Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center ǀ Synod Update
September 2021

Faith, Education, and Renewal in God’s creation for all God’s people
2239 Camp Roosevelt Rd Fort Valley VA 22652 | (540) 449-0012 |

WHO ARE WE? Caroline Furnace is a place to encounter God in God’s creation and through an intentional Christian community. We believe this experience has the power to permanently change lives. Caroline Furnace is committed to remaining a special place apart, with a focus on God’s grace and presence, and on positive community building.

DID YOU KNOW that Caroline Furnace’s property is only an hour drive away from Martinsburg, West Virginia? We not only provide an 8-week summer camp program but we are open to welcome and host individual and retreat groups all year long.

As a MINISTRY PARTNER of the West VA-Western MD Synod, we are able to live out our mission of providing unforgettable faith, education, and renewal experiences in God’s creation for all God’s people.

LEARN MORE ABOUT Caroline Furnace on our website, or contact our office 540-449-0012 to plan your next retreat!

We are excited for the coming fall and spring retreat season where we look forward to safely welcoming your retreat group.

Upcoming Retreats & Events
10/8-11 – Adventure Weekend
10/15-17 – Work Weekend
10/21-22 – Pre-Advent Retreat
1/14-17 – Wild Women Retreat
1/28-30 – BeerReformation Retreat

We continue to host our retreats and events with adaptations with your health and safety in mind. Current practices include small group sizes, social distancing among separate households, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and health pre-screening for all overnight guests. Lodging includes The Farmhouse for groups of 15 or less, eight heated cabins surrounding the modern bathhouse in Cabin Village, six sukkahs: rustic screened cabins on platforms, and family tent or RV camping nearby the Sukkah Village. Our spacious, 257 acre property is ready for you to space out and explore. Contact us for more info about an upcoming event by emailing

Summer 2021 Update ǀ Theme: Purpose
Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:20)

Summer Camp is a place that supports new experiences, close friendships, limitless fun, and faith made tangible. 300 campers, volunteers, and volunteer chaplains experienced Summer Camp in 2021! Cabin group cohorts traveled, ate, and played together for the week. They got to swim, canoe, fish, creekwalk, play small group games, hike, cook over a campfire, create crafts, and so much more! This summer, we are thankful to have gathered campers for safely distanced activities throughout each week of camp. We could not have done this without our 16 summer camp staff members and countless volunteers and volunteer chaplains. We give thanks for those who gave their time and energy to this ministry!

After a summer of finding purpose through LIVING, CONNECTINGING, AFFIRMING, and safely GATHERING, we are humbled to reflect on this year of generosity and grace. The collective work of many supporters, campers, retreat guests, and people like you, keeps us on a path of optimism and gives opportunities for the future.

Thank You for your Continued Support!
The Lord has provided us with wonderful gifts, that we may proclaim the gospel boldly through Caroline Furnace. Perhaps the most important gift as we seek to minister to a world in need is YOU. We respectfully ask for your donations and that you continue to support the incredible work done here. By providing, participating, and praying for Caroline Furnace, you share Christ’s love with a world in need and provide a sacred space for all. You could even use your skills and experience to give back to your outdoor ministry by serving on our Board of Directors or one of it’s committees. Learn more and share your interest at As always, we are so grateful for the continued support of our three Synods. We are one as the body of Christ, and we are so very blessed by your abundant generosity.
Support Caroline Furnace Online at

Tom Powell, Executive Director
Rev. Sarah Lyon Hess, Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications
Rev. Heidi David-Young, Director of Resource & Program Development
Lee Ann Powell, Director of Food Service Operations
Bryan Hepner, Director of Facilities & Maintenance
LuAnn Woodard, Bookkeeper & Housekeeping


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