An Experience to Remember

Travel Raffle | A $100 ticket buys your chance to win one of six incredible experiences

Set Sail in Bar Habor

Airfare not included | Bar Harbor is known as the gateway to Acadia National Park, one of America’s favorite parks, and is situated on Mount Desert Island right on the gorgeous Frenchman’s Bay. Enjoy three nights for two at The Inn on Mount Desert, breakfasts included, and a two-hour windjammer sailing trip. Get the details: Set Sail in Bar Harbor

Fairmont Scottsdale Golf and Spa

Airfare not included | Enjoy this breathtaking resort in the Valley of the Sun. Three nights and daily breakfasts for two at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, plus $500 toward golf at TPC Scottsdale and Fairmont Princess Spa treatments. Championship golf courses challenge your skills and unique spa retreats offer personalized programs. The AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers world-class hospitality and unparalleled luxury. Get the details: Fairmont Scottsdale Golf and Spa

Southern Charm

Airfare not included | Savannah is one of the most romantic cities in the United States. Enjoy three nights for two at select Savannah hotels, plus a private horse-drawn carriage ride and a culinary-cultural walking tour. The historic downtown district is filled with towering oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, and dramatic antebellum mansions that survived General Sherman’s fiery march to the sea during the Civil War. Get the details: Southern Charm

Tennessee Whiskey Adventure

Airfare not included | Enjoy an immersive small-group tour for two and learn the story of Jack Daniel, his hometown, and his world famous whiskey. This trip includes three nights for two at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville and a guided transportation tour with a whiskey expert, an exclusive salute to Jack Daniel at his grave, elevated tasting of premium whiskeys at Jack Daniel Distillery, and lunch in Lynchburg. Get the details: Tennessee Whiskey Adventure

Pro Sports Fan Getaway

Airfare *is* included | Enjoy two weekend nights for two plus tickets of your choice to an exciting Friday, Saturday, or Sunday MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL regular season game, or a non-major PGA golf tournament. That’s up to 5,000 games a year to choose from, among 50 markets nationwide. Get the details: Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway

Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

Airfare not included | Enjoy an unique brewery experience at Samuel Adams Brewery and see the process used to brew this craft beer. This package includes three nights and daily breakfasts for two at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. You can choose the Beyond the Brewhouse Tour or enjoy three exclusive brewery-only barrel aged beers paired with local cheese on the Bierkeller Barrel Aged Experience. Dinner at Oak Long Bar + Kitchen also included. Get the details: Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

 



Kaydin

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When I look at you, I see I have a family to go to whenever.
When I hold you, I feel that I am safe and I don’t have to worry if I can eat or sleep that day.
When I smell you, I smell the cupcakes we were eating that day at the celebration of our adoption.
When I first saw you I knew that it was finally true.

When I think about you, I think of all the years that I felt sad but now that I have you I’m happier.
When I imagine my life without you, I picture a place I would feel unsafe.
When I hear others say you are a ring*, I say you are way more to me.
When others see you they think of you as jewelry, I think [of] you as new mom.

When I feel cold on my skin you remind me that I don’t have to worry.
When others say I’m the girl that was in foster care and then adopted, you say I’m that girl that is safe now.

*On the day of her adoption, Kayden was gifted a ring by her new mother, Tina


All that is gold does not glitter;
Not all who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither.
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
— J.R.R. Tolkien

She was a full-time mom; he was a youth director. They were married, had two girls, and were happy and content. Then an idea got into their heads and would not go away. For 10 years they prayed. At last a door opened and their prayer – to
start a summer camp in eastern North Carolina – became a reality.

Starting a camp led Desta and Sammy to the heretofore unimaginable idea of becoming foster parents. Foster parenting
led them to Maria. And Maria is the spirited, big-hearted, animal-loving daughter at the center of their lives today.

For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord, plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11

You probably know this beloved verse by heart. It was originally spoken by Jeremiah to offer hope to God’s people in exile; today we read it at baby baptisms. It is also appropriate for this story about Desta and Sammy. Becoming adoptive parents by way of starting a camp may seem a bit circuitous, but wandering down this path prepared them for a higher calling, one they had never imagined.

Desta and Sammy wandered, but they were never lost. Instead, deeply rooted in faith, they were open and receptive to God’s plan, a plan that fills us all with great hope for the future.

— Rev. Bruce E. Stanley, President / CEO



Advent | The joy of joy

He may be too young to understand everything, but this child knows joy. “Joy is in my heart,” he told his mom, “because Jesus is in my heart.” Light a candle for joy.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14


Advent | The gift of love

We introduced this wonderful family to you over two years ago. They have a beautiful story – and our favorite part is when the parents tell us they loved the children before they even met them.  Join us as we light a candle for love.


Advent | The promise of peace

Last week as we sat together and talked about peace, one of our teens shared her thoughts. “To be at peace with the world and yourself means being ok and happy with the people around you. We can change in the world with peace.” Amen and peace to us all.  Join us as we light a candle for peace.