2016 Outdoor Weekend
Over a hundred men from fifteen churches across the state gathered at Camp Caraway May 20-21 for the eighth annual Men's Ministry Outdoor Weekend. Sponsored by NC Baptist Men, the event provides a time of fellowship, spiritual challenge, and outdoor fun for men. Church leaders are also encouraged to investigate and consider establishment of some form of outdoor ministry in their own setting. The theme for the weekend was "Wonderfully and Fearfully Made", and keyed upon Psalms 139:14. Kyle Woodfin (left), founder and director of Legacy Outdoor Ministries, and pastor of the First Baptist Church of Alamo, Georgia, was keynote speaker for the event. Legacy Outdoor Ministries specializes in getting young people involved in outdoor pursuits. Kyle shared some practical ideas on how to involve young people in the outdoor pursuits many of us grew up enjoying. Narrow Way (center), led by Wes Sluder, provided music for our Friday night worship. These guys are great, and have such a loving spirit. We are glad to have the opportunity to fellowship with them. Each year we present a "top shot" award for the person who has the best cumulative showing in the trap shooting, pistol, archery, and rifle competitions. This year's "top shot" turned out to be fifteen year old Cameron Pennell (right) of Yadkin Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC! Great job Cameron! Below are some more highlights from the weekend:
Saturday morning our partipants heard a presentation from our keynote speaker, Kyle Woodfin, on specific ways to pass our outdoor legacy down to a younger generation. His heart is in helping young people discover a deeper relationship with God through outdoor pursuits. Then, groups of men rotated to different outdoor-related demonstations throughout the camp. New this year was a demonstration on trapping, led by Harold Dorsett (left). Harold serves on the board of the NC Trapper's Association. He talked about the history of trapping and how it helped shape our national history, how trapping is used today, and the equipment and techniques currently used. Darryl Hazelwood was back with us this year to lead our archery demonstration. He brought his dad with him to help out. Brad Helms (right) and Joe Eaker teamed up to lead a demonstration on the safety and technique for pistol and trap shooting, respectively. NC Wildlife officers Anthony Passmore (center) and Darrell Johnson lead a class on hunter and tree stand safety. Gentlemen, we appreciate your time, effort, and expretise!
Brad Helms of Anthony Grove Baptist in Crouse led the demonstration on pistol safety and shooting technique in the morning. Brad served as range master for the afternoon competition as well. Pitt Phillips of Webb's Chapel did a great job assisting him. Mike Fitzgerald of Mount Hermon Baptist in Durham won the pistol competition.
Joe Eaker of Mount Zion Church in Cherryville, once again led the trap shooting demonstration and competition. His son-in-law David led assisted this year, along with Carlos Delgado of FBC Burlington. Each participant gets five initial shots. Those who shoot 5 for 5 then continue until a winner is determined. This year's winner was Cameron Pennell from Yadkin Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC.
Darryl Hazelwood returned this year to lead the demonstration and competition in archery. Darryl is an avid archery enthusiast. For competition, each person gets one shot at three different 3-D targets from three different positions. Barry Bickley from University Hills Baptist in Charlotte was the winner.
Tony Abernathy of Mount Zion Baptist in Cherryville once again served as range master for our .22 rifle competition. Gene Kirby of FBC Drexel assisted. These men serve on NCBM's State Men's Ministry Advisory Team. Competition this year was especially close since new, donated rifles, came equipped with scopes! Fourteen men participated in a shoot-off that required an upright, unsupported stance. The eventual winner of the competition was Don Riley of Mount Hermon Baptist in Durham.