All posts by Pat Gustafson

Men’s Breakfast

All men are invited to the Men’s Breakfast on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month at 8:00 am. We meet at Denny’s Restaurant by South Park Shopping Mall, Moline.  This month we’ll meet on March 4th and 18th.

IGRC 2020 Camping Program

IGRC’s New Website is the place to go for information about ALL camps, helpful info for parents, sample schedules, and registration. Check it out at  <!–split–>

 East Bay Camp: Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify. Coming summer 2020: YouTube  | EastBayCamp || 309-365-7531

 Little Grassy:  Find us on Facebook and Instagram.  | @littlegrassycamp | | 618-457-6030

 Beulah Campground: 618-273-3520

 Epworth: Find us on Facebook!–camp.

Illuminating Curriculum – This summer, our curriculum is called This is Our Prayer—which is all about ways to pray and reasons to pray. Follow along with our campers by reading these passages with us in 2020!

*  Longing to be Invited: Luke 6:12-16

*  Longing Together: Esther 4

*  Longing to be Heard: Jonah 4

*  Longing for Guidance: 1 Kings 3:7-15

*  Longing for Renewal: Luke 5:12-16, Isaiah 40:1-5, 2-31

*  Longing for Change: Numbers 27:1-11

*  Longing to Celebrate: Philippians 1:3-11

 Brighten up Camp

We couldn’t do what we do without you! Here’s some fun ways to get involved with camp!

* Send us a surprise gift from our Amazon Wishlists (East Bay and Little Grassy)

* Bring a group from your church for a work day (or a work weekend! Mini mission trip?)

* Send 2 campers from your town! (We have payment plans and scholarships!)

* Pray for our campers and staff daily from Memorial Day—August 1st.

* Help us collect things off our recycled donation list (East Bay)

* Encourage young adults in your church to apply to work at camp (we’re still hiring counselors, kitchen, grounds, hospitality, and life-guarding staff) (East Bay and Little Grassy)

Prevention is the New Healthcare

The phrase that seems to be everywhere these days: 60 is the new 40, 70 is the new 50, and so on. But what does that really mean? Well, from my perspective, it means more people are choosing to age in healthy ways, by being more active both physically and mentally. I remember that when I was small people looked and acted older than they do now. My paternal grandparents died at ages 50- and 65-years-old. They were ill and had many health issues.

What has changed? Lifestyle choices!  <!–split–>

In this current youth-obsessed culture, the individual concept of aging has changed. And in response to this concept, the focus of healthcare has changed from treating illness to preventing illness.

According to, “Preventive health care refers to actions and lifestyle choices that serve to prevent future health complications or reduce the likelihood of serious illness and disease”…”…saving a great deal of time and money by reducing the need for expensive treatment.”

Preventive health care is in each individual’s hands. Just the practice of regularly washing your hands and decreasing exposure to people who show signs of obvious illness can reduce illness. Other choices, such as healthy eating, incorporating more exercise into each day, and having regular screenings and checkups, greatly reduce the role illness plays in our lives.

While living a healthy lifestyle may seem time-consuming, it actually provides great savings in time and money. This statement says so much and bears repeating!

If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness!

How often have you heard someone say that they don’t have time to be sick? I think most of us have said something like this at one time or another. If there were a magic formula for preventing illness as well as promoting a vibrant aging process, wouldn’t you like to know more about it?

You already have that formula! Preventive health, while taking many different forms, has one basic goal: prevent disease and illness before they occur, rather than fighting to effectively treat illness after it has negatively impacted your health and lifestyle.

Healthy lifestyle changes will not completely prevent illness and disease, but by making good choices, you can decrease the risks of poor health. Here are 10 basic preventive health care steps:

* Frequent Hand Washing

* Cover Your Face with Your Elbow when You Cough/Sneeze

* Eat a Healthy Diet: avoid sugar and processed foods

* Exercise Daily

* Get Restorative Amounts of Sleep

* Stimulate Your Brain

* Avoid Alcohol

* Avoid Tobacco Use/Vaping

* See Your Doctor Regularly

* Strengthen Your Relationships with God, Family, and Friends

I can’t think of a single person who desires illness or disease. The power is in your hands. We can change our habits into healthy lifestyles. And you don’t have to do it alone. As your parish nurse, I am happy to talk with you and help you live a healthy, vibrant life in 2020 and beyond!

Blessings, Kara Ade, RN – Parish Nurse

From the Desk of Pastor Stan ……

Chapter 2—Learning to Lead Like Jesus with Love

In John 21:16-17, Jesus asks us to show our love for him by feeding and loving his sheep. Sheep—all who have given our lives to him. Chapter two for me shows that love is not only unconditional, but also patient, kind and non-judgmental. <!–split–>

  1. Loving leaders show kindness to others by treating them with honor and dignity.
  2. Loving leaders are long-suffering in their love for the unlovely as well as for the lovable.
  3. Loving leaders patiently look for a better way to wait to speak on another day.
  4. Loving leaders grow the capacity to love when they experience forgiveness often.
  5. Loving leaders are motivated to love by obeying Christ’s commands.
  6. Loving leaders persevere when motivated by the greater purpose of love.
  7. Loving leaders are able to love others well when they love themselves well.
  8. Loving leaders are successful when they are loved by the Lord and love others well.

Chapter 3—Learning to Lead Like Jesus With Accountability

The Bible informs us in Romans 14:12, that all of us must give an account of our stewardship.

  1. Accountable leaders take the time to develop plans and work them.
  2. Accountable leaders avoid compromising situations by having clearly defined boundaries.
  3. Accountable leaders fear God, submit to authority, and invite accountability.
  4. Accountable leaders do better because others are watching what they do.
  5. Accountable leaders clarify for their families what’s most important in life.
  6. Accountable leaders have purity plans, and mentors who hold them to their plans.
  7. Accountable leaders engage with communities of accountability.
  8. Accountable leaders set deadlines to help facilitate healthy decision-making.
  9. Accountable leaders are defined more by their “noes” than their “yeses.”
  10. Accountable leaders take the time to follow up and inspect what’s expected.








The Missions & Outreach Committee has a Terracycling receptacle outside the kitchen door in the Activity Center. Please check the list for items you use at your house. If you are interested in being involved, we are putting together a Green Team that will help evaluate our use of resources, explore options to reduce our carbon footprint, and help keep our neighborhood clean and green! See Carolyn Mesick to find out how you can help.

February Fellowship Luncheon

You are invited to the February Fellowship Luncheon – Thursday, February 27th at 12:00 Noon in the Activity Center

The menu will be: Meatloaf, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Dessert and Drink

Please contact Mary Ann Harvey (786-2062) if you will be attending.

Men’s Breakfast

All men are invited to the Men’s Breakfast on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month at 8:00 am. We meet at Denny’s Restaurant by South Park Shopping Mall, Moline.  This month we’ll meet on February 5th and 19th.