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Updates from Amigo

August 12, 2020

  • Summer is winding down but Amigo Centre is still taking reservations for families. If you’re looking for a quiet relaxing weekend, come stay at the Retreat Center or West Shore Lodge. Both buildings have small designated suites to limit contact with people outside of your group. Meals, staff led activities or pontoon rides are available. Groups need to be 10 or fewer. Call 269-651-2811 or email us at info@amigocentre.org
  • If you like to travel with your own lodging come spend a weekend (or a whole week) at Amigo Park. The fish are biting and the beach is open. We are currently only open for campers with a self-contained bathroom in their camper. Give us a call at 269-651-2734
  • Homeschooling this year? Amigo Centre’s homeschool program will be running in a modified approach. Classes are limited to 10 students. All classes will be outside or in a pavilion setting. Come explore God’s Creation in lessons designed for different age groups and different topics. 7 sessions throughout the year. more information can be found at amigocentre.org/homeschool-program.html
  • Amigo Centre has had to change the way we operate. We’re looking for volunteers to help as we plan and host guests this fall and into the winter. We are in need of people to help deep clean, paint, plant, fix, repair, mow and weed. We have three cottages that we are trying to update for guest retreats and could use help in all aspects of the project. Drywall, painting, roofing, basic plumbing, siding. If you’re interested email matt@amigocentre.org.
  • Mark your calendars for next summer. Registration is open for summer camp. If you’re 18 or older we have started our summer staff recruiting. Let us know if you’re interested in working as a counselor or providing leadership to our programming. Contact colton@amigocentre.orgfor more information.

Amigo Programming Updates

Registration link: https://www.ultracamp.com/clientlogin.aspx?idCamp=589&campCode=amc

  • Women and Girls’ RetreatMarch 19-21, 2021.
    • Our theme is “Your Story Matters!”
    • Our speaker, Connie Gochenaur is a storyteller and a blogger. The mother of four grown daughters and Grandma to seven beautiful grandchildren, she’s a transplanted city girl, now living the “Green Acres” life. Her devotional writing has been featured in The Upper Room and Prodigal. Her passions, outside of writing, are for the local Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack, and an art ministry she began for senior citizens. She is passionate about the study of God’s Word, and fascinated by how relevant it is to daily living.
    • Join us for an enriching weekend as we explore God’s Story, our own, and discover how the two fit together. Through worship and workshops, we will uncover spiritual truths as we take ownership of our stories – for God’s glory. From the simplest memory to the most complex tale, your story is valuable. It is worthy of attention – and redemption. YOUR STORY MATTERS!
    • Registration is now open and additional details may be found on Amigo’s web site: https://www.amigocentre.org/women-and-girls-retreat.html
  • SAVE THE DATE: Amigo Bike Michiana scheduled for October 8-10, 2021.
    • Our speaker will be Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncubefounding Executive Director/National Coordinator of the Brethren in Christ Compassionate and Development Services in Zimbabwe, currently studying at AMBS. In fall of 2018, Dr. Ncube was part of a Global South Voice Speaking Tour of the Great Lakes region, co-sponsored by MCC and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions.
    • The project: Climate Mitigation in Zimbabwe. Partnering with the Brethren in Christ Church Compassionate and Development Services (CDS) to work with disadvantaged communities in the Gwanda North wards as part of an Anabaptist Christian witness to promote climate change resilience through sustainable crop and livestock production.  This gender sensitive project promotes Conservation Agriculture principles for both female and male farmer households, as well as assistance in repairing and construction of dams and bore holes, raising the living standards, widening food choices and increasing project participants’ incomes.
    • Here’s a story about it: https://mcc.org/stories/addressing-conflict-caused-limited-resources
    • Visit our web site for registration and additional information: amigocentre.org
  • Road Scholar update. Since 1994 Amigo has been involved with the world-wide “Adventures in Lifelong Learning” organization now known as Road Scholar. (Originally called Elderhostel.) Along with every other organization, Road Scholar has seen its programming cut back in light of Covid-19. Amigo has been informed that we will no longer be able to offer programming through Road Scholar through 2022. We have been running three programs – a Study of the Amish and Mennonites, a genealogy program, and two different quilting programs each year. We will miss these programs and participants immensely, but look forward to a time when they can return.
  • Scrapbooking, Crafting and Sewing retreat updates: we will not hold large retreats as we have in the past. Instead, the scheduled dates are limited due to providing all participants with a single room. We will set groups of friends up in smaller areas to work (masks are still required inside) and encourage everyone to enjoy the outside as much as possible (masks not required if social distancing outside). We are setting up spaces for you to gather outside and enjoy the beauty that Amigo has to offer. When’s the last time you just sat and listened to the bird, Sandhill cranes and geese communicating around a lake… or watched the chipmunks and squirrels play… it’s very entertaining! Bring your family or friends and we will provide the space for you to work and play. Call us for availability – 269-651-2811.