bible believing church. Pat and his wife Marilyn have 10 children and 19 grandchildren!

Couples Retreat #1 – Speaker Mike Lane

Lake Ann Camp is excited to offer two unique experiences for couples this winter. While our facilities are top-notch, and our food by executive chef Darrel Kirby is exceptional, we think you’ll enjoy this getaway, even more, because of the challenging teaching and practical advice your marriage will receive.

Each couple will have their own private room with private bath. Prices are listed below and are based on the type of accommodations you would like to stay in. While some of our rooms are smaller and more cozy, all of them are comfortable with plenty of space to unwind and relax.

Your weekend getaway will also include activity options on our property, some based on the weather. Our March group should come prepared for snow, and opportunity to hit our tubing hill, enjoy some snow shoeing and other fun winter activities. The April retreat could also include snow (be sure to check the weather or call ahead before you leave!) but also involve just about any type of northern Michigan spring weather!

There will be plenty of time to rest, enjoy time together in front of one of our many fire places on campus, as well as a chance to sip hot coffee from our Red Canoe coffee shop and camp store.

We hope to see you this winter/spring for one (or both!) of our couples retreats!

Freeze Out #1

Are you counting down the days until summer camp? Don’t wait until summer to come back to Lake Ann Camp; join us for Freeze Out 2016 and experience winter camp! We have five great weekends for Junior High and Senior High students to choose from. Freeze Out is a weekend full of delicious food, great activities, laser tag, and lots of fun in the snow! Freeze Out will also feature worship led by Heartsong and three great speakers: Ken Rudolph, Tony Tice, and Mike Baker. Register today for Freeze Out 2016 at www.lakeanncamp.com or give us a call at 231.275.7329.

Retreat season…and we rejoice!

As summer slowly comes to a close many kids wish it would go a little longer. Someone once said “All good things must end.” However, that’s not true, not all good things come to an end. Paul says in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.”

So rejoice, and when you’re done rejoicing, rejoice again!

As we have reached the end of our summer here at Lake Ann Camp my focus quickly moves to retreats that will soon be taking place. We host our three Ladies Retreats next month, and then in October we host our Junior High retreat called Exiled.

Exiled is an experience unlike any other as Junior High campers are placed in a scenario for the entire weekend. Two years ago, for example, they traveled back in time to a once Communist Romanian country for what we call Exiled – Romania. They were stripped of their Bibles as they arrived for the weekend, and their first task as a cabin was to write down as many verses from memory as they could.

One of the lessons taught here was to show the camper how much of God’s Word they actually had hidden in their hearts (Psalm 119:11). Campers were lightly “persecuted” for their faith during their weekend and were challenged on whether they were just committed to God, or completely surrendered to God.

This past year they experienced Exiled – Tribal. Soon after arrival at camp they realized they were not alone. A nomadic tribe had moved on to the camp grounds. The campers were trained to share their faith, and trained on how to overcome unique cultural and personality barriers. Through that, they were challenged to reach the tribe for Christ during their weekend. By the end of the three-day retreat, campers were comfortable with sharing their faith story with others and had the tools to go home and impact their ‘worlds’.

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I am particularly excited about this year’s Exiled as we launch an all new program called “Exiled – A.D.” This year’s theme will be “A Life Touched by Christ”. As campers go through their weekend here at camp they will meet many Bible characters that have had their lives touched by Jesus. They will interact with the blind beggar and one of the ten lepers, and they will hear them tell their stories during chapel sessions. Camper will see the Last Supper played out before them and watch the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. Each Jr. High student will be challenged on how a life touched by Christ changes, and what it should look like after.

We are rejoicing over the impact God had this summer at Lake Ann Camp, and we are preparing to rejoice again on the impact He will have during our retreat season.

Brandon Baker, Program Director

To learn more about Lake Ann Camp, visit our website: www.lakeanncamp.com.

Gimme a Break!

A camper perspective on The Break

New Year’s weekend, college students met at Lake Ann Camp for The Break.  70 students gathered for a relaxing, fun time, but also sought to be challenged and recharged, heading into a new year and a new semester.  The weekend was certainly not without its highlights.  With Ping-Pong, air hockey, board games, cards, etc., there was plenty to do during free time.  Lake Ann even hosted tournaments – some ending in epic fashion.  The euchre tournament in particular involved both domination and close calls, with one team winning against their opponents by a combined score of 20-2!  While the games were a lot of fun, everyone was looking forward to the New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks!  The display was not to disappoint, especially when a lit-up zorb ball was sent across the Zip line!  (more…)

When Does God Speak to People?

When Does God Speak to People?

Start with the premise that God does want to speak to people…what a thought! Think of how busy your life is, multiply that by over 7 billion people, and then imagine also holding every molecule and atom in place.  Realizing that God, who holds creation together, really cares about the details of our existence should blow us away!  It gets better…God keeps track of the number of hairs on our heads – even though we all lose nearly sixty each day.  The Psalmist David went as far as to say that God’s thoughts of us number more than the number of grains of sand on the seashore – pretty much all the time.  He actually thinks of us all of the time!

Now comes our turn…how often do we think of God?  Better yet, how often do we speak to Him (when we are NOT in crisis or want)?  Take that one step further; when was the last time God spoke to you personally?  Not just through His word, but really got to your heart and changed the way you were thinking about something?

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