CRCG Debt Reduction

We are excited that with the donations received and the support for Mike’s A/T hike (over $250,000) we have been able to pay off some of our debt!  We praise God for the gifts we have received from our camping family. Our bank loans are paid off and we are thankful that our remaining debt ($800,000) is with loans from our supporting families. Our goal is to have the majority of our loans paid off by 2020. Our loans currently are for the construction of our beach bathhouse, the last two cottages we built, and the many infrastructure improvements we were required to do to support all of our facility improvements.

Mike’s Appalachian Trail Hike – Time to “Recharge”

Mike Perton

Mike left July 2, 2018 with the goal of walking the entire Appalachian Trail as a thru-hiker starting at Mt. Katahdin, Maine and walking 2,190 miles southbound to Springer Mt., Georgia. He was hoping to raise at least $250,000 for debt reduction, which was the amount set by the Board of Directors to allow him to be gone for almost five months. After a very rigorous journey, Mike returned home on August 27, 2018.  Having completed just over 500 miles of the trail Mike decided it was time to come home and recharge.  He is planning on returning to the trail as a section hiker in September of 2019.

All gifts and pledges that have been given go 100% towards debt reduction for the Grounds ministry. We thank those of you have supported Mike, and the Grounds ministry financially through your gifts and pledges. To date you have surpassed the $250,000 goal!

We ask for your prayers as Mike plans on continuing on his trek, as a section hiker, with the goal of completing the entire trail over the next several years.  Donations and gifts are still needed and appreciated as we strive to become debt-free!

Your tax deductible donation can be made by mailing us a check:
CRCG, 12253 Lake Shore Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417.
Please memo “Appalachian Trail Hike” on your check.

Facility Improvements Planned for 2019:.

  1. New roofs for the main and B/C bath-houses.
  2. Main Bath house interior is being repainted
  3. Replace the pool area fencing around the outdoor eating area.
  4. Repainting, new furniture, and new stoves in two of our cottages.
  5. Possibly re-surfacing the tennis courts
  6. New outdoor furniture for the campfire area by the picnic pavilion.

What’s Next?

Conference Grounds Ministry Center

The Board of Directors is proposing a new Ministry Center for the Grounds ministry. This new Ministry Center would replace the current Sunshine Room, kitchen, store, and registration area with a new facility that would also have some cottage suite type housing (16 units) and additional meeting facilities. This new building would be a 25-30 thousand square foot building with the cottage suites area being two stories. The facility is still in the early planning stages and no construction time-frame has been set by the Board. Construction would not begin until our current debt is paid off and the majority of funding (almost 5 million dollars) is received. The Board will continue to seek God’s wisdom and guidance as they continue to plan for the future of the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds!


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