Due to the pandemic, both our Bible camps were closed for over a year, a direct loss of over $1,000,000.00 in lost user fees. Painful furloughs, lay-offs and reduced salaries affected everyone at LRCC.
Our donors and two PPP loans saved us from drastic measures, but we are no longer thriving... just surviving.
Whereas, Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences (LRCC) has been in faithful partnership with the congregations of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for more than 60 years; and,
Whereas, more lay and rostered leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America discern their call to ministry at one of our Lutheran Bible camps than any other place in our church; and,
Whereas, Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences (LRCC) has faithfully followed all state and county health department guidelines, causing the Board of Directors of LRCC to close both the El Camino Pines (in the Southwest California Synod) and Luther Glen Farm (in the Pacifica Synod), beginning in March of 2020; and,
Whereas, 70% of the operating income that funds the ministry of LRCC is earned by hosting various user groups at both our Bible camps, and that the real impact of the Covid-19 pandemic closures of our local Lutheran Bible camps has resulted in over $1,000,000 dollars in lost revenue; therefore,
Be it resolved:
That the Southwest California Synod, in assembly, calls on the congregations of the Southwest California Synod to fully support the ministry of Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences with special focus over the next few years as it recovers from the impact of of the Covid-19 pandemic by supporting the HELP Camp-aign, and thus pledging to:
The H.E.L.P. CAMP-aign Resolution was passed by the Pacifica Synod assembly in early May, and will be voted on by the Southwest California Synod in early June.
All through the pandemic, the Luther Glen Farm continued supplying camp grown vegetables to a Food Pantry at Faith Lutheran in Yucaipa.