February 2021
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February 2021

A Thousand Hours,
A Thousand Memories

Each summer, Camp Ewalu serves as a place outside. Counselors and campers do almost everything outside. We cook, eat, play, pray, sing, swim, hike, sleep, laugh, and sometimes cry. Usually, it’s a combination of them at the same time. Ewalu is in a unique position to be as spread out as we are, which allows us to do almost everything outside. We are close to nature, which fits perfectly with our summer theme, “Creation Renewed.” 

As a former counselor, coordinator, and now full-time staff, I was able to appreciate how being outside can enhance our spiritual experience. Being outside, however, has more positive benefits that can possibly fit into one article. One project is trying to increase the amount of time we spend outside.

1,000 Hours Outside is a project that is designed to have people spend 1,000 hours outside in a year. The hours can include any activity that takes place outdoors. This project was started to be a counterweight to the amount of time people spend in “screen time.” The negative effects of too much screen time are well documented and impact people of all ages. By spending more time outside, people will increasingly see benefits physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. That is where I believe Ewalu can come into play.

As easy as it can be to spend time looking at screens, it can also be surprisingly easy for us to spend time outside. As part of the 1,000 Hours Outside project, it is my goal to keep track of Camp Ewalu’s “time spent outside.” By looking at the programs that are running each week and the amount of staff and campers at camp each week, we can accurately estimate the hours that we spend outside by the end of the summer. Additionally, the amount of time that is spent outside is enhanced because each camper spends ZERO hours on a screen while they are at Camp Ewalu.

Anyone can participate in the 1,000 Hours Outside project. I will include a link at the end of this article that will lead you to the website. I realize the irony of going on the screen to find out more about a project that promotes going outside. There are materials that can be used to keep track of your hours outside, as well as links to other outdoor lifestyle and educational websites. Any activity will count towards the goal of 1,000 hours and I believe it’s easier than one would initially think to see the hours add up. Even if you aren’t able to get to 1,000 hours on your own, you can attempt this project as a family. Remember, the goal is to spend more time outside.

If you were a camper, counselor, coordinator, supporter, or maybe you have worked here full time; you have had many fond memories here. I am willing to bet that the majority of them were outside. A cornerstone of Camp Ewalu’s ministry involves the outdoors. More time that can be spent outside will further create new connections and positively grow that ministry.

1000 hours outside link:

Maury Landt
Environmental Education Director

Sign Up Now For Summer 2021

Registration for summer camp 2021 is now open!

Forms received or postmarked by March 1st are eligible for the first early discount. Or, if postmarked by April 19th, registrations are eligible for the second early discount. See program descriptions for early discount amounts.

Visit our online registration site to sign up!
Help Us Upgrade Our Linens.

We have purchased new mattresses for our Walnut Cabins and Lodge to upgrade our hospitality options for our Fall, Winter, and Spring Retreat Seasons. We hope to offer an optional linen service in these cabins once we have enough sheet sets in hand. If you would like to help us make this a reality you can order a set of sheets from our Amazon wish list and have it sent to camp. We would like each sheet set to be the same. If you have questions on how to order from the wish list please call our office.

Currently, we need twelve cot sized sheet sets ($40) and seven full-sized sets ($25).

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Thank you to our donors in 
November and December 2020!

Liz Albertson
Candace (Candy) and Richard Altorfer
Pr Keith and Pr Virginia Anderson Larson
Michael and Kathryn Babcock
Roger and Sue Bahe
Gary and Bev Bahls
Raymond and Avelda Bahr
Dennis and Doris Barnaal
Robert and Jeanette Becker
Edwin Begalske Estate
Betty and Paul Bendixen
Mayme Benson and Steve Johnson
Elenor Bentrott
Jennifer Berge and Robert Morgan
Patricia and Stanley Besler
Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkader
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
Donald and Janet Biermann
Don and Mary Lou Billhorn
Dick and Marlene Bishop
Everett and Jean Blobaum
Harry and Elle Blobaum
Donal Boie Estate
Kenneth and Harriet Blockhus
Jay and Stephanie Boeding
Dolores Boehm
Marilyn and Leroy Brocka
William and Elaine Brown
Jill and Robert Buck
Geneva Buhr
Burr Oak Lutheran WELCA, Decorah
Calmar Lutheran Church, Calmar
Canoe Ridge Lutheran WELCA, Decorah
Sandy Caya
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Citizens State Bank, Strawberry Point
Lorna and Dennis Christeleit
Keith and Dawn Christensen
Robyn and Dan Clark-Bridges
Steve and Leta Clausen
Richard and Joann Cole
Chuck and Barbara Corr
Larry and Barb Croghan
Dennis and Kendra Crooks
Crowning Revelations
Chad Cumberland
John and Barb Dahlby
Marvin and Annette Dahling
Janet and Joseph Daley
Mike and Pamela Dau
Caleb and Callie Davidson
Mark and Dr. Jill Davidson
Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah
Marcia and Leon Dibble
Kristi Dienst and Alan Allbee
Dwight and Bev Diercks
Roger and Nancy Digmann
Tammy June Dillavou
Amelia and Jeremy Driscoll
Meralyn Duffy
East Clermont Lutheran WELCA, Clermont
Henry and Carol Elwood
Lee Embretson
Faith Lutheran Church, Andover
Faith Lutheran WELCA, Andover
Glenn and Gail Fenneman
First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manchester
First Lutheran Church, Andover
First Lutheran Church, Conroy
First Lutheran Church, Decorah
First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa
First Lutheran WELCA, Cresco
First Lutheran WELCA, Decorah
First Lutheran WELCA, Maquoketa
Tim and Diane Fisk
Blake Flores and Kaela Bemis
Lucille and David Fober
Kelley Foehrkolb
Ronald and Melodie Foelske
Kathy and Marvin Folkerts
Ron and Sheri Foster
David and Merry Fredrick
Russell and Marie Freerking
John Fretham
Pr Kevin Frey
Pr. Susan and Norman Friedrich
Pr. Kenneth and Barbara Gamb
Julie and Matt Gardner
Wayne and Lois Garms
Mike and Cindy Gibbs
Sonja and Paul Gibbs
Katherine Gibson
Donna Gladish
Michael and Diane Gohl
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah
Dale and Susan Goodman
Andrea & Shannon Gotto
Grace Lutheran WELCA, Tripoli
Daniel and Allie Grainger
Larry J. Gregory
Dr. Randy and Jo Groth
Norman and Gwen Gunderson
James and Julie Haage
Dean and LaRue Hagen
Sandy and Robert Hanley
Charles and Janice Hamlett
Rev Kurt Hansen
Jeff and Kristi Harper
Chryss and Mike Hartman
Kathy Hay and Robert Joachim
Erhart Hehr
Kari and Dennis Heimdal
Kevin and Wedy Helgerson
Randy Helgerson
Paul and Lucille Hereid
Hesper Lutheran WELCA, Decorah
Matt and Laurel Hibbard
Darrel and Marlene Hicks
Sarah and Eric Higgins
Ronnie Hildahl
Elaine Hillery
Dr. Randy and Marcia Hinrichs
Tyler and Miranda Hoey
Gerald and Marlene Hollander
Hope Lutheran Church - Littleport, Elkader
Madelyn and Mark Holtzclaw
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque
Hope Lutheran WELCA, Elkader
James Hoskyn
Lucille Hubbard
T. Daniel and Gail K. Husmann
Richard and Sandy Hyman
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cresco
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Independence
Sally Immerfall
Kyle Jaeger and Laura Mackey
Aaron and Lindsay Johnson
Connie Johnson
Gerald and Linda Johnson
Keith & Lor Johnson
Halvor Johnson
Keith and Elizabeth Johnson
Donna and Dave Jonasen
Pr. Tom and Jeralyne (Kaye) Jones 
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Romaine and Carol Kallenbach
Lisa and Jon Kammerer
Edna Kamper
Norma Kappmeyer
Matthew and Julianna Kaschmitter
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Dale and Frances Kittleson
Dave and Lisa Kittleson
Ruth Kittleson
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Karla and Ted Koehler
Bea and Rick Koontz
Rosemary and Charles Kreb
Dennis and Holly Kruger
Beverly Krum
Jennifer and John Lane
David and Sharon Lapka
Pr. Amy and Pr. Matthew Larson
Zachary and Kristin Larson
Steven and Sherri Lauritsen
Carolyn Laxson
Joanne Laxson
Kirk Lehmann
Mark and Karen Lehmann
Dale and Joan Lehmkuhl
Christi and Paul Lines
Susan Linner
Shawn and Carrie Livingston
Doris Lompe
Russell and Juanita Loven
Keith and Kay Lowe
Jim and Martha Ludeking
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Marion Lutheran Church, Saint Olaf
Carrie and John Martin
Linda and Mic Martin
Bruce and Grace Maurer
Mary and Dr. Greg Maxwell
Cathy and Wayne McDermott
Doug McKechnie
Sheri McKechnie
Betty McKechnie Trust
Archie and Heidi McNeil
Sarah and Jim Meehan
June Mehlhaus
Glen and Kathy Meisner
Cheryl Melchert
Charles and Ria Meyer
Kimberly and David Meyer
Nancy Meyer
Sharon and Alton Midthus
Virginia Mitchell
Kevin and Julie Monson
Margaret Monson
Emma Jean Moore
John Moore
Dale and Jo Ellen Mueller
Kimberly and Curt Mueller
Leota Nacke
NAPA Auto Parts, Jim & Linda Oelrich, Strawberry Point
Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
Cy and Ramona Nelson
David and Orla Nelson
John Nelson
Kristin and Bill Newton
Dale and Sonya (Sunny) Nimrod
Dona and Carey Noble
Norway Lutheran Church, St. Olaf
Gary and Deatra O'Dell
Emma & Larry Olk
Tom and Dixie Olmstead
Orleans Lutheran Church, Ridgeway
Orleans Lutheran WELCA, Cresco
Kenneth and Therese Olson
Ricki and David Olson
Lana and Ervin Ott
Sarah and John Ottesen
Joyce Pagel
Peace Lutheran WELCA, Hopkinton
Peace Lutheran WELCA, West Burlington
Megan and Trevor Petersen
Arlyn and Connie Picken
Marilyn Pinkley
Mindy Potter
Matt and Heidi Pries
Thomas and Carol Raithel
Joan and Jon Rasmussen
Lyle and Carol Rasmussen
Richard and Donna Rasmussen
Jim and Mary Jo Rathe
Victor and Dianne Rathje
Douglas Reck
Melany and Al Reinboldt
Richard and Annita Rettig
Michael Roepke
Richard & Barbara Roepke
Paul and Darlys Rogers
Rick and Linda Rogness
Connie Ruhser
Gina and Perry Russett
Dean Ryerson
Salem Lutheran Church, Andrew
Carla and Richard Sankot
Jean Sandrock
Frank and Mary Scamman
Cary (Carolyn) Scott
Edwin and Rennie Scharlau
Anna Mae Schlatter
Joel and Susan Schlatter
Paige Schlee and William Neumeister, Sr.
Karen Schmidt
Pr Curtis and Dr Jean Schneider
Wayne and Linda Schroeder
Jamie and Heather Schurbon
Aaron and Allison Schutte
Dian Smith
Rev. Lawrence Schmidt
Arne and Ruth Sorenson
Dave and Cherie Souhrada
Rev. Lynn Spicer
Craig and Jeanette Spilde
Springfield Lutheran Church, Calmar
St. James Lutheran Church, Allison
St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg
St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner
St. John Lutheran Church - Rock Twp., Osage
St. John Lutheran Church Stapleton, Waucoma
St. John Lutheran WELCA, Bellevue
St. John Lutheran WELCA, Farmersburg
St. John Lutheran WELCA, Sumner
St. John Lutheran WELCA - Vilmar, Greene
St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Readlyn
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hampton
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lime Springs
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maynard
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona
St. Paul Lutheran WELCA, Guttenberg
St. Paul Lutheran WELCA, Hampton
St. Paul Lutheran WELCA, Maynard
St. Paul Lutheran WELCA, Volga
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Volga
St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School, Waverly
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greene
St. Sebald Lutheran WELCA, Strawberry Point
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Hudson
Audrey Giese Stamps
Bill and Joyce Steffenson
Earl Steffenson Estate
Daniel and Kimberly Stieler
Margaret Stubbs
Swales Precast Inc., Strawberry Point
Kathy and John Tegler
Karin Thacker
Pr. William and Marilyn Thalacker
Dorothy Thompson
Trista and Jeremy Thompson
Jon and Peggy Thoms
Sarah Berg and Samuel Tia
Richard Tiegs
David and Shirley Titman
George and Bonnie Tobiason
Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlington
Trinity Lutheran Church, Pleasant Valley
Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford
Trinity Lutheran WELCA, Hawkeye
Trinity Lutheran WELCA, New Hampton
Sue and Mark Tull
Krista and Steve VandenBrink
Lance and Ellen Vanderloo
Mark and Rhonda Vaughan
Dave and Brenda Versteeg
Cheryl Wilms and Ron Versteegh
David and Anabeth Voigts
Jill and Dan Wagner
Roger and Alice Wagner
Meridith and Ambrose (Jay) Wardle
Ruth Warmanen
Lawson and Anni Waterman
Shirley and Kenneth Wellnitz
West Clermont Lutheran WELCA, Clermont
Arol Westervelt
Madge White
Sarah and Shane Wicks
John and Debra Williams
Rev. Mary Wiggins
Audrey and Roger Wilms
Jeri and Larry Wilson
Don and Nance Wolfe
Lilly Womeldorf
Rev. Edgar and Verona Zelle
Mark Zellmer and Debra Daehn
Burkard and Marina Zellner
John and Vicki Zietlow
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (Jubilee), La Porte City
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Zion Lutheran Church, Washington
Zion Lutheran Church, West Union
Zoom Annual Meeting

Sat. March 20,
1:00 p.m.

Our 2021 Annual Meeting will be held on March 20th at 1:00 p.m. over Zoom.

Agenda items include an update on capital campaign planning and a review of constitutional bylaws.

Anyone may attend the meeting. Each Ewalu member congregation can send two voting delegates to the meeting.

More information, PDF copies of the annual report, and the Zoom link will be found on our website under events in the next few weeks.

We're Hiring Our 2021 Summer staff
Are you or someone you know looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend your summer? Consider a youth ministry position on our 2021 Ewalu Summer Staff.
View the job description and apply online at
For more information contact Program Director, Dana Isaacson.

Phone: 563-933-4700
Creation ReNEWed Summer Theme '21 Introduction

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”
Revelation 21:5

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and saw that it was good. But it wasn’t finished. This was just the starting point. God shares the creative impulse with everything and everyone and invites us to take part in making something new.
We witness this in the cycles of nature as life springs from life, grows, ages, and returns to the ground from which we come, making way for new life. Creative arts and sciences rise up from within us seeking expression. Our circle of friends and communities ebb and flow as we connect with new people or find ourselves separated.
Even now, God is at work in Christ making all things new! When we struggle to see signs of hope, when we feel like we have lost too much, when we are tired, when we are sick, when we are grieving, God promise is to be at work restoring and renewing us and all of creation. This is the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection! This is the promise of baptism!
Join us at Ewalu this summer to experience Creation Restored! Let God renew a right spirit within you as you grow friendships, dwell in nature, learn about yourself, sing, play, and explore Bible passages of God’s amazing work of restoration now and always.
Service Camp
New this summer for grades 9-12 is our "Service Camp!"

Service Camp Campers will stay in cabins onsite and help with projects like clearing trails and moving wood. Then they head into local communities to help neighbors in need. Their group will plan a project throughout the week to leave their fingerprint on the world. They will also participate in favorite camp activities like swimming, faith conversations, and campfires.

Click HERE for more information
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Check out Ewalu's wish list online to see if you can help us out; even if you can't make the donation yourself, any leads on potential donors are greatly appreciated!
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37776 Alpha Avenue
Strawberry Point, IA 52076
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