MECHANIC FALLS — The 132nd annual camp meeting of The Advent Christian Camp Meeting Association will be held July 18 to 25 at the grounds on Route 121.

Organized in 1889, the association’s mission is to preach and teach the Christian doctrine of forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus and His promise of eternal life. The camp meeting provides spiritual and physical refreshment through Bible study, worship services and fellowship. The public is welcome to attend services, Bible study, meals and other activities.

The Rev. Matt Larkin, director of leadership development for the Advent Christian General Conference, will be the evangelist. He will speak at evening services at 7 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, July 18 to 24, and at the Sunday morning service at 10 a.m., July 25. His theme for the week is “And Now What?” It focuses on life after the pandemic. A native of Auburn and now residing in the Bangor area, he holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry and a master’s degree in religious education. He is president of the association, is director of the Advent Christian Ministry Training Institute and provides guidance to emerging leaders. Previously he was a pastor and youth pastor at various churches along the East Coast, including part time at Oxford Advent Christian Church in Oxford. He and his wife, Beth Ann, formerly of Greene, are the parents of a 3-year-old daughter, Mallory.

The Rev. Josh Alves will be Bible teacher for the week. His topic will be the life of Joseph recorded in the Book of Genesis. The study will be held Monday through Friday from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Alves is teaching pastor at Oak Hill Bible Church in Oxford, Massachusetts. He holds a certificate in visual communications, is an accomplished author/illustrator and is a graduate of the Leadership Development Institute. Originally from Rhode Island, he previously served the AC church in Bangor for 17 years. He and his wife, Amy, and their four children reside in Oxford, Massachusetts.

Leading worship is Jessalyn Kofstad, whose family have been association members and cottage owners for five generations. An alumna of the association’s youth camps during her preteen and teen years, she has participated in worship services at camp meetings as a singer and instrumentalist. Kofstad leads worship services at Calvary Bible Church in Meredith, New Hampshire, where she and her husband, David, reside. She is a graduate of Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at an alternative school in New Hampshire.

Meals will be served in the dining hall and donations will be accepted to cover expenses. Camp sites are available and reservations are recommended by contacting Clerk Bernice Allen at [email protected] or at 207-839-8870. Lodging is limited so reservations are recommended.

The association’s annual business meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 24, to elect officers, present reports and conduct other business. Because of a lack of staff, youth camps will not be held this year.

For the complete schedule and information on camp meeting and the association go to www.maccma.net or see the association’s Facebook page: Mechanic Falls Advent Christian Camp.”

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