Scenic view of trees at camp

Camper Story: Receiving Your Spouse

by Mario ZandstraPosted Jan 6, 2014

Catching Football

At family camp, adults get to enjoy teaching on parenting, marriage, and the Christian life by excellent Christian speakers. One week, our speaker shared the concept of leaving your mother and father, cleaving to your spouse, and receiving them as a gift from God. The speaker shared the “power” of accepting this realization and the commitment […]

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Pine Cove in Latin America

by Melanie LangemeierPosted Jan 3, 2014

Pine Cove Counselor in Latin America

I always thought that NOTHING could compare to getting to do camp with my friends and campers in Texas. But that’s where Commission Camping comes in! Commission Camping is a program that enables Pine Cove staff, both full-time and summer staff, to partner with Christian Camping International (CCI) to teach people in Latin America how […]

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7 Ways to Prepare for Sunday

by Chris SherrodPosted Jan 2, 2014

family reading on porch

If you’re like me, Sunday mornings can often feel hectic and anything but restful or even spiritual. As you’re thinking through changes for the New Year, I’d like to suggest some ways to help your hearing of God’s Word be more effective and to even make your Sundays less stressful. Why Prepare? Matthew 13 records […]

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Merry Christmas from Pine Cove!

by Valerie MorbyPosted Dec 25, 2013

 Snow Merry Christmas Card

Over the past few years, Pine Cove has had its share of White Christmases. Although we are not surrounded by snow this year, we are surrounded by something even more important: our family, friends, and loved ones. Nothing could be more special than celebrating the birth of our Savior together! Merry Christmas, and we hope to […]

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A Foundation for Marriage

by TJ NicholsonPosted Dec 21, 2013

Newlywed Couple

As I’ve been on the web lately, I’ve seen many ads such as “5 Steps for Better Abs” or “How to Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days.” These all sound appealing to those of us who would like a quick fix, but they’re not usually as easy as they seem, which is why most of […]

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Gingerbread Houses: Guys Versus Girls

by Jon DavidsonPosted Dec 19, 2013

Boys Gingerbread House

Winterfest was a blast! Maybe by now all of our campers have finally caught up on rest, because they were having so much fun over the weekend! There are several highlights that we could talk about, but let’s be honest: we know everyone just wants to know about the the Ranch Gingerbread Launch. We’ve known […]

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Why We Need Christmas

by Mario ZandstraPosted Dec 5, 2013

Wood Cross and Wood Nativity

We love to celebrate Christmas at the Zandstra house, do you? If you were to ask your friends and families why we celebrate Christmas, you will no doubt get varying answers ranging from, “It’s a time to celebrate family” to “Santa Claus” to “Jesus’ birth.” But, I want to ask a different question… Why do […]

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Winterfest is in the Forecast!

by Brent BertolioPosted Nov 22, 2013

Worship at Pine Cove Winterfest

What is Winterfest? Winterfest is Pine Cove’s winter camp for 1st – 12th graders, in December. If you’ve never experienced the awesomeness of summer, this is a great opportunity to see what it’s all about. On the flip side, if you have been or have sent your child to summer camp before, this is an […]

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Camp is God’s Idea

by Taylor JervisPosted Nov 20, 2013

Weekend Winter Camp

When I was a kid, I went to as many church retreats and weekend camps as I could. I would jump at the opportunity to spend time with my friends away from home, hang out with the older guys who lead our group, and play sports and games with kids my age. It was a […]

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Don’t Hit the Snooze Button On Life

by Ginger CiminelloPosted Oct 25, 2013

Alarm clock snooze button

I love the snooze button. I’ve been a snoozer since I was given the responsibility of setting my own alarm clock in the 5th grade. I’ve been known to set my alarm for two hours prior to the time I actually have to get up. Every nine minutes my hand can fly to that button […]

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