Director’s Update: Tilling the Soil of Hearts This Summer

Whenever you meet servants of the Lord who have served Him for decades (in one place) without fail, you are blessed! You see the power of the Holy Spirit in the purity and dedication of their lives. LeTourneau has been blessed to have two such saints in Avis Sowl and Gerri Moose. As you are likely aware, Avis went to be with the Lord July 1, 2016. Her sixty years of faithful service has inspired and encouraged so many. Thankfully, we are still blessed to have Gerri with us! Gerri is as faithful as ever. With a loving smile, she serves in the background, making beds, cleaning, baking, and lifting us all up in prayer. She is an immense gift from the Lord.

This summer, every student in THE WAY summer student program will be encouraged to imitate Avis and Gerri’s faith in the Lord and heart of service. THE WAY program is designed to be a rich discipleship ministry for students ages 14 and up. Our hope is to point the way to the LORD during each student’s 8-10 week at camp (John 14:5-6). By God’s grace, each student will leave established in their faith, committed to God’s Word, and surrendered to God’s will.

We will welcome more than 20 students to THE WAY program this year! To support this program, each student will help raise support by sending letters to friends and family and by praying for the Lord’s provision. The goal for each student is $100 a week. A special message from Gerri is included below on the many benefits of our summer discipleship program.

In order to guarantee every student has the opportunity to participate in THE WAY, LeTourneau established the Avis & Gerri Fund. In 2017, the fund goal is $20,000, which will help provide for each student’s financial stipend, meals, lodging, training, materials, and special activities. If you are led to contribute to the Avis and Gerri Fund, we would be very grateful for your support! All gifts are tax deductible. You may send a check to: LeTCC / 4950 County Rd. 11 / Rushville, NY 14544, or contribute online at this link.             

Thank you for helping point THE WAY to Christ and raising up the next generation of faithful Kingdom builders for the glory of God and the joy of His people.

In Joyful Service,
Jamie Fischer, Director

A Note from Gerri: 
Dear Friends of LeTourneau,
Whenever January comes it is time to change and prepare for another year. Over the years, Avis and I always knew that this was the time to start praying for a “new” summer staff that we would have join us in the months to come. We never knew who would return and who would come for the first time, but we could always depend on God to send who He wanted, and who we needed.

Whenever staff members first arrived, they seemed like strangers, but by the end of each summer, they were one happy family. Avis and I greatly enjoyed the mornings spent with “our girls” as we had devotion time and worked to memorize chapters of the Bible.

I can’t always remember them all now, but if someone quotes a passage, it comes back that we had learned it. At first, it was hard for some of our girls to pray among us but by the time they were ready to leave, they would pray with us as well as bring their requests.

If Avis were here, I know she would want to thank you, and I do too, for giving towards the Avis and Gerri Fund. Thank you for making it possible for so many young people to be able to be part of our summer staff, and for the support you give as you join us in prayer over these young people!
God Bless You!
Gerri Moose

Father’s Day Family Fun Day Chicken BBQ!

Pre-Order & Register to receive discount-

 $10 whole-  $8 half

Comes with : Salt Potatoes, Baked Beans, Coleslaw!

Call 585-554-3400 or email for reservations/registrations

 Start Serving at 12 noon- till gone!

Activities include Putt Putt Mini Golf, Games

Paintball Tournament beginning at 1:30 – $15 per hour or $25 for 2 hrs! 250 paintballs & unlimited air!  Under 18 must have signed parents permission and waiver signed!


A Vision for Ministry: 2017 and Beyond

Director Jamie Fischer will periodically share updates on the LeTCC ministry. Here is his latest Director’s Update for May 2017:

We exist to serve the church and to build up the Kingdom of God for the Glory of God and the Joy of His People.

We delight in dreaming BIG for God and His Kingdom. We want to max out our potential and use every resource He has blessed us with to fulfill our mission. With faith, we are looking to the Father for discernment, wisdom, provision, and direction.

The following are areas we hope to build up in 2017 and beyond.

1. Host Ministry

Quality Improvements: We are improving how we serve our guests every week. We are evaluating everything we do and making improvements. Our facilities are also receiving some much appreciated improvements. (See VI. for more)

Getting the Word Out: We have also begun the process of reaching out to 500 churches in Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and throughout this region, which do not currently use our ministry. These churches are between 1 and 2 hours from our facilities; perfect for a retreat. A new marketing team will soon take the lead in development material and a plan to connect with these churches and others. A new website will be launched in May 2017!

2. Events Ministry

Expand our Children’s and Youth Ministry      

Easter Egg Hunt: We hosted our first annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8. There were 60+ kids enjoying a day at camp. These children enjoyed games, the “candy store,” face painting, food, a Bible story, and more!

Day Camps and Youth Camp: In 2017 it will be our mission to continue our Children’s Day Camp program and summer Youth Camp to disadvantaged youth. We will raise funds that will allow up to 100 students to join us throughout the summer.

Kid’s Night Out: In keeping with our desire to reach children, we hope to establish periodic nightly events for children throughout the year. We will feed, entertain, and share the truths of scripture with these children. Can we say, DATE NIGHT!

3. Expand our Family Ministry

Easter Sunrise Service: Easter morning we had more than 60 adults join us for a special time next to the lake. It was 62 degrees and beautiful with the sun rising over the hill just as we concluded our special service. Afterward, we enjoyed breakfast together in the Dining Hall and spent the time fellowshipping together and praising our risen Lord.

Women’s Ministry: The Blessed Hope Ladies ministry continues to be a wonderful part of the LeTourneau ministry to ladies. To complement their work, if the Lord allows, we would love to bless women, and especially mothers, with a periodic night out. These ladies would have an opportunity to have some much-deserved fun and be inspired by other women. Child care would also be provided!

Family Fun Day: On June 17th, we will be hosting a Family Fun Day. There will be a delicious Chicken BBQ and family activities throughout the day, including swimming, mini golf, basketball, paintball, and a lot more! Watch for more information.

Family Camp: It is our sincere hope that we will be able to host a family camp week in July 2017. Please check the calendar in May for dates and details…Lord willing!

III. Conferences and Retreats: If the Lord allows, we would love to provide a Pastor/Laymen Conference, foster family conference, a marriage retreat, and youth retreats in 2017/2018.

4. THE WAY Program:

Summer Program and School of Discipleship: Our heart is to disciple young people. We will continue discipling students through our summer program and our year-round young adult ministry, the School of Discipleship. It is our goal to disciple these students and send them out into society better equipped to share the Gospel and build up the Kingdom.

5. Laymen Institute:

Exciting News: As THE WAY School of Discipleship has grown, so has the interest from laymen in our area who are eager to participate in the same classes our students are taking (i.e. New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, and more). In collaboration with pastors throughout the region, we are hoping to see the establishment of a laymen’s institute, in conjunction with our School of Discipleship, for the building up and training of future church leaders and perhaps even pastors and missionaries. Several pastors in our region are hoping to form a counsel to develop and lead this ministry in 2017-18.

6. Renovations, Recreation, and Facilities:

Moving Forward: In January we added a new staff member, Bob Anderson, to be our Project Manager. Bob is leading our renovations and future building projects. This year we are busy with numerous renovation projects including the renovation of bedrooms in the Bethany House and 1st Floor of the Lodge. We are also updating the stage, sound system, and lights in the Tabernacle. Several buildings will have new roofs by the end of 2017. A new waterfront patio with seating for 30 is also being added at the lake. Lord willing we will be adding new recreation options and beginning the process of raising funds for a new multi-purpose facility to better serve our guests and fulfill our mission.


2017 Blessed Hope Women’s Spring Retreat June 2-4

Joan Wood- Keynote Speaker

Ladies! If you haven’t yet registered to attend the June 2-4 Spring Blessed Hope retreat, the time to do so is NOW. Joan Wood of Zion Fellowship Church in Canandaigua will be our keynote speaker, sharing about your Passport to Life Adventures in Christ. Joan is a gifted teacher, worship leader, and frequently travels on international missions trips.
Add’l workshops offered on healthy living with essential oils, hands-on crafting, Understanding Generational Differences, and building better relationships and understanding with our neighbors.


Summer Day Camps begin June 26!

Come Join us for a “rockin time”

Registration starts at 9am.   All Snacks & lunch is included in the cost!  Come back at 4pm to pick the kiddos back up!






2017 Blessed Hope Women’s Spring Retreat June 2-4


Our Keynote speaker

Joan Wood



Joan is a lover of God and a lover of people!  She is a wife, mom and Grammy!  With her husband of 40 years, they Pastor Zion Fellowship in Canandaigua, NY.   Joan is also a dental hygienist in Canandaigua.

A contagious worshipper Joan’s joyful spirit loves to usher others into His Presence.  Ministering in worship and the Word, she encourages a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and growing in His love daily!


Call Suzy Dankosh, Registrar:   585-734-9206 to reserve your space!


Heroes of the Faith

Who was your first hero of the faith? My first hero of the faith and the man who inspired me to live a life of faith was George Mueller. If you don’t know, George Mueller, during a desperate time for orphans in England’s history, desired to show men that God still works through faith in mighty ways and so embarked on a mission to establish orphanages for the physical and spiritual well-being of orphan children. Ultimately, he built several large orphanages, fed and cared for nearly 2,000 orphans over many years, all without ever asking publicly for a penny of support.

“He had only two shillings (50 cents) in his pocket. Without making his wants known to any man, but to God alone, over a million, four hundred thousand pounds ($7,000,000) were sent to him for the building and maintaining of these orphan homes.” (

I learned of George Mueller while just a child. His legacy of faith truly shaped my view of God’s sovereignty and my view of the power of faith in the Word of God. His son-in-law said George Mueller “devised large and liberal things for the Lord’s cause.” He certainly did. I pray and trust the Lord will lead the ministry here at LeTourneau to “devise large and liberal things for the Lord’s cause” as well. Thank you for your prayers and support as we invest time, energy, and resources here for the Lord’s cause.

For His Glory,
Jamie Fischer
LeTCC Director


Mother’s Day Banquet

Treat the Woman in your life!

Sunday, May 14 at 1:30pm


$14- Adults

  $8- Children 10 & under

Children under 4 – FREE!

Please call 585-554-3400 to reserve your spot before May 12!