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Caroline Furnace COVID-19 Updates
Quick Updates:

Adventure Weekend is coming up soon, September 18-20. Reserve your cabin by September 4 - come and get outside with your family!

Our next Outdoor Worship is on September 20 at 6pm in the Spring Field.

The Pre-Advent Retreat will be online next month, on September 22 & 23.

Book your next Family Retreat or fall group retreat! More details below.

Stay tuned! 2021 Summer Camp details coming your way on September 15.
Thank You for Sponsoring a Counselor!
Thank you to the following congregations who sponsored a counselor!
This summer would not have been possible without your support:

Central Valley Conference of the Virginia Synod
Christ Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg VA
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Richmond VA
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Haymarket VA
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Yorktown VA
St. Michael Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach
Adventure Weekend
September 18-20

*Reserve your cabin by September 4*

This is another chance to do all of your favorite summer activities before fall weather hits, or to try out new and exciting activities - horseback riding and rock climbing included! Choose your own adventure. We'll have some safe, distanced activities available on-site at camp, plus we can connect you with our local partners for safe, fun activities on the river, trail, or patio.

Make plans soon; space is limited. Each cabin will be limited to one family group. Call (540) 449-0012, email, or reply to this email update to book your cabin for Adventure Weekend!

Come and get outside with your family!
Family and Group Retreats
We are open for retreats this fall! We are doing our best to mitigate risk and ensure best practices for our retreat groups, and will continue to host groups who want to come on retreat. We know that our retreat groups face a number of challenges this fall/winter, and we can help design a retreat plan that works for you.

1. Learn more about family and group retreats below, and what we are doing to help you stay safe while at Caroline Furnace. 

2. Get in touch with our staff! Let's set up a Zoom meeting or phone call to discuss how we can best serve your group. Call (540) 449-0012, email, or reply to this email update.

Questions? Concerns? Ask us about:
Transportation logistics
Health screening and check-in procedures
Small group cohorts and programs
Hybrid options and Wi-Fi zones
and more!

Learn More about Family Retreats
Learn More about Group Retreats
Coalition of Virginia's Overnight Summer Camps

Show your support!
Sign the petition (linked below).

Caroline Furnace has joined the Coalition of Virginia's Overnight Summer Camps to #SaveNextSummer.

We are urging state representatives to provide financial support for our industry, so that we may continue to serve children and families (and YOU!) across the Commonwealth in 2021 and beyond.

Quick Facts:
1. We are the only small business industry unable to operate in all three phases of the Forward Virginia reopening guidelines.

2. Our industry is seasonal. Most of yearly revenue is earned during the summer months.

3. Family programs and virtual options are a meager stop-gap that will not come close to covering 2020 losses in the operating budget.

4. The eligibility criteria for the Paycheck Protection Program loan was set at a disadvantage to seasonal employers and resulted in reduced funding for Virginia camps.

5. Many of our Virginia camps may not survive to see the next summer season. Any survivors will most likely fail if a vaccine is unavailable before Summer 2021.
Over 75 summer camps have been encouraged to contact their state representatives in support as they prepare for the August session. Add your voice as a camper, parent, counselor, staff, and/or alumni using the form letter and petition below.

Thank you for your continued support of Virginia's Summer Camps!

Sign the Petition
Constituent Form Letter - Contact your Rep
Follow the Coalition on Facebook
Pre-Advent Retreat (online)
September 22 & 23, 9:00 to 11:30am

Our Pre-Advent Retreat is now online! Join us on Zoom for pericope study of the Gospel texts for Advent. We'll read a contemporary commentary on the text and then discuss. We will also discuss how to creatively worship this Advent in light of COVID-19.

Pastors and lay leaders are encouraged to participate. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required; event cost is $20. 

OR reply to this email to sign up!
Register for the Pre-Advent Retreat
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Save the Date: The Pre-Lenten Retreat will be online as well, on January 19-21.
Outdoor Worship Series
Join us for the next outdoor worship on Sunday, September 20!

Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18
at 6:30pm

All are welcome to join us for an ecumenical outdoor worship series at St. John's Chapel! Worship will be on each third Sunday at 6:30pm, rain or shine. The Spring Field will be open by 6pm. Bring your own lawn chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, and musical instruments. Bulletins and/or a projector screen will be available. Social distancing is expected among separate households.

No cost to participate; no RSVP needed.

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Email or call the office at (540) 449-0012

We Appreciate Your Continued Support and Grace
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