Attention Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp Staff (Past and Present)!
It’s time for GAZEBO-nanza!
Did you know that the gazebo at Fortune Lake is original to the camp? That means it is nearly 85 years old! It was built in 1930 and was located behind the sauna for nearly 50 years before it was moved to its current location near the playground. It has witnessed weddings, marriage proposals, Bible studies, choruses of angels singing for Christmas in July, character announcements throughout games of Inherit the Kingdom, and too many staff meetings to count.
Many of us have fond memories of the picturesque gazebo and it is difficult to think of replacing it. But it’s time to honor the original gazebo (and the many gallons of paint that currently hold it together) and plan for the future. Plans for a new gazebo are in the works and contractors are on board to build it this fall so it can be dedicated at the 85th Anniversary Celebration June 7, 2015. The new gazebo will be larger so it can be used as another summer programming site, but it will maintain the original gazebo appearance.
Now, guess what? YOU GET TO HELP!
Every current and former FLLC staff member is invited to participate in Gazebo-nanza! As a way of honoring the past and “Driving Faith Forward” (the 85th Anniversary motto), we invite you to prayerfully consider a monetary donation that will help build the new gazebo.
The goal is to raise enough money between June 8 (summer program begins) and August 8 (summer program ends) to completely pay for the construction. In exchange for an $85 donation, your name and the year(s) you worked at FLLC will be inscribed on the ceiling of the new gazebo for present and future generations to see! (You may also reserve a piece of the old gazebo to keep for yourself!)
If you can afford to be even more generous, for a gift of $850, your name can be inscribed on one of the new gazebo’s supportive pillars! More than one person’s name can be listed on a pillar or section of the ceiling, so you might want to plan a joint gift with other Fortune Lake friends. Gifts in memory or in honor of someone who worked at camp are also welcome. These gifts will be recognized during the dedication service.
We’ve made it easy for you to contribute. Simply follow the instructions on this GoFundMe.com web page to make your donation online. In the comments section, PLEASE LIST THE NAME(S) AND YEARS WORKED AT CAMP AS YOU WANT THEM TO APPEAR ON THE GAZEBO.
You may also choose to mail your donation directly to Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp to ensure that every single penny go towards building the gazebo. This site charges a minimal fee to process credit card transactions, so some of the donation money will be used to pay for the use of this site. Checks can be mailed to 138 Fortune Lake Camp Road, Crystal Falls, MI 49920.
Remember, you have until August 8 to make your contribution to this ground-breaking milestone in Fortune Lake history.
Of course, you don’t HAVE to be a part of Gazebo-nanza. You don’t HAVE to show your support of the ministry of FLLC in a real, tangible way – but YOU GET TO!!!
Ruth Almen, Stefanie Ehle, Pr. Kristin Rice, and Ruth Warmanen
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