Dixon Lodge Dedicated at Jensen Woods
MT. STERLING -- A time of celebration and reflection was a part of the April 13 dedication of Dixon Lodge at Jensen Woods Camp.
The dedication service marks the completion of the new Jensen Chapel, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, and a basement that doubles as a storm shelter. Many years of dreaming and about 18 months of construction went in to making this occasion possible.
The addition doubles the floor space of the existing Dixon Lodge, which has served as a meeting place, dining hall, and all-weather retreat for a number of years. The new kitchen and chapel make Jensen Woods an even more attractive place for groups to meet and retreat in all seasons.
The addition was made possible by a generous gift from the Roselyn Jensen Trust and the contributions of many churches and individuals over the years. Roselyn was the only child of the original land donors, Ernest and Florence Jensen.
In his remarks, Bishop Keaton shared some of the camp's history, and also lifted up the role a "slave house" on Jensen Woods' property played in the Underground Railroad. Keaton also acknowledged the work of retired pastor, Rev. Art Runyon, and his work in the acquisition of the additional acreage the former Central Illinois Conference needed in order to fully develop the camp (see page 4 letters for more information). Runyon was in attendance at the dedication ceremony.