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Camp Latgawa Shares Gratitude for your Love and Support 

 Value 6: Gratitude

By Sam Grainger, Director at Camp Latgawa

Willie Nelson once said, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” As I reflect on gratitude, so many blessings come to mind, and I would like to share with you some of the people and things I am grateful for.  
I am grateful for this beautiful place, Camp Latgawa.
For the saints who have gone before us that worked so hard to build this place, including but not limited to: the Knotts Family, Anne Gorby, Dolph Mills;
the congregations of First UMC Medford, First UMC Ashland, Newman UMC, and Klamath Falls UMC, who have nurtured and supported the ministry of Camp Latgawa;
my colleagues and partners in ministry who have supported and advised me;
the countless volunteers who have given their time to Camp Latgawa over the years; and
my amazing wife Samantha who has worked side by side with me over the last 3 years at Camp Latgawa.
This is of course not an exhaustive list of the people and groups that I want to express my gratitude to. I could write for hours and still neglect to include everyone that I give thanks for. Please know that if you have supported Camp and Retreat ministries in any way, as a camper or guest, volunteer, staff, or donor I want to extend my deepest gratitude. I would also invite you to share your gratitude. If you have a memory of a specific person or event that has blessed and shaped Camp Latgawa, camping ministries, or your own life through camp, we want to celebrate that with you. I do believe that by sharing and expressing our gratitude toward others our lives will improve, so thank you!

Larry Haley Submits Resignation from Sawtooth 

It is with sadness that I announce that Larry Haley has resigned as the director of Sawtooth United Methodist Camp. While I am sad about this, I am also extremely grateful for the work that Larry and his spouse Kay did at Sawtooth this year. Larry and Kay gave of themselves in meaningful and gracious ways to continue the history of impactful and life-changing ministry at Sawtooth. The site is now closed for the winter and the work of managing the business of the camp is being handled by the site team, our camp and retreat office staff, and me.  Larry’s last official day was September 30th,

Stay tuned for updates regarding this position.  

With gratitude and sadness,

                                                                                                  - Todd Bartlett

Blessings Report  

  • Creek Walks at Latgawa
  • Campouts at Froglandia with best friends
  • Hearing a powerful talk around the campfire, from Sherman

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