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Missional Giving to Newton Presbytery enables us to:  Mentor the next generation of Spiritual Leaders.  Newton Presbytery is blessed to have Camp Johnsonburg within our boundaries.  Camp Jburg is so much more than a camp, it offers wonderful summer camp programs to our children and youth, but it also offers retreats throughout the year, as well as a place for congregations to gather for leadership training, worship, and reflection.

The following is a story of Hope of how Camp Jburg deeply impacted one of our own clergy on his journey into ministry shared by Rev. Rich Gelson, Pilgrim Presbyterian Church.

I’m from NJ, but wasn’t raised as a church goer and therefore never had the opportunity to attend Camp Johnsonburg.   Until, by God’s mysterious and amazing grace, I was first hired as summer staff in 1989.   As someone who hadn’t ever really been to a worship service, a Sunday School class, or participated in youth group activities, I was honestly amazed to have gotten this college summer job!   If J-burg had not existed as a physical location populated by profoundly faithful and wonderfully diverse disciples of Jesus Christ, I seriously doubt I would have been able to discern my call into what has now been twenty years as a PC(USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament.  My answer to what church is and why it’s vitally important to be actively involved as individuals and as families will forever lean on the great template of my life-transforming, faithfully comprehensive experiences through three full summers on staff, countless youth retreats, and two blessed experiences serving on the Board.   We must continue to be diligent, devout stewards of this uniquely sacred place full of breath-taking open space where in so many gracious ways children of God come together as the Body of Christ.

In 2019, Newton Presbytery budgeted $20,000 to support Camp Johnsonburg.  As your Finance Teams and Sessions begin the process of creating your 2020 budget, please consider making a Missional Giving Gift to Newton Presbytery.