23rd visit - Institution of Parish Life!

23rd visit - Institution of Parish Life!

This year marks the 23rd visit that members of the Redmond based Church of the Holy Cross have spent at Camp Casey in what has been described as an “institution of parish life.” Fr. Eichner describes his church as a “small congregation with a warm sense of community and commitment to serving our Lord Jesus and outreach”. There is evidence of that in their newsletters, Facebook page and website. Not just in the food bank or Habitat for Humanity efforts, but in numerous pilgrimages across the globe. But what Fr. Eichner says he has loved about Holy Cross since first taking over as Rector in 2002 is that his congregation is “playful.” There are a dozen examples that would attest to that playfulness – chief among them is their annual Camp Casey weekend.

What makes this group of 55 attendees stand out among our usual visitors is that they didn’t take advantage of our housing or food service – instead they brought their community together in a different fashion. One that Fr. Eichner describes as “secluded, yet accessible, cushy yet rustic, a community hub for a host of nearby activities.”   For the last 23 years their members have been spending a weekend at the campgrounds of Camp Casey – while taking advantage of our pool, beach, bluff, trails and fields.

Camp Casey’s campgrounds have 25 campsites with water, electricity, a picnic table and a fire ring at each one. Perhaps camping isn’t your favored environment for a retreat, but Churches and faith-bases organizations know that Camp Casey Conference Center is the right place for all ages of their congregation’s members to worship, rest, and enjoy fellowship.

Fr. Eichner took the above photo of what he described as one of 3 amazing sunsets during their stay.  His wife Kim captioned “view during church today.”