2016 Year End Review
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Mark Warpmaeker Development Director Lutherhill Ministries Born and raised in Northern Montana, Pastor Mark Warpmaeker came to Texas as fast as he could after graduating from Luther Seminary. Mark and his wife, Beth, both ordained ELCA Pastors, live in Spring, Texas, with their sons, Nathan and Jacob. Beth serves as Senior Pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran […]
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Recently, our neighbors at Camp Tejas of Giddings TX, gave their support to Lutherhill by having a serve day! They accomplished many large tasks around site including tree removal and hauling to the burn pile, cutting cedar posts, painting the Citzler Center, and putting in a fire ring and benches at our new Treehouses. We […]
Who doesn’t like some more friendly faces around camp? Recently Lutherhill hired on several new staff. Laura Lyons has been hired on as the new Guest Relations member of the staff. She will cheerfully be coordinating all programmed retreat and summer camp registrations. Russell Weyand is our new Maintenance Director who will be taking over […]
Lutherhill staff and friends say a cherished goodbye to one of the longest serving Lutherhill staff members: Gene Citzler. Gene has been working for camp Lutherhill for the past 44 years doing everything from running the office, registrations, cooking, and maintenance. Gene’s country boy charm and can-do attitude and work ethic has helped keep this […]
The paint was flung and the mulch was tossed! A BIG thank you goes out to all of the volunteers that came out on May 17th to help get camp ready for the summer months! Some of the completed projects included cleaning and pressure washing the pool house, spreading of mulch and landscaping the chapel […]
As this years Internship Program Ends, Dani Tripp one of Lutherhill’s Program Interns has her sights set on the World Race. The World Race is a part of Adventures in Missions. Dani’s journey begins at the end of June and she will travel to eleven different countries in eleven months. The countries Dani will be […]
Circle of Love Luncheon, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, La Grange, Texas The staff of Lutherhill volunteered at St. Paul’s annual Circle of Love Lunch held on Maundy Thursday. It was a wonderful chance to help serve members with a worship service and meal to honor those 80 years and above. The Lutherhill staff was […]
We’ve been informed by Lutheran World Relief that some of the Quilts that campers and counselors at Lutherhill assembled this summer are on their way to India to bring warmth and comfort to those in need! LWR wanted to share this with us as soon as they heard so we could share the news with your […]
Lutherhill staff spent Tuesday volunteering at the Fayette County Habitat For Humanity house. The great people at HFH taught us how to use table saws, nail guns, skill saws and more. We all enjoy giving back to the community and helping other. This month HFH was able to teach us new skills, over the next […]
A good day was had by all at First Lutheran, Galveston’s 30th Annual Oktoberfest this year! Lutherhill staff had a chance to talk with congregational members, islanders, and all sorts of visitors about the new Lutherhill Zion Retreat Center coming to the island. The staff also volunteered as runners for the food booths and sweets, […]
The 7th Annual S’mores & Champagne Gala was a success! Three hundred people joined us at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott to celebrate Lutherhill. Guests mixed, mingled and gave generously! The evening began with cocktails and piano music by Bishop Mike Rinehart as the Silent Auction got into full swing. After a delicious surf & turf […]
We are excited to announce three new additions to the Lutherhill Staff. Elise Riggs, Program Director – Elise grew up in Houston and then, despite being a Kansas Jayhawk fan since birth, broke family tradition by attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She graduated in May 2013 with a degree in History and a minor […]
Through donations, Lutherhill was able to build its very own pavilion for the low ropes and high ropes area. The donations came in honor of Pastor H. Eldon ‘Cliff’ Akerman who passed away in January. A big thank you to all who donated and gave to this project! A vast improvement over the last shaded […]
With the increase of our guests going mobile at Lutherhill, we have increased both the range and strength of our WiFi service. We have set up configurations so that the WiFi can be accessed around the high traffic area of camp, between the canteen, cabins and the Broesche Family Health and Retreat Center. Wait, there’s more! […]
Kyle Pittman, Brenham Texas, and Sam Toler, Houston Texas, began their Program Internship at Lutherhill in September 2012. As interns they lived onsite from September to May, learning about everything from what Lutherhill hospitality is, to developing programs for outdoor ministry. Both have chosen to stay with Lutherhill during the 2013 Summer Camp season. Sam has excepted […]
Rugged Cross Worship Site We have a new large outdoor worship site at Lutherhill! Named the Rugged Cross, it sits in the wooded area across the road behind Cabin 1. Just like Hillside worship is enjoyable for evening sunsets, this worship is great for sunrise services as it overlooks a field facing to the east. […]
In 2008, Zion Lutheran Church was devastated by Hurricane Ike. The congregation decided to make necessary repairs and reopened in November 2009, with renewed resolve to serve the community. Even with this resolve and new identity, the congregation could not survive on its own. In a desire to see that the property, their hard work […]
What dumpster? All we see is the Lutherhill Logo! Many thanks to Teocalli Decks and Fencing for donating their labor! And thanks to the summer staff for the fabulous painting job!
Many thanks to all who joined us Saturday, June 2 for Camp Open House – our annual open camp day. We took this opportunity to honor the firefighters who responded to the Lutherhill fire and the many volunteers who helped us recover. Lutherhill is blessed by the support of so many – we were happy […]
Check out our FABULOUS new Gene Citzler BBQ Pavilion designed and built by Jeremy Gaertner. Many thanks to those who contributed towards this project at last year’s Open Camp Day and the alumni who responded to our appeal. We are so BLESSED!
Thank you Messiah Lutheran for planting beautiful trees by the labyrinth. Bring greenery and life to camp!
We also have more parking on the back road between new Cabins 15 & 16! Thanks Gene & Arnie! Y’all have been very busy and the camp’s is better off for you!
The Carby Chapel Center parking lot has been expanded! As a result of the fire and the hardworking volunteers, the space was cleared! Thanks to Arnie for leveling and laying the gravel!
Many thanks to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Ander! Thank you for this new shade structure at the pond. It also has benches! It’ll be much used! Thank you!
Thank you La Grange Cub Scouts Pack 204 for planting 18 beautiful trees at Lutherhill today!!! We, and the pond, appreciate all you have done to make this place so special!
We asked for a fence to protect the garden… Wow! Look what we got! Thanks, Gene! This will work great!
With the fire has come new opportunities including a Canteen between the ropes course and pond. The Canteen will also have two bathrooms. Many thanks go to Arnie Fichtenberg for designing and managing the construction. Other’s lending their skills to the project are Les & Jeanne Sitz, Bob & Fern Neff, Jim & Chris Dyess, […]
We are thankful that Vincent Velasquez chose Lutherhill as a beneficiary of his Eagle Scout Project! Thanks to him we now have this fabulous, sturdy shade structure that will also serve to define the shooting lanes.
Many of you know that we lost our entrance sign to the fire in September. As of today, it’s back in place with a new routed entering and leaving message sign routed by Leroy Bennetsen and painted by Ruth & Jon Hoyme.
We had over 125 people at Lutherhill chainsawing, trimming trees and pulling brush. We want to thank everyone who was part of the workday for being a blessing to Lutherhill! We would also lilke to say thank you to the over 300 volunteers that have come out to Lutherhill since the fires to help. It […]
Lutherhill Ministries is excited to announce a gift with great promise. Through the generosity and vision of the congregation of Zion Lutheran Church in Galveston we have received their property to further our mission and ministry. On January 1st 2012, Lutherhill Ministries took ownership of the property of Zion Lutheran Church in Galveston. The congregation […]
Joe Rogers Dozer Service spent four days clearing areas of camp that were totally destroyed by the fire. The picture shows the dozer working on the area around the Labyrinth. Also cleared was the entrance, trees downhill and across the road from the chapel, and across from the chapel entrance where we plan to expand […]
Nearly 150 people joined us October 29th to help us recover from the fire. Many came with their families and stayed with us for the entire weekend! The National Forest Service joined us to talk about safety and defensible space. Much clearing was done – Thank You!! And there’s still more to do. Watch for […]
Many thanks to Rays Crane Service for donating their services in placing the new beam at Lutherhill’s entrance off of FM 2145. Next steps: Repair stone pillars & place routed message boards. Don’t worry, the beam is supported by sturdy metal posts, not the stone pillars. You’re entrance is safe.
Over 270 people came together to make this the most successful gala yet! Over $70,000 was raised for the ministry of Lutherhill. $3,300 was raised for Firefighter Camperships to express our thanks to those who saved camp. $2,500 was raised for the Citzler Love Offering in response to their fire losses. They chose to use […]
On September 4th a fire went through Lutherhill. We were blessed that none of our buildings were damaged. We are grateful to all the firefighters and volunteers who battled the “walls of flames.” The Carby Chapel Center should have been a casualty of the fire, but at the last moment the winds stopped. Thanks be […]
Hundreds gathered at Lutherhill to experience a day at camp and celebrate Gene’s 40 years of service to the ministry of Lutherhill. Fun was had by all zipping down the zip line, canoeing in the pond, splashing in the pool, and of course, enjoying freshly grilled hamburgers aka Gene burgers by the summer campers. This […]
Camp is a place to experience God’s gift of creation, and to learn to be good stewards of that creation. Lutherhill Ministries is proud to announce the opening of Outdoor Education Program. The Outdoor Institute will serve school groups for 1-3 day field trips. Programming is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills as […]