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    Mackinaw, IL 61755
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Ascend Summer Camp


UPDATE for 2020 ASCEND CAMP 4/23/2020:

The following email was received from the Ascend Camp director: 

Pastors and Ministry Leaders,

After much deliberation, we have made the decision to cancel Ascend Camp. If you sent a deposit, you will receive a refund within the next few weeks.

This was a difficult decision. It is certainly possible that by June 24, the circumstances surrounding the pandemic will look much better than they do now; however, that is far from certain. Additionally, when considering the size of our gathering and camp's lack of conduciveness to social distancing, we believe that cancelling is the prudent course of action. My hope in making this decision now is to serve your ministries by allowing sufficient time to respond to the change in plans.

While it is certainly no replacement, we plan to host an Ascend Camp livestream on the evenings of June 25-27. If it would serve you and your students, please plan to join us. We are still working on the details of this and will share more information as we get closer.

Personally, I will miss seeing each of you at camp. I treasure our time together each year. I am eagerly awaiting our reunion in 2021, if the Lord allows it.

Because of Christ,

Adam Bueltel
Director of Ascend Camp

While we are obviously saddened by this decision, we completely understand why it had to be made. Those of you who have already paid your deposit or full balance will be receiving a full refund in the coming days. 

We ask that you join us in prayer for the coming months. Although an on-site Ascend Camp would not completely replace the real thing, it would still provide a fun opportunity for students to gather and watch the sermons, as well as for us to play some of the big, fun games we typically play at camp. So please pray that our gathering restrictions might be lifted by the end of June so that we are able to make this happen. Details will be released as this becomes clearer. 

Finally, we want you to know that we will still be selling the Culver's pint cards that we have sold in the past. We have already been given these cards, so we hope to put them to good use for Ice Camp and Ascend Camp in 2021. Details will be coming soon. 

While this may be yet another disappointment in a long line of disappointment, we continue to trust God together in this season of life. May he draw us closer to himself so that we would grow in our faith (James 1:2-4). 

Pastor Scott


During one week in the summer, our students and leaders enjoy an exciting time at Ascend Camp which takes place at Lake Williamson Christian Conference Center in Carlinville, Illinois. Develop positive friendships, enjoy awesome worship, draw closer to Christ, and participate in games and tournaments all while having an amazing time!

Ascend Camp is a great place that is committed to providing the highest quality summer camp with life transforming expository preaching, God honoring music, small group discipleship and exciting activities for jr. high and high school students (Ascend is open to all incoming 7th grade students through graduating high school seniors).

Learn more about this exciting camp at

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