June 7, 2018

Beauty in the Tough Things – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

Spending time at Family Camp means seeing familiar faces–people with whom I’ve built friendship over the course of our last three years at Headwaters. We are now in the thick of Week 1 for the 2018 summer retreat season. I stood in the courtyard on Opening Day, talking with one of these friends about the great things and the tough things that each of our families experienced during the past year. For both of us, […]
May 10, 2018

Grief and Hope – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

Around our house this time of year can feel a little overwhelming. While longing for the slower, uncommitted days of summer, we are instead bombarded with “end of year” parties, school projects, and field trips that require our attention and attendance. The relentless gauntlet of the May schedule is like a capstone to a demanding year of busyness and expectations. Sometimes it leaves us with a limp. For us, that seems to be truer than […]
April 11, 2018

Is there Room for Doubt? Cary Hendricks – Sr. Director of LLFC

Recently, I met with my son’s small group of middle school boys and we talked about Matthew 28:16-17.   This is the end of Matthew when Jesus appears to the eleven disciples just after his resurrection.  Scripture tells us that when the disciples saw Jesus, “they worshiped him, but some doubted.” I asked my group of middle school boys if there was a difference between doubt and unbelief. One boy said, “Yes, you can doubt […]
March 13, 2018

LLFC is Launching a New Registration System

Laity Lodge Family Camp has launched a new registration system. We have spent the past year working with CircuiTree on this system because we want to serve our LLFC families to the best of our ability. CircuiTree is a standout leader in camping software and technology. What does this mean for you? Now that the new system is live, families can see a new link “My Account” in the top menu. You can log in […]
February 7, 2018

The Power of Epiphany – Cary Hendricks, Sr. Director of LLFC

After 20 years of experiencing different church and denominational traditions my family is attending a church that practices the liturgical traditions of worship. I grew up in a mainline denominational church that was marked by the protestant church calendar and the rich liturgical practices that came with it. In many ways my current church experience brings with it a feeling of coming home, much like returning to the home of my childhood and enjoying my […]
January 4, 2018

LLFC Partners with YoungLives – Kelsie Wessels, Asst. Director of Programming

At Laity Lodge Family Camp, we pray, desire, hope, and plan for our guests to experience wholeness and transformation–from individuals to families. In our final Fall retreat, LLFC partnered with YoungLives to put on a weekend camp experience with this goal for teen moms and their babies. What a beautiful sight to see! What a joyful noise was raised! At each LLFC retreat, people roll into the Canyon, and weight rolls off their back. This […]
December 6, 2017

The Origin of Advent – Cary Hendricks, Senior Director of LLFC

For most of us this time of year is spent being very busy with Christmas parties, shopping, decorating, preparing for guests, traveling, studying for exams and countless other holiday rituals. In the midst of these usual rituals we often forget about Advent. The Christian Church Year identifies the season of Advent as taking place from December 3rd through December 24th.
November 8, 2017

How Can We Practice Thanksgiving – LLFC’s Asst. Director of Program, Kelsie Wessels

Growing up, and still to this day, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. In my mind’s eye are captured countless memories gathered around the table, laughing & sharing stories, tossing the football in the backyard with my cousins, or waking up from an unexpected turkey-induced nap surrounded by my sisters – their eyes sleep-filled and minds refreshed just like mine. Thanksgiving visits to my grandparent’s farm rise to the top of the list of my most […]
October 12, 2017

After More than Two Decades in Prison, He Finds Hope in God

This fall Cary Hendricks and his new friend Shawn Perez enjoyed a meal around the table at Laity Lodge Family Camp. As the two talked, Shawn opened up about his story—the jaggedness of his past and the source of genuine hope for a future. Shawn, along with his wife April and youngest son Daniel, came to Family Camp for the first time by way of the House of Faith/LLFC Parenting University partnership. He admitted he […]
September 6, 2017

How is LLFC Partnering with San Angelo’s House of Faith to Further Its Mission beyond the Canyon Walls?

“God created family. He loves family,” says LLFC Sr. Director Cary Hendricks. “And we continually look for ways to go deeper in LLFC’s mission because we recognize the tremendous value of healthy and connected families. One of the most powerful ways we have found to do this is through identifying and partnering alongside organizations with whom we have relationship—organizations who are boots on the ground within various communities. Organizations who are already actively doing the […]