Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to Luther Glen last weekend for God’s Work, Our Hands and helped out on the farm! With all of your hard work we were able to plant nearly 100 trees and other various plants. That is a huge achievement
Tomorrow is the last day of August and it has us in the mood of thinking of all the kinds of “lasts” we have here. These are the last days of prime planting, the last harvests of the summer vegetables, the last bit of grain at the bottom of the bag. Beyond that there are last nerves that get tested and last tasks before the end of the day.
What we see is that “last” is such a perfect word in farming because while in one sense it means the end of something, it has another meaning – to sustain. To last for a long time is to continue. And in farming, lasting is essential.
A last seed planted is proof that there will be new growth. The last harvest is a celebration of the bounty that was and a time to prepare the soil for something new. The last bit of grain means we have livestock that are well fed.
Last nerves come from escaping goats or working dogs that want to play more than guard or rocky soil that is hard to work into what we want. But no one starts on their last nerve, so those hard tasks are proof of hard work and its unrelenting nature.
We choose to love these tasks and trials, fruits of labor and even the failures we experience. Because to “last”, any work must be done with a whole and happy heart. We love to work things to their end and then to begin again. Each season is a happy new blessing. Colossians 3:23 tells us that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…” and that is exactly what we intend to keep doing. That is one thing that doesn’t end.
Are you racking your brain for ways that you can help out at Luther Glen? Maybe you’re a regular follower of our blog and you’re wondering how you can give back. Maybe you love coming to camp and are always looking for another excuse to make the trip. Maybe you’ve never been before but it’s been on your to-do list. Whatever your reason – your opportunity is here! Our annual day of service for God’s Work, Our Hands is coming up and YOU can be a part of it!
In honor of the 500th Reformation of Lutheranism, we will be planting five-hundred trees, plants and much more between Luther Glen and El Camino Pines. To do that, we need your help! Come up to either site on September 9th & 10th and make a permanent mark on your favorite Lutheran Bible Camp. For more information, contact Glen Egertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Produce is abounding this time of year, filling our kitchen and our crowds with fabulous farm fresh food. Even though the rush of summer has come to an end, the productivity of the garden is still in full swing. At the moment we are getting a lot of tomatoes, kale, zucchini, bell peppers and cucumbers. With the help of our new greenhouse we have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of crops we have harvested this summer. The seeds were given a better start away from the late season freezes that Oak Glen often experiences. With a lot of care, these seeds flourished into an incredible harvest. We never cease to be thankful for the abundance we see in our garden and on our plates.
What a summer it was! It’s hard to believe that it’s over already. But we had a great summer and we have a lot to show for it!
We have added a drip irrigation system to our garden. This is a more sustainable and efficient way to water. It ensures enough water gets to the plants every day and it saves us a ton of time!
We have expanded the chicken run to include more space to roam and for the chickens to forage.
This summer was complete with two successful goat births. Both mamas gave birth to healthy sets of twins and the best part of it all is that summer campers were able to hold day old babies! What an incredible experience!
With the help of our new greenhouse, this year we were able to time our vegetables to be harvestable exactly when our campers were here. We had successful harvests of kale, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, peas, lettuce, radishes, melon and basil. Yum!
We’ve also made progress on the amphitheater. This unique new space is a great addition for worship and large group meetings in the farm
It’s been a blessing to get out in our community by doing more church visits with the goats, sheep and chickens, letting you all experience these fun and loving animals. We have also had continued success selling farm fresh eggs!
But what we can’t stress enough is just how precious summer time is. It’s so fun to see the farm come to life with camper Bible studies and worship in the farm. Watching the faith and community of the youth grow in this sacred space… we couldn’t ask for more.