There's gold in them thar hills
May 30 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

There's gold in them thar hills | Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

There's gold in them thar hills

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor Here's the deal: five days in the beautiful, breezy North Carolina mountains. Three square meals a day, including all the hand-dipped ice cream you can eat. Someone to lead activities for your children and mission projects for youth. Inspiring worship and helpful workshops. Did I mention the ice cream?

There's also fellowship with other folk for whom ministry is important, and time to watch the sun go down from the rocking chairs just outside the ice cream parlor.

The cost? An embarrassingly small amount, just enough to cover the meal ticket.

You won't find a better value - or a more golden opportunity - than that.

The "Week of Christian Study and Fellowship" at Mars Hill College has been a mountain tradition for more than 100 years, offering pastors and their families a nice vacation getaway at a rock-bottom price. It is a remarkable story of ministry and cooperation: Mars Hill College and Mars Hill Baptist Church provide the facilities, while the Baptist State Convention's Strategic Initiatives and Planning group provides the program. It is a laid-back week of opportunities for relaxation, recreation, worship and learning. Nobody takes attendance, so taking a canoe trip or sleeping late is always an option.

And then there's the ice cream.

There was a time when the Mars Hill event was the only one of its kind around. Nowadays, with other conference options and more competing activities for children, fewer folks have been celebrating Independence Day at Mars Hill.

That's a shame.

Beloved mountain missionary Tom Lolley has a special fondness for the event and coordinated the program for years on end. Sadly, Lolley suffered a stroke last fall and has been confined to various medical and rehabilitation facilities since then. Gayle Brown, retired director of missions for the Buncombe Baptist Association, is looking after the program for this year. He tells me there's still lots of room.

The date is July 2-6 and the deadline for registration has been extended to June 13. For more information, contact the conference and events office at Mars Hill College by phone: (828) 689-1167, or by e-mail: conferences@mhc.edu.

I can't guarantee they will order an extra tub of pistachio or "moose tracks" just for you, but it wouldn't hurt to ask.

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