Updated Dated: 3/31/20
Dear Woodcrest supporters, guests, and staff
If you are like me, you have received notices on the Coronavirus from every sector of our culture. I had emails and text this weekend from business ranging from my bank to my favorite restaurants informing me of their response to the virus (it is good to know that I can still get my tacos from the drive thru window).
We want to reach out to you and let you know what our thoughts are at Woodcrest as it relates to the novel coronavirus. We respect every person’s view of the situation and encourage you to practice Godly wisdom in this uncertain environment. Please take whatever precautions you need to in order to protect you and your family. Your safety and well being are very important to us.
Woodcrest always seeks to provide a place of peace and renewal and it is our desire in these days to continue to do that. We do not want to contribute to the fear and panic that seems to be moving throughout our culture. As believers we know that Jesus is still King. God is still on the throne. God calls us to not worry but rather trust in the One who has promised to watch over His children. We believe that, with all circumstances, there are opportunities for the people of God to minister and bless others.
It is in this light that we desire to share Jesus’s love to our community. Per state mandates, Woodcrest is closed to guests until at least April 30th. We have been reaching out to contact groups affected by this closer. Any decisions moving forward will be in accordance with government and CDC guidelines.
In the meantime, office hours will be limited. We invite you to call and leave a message if no one is in the office. You can also email the camp office or visit our website where you can still register for summer camps.
If you are scheduled to be at Woodcrest after April 30th, we ask you to please wait to make a decision on your retreat until the week of your event. Things change quickly. If we are forced to be closed, you group will be offered a full refund. Will will also work with each group to rollover deposits and payments to a future rescheduled event. Groups that can’t reschedule are invited to donate their deposit and payments to the Woodcrest’s Campership Fund that assists families with financial aid for summer camps. We expect that more families will be in need of scholarships because of the current economic impact of covid-19.
We are not promoting panic, but prudence in navigating the weeks ahead. We are continuously monitoring the situation and If additional mandatory restrictions are issued by our government, this position will be reevaluated. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office at 717-738-2233. In meantime let’s unite in prayer for country and world and ask God to show His glory in a miraculous way in this time of opportunity.
In God’s Hands,
Bill Klees, Executive Director
P.S. we are prayerfully confident that summer camps will proceed as scheduled and soon summer will be upon us, life will resume a level of normalcy, and this challenging time will be viewed in perspective. Join believers in praying for the healing of our nation, for opportunities to share Christ’s love, and to be a voice of hope to those gripped with fear.
With that said, we are not changing our current summer schedule at this time. We ask parents to wait this out with us. Should Woodcrest be forced to alter or cancel any weeks of summer camp, we will communicate that information.