Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Case for Cono

Cono changed many of us forever. The legal case to restore a more traditional Cono ministry is nearing its completion in April. Please follow this progress at the Friends of Cono Go Fund Me site and keep up-to-date.   

 The Latest Information An Iowa judge yesterday denied one motion in the Cono case, but upheld another. The judge denied a temporary injunction by Iowa Presbytery (supported by Friends of Cono) that would have frozen and preserved the school's assets until the main trial in April. At the same time he will allow bank records to be disclosed so that a full and fair trial can take place. At the April trial, the judge will decide if Iowa Presbytery (PCA) can take its rightful ownership of this historic church-related ministry. Thank you for your help. We have so far attained more than $16,500 toward $50,000 of matching funds. This is progress, but the effort continues. You can send a check, and it will be matched, dollar for dollar, to Iowa Presbytery, c/o Kevin Schwab, 1130 Main Street, Ackley, IA 50601. You can also give online HERE. Thank you for considering the cause, and for participating. Methodical, steady support will probably win the day eventually. Friends of Cono is authorized and tasked by the Iowa Presbytery of the PCA to assist with fundraising and legal input in the Presbytery's ongoing effort to restore Cono to church governance and control. Please keep praying Pray that the Iowa Presbytery's legal effort will go quickly and smoothly. Assuming all goes well, the property will be overseen and used primarily by the camp and conference center of the PCA, called Ridge Haven. 

 Wallace Anderson, Director of Ridge Haven, says: The more I consider the possibilities at Cono, the more excited I get! I would think if we knew something as late as May, we could still arrange for a few events this summer. We could host at least one "Yoke Week" much like in the early days of Covenant College when it moved to Lookout Mountain. It would be a combination of work and our popular Family Camp here in NC. It would be a time where singles, couples and families would come to work half days to get Cono prepped for an onslaught of kids, and then we would spend the other half day playing and doing camp activities. Check out our Family Camp weeks at to get an idea of what this is like. We would also want to start hosting summer camps as soon as possible. Even with just a couple of months’ notice, we could host one or two weeks of camps using some of our staff here to work in Iowa. That would be a great way to involve the Presbytery and the different churches in the area. For the fall, we would want to have some retreat weekends. Eventually we are hoping to have an incredible corn maze, hay rides, create an obstacle course, and have something similar to a "Spartan Race" course. We would hope to host a Presbytery weekend. Our Winter Camp here in North Carolina is very popular, although the last three years have been a disappointment in that we have add such warm weather. Even though the kids have had a great time it hasn’t lived up to its name of “Winter” Camp. With an average winter temp of 32 degrees and an average snow fall of over 30" a year in Walker, Iowa we can't wait to have a "White" Winter Camp option...cross country skiing, winter camping, maybe even some outdoor ice skating a few weeks, and some great snow ball fights. —Wallace Anderson

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