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JANUARY 15, 2022

News is published on 15th of the month.  It includes the latest information for our Camp family and visitors, we hope you will find it helpful and that you'll enjoy exploring the various pages.


January  Greetings
Rev. Doug Compton, January Devotional Leader 
January Devotional Thoughts
2022 Program Committee Report
Campmeeting Notices 
Prayer & More 

Happy 2022!

We hope that you will be blessed with good health, joy, peace and love during this year!

Lykens Valley Campmeeting Family


Pastor Doug

Doug at Jordan River 2020

Our January Devotional is provided by Pastor Doug Compton.  Pastor Doug was active at LVCM before retiring from Grace UMC in Millersburg.    He served in several ways including Devotional leader, speaker, and Bible teacher .  It was always a joy to welcome him to LVCM.  encampments.    Pastor Doug is shown here at the Jordon River (2020)    

Shaped By God  

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." 3 So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the Lord. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:1-6

play doh

Shaped by a Potter!

The potter’s workshop was a familiar feature of life in the ancient world. The skills of the potter were always in demand. Pottery was in everyday use in the home, and was fragile.  In his workshop the potter would sit, spinning with his feet a large circular stone which rotated round a vertical axis. On top was another smaller stone, on which was placed the clay which took shape under the potter’s skilled hands. That is why the word translated “wheel” in verse 3 is literally “two stones”. Once shaped to the potter’s liking on the wheel, the clay was glazed and baked in a furnace.  Jeremiah must often have stopped to look in at the village potter busy at his wheel. It was there in the workshop, as the potter was busy at his daily work, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet.

We exist to serve God not God to serve us!

God is in Control!  The clay is wholly under the control of the potter. He can do with it exactly what he likes. So is it with Israel, like clay in God’s hands, totally under his control, at his disposal. God is free to do what he likes with his people.  This could be a message of hope, but it could also be a message of judgment. It is underlining that Israel exists to serve God, not God to serve Israel. Israel can no more use God for her own purposes than the clay can dictate to the potter.

Take A Lesson From Play-Doh!

Joe McVicker, used a compound as a wallpaper cleaner, but when cleaner ways of heating the homes came about, he was losing business.   One day, his sister-in-law, Kay Zoofalls, a school teacher, saw the compound and saw it as an alternative to modeling clay because it was more pliable and easier to use, was not toxic or as messy, asked if she could have it for her children.

The first Play-Doh Compound came only in an off-white, 1 1/2 pound can and by 1957, there were three additional colors of Play-Doh, yellow, red, and blue. Joe McVicker became a millionaire before his 27th birthday after re-releasing the product as a toy.

In the Coming Year! Are you opened to Change!

I told you that to tell you this, we may be only one small adjustment from making our lives work.One small decision, One small alternation, one small modification, one small correction from making things come out the way we want them.  Are you moldable, pliable, surrendered to the Potter? To the Lord?  Are you willing to change?  To see things from a different perspective? To move from doing the same things over and over again, to looking at your faith in a new and fresh way?

 “The clay is not attractive in itself, but when the hands of the potter touch it, and the thought of the potter is brought to bear upon it, and the plan of the potter is worked out in it and through it, then there is a real transformation.” —J. Wilbur Chapman

-Rev. Doug Compton

2022 Program Committee Report:

The program committee is hard at work!  We look forward to sharing some of the speakers and events we are planning!  Thank you!
Ashley S. (Program chair)


A Board of Managers Meeting will be held on January 16, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. All cottage owners are invited to attend.


Cottage Owners, Tax time is here again. This year's tax total is $950. Taxes can be paid in one payment of $950 by March 31, 2022, or on the following schedule: $500 by March 31, 2022; $225 by June 15, 2022; and $225 by August 31, 2022. Tax bills will be sent out to cottage owners by the end of January via USPS. Please contact the Camp Secretary, Renee Troutman, if you do not receive your tax bill by mid-February.




Our collegians are beginning to return to their dorms and classrooms for the spring semester of this term.  Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers and send words or tokens of encouragement when you can.

Madison Blasser 

University of Valley Forge


Nathan Steinbach

Messiah University


Reagan Little Reagan Little

Lebanon Valley College 

Cheryl Steinbach

Adelphi University


Charlie Shepley 

Kansas State University