Outdoor Ministry Experiences For You

Staff_Graff, ChuckJohn Muir, famous author and early preservationist, wrote the following — “This is creation. All that is going on today, only people are blind to see it…They can not pause long enough to go out into the wilderness where God has provided every sparrow enough to eat and to spare, and contemplate for even an hour the wonderful world that they live in. You say that what I write may bring this beauty to the hearts of those that do not get out to see it…The good Lord put those things here as a free gift that he who chooses may take with joy — and he who will not walk out of the smoke of the cities to see them has no right to them.”

Four years ago, we started a new “Outdoor Retreat Ministry” here at First UMC, to give people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy amazing fellowship, worship, healthy outdoor activities (hiking, fly fishing, bicycling, canoeing/kayaking, relaxing and reading a good book outdoors, and others), great food (especially dutch oven cooking) and the renewal of our souls outdoors in God’s beautiful creation in different settings. We just returned from our third Canadian Wilderness Retreat. Please take a look at some of these and our other camping photos in the gallery above. Click here to see ALL of our Canadian Wilderness Retreat Photos and here for ALL of our Caddo Lake Camping Trip photos.

On November 7 – 9, we are retreating again to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Southeastern Oklahoma and now have over 40 folks signed up. We have cabins, RV sites, tent sites and shelters reserved for our various trips. Our theme for this retreat will be the life and writings of John Muir  —  “Connecting with God and Creation”.

We are also planning our 2015 retreats and now have one planned during the Azalea Festival at Tyler State Park next spring from March 20 – 22. Why not join us and enjoy God’s other great sanctuary — you might enjoy tasting a s’more again and a smoky campfire with other children, youth and adults who love God and creation.


Pastor Chuck “Mountain Man” Graff


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