On one weekend in September, LCM students packed into the church van and headed to Camp Chatuga for a Fall Retreat. The weekend was a great time to relax and reflect on the start of the fall semester. The LCM Men’s and Women’s groups each led several activities during the retreat such as archery, apple picking, and reality campfire cooking, followed by a devotion each night. Meanwhile, we were glad to enjoy the comforts of warm food and Clemson football viewing in good company, as well as insightful discussions on our roles in the community. The retreat was a welcome opportunity to spend time with fellow LCM members, and I look forward to its return next year.
Before the fall semester showed too much fall weather, LCM enjoyed sunny skies at our lake outing. It was a chance for returning students to reconnect after a summer apart, and a chance for new students to make new friends. Many of us spent time in an intense game of team keepaway. Some of us made it out on the boat, either to tube or to catch the wind. Of course, we enjoyed a nice lunch together too.
I am reminded of one of my favorite songs, You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore, #817 in the red book:
"You have come down to the lakeshore / seeking neither the wise nor the wealthy
You only ask that / I would follow"
As we return to a pleasant day on the lakeshore, our little LCM community is defined not by our wits or our wealth but by shared mission and fellowship.
Just because the students are back in school, doesn’t mean they can’t have a relaxing time going down a river in a tube. On a warm Sunday, September 3 exact, a few of our Clemson students and Pastor Chris took a relaxing trip to Helen, Georgia where they attended Cool River Tubing. Located in a Germany-themed town, the atmosphere was filled with excitement, the streets were busy, and the restaurants and stores were packed with something interesting. Most of the group of students have been on the trip before, but a for few it was their first time. Floating down a river on a warm autumn day was very relaxing. What a way for our Clemson students to start the semester.