Camp Director Gigi Nauer to Depart

gigi-w-drumAfter five seasons at Pilgrim Point Camp, Gigi Nauer is bidding a fond farewell to her duties there as Camp Director.  In her letter of resignation, Gigi stated, “I have been offered a faith formation position in a local church, and since mid-August have been contemplating the ways that I could combine both the church position and the camp position.  After examining and experiencing the two simultaneously, I have determined, unfortunately, that it will not be possible to do them both.” Gigi will be serving as Director of Faith Formation and the Hand Bell Choir Director at Union UCC in Elk River, where her spouse Robin is the pastor.

“So many throughout the Minnesota Conference have benefitted from Gigi’s spontaneous and loving spirit, her amazing gift of music, and her deep commitment to Pilgrim Point Camp,” said Conference Minister Shari Prestemon. “We are truly sad to see her leave her position at camp, but we give thanks for what has been and look forward to her continued presence with us in the wider life of the Conference.”

Gigi reflects on her ministry at Pilgrim Point Camp: “It has been a blessing for me to help create a sacred space where anyone who comes senses the presence of the Holy.  I have seen even a few short days become a healing, transformative, life-changing time.  I am grateful to have been a part of making that happen at Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats and believe it will continue to be a vital ministry of the Minnesota Conference UCC.”

Gigi will finish out the remainder of the 2016 season at Pilgrim Point Camp and close up the site before winter settles in for one last time.  Watch for future announcements about an opportunity to celebrate her ministry with us in the next weeks.  In the meantime, feel free to share your well wishes and thanks with her at gigin@uccmn.org.