The Loch Ness Monster On the Bottom of Pinnacle Lake

From the vault, here’s some vintage Gazette!  Here’s an article written by camper Chickpea about an adventure she and Strings had while boating one day.

The Loch Ness Monster On the Bottom of Pinnacle Lake
By 11 year-old-camper Chickpea (aaaaaawwwww), Naphtali, Junior East

captain sailor gunner
Chickpea and Strings playing Captain, Sailor, Gunner before their great adventure. Circa 2003.

As Strings and I crossed Pinnacle Lake in a boat one Thursday afternoon, Strings saw a long neck pop out of the water and dive back in! We both tried to find the owner of the head, but had to come back to shore. We also were not able to locate the water toys that Twister threw into the water for us to find. I personally think that the Loch Ness Monster ate them…

We also saw two schools of fish swimming past us looking positively terrified. Someone fishing caught a terrified sun fish and kissed it! The sun fish was terrified and leaped back into the water! I am not sure if it was dying or hated being kissed or if he had seen the Loch Ness Monster.

For all of you campers next year, a word of caution: Beware – you may just spot the Loch Ness Monster!

Miss Liz

From the vault, here’s some vintage Gazette!  Here’s an interview with Twister back when she was still Miss Liz, way back in the Valley. This article is from the 1999 edition of the Gilgal Gazette.

Miss Liz
By Roseanna A., 11, East

Twister circa 99
Twister circa 99

Miss Liz was born in Manhattan, New York, in ????. She lives in Canada, comes to Camp Gilgal as a counselor.

Miss Liz is not too tall and has short, blonde hair, green eyes, and looks very friendly. And she is! She is also very nice. She doesn’t give you a hard time. If something is not perfect, she does not tell you it has to be perfect. If something is boring, she makes it fun. She’s not bossy at all. Everyone likes her. She’s also sharing and gives everyone chances. If you have Miss Liz, you’ll have a lot of fun.

Since Miss Liz is good in rock climbing and swimming, they are her favorite sports. In her spare time, she likes to go rock climbing or swimming and has a lot of fun. She always goes with her friends. Miss Liz’ favorite food is Chinese from a special restaurant in Manhattan. Since Miss Liz will be an adult soon, she says “I don’t want to be an adult. I want to be a kid forever.” She says this with a very sad voice with a sad, puppy face.

Miss Liz is Jewish but believes in Jesus. She started to do whatever her mom told her to do, such as going to church and believing in Jesus – at the age of four, but she didn’t take it seriously. When she was 13, Miss Liz rededicated her life to God and took it very seriously.

Parsha: Ha’zinu

Have you ever felt like you were at the end of your rope? Good. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, or at least, that’s the way God says it’s going to be.

This week’s parsha is Ha’azinu and it’s found in Deuteronomy, chapter 32. It’s also known as the Song of Moses. These words are the last set of instructions Moses gives to Israel before he blesses all the tribes.He tells Israel that they have been chosen from all the nations, that they were found in the desert and God cared for them. God has and will bless Israel and make them prosperous. But with this prosperity comes a warning.

Moses tells them that after a while they are going to become lazy because they are used to being blessed, and God will not want to deal with them anymore. Then, they will be sent disaster, disease, terror, and sword because of their forgetting all God has done for them.

Israel will be at the end of their rope, and then, Moses says something crazy is going to happen. God is going to rescue them. God will see that their strength is gone, and there is no one left, and He will take them and shelter them.

Paul talks about being at the end of his rope in 2 Corinthians 1. He says
“We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.” (2 Cor. 1:8-10)

Just because we are chosen by God does not mean that we won’t get to the end of our rope. And just because we’re at the end of our rope doesn’t mean God does not care. Rather, sometimes He wants us to get to the end of our rope so we can only rely on Him. God always loves us and rescues us.

So, if you’re getting to the end of your rope, and we all do, remember: everyone does, you’re not in this alone, God loves you and is your Rock and shelter.

Shabbat Shalom!
-Strings