Our new Dining Hall is up-and-running and has helped to transform the Glisson experience. It was full of summer campers in June and July, and continues to be fully utilized by retreat groups currently. Our Dining Hall Consecration service was held on a beautiful Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nearly 500 alumni, camper families, donors and friends of Glisson gathered in cool temperatures under spectacular blue skies to celebrate this milestone in Glisson's 90 years of Christian ministry (1925-2015).
Serving Generations was the name of the $4.9M campaign which made this new Dining Hall a reality - helping to ensure Glisson's long-term sustainability as a vibrant ministry. This new Dining Hall will allow Glisson to serve the full capacity of camp for another 60 years and beyond.
Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this very ambitious goal – including hundreds of individuals and families, dozens of United Methodist Churches and some very generous foundations. If you have already joined us and helped us get to this point, we thank you. If you haven't yet, there's still time. Scroll down this page to learn more about the objectives of the campaign - which ran from 2012 to 2014 - and the methodical, multi-year process which brought us to this juncture in Glisson's rich history.
Now that we've celebrated the new Dining Hall, and while construction on the Dining Hall is complete and the Bob Lanford Leadership Lodge nearly complete, this webpage serves as an historical look at Serving Generations – the capital campaign which made all of this possible.
Later in 2012 we received notification that another friend of Glisson had offered a campaign challenge gift of $750,000 which was officially claimed in October 2014 when we hit the 100% mark of $4.9 million in campaign pledges.
Congratulations! We reached our $4.9M goal!
Every single member of our Board and year-round Staff took a lead role in 2011 by making a three-year campaign commitment. We have officially consecrated the new Dining Hall, and we have also begun serving meals in it. Now that summer camp is underway, we're thrilled to see the new Dining Hall full of summer campers and summer staff - all dining together at one shared mealtime for the first time in decades.
You may recall from long-ago newsletters that at the outset of the campaign the Board of North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries (NGCRM) had pledged $900,000 in Glisson operating funds toward the campaign goal. While Glisson will honor that commitment, it also represents an invitation to anyone who was thinking of joining us, but hasn't yet done so. There's still time to join us. Gift recognition levels and Naming Opportunities are still available. You can still Pledge online or use our Donate Now feature to give securely anytime. Or keep reading to learn more...
The cornerstone of Serving Generations is this new Dining Hall we recently completed. Our "old" Dining Hall was built in 1951 when Glisson hosted around 125 campers each week. Now that Glisson's growth over the years has us hosting as many as 320 campers each week (plus nearly 100 summer staff) during summer, and just as many retreat guests during retreat season, we find ourselves feeding as many as 400 or more people per day. Glisson's ministry simply outgrew this much beloved 64-year-old Dining Hall which we had come to love through the years.
After completing a detailed Master Plan Update in 2010 and a meticulous feasibility study in 2011, it became clear that our most urgent need was for a new dining hall:
The sharing of a common table is fundamental to building Christian community. By creating enough room for the entire Glisson community to break bread together, this new Dining Hall will heighten the sense of community that is at the heart of camp and retreat ministry. Features of the new dining hall include:
Pledge quickly and easily online
We invite you to consider making a Pledge to the campaign as a way to help Glisson meet the $900,000 commitment made at the outset of the campaign. While we successfully claimed the full $500,000 matching gift in 2012 which an anonymous donor offered in the early stage of the campaign, and the more recent challenge gift of $750,000 which another friend of Glisson had offered, gift recognition levels and Naming Opportunities are still available for those who still want to join us.
Need more information first? Check out the video above or this Brochure. To fulfill your pledge, you can make online gifts securely at any point during your pledge period through our Donate Now feature.
Gift recognition levels are available beginning at $2,500. Recognition will appear in various designated locations within the new Dining Hall. Families, churches and fellowship groups (i.e. former Glisson summer staff groups, Sunday School classes or youth groups) are encouraged to combine their multi-year pledges to qualify for any of the recognition levels or naming opportunities listed below.
Absolutely! Outside of giving cash gifts, there are many ways of giving to Glisson - and therefore many ways to make payments toward a multi-year pledge. Gifting a specific number of stock shares is one of the more popular of the alternative methods for fulfilling a campaign pledge. Glisson's Gift Acceptance Policy states that shares of stock which are given to Glisson will be immediately sold.
The most tax-efficient method of making this type of gift is to donate the stock shares directly to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation on Glisson's behalf. The Foundation will immediately initiate a sale of the stock shares and forward the proceeds directly to Glisson. The donor then receives documentation from the Foundation regarding the stock sale transaction as well as official notification from Glisson of a charitable gift once the funds are received by Glisson.
For instructions to provide to your broker about how to initiate your gift of stock for Glisson, Email Pam or call 706-864-6181.
Glisson has served the children, youth and adults of North Georgia since 1925 - for 90 years now. In some families, four generations have experienced the transformation of Christ in their lives because of the vision shown by the leaders in the North Georgia Conference so long ago. Thousands of individuals have answered God's call on their lives in ministry as either lay or clergy leaders – in part because they were offered a place to meet Him face-to-face, in the midst of His Creation, where the demands of their everyday lives could be put aside for a period of time and they could be receptive to His still, small voice.
It's amazing to think of what we've accomplished together at this juncture in Glisson's 90-year history, and this new Dining Hall will help usher Glisson into the next 60 years of ministry and beyond.
To learn more about what our next steps may be, including the projects being addressed by the one-million-dollar gift announced in January, please either visit our Dining Hall FAQ page or Email Pam or call (706) 864-6181.
"Lainey loves Glisson Camp & Retreat Center. She says it is her most favorite place in the world."
Jennifer, parent of a 14-year-old Sparrowwood camper