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The Journey to the Summit: Photos from 40 years of Mountain T.O.P.

40th Logo - 5

People usually have a lot to say about turning 40.  It’s a big milestone in the life of a person and people handle it a number of ways.  Here are a few of the more popular reactions:

  • Forty isn’t old, if you’re a tree.
  • I’m not 40, I’m eighteen with 22 years experience.
  • Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. – Charles M. Schultz
  • Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times. – Helen Rowland

Here on the Mountain as we look back over these 40 years there a lot of things we could say about turning 40. The life of MTOP has had its ups and downs. The programs have grown in number and in size. The needs of the community have changed through the years and we have done our best to adjust.  We have taken turns I don’t think anyone could have ever expected and have gotten where we are today because of those turns in the road.

I think the only thing to say is how grateful and humbled by where this ministry is today. At the George Bass Brick and Mortar Dinner at the end of February we had speakers from every decade of Mountain T.O.P’s history speak about the changes and growth in that time. Every single speaker shared about how incredible it has been to be a part of what God has done in this ministry and how no one could have imagined where we are today.

As a way to celebrate all the good work that has been done, all that God has provided, all the lives changed in and out of camp, we wanted to show a glimpse of the past 40 years in a slideshow. Not only can you see some incredible pictures of families, worships, staffs, and camps, but also some incredible ’80s hairstyles.

 

Keep sending in your pictures to olivia@mountain-top.org of your time on the mountain. Be sure to include what year it is from and what program it was.  We’ll be sharing more pictures and slideshows throughout the year!

Hooked: Reflections from a Spring Breakout Group

“As the Campus Minister for the students going on this trip and as the primary coordinator for our annual Spring Break mission trips, I am always looking for ways to stretch my students. All too often, they get into the mindset that their way of doing something is the *only* way to do something. This is why I chose Mountain T.O.P. as our service site.

Group putting together bunks for new cabins
Group putting together bunks for new cabins

 I have traveled to MTOP in the past and I loved the diversity of Christians who serve the Lord and bring their own prayer styles to the community. When you are at MTOP, you are one serving body of Christians, each with his or her own gifts to bring to the community. Further, MTOP entrusts their participants with a great deal of responsibility in accomplishing their given projects. Our students grew in confidence and knowledge as we accomplished our projects and our hearts were opened to the wonderful diversity that the Lord works within his Church. We prayed, ate, laughed, and served together – just as I imagine it will be in Heaven. Mountain T.O.P.’s Spring Breakout is a wonderful experience that our students will not soon forget!”

YSM Week 7, 2014

Mountain T.O.P. is pleased to announce that the following church groups will serve at YSM in 2014.

Allen FUMC – Allen, TX
St Thomas Episcopal – Terrace Park, OH
Woodbury Peaceful Grove UMC – Woodbury, MN
Godfrey FUMC – Godfrey, IL
Carrollton FUMC – Carrolton, GA
Redeemer Lutheran – Succasunna, NJ
Marquette FUMC – Marquette, MI
Centenary UMC – McComb, MS
Rayne Memorial UMC – New Orleans, LA
Williamsburg First Presbyterian – Williamsburg, IA
St Paul’s Episcopal – Franklin, TN
Riverside UMC – Columbia, TN

YSM Week 6, 2014

Mountain T.O.P. is pleased to announce that the following church groups will serve at YSM in 2014.

Armada/West Berlin UMCs – Armada, MI
South Lyon FUMC – South Lyon, MI
Lakeside Fellowship – Sanford, FL
East Heights UMC – Wichita, KS
Decatur FUMC – Decatur, TX
St Luke’s UMC – Dubuque, IA
Walnut Hill UMC – Dallas, TX
City Road Chapel UMC – Madison, TN
Greenland Hills UMC – Dallas, TX
Rocky River UMC – Rocky River, OH
Springfield UMC – Springfield, VA
Covenant UMC – Cordova, TN
The Barnes Academy – Hartwell, GA
Metropolitan UMC – Detroit, MI

YSM Week 5, 2014

Week 5
Mountain T.O.P. is pleased to announce that the following church groups will serve at YSM in 2014.

Speedway UMC – Speedway, IN
Cannon UMC – Snellville, GA
Christ UMC – Franklin, TN
Greensburg UMC – Green, OH
Kent UMC – Kent, OH
Saline FUMC – Saline, MI
Redeemer Episcopal – Cincinnati, OH
Grace Church of the Nazarene – Columbia, TN
Hopewell Reformed – Hopewell Junction, NY
McMinnville FUMC – McMinnville, TN
Whippany First Presbyterian – Whipany, NJ

YSM Week 3, 2014

Mountain T.O.P. is pleased to announce that the following church groups will serve at YSM in 2014.

Jerome UMC – Plain City, OH
Collierville UMC – Collierville, TN
Calvary UMC – Brownsburg, IN
Hillcrest UMC – Nashville, TN
Winchester FUMC – Winchester, IN
St Thomas Episcopal – Terrace Park, OH
St Luke’s Presbyterian – Dunwoody, GA
Trinity Luntheran – State College, PA
New Liberty Congregational Christian – Lynn, MI
Oregon UMC – Oregon, IL
St Paul’s Episcopal – Dayton, OH
Tullahoma FUMC – Tullahoma, TN
West Lafayette FUMC & Purdue Wesley Foundation – West Lafayette, IN

YSM Week 2, 2014

Mountain T.O.P. is pleased to announce that the following church groups will serve at YSM  in 2014.

Bethany UMC – Austin, TX
Germantown UMC – Germantown, TN
Christ Church Cathedral – Cincinnati, OH
Little River UMC – Woodstock, GA
Christ UMC – Greenfiled, WI
St Paul’s UMC – State College, PA
St John’s UMC – Winter Haven, FL
Christ UMC – East Moline, IL
Calera FUMC – Calera, AL

YSM Week 1, 2014

Mountain T.O.P. is pleased to announce that the following church groups will serve at YSM  in 2014.
Cannon UMC – Snellville, GA
Crievewood UMC – Nashville, TN
Wedgewood UMC – Akron, OH
Connell Memorial UMC – Goodlettsville, TN
Danville Presbyterian – Danville, KY
Madison FUMC – Madison, FL
Lewisburg FUMC – Lewisburg, TN
Aldersgate UMC – Olathe, KS
Rehoboth UMC – Gallatin, TN
West Jefferson UMC – West Jefferson, OH
Jones Chapel UMC – Danielsville, GA
Centenary UMC – Granville, OH