Falls Creek Conference Center https://www.fallscreek.org Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:56:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 Upcoming Events at Falls Creek Conference Center https://www.fallscreek.org/upcoming-events-at-falls-creek-conference-center/ https://www.fallscreek.org/upcoming-events-at-falls-creek-conference-center/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:00:45 +0000 https://www.fallscreek.org/?p=1915 March

March 26-28
Church Multiplication Retreat – Cancelled


April 3-5
Spring Retreat – Cancelled

April 9-11
North Texas Easter Retreat – Cancelled

April 17-18
Women’s Retreat – Cancelled 

April 24-25
Men’s Retreat Cancelled 


May 4-8
Church Planting Assessment – Cancelled

May 4-6
Oklahoma Bible Conference

May 15
Davis Hight School Graduation

May 19-22
Summer staff training week

May 24-30
Associational Children’s Camp


June 1-6
Falls Creek Week 1

June 8-13
Falls Creek Week 2

June 15-20
Falls Creek Week 3

June 22-27
Falls Creek Week 4


June 29-July 4
Falls Creek Week 5

July 6-11
Falls Creek Week 6

July 13-18
Falls Creek Week 7

July 20-25
Falls Creek Week 8

July 26-31
Indian Falls Creek (IFC)


August 2-6
Lifeway Collegiate Week


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Conference Center food services offers meal plans https://www.fallscreek.org/conference-center-food-services-offers-meal-plans/ https://www.fallscreek.org/conference-center-food-services-offers-meal-plans/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 18:47:31 +0000 https://www.fallscreek.org/?p=1910 Need a cook for your next retreat?

The Conference Centers have a food service team dedicated to making meal planning and cooking easier on retreat leaders. Guests can choose between an economy, standard or deluxe option. All plans include a salad bar, tea and water, as well as optional dessert and coffee add-ons that best fit the needs of the group.

Choices range anywhere from hamburgers and chicken strips to pork carnitas and steak.

“If groups need assistance choosing their meals, we are happy to do that for them,” food services manager Geoff Hughes said.

One recommendation he gives is the jambalaya.

“It is one of the most underrated items on our menu but I’d really encourage people to try it,” Hughes said. “The jambalaya is one of our more difficult dishes as it has to be planned and crafted carefully because it is completed in multiple stages.”

The dish contains chicken, sausage, ham, jasmine rice, bell peppers, onions, celery and seasonings mixed in a tomato base sauce.

“The jambalaya smells so good when we are cooking it,” Hughes said. “Groups often pair it with one of our fish options such as fried catfish, tilapia or cod. The most popular side options for jambalaya are corn, coleslaw and hushpuppies.”

Another food services favorite is chicken enchiladas.

“Our enchiladas are made completely from scratch,” assistant food services manager Jan Shaffer said. “The enchiladas are not just something that we take out of a box and throw in the oven.”

She said the enchiladas are typically paired with refried beans and Mexican rice.
A full list of breakfast, lunch and dinner options and pricing are available on the Falls Creek Conference Center’s website at https://www.fallscreek.org/food/. Retreat organizers wishing to build a meal plan will complete a meal questionnaire and submit it online to booking.

“One of the most important thoughts to keep in mind while building your meal plan is to know the needs and preferences of your guests,” Shaffer said. “For instance, we gladly cater to food allergies. Just include that information on the questionnaire.”

During Falls Creek summer camp, a limited number of students and sponsors are welcome to eat in the cafeteria with the summer staff, but they are unable to choose their own menu.

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The Director’s Chair https://www.fallscreek.org/the-directors-chair/ https://www.fallscreek.org/the-directors-chair/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:14:00 +0000 https://www.fallscreek.org/?p=1925 We are in the midst of an unprecedented time in world history in dealing with the global pandemic of COVID-19. I know you are making decisions at your churches regarding events and attendance, as we are at the Conference Centers. We will have already sent out an email to you and posted on our social media sites by the time you receive this e-newsletter, but we wanted to do our best to communicate all of this information.

In light of the CDC’s recommendations concerning social distancing, and their strong encouragement to not gather in groups larger than 10 people, and with a heartfelt concern for the well-being of all of our potential guests, we will be closing the Falls Creek and Crosstimbers campuses through May 1st. We will be making and communicating decisions regarding the summer by that date.

Here is what this will mean for you:

  • We will not be allowing any groups to stay on grounds through May 1st.
    • This will include groups who have rented your cabin, so you will need to let any groups, with whom you have contracted to occupy your facility between now and May 1st that they will not be allowed to stay on grounds.
  • We will not host any overnight guests in our lodging facilities.
  • You CAN have an individual or a workgroup smaller than 10 people come and work on your cabin, as we will allow you access to your facility, but we are requesting that individuals and/or groups not stay overnight to accomplish any work tasks that need to be done. If you think this will be an issue, you can call me to discuss your particular situation.
    • The Falls Creek office will be open Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
    • If you do have individuals to come to work on your cabin, you should note that we are locking down all our facilities and restroom access will be limited to your cabin.
    • Also, all people will need to access Falls Creek via the high road. We will be closing the black metal gate at Prices Falls in order to limit the access on campus to just the main gate.

We are expecting and hopeful to host summer camps as usual. Outside of the CDC’s recommendations and our desire to protect you as individuals, we feel it is vitally important to do all we can to insure our campus is as unaffected by this virus as possible, so that our summer events can be successfully carried out.

On a completely different note, Falls Creek has become aware of a risk of electrical fires that could potentially result from the failure of FPE (Federal Pacific Electric) breakers and switch boxes. These breakers were manufactured between the 1950s and the 1990s and have been known during power surges, to fail to trip. We have taken inventory of all of our facilities and are currently in the process of replacing any and all FPE breakers in buildings owned by the Conference Centers. You might consider examining your cabin and replacing any FPE breakers it might contain. Our insurance company was very straightforward about making us aware of the coverage issues associated with having any FPE breakers. I am sharing this information with you as a matter of safety and ethical responsibility.

Thank you for your understanding in these matters. We will continue in prayer with you for our people, our camp, and our nation.


Andy Harrison

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5 reasons to greet cabin guests face-to-face https://www.fallscreek.org/5-reasons-to-greet-cabin-guests-face-to-face/ https://www.fallscreek.org/5-reasons-to-greet-cabin-guests-face-to-face/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:15:24 +0000 https://www.fallscreek.org/?p=1912 Modern-day technology has changed the way the world communicates and connects. While social media, text messages and email have become some of the most convenient and popular choices to relay information, it is important not to downplay the value of a face-to-face greeting.

In 2 John verse 12, John writes to “the lady and her children,” “Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”

John knew his words of encouragement for the believers were limited by his pen and he desired to meet with them directly. Like John, you may be in a situation that prevents you from being able to greet your guests in person but here are five reasons you should make face-to-face greetings a priority if you are able to so.

1. Confirm instructions

It is easy to misunderstand or misread a text message, email, and sometimes even a phone call. Feelings can be misconstrued or twisted due to lack of eye contact, body language, gesture, or tone of voice. A face-to-face greeting allows cabin owners and church leaders the opportunity to confirm their procedures with guests and clarify any contention points or embarrassing “voice to text” disasters.

2. Offer Encouragement

Greeting guests face-to-face helps cabin owners familiarize themselves with the needs and dynamic of the group staying in their cabin. Does the group have specific goals they want to accomplish during their time at camp? Knowing the purpose of the guests’ stay gives cabin owners the opportunity to encourage and pray over the group in person, which can set the entire tone of their stay. Christ followers should always be looking for ways to encourage fellow believers. In fact, Hebrews 10:24 states, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

3. Check Details

Arriving early to greet guests gives cabin owners time to complete a final walkthrough of their space. Is there trash that needs to be picked up? Are the toilets flushed? Nothing says “Welcome to our cabin” like a can of old trash or pile of dead bugs. If you know your group is checking in late, you may turn the lights on for them so they are not fumbling around in the dark. If it’s a typical Oklahoma summer day with a humidity index of what feels like a million, you may want to cool the cabin before a group’s arrival. Ensuring the little details are taken care of before guests arrive lets them focus on the purpose of their visit rather than being distracted by uncleanliness or dysfunctional equipment.

4. Share smiles

A smile can be so refreshing after a long day. There are hours of work that go into planning a retreat, so the chances are the group leader is already exhausted before they arrive at camp. Welcoming eyes and a genuine smile say, “I respect you and I am glad that you are here.” A simple gesture speaks louder than a general welcome or thank you email. In fact, a friendly facial expression can go so far as to “make the heart rejoice.” Proverbs 15:30 says, “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.”

5. Grow your network

When guests and cabin owners are able to put a name with a face, they are more likely to remember each other. You never know who you’ll meet through networking in person. Need a volunteer plumber or electrician to finish some work on the cabin? Searching for a summer youth intern? You may just find one or gain vital connections through your cabin guests. God has a way of bringing people together to accomplish His kingdom work and unplanned introductions are often the best ones.

No matter what form of communication is used to connect with guests, God gives pretty clear guidelines for our interactions: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:16).”

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Using Coronavirus to share the Gospel https://www.fallscreek.org/using-coronavirus-to-share-the-gospel/ https://www.fallscreek.org/using-coronavirus-to-share-the-gospel/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:38:08 +0000 https://www.fallscreek.org/?p=1927 It is no surprise that the world is starting to panic about the sudden spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). While it is important to remain proactive in preventing the transmission of the virus, panic and anxiety won’t help lower the chances of infection. Instead, it should drive believers into action.

Where does fear come from?

2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” Scripture clearly reminds us that fear comes from Satan, our enemy. The enemy will do everything he can to distract Christ-followers from spreading the message of God’s love.
Satan tried this tactic on Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. There is no doubt that Jesus knew what was about to take place. He would go through unmeasurable suffering on the cross and die a gruesome death. I imagine he was feeling a great weight of anxiety as he stated, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” in Matthew 26. He wanted nothing more than the cup to be passed from him. In his great distress, Jesus cried out to his Father in prayer.

Our own worries about COVID-19 and the ill effects on the economy should move us to pray. Pray for God to intervene. Pray for a vaccine or a cure. Pray for families who have lost loved ones. Pray for lives to be changed and for the world to come to know Jesus as its personal Lord and Savior.

How do Christians respond?

Submit to God. James 4:7 instructs believers to “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” The only way to combat fear and relieve anxiety is through shifting our focus and thoughts on God. Focus on His attributes and spend time worshipping Him and thanking Him for the gift of the cross. Meditate on His promises:

1. He is a God of peace, not chaos: John 14:27
2. He is with us through the darkest valley: Psalm 23:4
3. He cares for us: 1 Peter 5:6-7
4. He is our shield: Psalm 115:11
5. He knows what He is doing: Romans 11:33-36

Be prepared to share the Gospel.

Anytime a life-threatening virus or event occurs, non-believers have questions. Those at highest risk begin questioning their relationship with God and what happens after death. As believers, we need to be prepared to address these questions and offer hope to a sinful world. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

The future may seem uncertain but we can rest on the promise that Jesus will return again and there is a hurting and questioning world waiting for someone to share Christ’s message of hope.

See how Oklahoma Baptists are responding to Coronavirus at https://www.oklahomabaptists.org/coronavirus-response/.

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Behind the Grill https://www.fallscreek.org/behind-the-grill/ https://www.fallscreek.org/behind-the-grill/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 21:23:12 +0000 https://www.fallscreek.org/?p=1917 Geoff Hughes, food services manager:

Falls Creek made a major impact on Geoff Hughes’ life during his teenage years. When camp recruiters visited him at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) his freshman year, he said he felt a calling to apply for summer staff.
“I spent a summer working in concessions at Falls Creek and had a good time,” Hughes said. “The former food services manager, Don Brown, invited me to help out in the kitchen during conference season and I learned that I really enjoyed working in food services.”
Hughes did not have much cooking experience prior to his job at Falls Creek.
“I had no interest in food and was only able to cook basic meals, but I soon became interested in learning how to cook more advanced dishes,” he said. “I was attending OBU at the time for youth or pastoral ministry and God said, ‘I have something else planned for you.’”
Two years later, Hughes discovered that plan was to serve at Falls Creek and CrossTimbers full-time. He worked in the kitchen as a food services associate for five years until transitioning into his current role as food services manager.
Hughes has contributed to adding new menu items during his time at camp, including chicken bacon pasta. The dish includes penne pasta, chicken, bacon, tomatoes, spinach, Italian seasonings and Tuscan garlic, all smothered in a white cream sauce.
“My hope is that when people eat in our dining area, they are refueled and ready to listen to what God has to tell them while they are at camp,” Hughes said. “I never want them to be distracted by their hunger.”
When Hughes isn’t working he enjoys reading, playing video games and eating a properly made lasagna.

Jan Shaffer, assistant food services manager:

Jan Shaffer’s love for cooking began at an early age. She cooked her first meal, a southern classic chicken fried steak and okra, at 10 years old.
During that time, her mother had her plan and cook one dinner per week under close supervision. She learned how to prepare various recipes and experiment in the kitchen. It wasn’t until 2006 that Shaffer’s culinary background merged with her career.
“I was the assistant manager at Camp Canyon when our food services director had to leave on worker’s compensation,” she said. “It was then that I was asked to take over in the kitchen and it was trial by fire but I had a good time.”
Four months later, Shaffer left Canyon and accepted a full-time food service position at her local church. It was there that she was told about Falls Creek and an opportunity to serve on the camp’s food services team.
“In November of 2017 I came to do hands-on observation in the Falls Creek kitchen, and two months later I was hired,” Shaffer said. “My favorite part about working in the kitchen has been baking.”
Since her hire date, Shaffer has contributed to adding new dessert ideas to the menu, including her lemon blueberry cake and caramel apple crumble cake recipes. During her free time, she experiments with other recipes to find crowd pleasers.
“There is a common misconception that camp food is not high quality food, but Falls Creek’s food is,” Shaffer said. “I hope guests are pleasantly surprised with the food they have consumed when they visit, and that it is above typical ‘camp food’ quality.”
When Shaffer isn’t working she enjoys antique shopping, reading, crafts and discovering walking trails with her two dogs, Scout and Lucy.

Brandon McCoy, food services associate:

When Brandon McCoy turned 16 years old, he knew he needed to find a job. He heard about an opportunity to help in the kitchen at Falls Creek and was hired part-time shortly after.
“It was my first job and the hours worked well with my school schedule,” he said. “I had absolutely no cooking or kitchen experience before working at Falls Creek.”
McCoy served in part-time food service for five years, then pursued another opportunity.
“I tried to leave Falls Creek a few times but each time, it didn’t work out,” McCoy said. “I learned that Falls Creek is where God wanted me to be.”
In 2018, McCoy returned to Falls Creek in the full-time role of food services associate. During the summer season, he serves as the food services supervisor at CrossTimbers.
“The people who work at Falls Creek and CrossTimbers are fantastic,” McCoy said. “I think the people are my favorite part about working at camp, since I came here in 2013. They are sincere and genuinely nice.”
McCoy said he hopes every guest experiences a positive attitude from the staff as he has, and that guests enjoy the food.
When McCoy isn’t working he enjoys playing video games or taking care of his goats, dogs, cats and chickens with his wife, Hannah.

Joshua Gallagher, food services associate:

Josh Gallagher didn’t know what to expect when he was hired for concessions summer staff in 2013.
“I originally applied for ropes but when I found out I was placed on concessions staff I was just happy to be able to serve,” Gallagher said.
One of his favorite places to work was in the ice-cream stand.
“I enjoyed cleaning the machines and learning how all the parts fit together,” he said.
His knowledge of machines and leadership skills led him to become the concessions summer staff supervisor.
He served in that role for four summers before accepting a part-time position as food services associate in 2018. During that time, he assisted in the kitchen and continued supervising concessions. His position transitioned into a full-time role one year later.
“I really enjoy being able to pour into the summer staff and disciple them,” Gallagher said. “I try to make myself available to them year-round to answer questions and guide them in Biblical truths when they need encouragement.”
When Gallagher isn’t working he enjoys playing board games and video games, eating cookies and cooking dinner with his wife, Ashley.

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