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MDEQ to Host Another Public Hearing Regarding Development, June 30, 2014

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing regarding the development of the camp. Location: Saugatuck High School Media Center. Time: 6PM Q & A session, meeting to begin 6:30PM. Read details below. 14-03-0020-PPublicHearingNoticeII

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Saugatuck Planning Commission Meeting to Discuss CRC Zoning

The camp is on the Saugatuck Planning Commission meeting agenda tonight, April 17, 7PM EST. The purpose is twofold: 1) to provide an update on the sale and transfer of title 2) discuss a change in the CRC zoning status.

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Lakeshore Still In Operation

Many have asked if Lakeshore is still in existence. The answer is yes. Lakeshore continues to exist as a not-for-profit with an active Board of Directors.

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April Newsletter, DEQ Filing

To the Friends of Lakeshore Camping and the Saugatuck Camp: This note is to thank all of you for your support of Lakeshore’s efforts to preserve the Saugatuck camp.  As you all know by now, the Presbytery of Chicago (POC)

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Camp Sold for Development

It is with great sadness that we confirm on Friday, February 14, 2014 the Presbytery of Chicago closed on the sale of the camp property to a developer. It is extremely unfortunate that the Presbytery did not consider the Oval

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Sun Times Article

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POC Assembly Vote

It is with deep regret and broken hearts that we must report that the POC Assembly voted to approve the developer’s contract with a new partner. It is scheduled to close mid-February. Instead of building community, the POC Assembly has

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FAQ’s for Discussion with Pastors & Assembly Members

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Contact your pastor(s) and Assembly voting commissioners. Ask them to vote NO to the amended contract shown in the call papers for 2/8/14! There are valid reasons to vote NO and support the Oval Beach Preservation

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Media Links

Watch the ABC News clip about efforts to save the camp: Read an article published this week in the Chicago Sun Times: Read an article published this week in the Commercial Record:

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Media Interested in Camp Gray Story!

In recent weeks the media has become interested in the story of Presbyterian Camps and our effort to save the environment and outdoor ministry. Watch for the following media coverage: Tonight, Wednesday, February 5, Channel 7, 6PM news: Lakeshore President

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Urgent News and Action Call!

In one week, Saturday, February 8, the Presbytery of Chicago Assembly will be asked to vote on yet another amended contract to sell the camp property. We believe this could be the final act that seals the fate of our

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Write A Letter to POC Leadership

Presbytery of Chicago Contacts

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Write Your Letter to the Editor!

Media contacts

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Letter From President of Saugatuck Coastal Dune Alliance


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Letter to Presbytery Leadership States Concerns


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Letter to the Presbytery Leadership from Supporter

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 This letter started out addressed to Rev. John Vest, however I am now sending to all the involved the parties of the Presbytery.  I am including all parties because I have heard that the Presbytery is

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January Newsletter

Read the latest news and recent developments at: Lakeshore Camping | Lakeshore Camping – Camp Gray January update Lakeshore continues in our effort, along with our partner Oval Beach Preservation Society, to purchase the camp property and operate

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Lakeshore Camping—Camp Gray Year End Update

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December ’13 Camp News Update

Lakeshore has raised 1.2 million towards the 1.5 million purchase of the camp footprint! The destiny of Camp Gray (formerly known as Presbyterian Camps) is unlikely to be determined this year. OBPS has raised its offer from 7.4 to 8

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Not Time To Give-Up

The City of Saugatuck Planning Commission voted 4-2 tonight in favor of the poorly written resolution allowing Dave Barker to develop the 100-year old Presbyterian Camp. Read more here: This is not time to lose hope! The developer must

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The Commercial Record

Read this article recently published in The Commercial Record.

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Persevere!!! The recent vote by the Presbytery of Chicago to extend the developers contract until February 28, 2014 was not unexpected. The good news is that the margin AGAINST the developer increased and there are Assembly members asking good questions–questions

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Fall Campaign: Pray! Pledge! Persevere!

Pray for wisdom at the Presbytery level. Pray the Presbytery puts ministry first in their heart and accepts OBPS $7.4 million offer leading to the retirement of their entire debt and the continuance of the camp for all of perpetuity.

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Fight Not Over! In a vote of 4-2, the Saugatuck Planning Commission moved to allow the development with contingencies. THIS IS NOT OVER! Those contingencies will be clarified in the November meeting. One contingency, however, is Department of Environmental Quality

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Camp Sale Not Done Deal!

  The a developer only has a sales agreement with the Presbytery of Chicago. There are contingencies with the city of Saugatuck and the “deal” has not closed. Original closing date was in April ’13. Presbytery has given the developer an extension until

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Planning Commission Oct 24! Voice your opinion!

Keep the letters coming! Planning Commission Meeting again October 24, 7PM Michigan time in Saugatuck. Mike Clark, Zoning Administrator: Bill Lint, Planning Commission Chair and City Council member: Christine Peterson, Fred Schmidt, Jim Muir, Kate McPolin, Kim Walker, Sharon Kelly, Mayor

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Your voice counts! Please consider a letter to the Saugatuck Planning Commission.

Your voice counts! Please consider a letter to the Saugatuck Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is meeting Oct 16th at 7PM. Letters prior to the meeting is important! You may mail your letter of support to Saugatuck City Hall 102

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Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Camp Property – Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Camp Property Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:00 p.m. EST Saugatuck Center for the Arts 400 Culver St. Saugatuck, MI 49453 Read more:  Urgent letter from Lakeshore Christian Camping City of Saugatuck Notice of Public

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Lakeshore Christian Camping Interview

Join host Mike Johnson along with co-host Red Kingman from 1450 WHTC Radio in Holland, Michigan and intern Jodi as they broadcast from the Coffee Annex at Coral Gables in Saugatuck, Michigan. Guests include Jennifer Schuham on the Christian campsite

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A prayer walk for the future of our camp

Lakeshore Christian Camping is committed in prayer to this ministry where all are welcome and the camps are preserved. Click here to download a printable pdf version