Making All Things New – Spring Work Weekend!

Friday May 31 – Sunday June 2 is Horton Center’s opening work weekend!  Come for a day, come for the weekend, to help us rake, clean, paint, and get Horton Center in tip-top shape for Summer 2013!

You can come for the whole weekend or just Saturday, please let us know when you’re coming and how long you plan to stay. To be prepared for the work projects and food, all participants must be registered. These will not be ‘drop in’ events.  To register, simply email Rev. Mollie Landers at mlanders@nhcucc.org.  Be sure to include when you’re coming and leaving, what skills you have to offer, and any supplies you may be bringing.

We need everyone 18 and older to fill out three (3) short forms as well.  Background check, health form, and volunteer disclosure.  The forms, along with additional information, including age restrictions, can be found here.

We hope to see you at Horton Center for a weekend of hard work, good people, laughter, and breathtaking beauty.

Camp Tee Shirt Design Contest!

Are you an artist, graphic designer, fashionista, or doodler?  Horton Center announces it’s first annual camp t-shirt design contest!  Submissions are due Monday, May 20th at 7:43pm.  Designs should represent Horton Center – perhaps the site, a moment, or that Horton Center feeling.  All artwork must be appropriate, and a winner will be selected by the Outdoor Ministry Board based solely on design.

Winning design will be featured as the camp tee shirt for summer 2013.  Please submit all entries to Mollie Landers at mlanders@nhcucc.org in .jpg or .tif format.  All other formats will not be considered.  Winner will receive their tee shirt and the satisfaction of seeing happy campers rocking their tee.

*By submitting your design, you give Horton Center/NH Conference permission to use the design.

HC to HC

By Rev. Mollie Landers

I grew up going to Hartman Center in the Penn Central Conference of the UCC.  It was my Horton Center, my Pilgrim Lodge, my Silver Lake.  I went as a camper of 8, encouraged by my best friend at church.  I was scared going through the registration line, meeting my cabin mates, and then, over that first dinner, of pizza and salad, it clicked.  I was hooked.  Hartman Center became my second home, not only a place I could be myself without scorn or embarrassment, but a place I flourished. I met new best friends from all over the state, and came back year after year, as a camper, counselor, and Summer Service Team (summer staff), and even a director.  It was at Hartman Center I first felt a call to ministry.  I had the freedom there to see God in new ways, to experience the Spirit, and to work out what it meant to be a follower of Christ in a supportive community. Read More

A New Thing

Reflection from Associate Director of Outdoor Ministries Rev. Mollie Landers

I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.

~Isaiah 43:19

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

~2 Corinthians 5:17

Happy 2013!  With a New Year, we talk about new year resolutions, a fresh start.  In my home state of Pennsylvania, we eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s day, to cleanse our system (sauerkraut) and to get ahead in the new year (pork).  This tradition is to set us ahead and give us a fresh start for the new year, to make room for doing something new.  We just came out of the season of Christmastide, and celebrate the new thing God does in the incarnation of Jesus.  And somewhere, below the snow and soil, plants, grass, and flowers are waiting for their chance to become new, to co-create a new spring creation.  Newness and freshness is part of the our life cycle. Read More

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