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Lutherdale Partnering with Mission Builders for Construction of New Lutherdale Lodge

January 18th, 2018

The ELCA Mission Builders provide project management, concept-design services, and construction services for congregations and camps that are building new structures or additions to existing buildings.  In the past 30 years, Mission Builders has constructed over 230 structures, including many for other Lutheran camps across the country.

Because Mission Builders is a mission-minded organization, they provide these services at a greatly reduced cost.  The builders are retired contractors, builders, carpenters, and others from across the country that will travel to Lutherdale and live in their personal trailers and RVs on-site for the summer.

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What are the benefits of utilizing Mission Builders?

  • A projected cost-savings of 15-30% on the original construction cost of the building.
  • Mission Builders will provide complete project management from the pre-construction phase through the completion of the building framing and exterior.
  • We will be able to utilize many dedicated Lutherdale volunteers to work along side Mission Builders and help open new ministry at Lutherdale.
  • We will have the opportunity to welcome a new group of dedicated servants of Christ into our Lutherdale community.

What does this mean for our building project?

  • The foundation of the lodge will be constructed in Fall of 2018.  Our Mission Builder Project Manager will be on-site to oversee this work.  In late spring of 2019, 10-12 Mission Builders and their spouses will arrive to begin constructing the building.
  • The more volunteers that work alongside Mission Builders on the project, the greater our cost-savings will be.  Therefore, we will be reaching out to as many volunteers as possible to help with the project.  If you or someone you know has interest in volunteering, please contact Jesse Weiss, Campaign Manager using the form on the bottom of the page.

Share the Adventure Receives Generous Gift from the Kellogg Family Foundation

January 6th, 2018

Lutherdale has been blessed by a $300,000 gift from the Kellogg Family Foundation towards the Share the Adventure Campaign.  The Kellogg Family Foundation is a generous supporter of many church-related causes, as well as organizations that provide development opportunities for youth.  We are grateful for the importance that the Kellogg family places on these important areas, and that they believe in the work that God does through Lutherdale to further the church and the lives of youth, families, and adults.  Please join us in prayers of thanksgiving for this wonderful gift.

Quilt & Women’s Group Campaign Appeal Off to a Great Start

January 1st, 2018

With a total pledged of $1,850,000, Share the Adventure continues to see a positive response as we have now reached 65% of our Opening Phase goal.  A part of this continued success can be attributed to Lutherdale’s wonderful Quilt and Women’s groups.  Led by Darlene Pieper, chair of the Quilt and Women’s Groups Campaign Committee, we have kicked off a special appeal to invite these valuable supporters of this ministry to participate in the campaign.  Thus far, we have received over $45,000 towards a $100,000 goal for this special appeal.  We are extremely thankful for the many ways our quilters and women’s groups have supported Lutherdale over the years, as well as for their significant investment in the next generation of God’s ministry through Lutherdale.

From the Campaign Chair

December 1st, 2017

Having been a lifetime visitor to camp, I know the role that Lutherdale can play in the lives of those who come. While camp initially saw its purpose as a camp for youth to grow in their faith, it was not long until the power of a retreat away from the normal routine was discovered as beneficial to families and adults too. I can remember camping with a church group of families in upper field as we surrounded the bonfire and shared songs and stories of faith.  Diversity is important at camp.  Lutherdale is a place where a variety of people can participate and grow deeper into the awareness of God’s love for them and all of creation.  Lutherdale Lodge is a another step in this direction by providing a multi-use space to be used for people of all ages in the center of camp. This building helps us to be forward thinking in our role as a camp for all ages. Will you join me in participating in this appeal to Share the Adventure?   ~ Rev. Tim Hansen, Campaign Chair

Camp for All Ages

November 2nd, 2017

Camp truly is a ministry for all ages. We know and trust that God is alive and at work through the many activities at camp—Bible studies, games, worship, and more—no matter what age the participants are.    While programs for youth will always be a priority at Lutherdale, we recognize that adults are also in need of meaningful faith formation opportunities. It is our goal to be able to offer high-quality programs and opportunities through our 50 Forward ministry for adults in their third chapter of life that will allow them to connect with others, experience new places and things, and explore how God is at work in their lives. As Dr. Rollie Martinson shared at a recent Lutherdale 50 Forward Retreat, “Dear friends from across the generations, elderhood is a good time—let’s enjoy it, and let’s celebrate it.”  In order to effectively welcome adults to camp for these meaningful opportunities, we need to be able to provide a comfortable and accessible camp experience. The heart behind our Share the Adventure capital appeal is to meet these comfort and accessibility needs in order to open new ministry that will sustain Lutherdale for the next generation. This will be accomplished through the main project of the campaign—the construction of an adult-friendly lodge. This new lodge will offer hotel-style accommodations and large group meeting space in close proximity to the dining hall and the center of camp. Through the campaign, we will also be addressing site-accessibility issues, making it easier for adults to get around our beautiful campus.  Please consider helping us Share the Adventure with all people in all seasons of the year, so that more adults not only relive old camp memories but also experience new ones.

Camp for All Ages