December 2020
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December 2020

DIY Potpourri Christmas Ornaments (From Ewalu's 40th Anniversary Cookbook)

Camp Ewalu celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2021. We've pulled this Christmas ornament craft from Ewalu's 40th Anniversary Cookbook for you to celebrate with your family. 

Potpourri Ornaments (Not Edible)
Lois Luckritz
St. Paul's
Clinton, Iowa

1-50 oz. jar applesauce
4 T. arrowroot, from pharmacy
2 big cans cinnamon (approx. 2 oz. cans)
1 small can nutmeg (approx. 1 oz. can)
1 small can ground cloves (approx. 1 oz. can) 

Drain jar of applesauce in sieve or colander 2 to 3 days, at least. Stir occasionally. Then add dry ingredients, (save some cinnamon to flour board). When mixed, must be dry enough to roll on a cinnamon-floured board. Roll to desired thickness, 1/4" or a little more. Cut with cookie cutters. Lift with spatula to a flat surface, covered with wax paper. Punch in eyes, buttons, and a hole for hanging, if desired. Let dry completely, several days or more. I leave out to dry on a table in an extra bedroom. When closed up in a jar or Tupperware these will keep their odor for several years and more. Please mark not edible. Hang on Christmas tree or package ties. 

Fall Volunteer Work Day Project Recap

The Fall Volunteer Work Days were a big success! We had 25 volunteers for the work day in September and 45 for the one in October. Thank you to everyone who camp out and helped get camp ready for the winter season. There were many projects completed including:

  • Many new campfire benches were constructed for the Trailblazer and Forester villages.
  • Prickly ash and small trees were cut out of the Pioneer prairie. 
  • A top rail was added to the garden fence.
  • All the picnic tables and benches around main camp were stained.
  • Two new picnic tables were constructed. 
  • Cedar trees were transplanted to the edge of the ropes course. 
  • The Bluebird houses were cleaned out. 
  • Fallen trees were cut up and hauled to Wilder shelter for splitting. 
  • Wood was hauled to lodges and fire rings.
  • The camp garden was cleaned up.
  • Steps were installed on the path behind the Trailroom.
  • Trail work was done on the ropes course. 
  • Leaves were raked around Creation Center.
  • The Picnic tables were stacked for the winter. 

Virtual Quilt Auction Results

Ewalu's 33rd Annual Quilt Auction was held virtually this year, from October 10th-15th. The online format allowed more people to participate in the event than in the past. Over 200 people registered for the event, which is almost double last year's turnout. 

We are very grateful for the generosity expressed through the Quilt Auction. $39,290 was raised, which exceeded our goal of $35,000. This has made a significant difference in Ewalu's ministry this year as we begin to prepare our programming for next summer. 

We received many positive reviews on the auction software. Many people found it to be fun and easy to navigate. Based on this year's success and feedback, we are looking into the possibility of running a hybrid auction next year to include more people. Ideally, we will run the Quilt Auction virtually for a week, before we kick off an in person Quilt Auction at Camp Ewalu.

We didn't take ballots for best of show at this year's Quilt Auction. You can view the three top selling quilts in the sidebar. 
1. "Botanica Park" - Mary Lou Billhorn, Readlyn
2. "Roses & Ribbons" - Zion Lutheran Church, Dysart
3. "Grandpa's Best" - Diane Schilling, Guttenberg

You can make a difference this holiday season!

You may have already received your Christmas Card in the mail. And if you've already made a gift, thank you! If you haven't, take a moment to read on. 

God is with you. Each Christmas, we celebrate God being born a human and coming to live among us. Matthew's Gospel says, "They shall name him Emmanuel, which means, God is with us." It is important to remember, especially this year, through the trials of natural disasters and pandemic that God is with you. God loves you. 

Ewalu's mission is to serve all people as a place to connect the Word of God with the world of God. Jesus Christ, the living Word, connects to summer campers, camp counselors, and all our visitors through the ministry of Camp Ewalu. 

Campers onsite at Ewalu and at home with their camp box material connected the living Word to their own worlds through Bible studies this summer. The Bible Study theme "From Generation to Generation" explored God's faithfulness to God's people throughout the Bible. Just as God was present with his early followers, like Abraham and Sarah, God is with us now in our generation. 

Your faithful financial support makes this mission possible. Thank you for the generosity that has carried us through this difficult year. Your gift this season will help us continue to make those deep connections with God's people to God's Word.

Every gift makes a difference. Please make a gift today using the enclosed pledge form.

We are deeply grateful for you and your ongoing support this Christmas season and throughout the year.


Clark Baldwin
Executive Director
Thank you to our donors in 
September and October 2020!

Sean and Kimberly Abbas
Liz Albertson
Pr Keith and Pr Virginia Anderson Larson
Albert and Donna Ashbacher
Michael and Evelyn Aubrey
Kimbra Bader
Paul and Michelle Bahe
Roger and Sue Bahe
Pr Clark and Shiloy Baldwin
Kara and Drew Barker
John Benson
Elenor Bentrott
Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkader
Bethlehem Evan Luth WELCA, Lost Nation
Edwin Bishop
Jo Ann and William Bishop
Kenneth and Harriet Blockhus
Stephanie and Jay Boeding
Karen Boevers
Jennifer Bruns
Janet Butikofer
Calmar Lutheran Church, Calmar
Calvary Lutheran Church
Ellen Cannon
Pr Mark and Jennifer Carr
Tom and Karen Casavant
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Keith and Dawn Christensen
Michael and Judith Cilek
Citizens State Bank
Robyn and Dan Clark-Bridges
Kevin and Nancy Clefisch
Paulette Clements
Jennifer and Leo Clougherty
Crowning Revelations, Houston, TX
Rhonda and Nick Cue
Marvin Cumberland
Mark and Dr Jill Davidson
Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah
Edward and Judy Depaepe
Connie Donat-Nuss
Merlyn Duffy
Elgin Lutheran WELCA, Elgin
Kendra Elwood
Emanuel Lutheran Church, Strawberry Point
Paul and Margaret Empie
Melissa Fiedler and Aaron Stringer
Melissa and Stephen Fields
First Lutheran Church, Decorah
First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa
Tim and Diane Fisk
Ellen Fliehler
Lucille and David Fober
Kelley Foehrkolb
Pr. Susan and Norman Friedrich
Dr James and Karole Fuller
Cindy and Bill Ganske
Kevin and Mary Gesing
Katherine Gibson
Allene Gillespie
Pr Jerome and Jane Godson
Michael and Diane Gohl
Daniel and Allie Grainger
Dorothy and Paul Gray
Doug and Jana Grimm
Darvin and Norma Hacker
Jeffrey and Bonnie Hammer
Pr Daniel and Aimee Lenth Hanson
Joan E Hazell
Erhart Hehr
Tyler and Miranda Hoey
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque
Heather and Jeremy Hogan
Lucille Hubbard
Debra and Don Huck
Lu Ann and John Hunt
Richard and Sandy Hyman
Keith and Elizabeth Johnson
Sara Jones
Candace Kamper
Norma Kappmeyer
Susan and Dale Kartman
Ruth Kittleson
Fred Klinker
Roger and Mary Knehans
Tanna and Gene Korleski
Barb Kramer
David and Sharon Lapka
Pr. Amy and Pr. Matthew Larson
Oliver and Darlene Larson
Zachary and Kristin Larson
Reginald and Jerilyn Laursen
Carolyn Laxson
Joanne Laxson
Pr Robert Lehmann
Mark Lemke
Elizabeth Liggett
Makenzie Livingston
Alma Long
Brita and Tim Loynachan
Kyle Jaeger and Laura Mackey
Lily Mark-Maasdam and Jason Maasdam
Carrie and John Martin
Bruce and Grace Maurer
Nicole McCasland
Kathleen McCunn
Ardrith Meeker
June Mehlhaus
Joyce Mellom
Debra Merrill
Sharon and Alton Midthus
Terry and Joyce Miller
Phyllis and David Morgan
Tad and Lisa Mueller
Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
Harland Nelson
Lisa Nelson-Nguyen
Linnea Nicol
Wilbur Nielsen
Dona and Carey Noble
Tim and Beth Nuss
Kristine Obeig
Jeff and Heidi Olinger
Tom and Dixie Olmstead
Lana and Ervin Ott
Sarah and John Ottesen
Carol Patterson and Lori Campbell
Brian and Lynette Petersen
Ann E Philipp
Mindy Potter
Roy and Debra Prestsater
Renee and Craig Rabe
Joan and Jon Rasmussen
Victor and Dianne Rathje
Cari and Ramon Redondo
Cheri and Jamie Reider
Michael Roepke
Richard and Barbara Roepke
Rebecca and Christopher Rothfuss
Ron and Ann Rowland
Doug and Marcia Rueber
Kay and Dean Rueber
Gina and Perry Russett
Pr Warren and Sonja Salveson
Marietta and Jack Schemmels
Diane Schilling
Neil and Ruth Schraeder
Evelyn Schultz
Aaron and Allison Schutte
Katie and Branden Scott
Melinda and John Severson
Nathan and Laurie Skjerseth
Dennis and Amy Smith
Frank Snell
Brian and Ann Soenen
Pr  Ron and Patricia Spears
Springfield Lutheran WELCA, Calmar
St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington
St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg
St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner
St. John Lutheran WELCA, Nashua
St. John Lutheran WELCA, Olin
St John of St Donatus and St Paul WELCA, Bellevue
St. John's American Lutheran Church, Guttenberg
St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Readlyn
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hampton
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Volga
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Hudson
Stavanger Lutheran WELCA, Ossian
Sarah Starke
Daniel and Kimberly Stieler
Marie Sundet
Karen Symonds
Abbie and Nick Thompson
Claire Thompson
Joyce Thurn
Billie Jo and Martin Timm
Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlington
Doug and Kari Turley
Dave and Brenda Versteeg
Harry and Donna Walton
Adrian and Linda Walter
Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, Decorah 
Debbie and Jeri Watson
Amy and Andre Wehe
Dr. Gilbert and Mary Wessel
West Clermont Lutheran WELCA, Clermont
Arol Westervelt
Helen Wieben
Rev. Mary Wiggins
John and Debra Williams
Cheryl Wilms and Ron Versteegh
Elizabeth (Liz) and John Wuertz
Joan Wuest
Tim and Janet Wuest
Pr. Margaret and Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Zion Lutheran Church, West Union
Summer Camp 2021 Registration

Registration for Summer Camp is just around the corner! Watch for the 2021 Summer Program Brochure in your mailboxes and at your church in early January. Registration will open in mid-January. 
Searching for 2021 Ewalu Summer Staff

Summer staff recruitment will be different this year because we can't visit colleges and job fairs in person. 

We will rely heavily on Ewalu's connections to find and hire our 2021 summer staff. 

If you know any young adults who would make great camp counselors please let us know, or have them get in touch with our Program Director Dana. 

Find more summer employment information HERE

Program Director
Dana Isaacson
Phone: 563-933-4700
Ewalu's 60th Anniversary Celebration &
Alumni Reunion

Fri-Mon Sept. 3rd-6th

Save the date for Ewalu's 60th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion, held this coming Labor Day Weekend. 

Come and see what's new at camp, renew relationships with your camp family, and enjoy relaxing and playing at Camp Ewalu. Come for a day, or stay the whole weekend! 

Watch for more information in the new year.

Top Quilts From Virtual Auction 

1. Botanica Park
2. Roses & Ribbons
3. Grandpa's Best
Cabin Rentals

Come escape to Ewalu for a week or weekend! We have several cabins open this fall that are perfect for small group rentals.

Visit our website for more information and booking instructions.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Interested in seeing what's new at Ewalu? Check us out on our Facebook page and Instagram page!
Camps like Ewalu are always in need of a few extra kitchen supplies, maintenance tools, or even vehicles for transporting canoes and campers in the summer. 

The most popular places for campers to play during their afternoon canteen time is in the sand volleyball court or on the sidewalk with chalk. The volleyball nets on the main site and at the stone center need to be replaced. Please consider helping replenish our sidewalk supply or purchasing a new volleyball net for camp this season.  

Visit our wish list to see what else we need of at camp. Even if you can't donate yourself, any leads on potential donors are greatly appreciated!
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Our contact information/mailing address is:
Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center
37776 Alpha Avenue
Strawberry Point, IA 52076
Phone: 563-933-4700

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