DonateNow

Blog

Spring Update: New Name and Logo!

Posted by Tom Banks

Apr 26, 2019 9:07:08 AM

At the start of 2017, the Life Enrichment Center and Warren Willis Camp merged into one site offering sacred space in Fruitland Park. This marriage has been an involved process, and the need was clear for a name that reflected our connectedness. This year, our board approved our new name: Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center.In addition to our new name, we have a new logo for this united ministry. 


WillisCamp&ConferenceLogo



The Cross on the Lake has long been an iconic image of camping ministry on these grounds and is a great space to view each morning's sunrise. The cross was rebuilt last year after sustaining heavy damage from Hurricane Irma. The new-and-improved cross pictured here is a contemporary update of this historic symbol. The shape of the letters are meant to invoke the waters of Lake Griffin, and the leaf symbolizes the many trees that adorn the property. Guests of the Life Enrichment Center have long celebrated the Live Oak trees around the property and sunsets on the lake. This new logo represents decades of spiritual growth that has occurred in these spaces, and it points toward a bright future for the camp and conference center.

We are so excited for this new name and logo, and we stand committed to our mission: to prepare a sacred space in a natural setting for all to grow in community and connect with Christ. Keep watching in the coming months for an updated website and new marketting materials.

If you are looking for more ways to stay connected with us, here are some options:

Read our Spring Newsletter

Schedule a time to visit

Show your support with a one time or monthly donation

more

NOMADs and Iowa Mission Team Renovate the Pavilion

Posted by Tom Banks

Feb 27, 2017 11:02:00 AM

We are excited to celebrate another great improvement at the Life Enrichment Center. For many years, the Ivan Marx Pavilion has served as an open-air gathering space in our campground. Over the last several years, we have seen a steady decline in use; although the building and surrounding area were as beautiful as ever, it just didn’t meet the changing needs of our guest groups.

IMG_20161129_105009776.jpg

After careful consideration, we decided the time had come to invest in the pavilion as a more usable space. Thanks to some generous donations and dedicated effort, the space has seen quite the upgrade.

The first stage in the project was handled by a group of NOMADS between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In a few weeks, they framed out exterior walls, installed siding, erected stabilizing walls to protect the building against Florida storm winds, hung drywall throughout nearly the whole space, and replaced rickety screen doors with new sets of French doors.

IMG_20161212_113723823.jpgIMG_20161212_113802095_HDR.jpg

They even repaired the sidewalk in front of the pavilion that had been unsettled over the years by growing tree roots. A tireless paint crew dealt with the exterior of the pavilion and the adjacent bathhouse, and even made time to recoat the walls of the Scott Auditorium and provide some much-needed care to the lakeside Prayer Chapel. The NOMADS got us off to a great start, and we can’t thank them enough.

IMG_20161212_113829358.jpg


Still, there was much work to do on the project after the NOMADS had gone. Thankfully, a group from First United Methodist in Fort Dodge, Iowa made the long trip to Florida to lend a helping hand. This church is home to the Wilsons, one of our Work Camping couples, and we have been privileged to host volunteer groups from the church as volunteers for four years running. They’ve been instrumental in helping with our room remodels, the Annie Mae upgrade, and the new ceiling in the Dining Hall; naturally they were a great fit to tackle the pavilion as well. In just a week, they completed an impressive bit of work:

Capture 2.jpg

they finished hanging the drywall in the areas the NOMADS hadn’t reached, Capture 3.jpgsprayed texture onto the newly hung drywall, installed all of the windows in the space, painted most of the interior walls and all of the trim, replaced rusted and worn lighting fixtures with brand new LED fixtures, built a brand new interior wall, hung a rail of spot lights to warm the front of the room, and made some modifications to the kitchen area to make it a more usable space.

IMG_20161212_113855441.jpg


In addition to their travel expenses and tireless work, they also gave a generous $1,000 donation toward the purchasing of supplies to complete this phase of construction. Our hearts are full of gratitude for all of their generosity, and we are so proud to be worthy of their partnership.

Capture 4.jpg

Over the ensuing weeks since the Iowans’ departure, some members of our Work Camping community have been at work putting the finishing touches on the space. They’ve installed baseboards and window trim, hung curtains, built and painted new bookshelves, rearranged furniture, made some electrical repairs, and given the place a deep cleaning that was much needed after all the construction.

Capture 1.jpg

Looking around the pavilion today, it is hard to believe that just a few months ago it was a dusty, screened-in building. We look forward to living into this new welcoming space in the years to come.

more
DonateNow