King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool recently sent a group of adults including Bonny McCabe and Maureen Johnson of Baldwinsville to Vanderkamp in Cleveland for their second annual mission trip.
In May 2008, 12 adults from King of Kings went to Hope Children's Home in Tampa, Fla. for a week to work on building projects and assist with the children at this Christian run home for discarded, abused, unwanted or orphaned kids. The trip was so fulfilling, it has been made into an annual event.
This year's adult mission wanted to focus on local needs in the community and it was decided to spend a week at Vanderkamp in Cleveland. Vanderkamp is an all-season Christian retreat center and summer camp located on the north side of Oneida Lake. It is a not-for-profit organization operated by the Ecumenical Camp Association and run by Executive Director Tom Hall. Vanderkamp is a joint project of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Cayuga-Syracuse and Utica Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church USA.
A number of fund raising events were held on behalf of Vanderkamp including a spaghetti dinner and candy sale, with matching funds coming from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. All monies raised went directly to help fund the anticipated projects the mission group would be performing during their week at Vanderkamp.
The mission group, consisting of eight women and four men, painted the outside of Oscar Lodge, one of the main buildings on the site that contains eight bedrooms and four baths, during their time there. The building also needed some major repairs to the front porch and siding which was accomplished. Before the priming and painting could begin, the outside needed a great deal of work, which included pulling staples from around window frames, scraping and sanding many years' worth of loose paint and vines from the exterior. King of Kings uses the facilities at Vanderkamp on multiple occasions during the year and this mission group was proud of the part they played in helping to maintain this wonderful Christian center and camp. The Adult Mission Group is already discussing plans for next year's trip.