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Celebration of Life for Jeff Emry
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Pleasant Grove Campground
“Under the Arbor”
2220 Billie Howey Road
Waxhaw, North Carolina N.C.
Visitation will follow the
Service at tent # 56
Social distancing will be observed
· August 21, 2020
BREAKING NEWS!! We are beyond excited and blessed to announce John Isley as the new executive director of Camp Tekoa.
Here is the official statement from the Board of Directors.
"The Camp Tekoa Board of Trustees is delighted and grateful to announce Rev. John Isley as our new Executive Director. John joined the Camp Tekoa staff in 2013. During his tenure as Assistant Director, John worked with other staff to expand camp capacity, create and build new adventure programs, increase missional impact, enhance spiritual development of staff and campers, and develop an annual camper offering that has given nearly $30,000 to neighboring ministries. John was a catalyst in the expansion to Tekoa Foothills and facilitated organization of different ministries including Tekoa Missions, Tekoa Retreats, and the newest adventures, Tekoa Distance Learning Academy, Tekoa Weekends, and Tekoa Afternoons. John’s development of the Raise Your Candles High fundraising campaign has enabled the Tekoa Family to support the mission of Camp Tekoa during uncertain times.
John is a self-described vision caster. He looks toward the future of Camp Tekoa with gleeful anticipation, while also protecting the traditions that the Tekoa Family holds dear. John says, “I have learned so much about the Tekoa experience from its past two Directors and believe that I can maintain the vital history of our ministry together, while exploring the ways Tekoa can become stronger in the coming years. In short, I feel a calling to this place, a readiness to serve and a passion for the expansion of our mission.”
He met his beautiful wife Carrie at Camp Tekoa (on the front steps to be exact) and also proposed to her at camp. They have three children. John graduated from Campbell University with a BA in Graphic Design and Studio Art. He also has an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Deacon in the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC.
When not at camp, John enjoys hiking with the family, backpacking, disc golf, mountain biking and pretty much anything else in the woods. Camp Tekoa involves his greatest passions of serving children, disciplining staff and ministering in an outdoor environment.
We will celebrate John with an installation service to be scheduled later this fall."
Please join us in this monumental occasion and post a comment of your favorite John story/picture in the comments below.
· July 19, 2020
To my PGCG kiddos:
Even if we aren't together in person, let's still praise our God! Psalm 96 says, "Sing to the Lord, tell of His salvation from day to day...for great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!"
Sing along with me as we share the good news that Jesus saves. Even when times are hard, joy can still be found in Jesus. Let's worship Him together through one of our favorite PGCG Kid's Program songs - "The Happy Song"
God be with you 'till we meet again,
Thanks for sharing this! We will love watching it tomorrow morning!!
You are a testament to God's love!
Hunter and Tucker LOVE this song!! I have to google it from time to time so they can sing and listen! I will show them tomorrow.
Oh I just love this! You gave me tears!!!
You are precious
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Attention PGCG Teens and Volunteers:
Tammy McGee is planning a meeting on May 12th, 11:00 a.m. at their tent for ALL YOUTH and/or ADULTS who want to help plan the 2018 Teen Youth Ministry activities for Campmeeting. She is providing lunch but you have to RSVP!
To RSVP, email for her contact info-
· January 25, 2018
Carolina Camera, WBTV, August 13, 1971, with C.J. Underwood. Special thanks to Joyce Blythe for sharing this with us!
Sound is only available in a few parts of the video
Comments posted on the Facebook site:
Michael R. Helms I do believe that was John Howie blowing the trumpet. Thanks for sharing this.
Martha Robinson Kiker Ruth Robinson tent 76 in the scene of women on the front porch! 0:31
Diane Helms Alexander I love this
Alison Howey I believe the first little boy you see is my husband Frank Howey Jr Tent #70
Melissa Kevin Plyler This was on my bday, but 1 year before I was born haha!
Shawn Gordon That's so funny. My dad was the one with the long sideburns cutting the watermelon. Thanks for sharing this.
Kris Morefield Thank you for letting us know. I wondered who had those perfect 70s sideburns!
Shawn Gordon It's David Zeller. He was from the Tyson Tent. I think tent #28, but not sure that's the correct #.
Joyce Blythe A special thanks to John Steed for sharing this with us. He was the man behind the camera that day.
LeNeal Austin Love I think the first elderly man talking was Mr Earl Howey and the other one was Preacher Morrison he married my sister Lynn there he was the best Preacher
LeNeal Austin Love The lady in the wheel chair was that Ms.Mae Howey? My sister Ann learned how to cook biscuits from her and Ann use to go help her can jelly and vegetables!
· January 15, 2018
Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church
You are invited to join the people of Pleasant Grove UMC as they give God the Glory for the changes that have allowed a feeling of a new church building!
The DEDICATION of the SANCTUARY RENOVATION will take place on Sunday, January 28th, at 3:00 p.m. Please join us for this service of worship and praise to God! If you have questions, contact any member of Pleasant Grove UMC or Rev. Marilyn Wooten.
Renovations include complete renovation of the Sanctuary floors to restore the foundation, installation of new hardwood to retain the original "look", restoring hardwood in Sunday School rooms; painting the narthex (entrance) as well as the entire Sanctuary and Sunday School rooms; new carpeting; new doors entering the Sanctuary (handmade by Lee Starnes); a new Roland Digital Piano (given in memory of Henry and Clifford Blythe).
The Howie Gold Mine, Waxhaw NC
By 1900, the Howie Gold Mine had brought in over $750,000 cash value in gold. It's also been named through the years the Stockton Gold Mine and Cureton Gold Mine.
-From 'Waxhaw's History' facebook page
Remembering the Past, People of Waxhaw
Frances Davis Thompson
Beloved teacher at Waxhaw School and citizen of Waxhaw ...
Frances, who went by Frankie was born in 1913, and lived her entire life in Waxhaw on North Providence Street. Her grandfather, James C Davis, was Waxhaw's first mayor who drafted the town charter. Her aunt, Maggie Davis, another active citizen of Waxhaw, raised her for most of her childhood. She wrote in her diary that the best day of her life was when she met her future husband, Collins, in 1937. He was the son of the Waxhaw Methodist Church minister.
She is well remembered by many of her students who she taught the Irish Jig and the Bamboo Stick Dance in preparation for the annual May Day Celebration at Waxhaw School. For years she was in charge of the Waxhaw Antique Show. She taught Sunday school for years at the Methodist Church. Frankie and Collins purchased a tent in 1954 at Pleasant Grove Campground and it was aid she never missed a year of camp meeting. She loved the Waxhaw Woman's Club and stayed very involved with the club. Frankie and Collins were very active in the Waxhaw community, even the town of Waxhaw honored them by placing a sundial engraved with their names near the Veterans Memorial Wall.
Pictured is Frankie and Collins, dressed up for the 1989 Waxhaw Centennial.
-From 'Waxhaw's History' facebook page.
Citizens gathering in Mineral Springs, 1902. The building in the distance is the Methodist Church.
-From 'Put Mineral Springs on the Map' facebook page.
Archie Yarbrough from Tent 47 (Byrum) passed away July 27. His obituary is linked below.
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