MOM Mission Statement

Grateful for the greatest gift given to us

through Jesus' death and resurrection,

MOM is an opportunity for us to respond each month

to give to our neighbors near-by and far-away

May MOM:

Camp Pioneer’s Operation Purple Camp


“A Warm Place in the Son”

– motto of Camp Pioneer


The National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple camps are open to military children with a parent or guardian from any service branch. Purple happens to be the perfect mix of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine Corps red, and Navy blue, symbolizing all who serve. Priority is given to children who have a parent or guardian who incurred service-connected injuries or illness on or after 9/11 or will have a parent or guardian deployed during a 15-month window.


Operation Purple Camp is a time for having fun, making friends, and reminding military kids that they serve too. This summer camp aims to help military kids experience carefree fun, teach them about coping skills to help deal with deployment-related stress, and foster relationships with other children who know exactly what they are going through. Operation Purple Camp has served nearly 60,000 military kids since its inception in 2004.


Pioneer Camp & Retreat Center, 65 acres located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola NY, is one of 12 nationally recognized locations to sponsor Operation Purple Camp. “Camp Pioneer” was founded in 1945 and is owned by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) / Eastern District. The Camp prides itself on hospitality, meaningful service, being family focused, always recognizing the great need for serving others and supporting the spiritual and leadership development of everyone it serves.

Camp Pioneer’s current Executive Director, Pastor Alex Knowles, knows first- hand the sacrifices of our military families because he served two tours in Afghanistan as a Chaplin. The Camp raises money each year to pay for each child attending its Operation Purple Camp Week so that military families incur no cost. One hundred percent of our CLC donations will go to supporting military family campers in this very loving, gospel-filled environment. Pioneer’s theme this year is “Anchored” based on Hebrews 6:19a. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” How fitting to be able to bring this message to children whose families live with so much uncertainty. 

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