May the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwell among the team and guests at Camp Lawrence!
A message from our Community Lay Director:
Indiana Dunes Great Banquet
Community Information for Banquet Weekends
The Fall 2017 Weekends are drawing near, and these weekends cannot take place without the Community support! Have you ever noticed that in the middle of community, is U? YOU! CommUnity! These weekends cannot succeed without U there!
Men’s Weekend: Sept. 28-Oct 1
Women’s Weekend: Oct. 5-7
If you can go out to camp and serve a meal and/or hold a candle, please do so! These weekends cannot thrive without the community coming and providing their hands and feet to help on the weekends, and spreading the light of CHRIST!
You still have time to make AGAPE, so please get your agape to someone on team, or bring it out to camp on the weekends, along with your letters for guests. (Make approximately 40 pieces of Agape for guests, 40 additional for team.)
Weekend Schedule for CommUnity:
Sponsor Hour – (for those who have invited a guest) 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Chapel – 7:30 pm. Sponsors and Community to pray.
Breakfast - Servers arrive at 7:55 am.
Breakfast served at 8:15 am.
Lunch - Servers arrive at 12:00 pm.
Lunch served at 12:30 pm.
Dinner - Servers arrive at 4:50 pm.
Dinner served at 5:20 pm.
Breakfast - Servers arrive at 7:25 am.
Breakfast served at 7:45 am.
Lunch - Servers arrive at 12:10 pm.
Lunch served at 12:40 pm.
Dinner - Servers arrive at 5:10 pm.
Dinner served at 5:40 pm.
Swing arm to lower lot is closed at 7:30 pm.
Chapel Service is at 8:30 pm.
Candlelight walk is at 9:45 pm.
Breakfast - Servers arrive at 7:20 am.
Breakfast served at 7:40 am.
Lunch - No servers needed.
Lunch served at 11:50 am.
CLOSING 4:15PM - Arrive between 3:30 - 4:00 pm.
Children should not be present for sponsor hour, to serve meals, be on the hill for candlelight, or attend closing. This decision has been made to reserve the reverence of candlelight for the guests, and also to allow the guests to reflect on their weekend at closing with only other community members. Children serving meals and being in the kitchen is a liability to the Banquet, and we need to be cognizant of that. If your child has attended the Awakening, they may come to serve during the weekends.
It is sincerely appreciated all of your time and support to help serve a meal. Servers are reminded to park in the upper parking lot and quietly make their way down behind the conference center and enter the kitchen door. For 1st time servers, when you walk down to the conference center, go ‘behind’ the building, and the door will be opposite the dumpsters. Check in with the kitchen team, and grab a server apron. Wear your name button! Help clear the dishes, and servers are asked to stay and help with cleanup from the meal. Servers are reminded that they should not come hungry or expect to eat. At times there may be food left over that allows the servers to eat, after the guests and team have completed their meals. Servers should not be on the side of the counter where the ovens are. This space is where the working kitchen team is in charge. Thank you for your cooperation and support!
Closing attendees can provide assistance in set-up and tear down of conference room to assist the very tired Agape and Alpha & Omega teams.
Remember, each team has been put together with much consideration and prayer. Respect them and their roles over the weekend. You may ask Kitchen or Agape if they need any assistance, but if they tell you ‘no thank you’, then please respect them, and do not linger at camp.
Speakers have put a lot of thought into their talks, and these talks are tailored to their specific time on these weekends, and may contain some very personal stories. If you have not been invited by the speaker to listen to their talk, please respect this boundary.
If you are unable to support the banquets by serving at camp on the weekends, there are other ways you can offer your time or resources. You can sign up on the prayer chart (online at idgb.net), or submit a donation to Indiana Dunes Great Banquet, P.O. Box 1696 Valparaiso, IN 46384.
Make a friend. Be a friend. Bring a Friend to CHRIST!
Lolly Dogan IDGB Community Lay Director
And Board of Directors
The focus of the Great Banquet is coming to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and making Him known. The objective of the weekend is to inspire Christians to deeper service to Christ in their home, their church, and their work place; to live lives in grace and to respond to higher levels of Christian discipleship.
Image of the Great Banquet:
The Gospel of Luke (14:15-24) presents Jesus' parable of the Great Banquet. A master prepared a great banquet and invited many guests, saying "Come, for everything is now ready." One by one those invited sent their excuses, and the master becam angry and ordered his servants, "Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame." And theses came, but room still remained at the table and the master said to his servants, "Go out to the roads and country labes and make them come in so that my house will be full." Then the hall was filled and the guests feasted and shared in joy with the master.
Jesus' parable provides the image for the Great Banquet weekend. Like its counterparts, Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dias, etc., the Great Banquet examines Christianity as a life style through an orderly, structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians. Through a combined team effort of laity and clergy, the Great Banquet provides a strong renewal force in the church.
What Happens at the Great Banquet?
The 72 hour experience begins Thursday evening and ends Sunday. For three days guests live & study together, worship, sing, pray, and discuss a series of talks by laity and clergy which present the theme of God's grace. The three days lead to a personal examination of the presence of Christ among His body of believers, and the experience of grace which comes through the prayers and loving acts of a Christian community.
Who Should Attend the Great Banquet?
The weekend experience is for anyone who:
Wishes to strengthen their spiritual life.
Wants to have a better understanding of prayer, the sacraments, Christian study and action.
Strives to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God.
Seeks to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, and to make Him known.
You are invited to be a guest at the Great Banquet given by God and to feast in His goodness and love.
What Happens After the Great Banquet?
One of the most important parts of the Great Banquet is its follow-up program. Guests are challenged to use the lessons of the weekend the rest of their lives, strengthening their own spiritual life through study and active church participation, and striving to become active disciples of Jesus Christ in the world. To assist in this discipleship, the Great Banquet encourages groups of three to five people to meet weekly to examine the members goals of spiritual growth and to encourage one another to a life of discipleship. Opportunities are also available to return to Great Banquet as a member of an organizing team. A periodic newsletter keeps guests informed of other Great Banquet activities.