On Tuesday, July 4th, more than 100 people attended the 70th Celebration Ceremony at the Mingus Mountain Camp and Retreat Center. Mike and Barbara Crevelt, site directors, were among those recognized at this special event. PVUMC members Jon Hearn and Sue and Bill Beverage also received recognition for their volunteer work and for donations to the camp. The Beverages had donated to the camp in the past to build one of the newer cabins, Agape.

Rev. Ron Bartlow, director of camp and retreat ministries for the Desert Southwest Conference and co-pastor of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church with his wife, Rev. Lynn Bartlow, in Flagstaff, gave the message. He spoke about how God appeared to Elijah, not in the fire or the earthquake, but in the quiet. He referenced the power of nature and creation to stimulate our senses, and how God appears in the chaos of our lives as well as in the stillness. He spoke about “Creative Dislocation,” and how we can renew our relationship with God, or encounter God for the very first time, at camp. The community and the quiet both inspire us to grow spiritually. Experiencing the presence of God at camp can leave us fulfilled and renewed, and more able to live as Jesus’ disciples.

Mike Crevelt, site director of Camp Mingus, is shown below with his wife, Barbara. They did a wonderful job of hosting the event, along with MikeAndBarbaraCreveltWebJack Shaffer, Chair of the Mingus Camp Board, and master of ceremonies. He organized this special event with Rev. Brenda Smith, who is also part of the board.




Jack announced that he and his wife, as well as Brenda and Mark, had each donated $5,000 to the camp, and encouraged others to make donations as well.

“Our greatest hope this year,” says Brenda, “is to raise funds for a much-needed new Dining Hall.” You may still purchase 70th Anniversary branded merchandise:

T-shirts: $10
Mugs: $10
Hats: $20


Camp Scholarship Fund

It costs $350 to send a child to camp on a scholarship. Thanks to your generosity, several children from UMOM New Day Centers got the chance to experience camp, which can be life-changing. Children and youth who have never been out of the city have a chance to breath fresh air and experience nature. Mingus Camp’s faith-based camp curriculum merges how we see God in creation, and how we care for creation and each other.

Our church committed to sponsoring 10 children from UMOM New Day Centers, the largest homeless shelter in the state.  Any donations will support scholarships for children and teen cabin assistants, as well as programming. Donate at GIVE NOW and include “Mingus Scholarship Fund.”

To donate specifically for the Dining Hall, specify your donation in the memo line when you donate at GIVE NOW.


Thank you, Camp Volunteers!

Rev. Brenda Smith was camp dean for the Elementary 2 camp and Rev. Sherry Brady was dean the junior high camp, which met the last week in June. Read more on the DSC camp page.

Many thanks to all the teen and adult volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!



For more information about the 70th Anniversary celebration, contact Jack Shaffer, jack.shaffer@cox.net and for Elementary and Junior High 2 Camp, email Rev. Brenda Smith, Brenda@pvumc.org.

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