Every year, the Cohutta Springs Foundation holds their annual retreat at Cohutta Springs Conference Center at the end of April to thank members.
The foundation (formerly known as the Development Associates) provides counsel, direction, ideas, and funds for programs and projects at Cohutta.
“The foundation continues to work hand in hand with the Georgia-Cumberland Conference helping to defray the cost of many new and improved facilities like the recent dining hall addition and patios,” said Darrel Starkey, who has served as foundation president for the past five years.
The members’ weekend was packed with fun and inspiration. Clifford Goldstein, editor of the adult Sabbath School quarterly and author, was the keynote speaker. Another highlight was listening to reports from Rob Lang, Cohutta Springs Youth Camp director, and Olivier LeMaitre, Cohutta Springs Conference Center executive director.
“After 21 years of leading camp ministry, I still can't describe all the good things that take place at camp,” said Lang. “There are too many things on so many levels for so many lives! Camp is a place where faith comes into focus. With more than 30 outdoor activities and the opportunity to develop essential life skills at the same time, it is unparalleled as a life-changing experience, and it is fun! I will be baptizing two boys at camp because that is where they made their decisions for Jesus and being a Seventh-day Adventist. This evening I will be officiating a wedding for two young adults who met at camp while working on staff. A new Adventist home will be formed! This is what is happening today because of camp ministry!”
The weekend also included recognition for Rick and Shelly Stern, from Collegedale, Tenn. The Sterns were the recipients of the Winton Preston Award, which acknowledges members who show extraordinary support in growing foundation membership and provide outstanding support.
“I wish every member of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference could experience the thrill of hearing the annual mission and ministry report presented to the foundation members during the annual retreat,” Starkey said.
Membership is open to all. Contact Cohutta Springs at 706-695-9093 for more information.
Written by Tamara Wolcott Fisher, communication director
Photos by Tamara Wolcott Fisher