Zip The Rock
July 3, 2019
New Zip Line Completed!
The Lutherock summer staff completed training on the new zip line and challenge tower today, officially opening the new zipline for use by campers. Last week, to celebrate his three years of dedication to making this a reality (including his two 900-mile bike rides), Pastor Frank Wagner took the inaugural ride on the zipline. Witness this historic event in the video below.
This project would not have been possible without the hundreds of donors and dozens of congregations that supported Pastor Wagner every step of the way. Thank you for joining us in bringing this exciting vision to life! There are even more excited things to come at Lutherock and we invite you, your family and your congregation to join us to enjoy this new exciting addition in the midst of God’s beautiful creation.
March 26, 2019
SUCCESS! Pastor Wagner arrives at Lutheridge!
Pastor Wagners Route:
March 17 - Juno Beach, Florida
March 17 - Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church- Temple Terrace, FL
March 18 - St. Stephen Lutheran Church , Longwood, Florida
March 19 - Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church - Peachtree City, GA
March 20 - Epiphany Lutheran Church - Suwanee, GA
March 21 - Messiah Lutheran Church, Mauldin, SC
March 22 - Holy Trinity Lutheran - Gastonia, NC
March 23 - Christ Lutheran Church - Charlotte, NC
March 24 - First Lutheran Church - Greensboro, NC
March 25 - Holy Trinity, Hickory, NC
March 26 - Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center - Arden, NC
My name is Frank Wagner and I am the Lead Pastor at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (HSLC) in Juno Beach, Florida. This summer was HSLC’s 24th year attending Camp Lutherock and we brought 29 youth. Personally, for me and my family, it was our 32nd year. I am contacting you because I believe you and your congregation share my passion for the ministries of Camp Lutherock.
Lutherock’s 62nd summer camp season has just ended with memories of stories, songs and friendships still fresh in everyone’s minds. Each year brings joy and a greater love of Christ to thousands of youth and adults, and our goal is for that number to continue to grow. In 2016, a panel gathered to address how to better attract and serve our guests. One approved strategy was the creation of a zipline in the area known as the Saddle. This zipline would be integrated with the existing ropes course and alpine tower to create a fun, memorable, and transforming experience for campers and guests. Trust and teamwork exercises on these challenge courses provide and an excellent setting for spiritual discussion and scriptural parallels. To build the structures, purchase the needed equipment, and fully train the staff, the three-year, $120,000 ZiptheRock fundraising campaign was formed.
In 2016, I kicked off the ZiptheRock campaign by riding my bicycle from Juno Beach, FL to Camp Lutherock (approximately 900 miles) stopping at churches to spread the word and increase support for a zipline. This March, I will repeat the 900-mile journey with ZiptheRock II. In the first two years, $80,000 has been raised, leaving $40,000 to go for this final year.
A $20,000 matching gift has been pledged cutting that level in half, but we still need your help in three key ways:
- First, Pray for Success and Safety. All actions are under God’s dominion and we ask for his blessing on a safe completion of the journey, and for all the wonderful friendships and blessed meetings that will occur during this time.
- Second, please help Spread the Message. Please help promote “Ziptherock” using social media and if possible, please link the ZiptheRock II web page on your church’s website and/or other social media channels.
- Finally, Rally your Congregation. I invite all the congregations that value Camp Lutherock to participate in this event. All donations will be matched through our generous donor, but we are also recruiting local ZiptheRock “heroes,” whom we hope will spearhead a matching gift in your local congregation so that any donation would be subsequently tripled.
I hope that you find this project as inspiring as I do and will help us complete this three-year journey. If before that time you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-373-0465. I’m excited to talk with you soon about ZiptheRock and hope to visit you on two wheels in March.
A life in Christ is wonderfully exciting!
Frank Wagner, Pastor