In the past couple of years, we continued our success with CNC at the locations mentioned below, but this year, we had to close our event at Bluebonnet. We replaced it with a new one at Oak Lake Trails in Oklahoma! We were able to help an existing church within the Oak Lake Trails and encouraged them to continue to grow.
2010 opened up with a new event at Lake Como in Florida! My wife and I were able to go and open this new event and keep Avalon and Blue Bonnet events as well. The result of this event is that later, they were encouraged and started their own church. We continued with Avalon, Blue Bonnet and Lake Como in 2011.
The 2009 Event!
There were 24 Adults and 14 Children at Blue Bonnet, plus 30 Adults and 7 children at Avalon. More than the three groups combined last year! Of course, we are not shy when it comes to encouraging growth! A lot of friendships were developed, with a lot of excitement and encouragement coming from the attendees. Even the locals seem to pick up on the excitement. We felt welcomed everywhere we went. So we thank all the resort owners and members for their open welcome!
The events at Avalon started out on Friday evening with a welcome and getting to know each other discussion session. Of course, we keep it short and sweet since most of folks come in late enough to be huffing and puffing at the last minute. Saturday started off with a special worship service, followed up by a group discussion and teaching session which leads to a group cookout and lunch over an open fire. Then we picked up for the afternoon session.
The restaurant at Avalon had excellent food, and their hospitality far out performed what we had expected! Jody, the activities coordinator at Avalon, went out of her way to take care of our needs, even if we didn’t even think of it! And she had to run the whole park as well that weekend! We had the use of the Condo Conference Room for our Saturday sessions, and the big Barn for our Sunday church service, which all were welcomed to come. CNC and I personally thank Jody and Avalon for their outgoing service and open welcome.
Naturally, many of us took advantage of the breaks between sessions to get seriously involved in “Hot Tub Philosophy”! We had a lot of good discussions about Christianity and our roll in naturism! Our theme this year was “Reconciliation”, and couple with our “Unity in Christ” theme last year, we saw lots of unity and people being reconciled in their faith and in naturism. Several women that were “reluctant” at first, are now very excited about what we as a naturist society is doing and what CNC is doing within it. We are expecting new growth next year.
But of course, we do not limit ourselves to just talking “Christian Talk”. We have a lot of fun in the pool, playing “volleyball” with a beach ball. The weather was unusually cool with breezes most of the time. But we still had no reason to get dressed! It just gave us a bigger excuse to build a bon fire in the large pit in the wooded camp area near the front. Several of us camped in that area so we can be close to the action.
At BlueBonnet, CNC had full use of the clubhouse; which was a welcomed relief from the extreme heat, humidity and thunderstorms. Friday night began with a welcome, music and a meet & greet. We celebrated a birthday and enjoyed cake while fellowshipping for the remainder of the evening. We began Saturday with additional participants joining the event. Three wonderful sessions were enjoyed with plenty of free time in between. The youth participated in activities during all three adult sessions focused on the theme of “Instruments of Peace”. We ended the events on Sunday with a terrific worship, praise and sermon that focused on man’s Godly role in honor of Father’s Day the following weekend. We are extremely grateful to Lourdes and Eddy, owners, for their awesome hospitality again this year.
We never know what to expect at a gathering like this, but it seems to get better every year! And with hosts like Blue Bonnet and Avalon, you cannot go wrong! If you have not visited those clubs, by all means, look them up and enjoy the life!
The 2008 Event!
CNC (Christian Nudist Convocation) just enjoyed three amazing weekends at sites in three states! Bluebonnet Naturist Resort in Decatur, Texas (June 20-22), Show Me Acres in Stover, Missouri (June 27-29), and Cherokee Lodge in Crossville, Tennessee (July 11-13).
CNC is a new AANR Non-Landed Club and we want to thank AANR for welcoming us, and giving us a larger presence in the naturist community! All three sites were very welcoming and accommodating! Even though John, the new owner of Cherokee Lodge, was extremely busy with preparations of the AANR convention, he always went out of his way to help out or take care of our needs. He even took my mother in law for a ride on the golf cart when needed!
Total for the three sites, we had approximately sixty people! Not large by some club standards, but for us, awesome! Of course, we are not shy when it comes to encouraging growth! A lot of friendships were developed, with a lot of excitement and encouragement coming from the attendees. Even the locals seem to pick up on the excitement. We felt welcomed everywhere we went. So we thank all the resort owners and members for their open welcome!
Our events started out on Friday evening with a welcome and getting to know each other discussion session. Of course, we keep it short and sweet since most of folks come in late enough to be huffing and puffing at the last minute. Saturday started off with a special worship service, followed up by a group discussion and teaching session which leads to a group cookout and lunch. Then, despite some sites having been drowned in rain by that time, we started our afternoon sessions with more teaching and discussions Some discussions were about how Christians and Naturists can work together to women’s roll in naturism. Someone even ask what would happen if a person were to open the door to someone while naked? What is the law concerning this? So we discussed that along with deeper subjects that may help us answer questions for our clothed and nudist communities. Next was the evening meal, which, depending on the local custom, was taken in small groups or as pot luck.
Naturally, many of us took advantage of the breaks between sessions to get seriously involved in “Hot Tub Philosophy”! We had a lot of good discussions about Christianity and our roll in naturism!
Many fast friends were made. Some individuals were even able to resolve some of their past issues that held them back from being as free as they wanted to be. Many of us are seeing hope and freedom as we have never had before!
We are expanding and growing across the country, and have Allen Parker, the resident pastor of White Tail Resort in Ivor, VA to thank for getting us off on a great start! We hope to be of valuable service to AANR and thank them for letting us be a more visible part of the naturist community.
You can join CNC (and AANR) as a member by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.