NovusWay Ministries receives $32,000 from the Peeler-Casey Fund of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to provide camper scholarships for children attending summer camp at either Lutheridge (Arden, NC) or Lutherock (Newland, NC).
During summer 2019, NovusWay awarded 315 camper scholarships to children attending camp at Lutheridge or Lutherock. Families, school administrators, social workers and congregation leaders may request scholarship funding for campers based on need. This summer, 70% of all scholarship awards provided a week of camp for children identified by congregations, school groups, or social service organizations as at-risk children. For nearly all, it was their first summer at any camp.
This funding allows NovusWay to fulfill its mission and become ‘a place apart’ for hundreds of youth who otherwise would not be able to experience the joy of camp due to economic limitations. “While the youth and their families receive the direct benefit of the scholarship award,” said Mr. Boyd (Bo) Harris, CEO of NovusWay, “it is all of us who grow in wisdom, perspective, and understanding from their inclusion. With this funding, we are able to expand the reach of the church further and deeper into communities while giving more of God’s children a life-changing Christian camping experience.”
“The Michael Peeler Virginia Casey committee members reviewed 53 grants this cycle,” said Rev. Cassie McIntosh Overcash, pastor at Grace Lutheran in Thomasville, NC. “We worked hard to think about the priorities in the NC Synod of whole and healthy leaders, vital congregations, collaboration and prophetic voice when awarding these grants. As a committee we know that camp makes a difference in so many lives and congregations. It produces excellent candidates for ministry. Supporting scholarships for campers from diverse life experiences to go to Lutheridge or Lutherock was a real priority for our committee this year.”
NovusWay has a 70-year history of welcoming campers who then serve as summer staff counselors and go on to serve the world in vocations that strengthen our communities and the church. This year, 9 summer staff members from NovusWay camps went on to serve as Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGMs) for the ELCA. “As the NC Synod casts a new vision, collaboration is one of our four areas of emphasis,” said Mr. Michael DeNise, Director of Finance and Administration for the NC Synod of the ELCA. “Partnering with NovusWay through this grant award is one way we ensure future leaders for our churches in NC and throughout the ELCA.”
The Peeler-Casey funding will ensure NovusWay’s ability to serve all youth who wish to attend camp regardless of capacity to pay. Additionally, in collaboration with church and other ministry partners, NovusWay will continue to increase youth participation from culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse communities.
“Support from the Peeler-Casey Fund is vitally important to our ministry, as NovusWay subsidizes the costs for all campers and ministry activities through partner and congregation support, financial donations from individuals, and site rentals,” said Harris. “We are grateful to the NC Synod for partnering with us in our welcoming of campers and raising up of future leaders for the church and world.”
About NovusWay Ministries
The mission of NovusWay Ministries is to provide places set apart to inspire and empower all in Christ’s love. NovusWay is a camp and conference center ministry of the North Carolina, South Carolina, Southeastern, and Florida/Bahamas Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ministry started as a summer camp for youth at Lutheridge in Arden, NC and now serves all ages year-round at four unique sites: Lutheridge in Arden, NC, Lutherock in Newland, NC, Luther Springs in Hawthorne, FL, and Lutheranch in Tallapoosa, GA. At each site, NovusWay offers quality programming for all ages and retreat rental options for churches, businesses, weddings and groups. Learn more at www.novusway.org.