From the Camp Director,

God’s blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God.–Proverbs 10:22 MSG
What a great month of October. Hanging Rock has surley been blessed. It feels like things are slowly getting back to normal. We have had retreats, we have had very generous churches and individuals bless the camp with donations which were much needed. I personally have been able to get back into Churches to preach and share about Hanging Rock. What a great Month!!! 
One definition of a “blessing” is a gift, benefit, or an advantage designed to increase your happiness and well-being. A blessing is given as well as spoken. The spoken blessing is a powerful way to release God’s goodness over your life and the lives of others.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV) is a spoken blessing demonstrating God’s will for you:

The Lord bless you and keep you—or, increase you in prosperity and protect you from all harm.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you—or, give you His favor.

The Lord lift up His approving countenance upon you—or, take pleasure in you,and give you His peace—or, provide all things necessary for your total well-being bringing you wholeness.

As we move into the blessing month of November with Thanksgiving. It is a great time to reflect and count your blessings. We are certainly counting our blessings here at Hanging Rock. 
In the month of November stop for a moment to count your blessings. Put aside questions and problems. Start naming His blessings one by one. Thank Him for what He already has done! As you do this, God will change your heart and give you a new attitude and perspective.
Thank you Church Community for blessing this ministry and continuing to pray and support us! 
Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving,
Gary Baker, Executive Director
Christmas at the Rock

$25,000 Match Challenge

We are very excited to already have $10,600 toward our matching gift challenge. We are hoping we can raise another $7,200 in November before our banquet. This match will help us end the year without a deficit due to Covid-19. We are asking that you pray about supporting the camp during these challenging times. A family has stepped up to challenge all of us to stand by Hanging Rock and make sure we are healthy financially going into 2021.We want to thank all those that have participated at this point. We really need your help to make this happen! 

From the Associate Director,

“Don't know why
I have to drive so fast
My car has nothing to prove
It's not new
But it'll do 0 to 60 in 5.2

Oh I'm in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I'm in a hurry and don't know why”

Those are lyrics from the song titled, ”I’m In A Hurry” by the country band Alabama. I drive over 100 miles a day to and from camp, and am surrounded by hundreds of cars in those travels. I am often passed by someone, on the dotted yellow, who is in a big hurry and is going well over the posted speed limit sign. This last week, the words from the above song popped in my head, on one of those encounters and I got to thinking about how we live such busy lives. Now, the last 7 months or so, our lives may be a little slower, but overall we still live busy lives and always seem to be in a hurry. Those people, who pass me, don’t have anything to prove with their cars, but yet they rush by me. How often do we rush by someone, not in a car, but someone in the office? Someone in Church? Someone in the store? Maybe even someone in our own home? I have noticed, in our social distancing season we are in, that we may be “rushing” by opportunities to minister to people.

  Jesus is a great example of not living a rushed life. He knew when He needed to slow down, and minister to those around Him. He was aware of His surroundings, and took the necessary steps to help those people who needed the help. In these crazy times, where we have been somewhat forced to slow down, have you? Here at Hanging Rock we want to be a place where people can come and slow down. We love serving people, and helping them disconnect for the craziness of everyday life. We are here if you need a place to find rest, and slow down. If you are reading this, and need a place to find rest and relaxation come out to camp! If you are a minister, and need a place to do sermon or lesson prep, or just a different view for the day, come out to camp! If you are a family, who needs a place to go hiking, or fishing, or have a picnic, come out to camp! If you are a college kid, and need a place to study for finals, and slow down, come out to camp! We want to be here for you, and help you slow down and experience Jesus in a whole new way. We try to follow the example of Jesus and see where the needs are of those who are here, and try to help meet those needs. So, come on out to camp, and find rest, find relaxation, and find Jesus waiting for you to rest in His arms!
Todd Blair, Associtae Director                                                                                           

Summer Camp Dates:

We have updated our website with the schedule for Summer Camp 2021. Please check out the website and get ready to sign up for camp starting Januray 15, 2021. 
Camp Dates

Volunteers Needed:

We have several projects we want to get accomplished in November and are going to need some volunteers: 
  • Rake Leaves
  • Mulch Leaves
  • Replace roof on canteen
  • Cut firewood and stack
If you would like to help with any of these projects please contact Ben Hannum at

Summer 2021 Jobs:

We are starting to accept applications for positions for next summer. We have an application online if you are interested in any of these positions. 
  • Maintenance Intern
  • Wilderness Intern
  • First Aid Attendant
  • Dorm RA for guys and girls
  • Kitchen Assistants
  • Dish washers
  • Mowing/Weed eating
  • Photagrapher 
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