A message from Executive Director, Mark Swartley regarding the coronavirus.

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Psalm 139:8-10:

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.


We are walking in uncharted territory as we all struggle to understand and process  the coronavirus pandemic.  With all the fear and uncertainty around us, we have God’s assurance found in Psalms 139 that “even there your hand will guide me…” God was not surprised this week with all that is happening, and He is still holding us fast.

The board and leadership of Spruce Lake and Pinebrook are committed to handling each day through our core values of integrity, relationship, teamwork, stewardship, quality and learners.  We will maintain our core objective of pointing people toward Christ in all situations including this one.

Spruce Lake and Pinebrook are closing for the next two weeks until April 1st  to support the Governor of Pennsylvania’s request and CDC’s recommendations to suspend large group gatherings and for the good of all.

Because circumstances are so fluid, we are reevaluating this closure often and addressing any changes daily.  Please check back for updates.

If you have a reservation during this brief time, our team will be contacting you to discuss options.  We at Spruce Lake and Pinebrook are asking all of you with reservations (guests/campers that have retreats or camp weeks scheduled) please do not cancel until 30 days prior to your event.  We are and will be committed to working with you to adjust, change and reschedule any reservations that are affected.  We strongly believe that in due time the travel and gathering restrictions will be lifted, and we are committed to doing all that is necessary to be here to safely serve you when that time comes.

As Christians, crisis brings the opportunity to share the peace and love of Christ.  Keep watch for where God is working – don’t miss an opportunity to let the world know Jesus is the answer to what this world needs.

Our staff will gather on site at 12 noon each Wednesday for a time of prayer.  Please join us in prayer for the lunch hour from wherever the Lord has you.


Mark S. Swartley

Executive Director