Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Announcing a Celebration of Life in Memory of Jim Dial


The Dial Family has announced a Celebration of Life in memory of James A. Dial

Saturday August 29, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

At **The Sanctuary 

Formerly Covenant United Presbyterian Church

421 Spicer Street (corner of Crouse St.)

1 block south of Exchange Street - Akron, 44311

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Pastor Dave Bogue and pastor Don Davies officiating.

Due to current health safety regulations,

masks are requires and social distancing will be observed.

**Akron Glass and Gallery is housed in the basement of the building.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Brigade Camp Blitz at Stony Glen

Campers and staff have asked if they can come to camp sometime this summer. We don't want to miss a year of camp. Now the answer is, "YES YOU CAN!"

Saturday, August 8th 
Experience Ohio Brigade Camp all day
 Whole Family - Father Child -  Brigade Unit -  Group of Friends - On Your Own (no drop offs)
check-in begins at 8:30 a.m  _ Activities begin at 9:15 a.m _ Finish: Saturday by 9:30 pm

Full day of food and programming: $35.00 per person

Registration Deadline:  Monday night, August 3rd

  • Activities include riflery, archery, trapshooting, swimming, canoeing, fishing (Bring your own fishing tackle), and more.
  • Saturday lunch and dinner
  • Free-time
  • Guided and unguided hiking
  • Saturday night campfire
Optional:Cabin Accommodations  (Space is Limited) $60.00 per cabin, per night, per family unit(s)   or $10.00 per head for a father/son group cabin. (plus $6.00 per person for Saturday breakfast - served at 8:00 a.m)
Tent camping: plus $5.00 per person per night (plus $6.00 per person for Saturday breakfast - served at 8:00 a.m)

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Success of Ohio Brigade Camp's 75th Season - Outdoor Challenge

OC Leadership Team Dedicates the Week to God
With the government response to COVID creating havoc, our 75th year of Ohio Brigade Camp was atypical to say the least, yet pinnacle in so many ways. I’m not sure what Brigade Camp in Ohio looked like 75 years ago, but I’m sure it was centered in the great outdoors. Providence forced us into a 75th Brigade Camp retro experience.

Despite cancelling our regular camping season, we forged forward with our Outdoor Challenge. Outdoor Challenge drives right from the core of Christian Service Brigade. It places men, a band of brothers committed to Christ and love and skill for the outdoors, with a group of young men seeking adventure and direction in life. This process allows men to build relationship for the purpose of bringing boys to Christ and toward a deeper biblical worldview.
(OC) program.

OC Elite Heads Out to Their Campsite on Day 1
Leaders have described this year’s OC as one of the best ever - if not the best. Twenty-two young men were able to experience life together in the great outdoors with ten committed men. From basic survival to gourmet outdoor cooking, these guys got the experience of a lifetime and a segue into God’s Word.

In addition to The Four Spiritual Laws, Bible exploration centered on scriptures and topics pulled from Dr. Del Tackett’s, The Truth Project. OC participants dug into the Bible on topics which included; Who is God, Who is Man, Ethics and Philosophy, What is Science, as well as God’s view on the family, the church, and the state. This is a wonderful comprehensive exploration of biblical worldview. If you have not experienced The Truth Project, I highly recommend getting a copy of the videos. They are worth every penny.

The pinnacle of the week is summed up in spiritual commitment and fellowship. During the week we had one camper accept Christ as Savior, campers asking leaders for prayer in areas of sin and the need for courage, as well as campers testifying that they, “had learned so much.” As I watched these young men part way, it was obvious they had forged a strong brotherhood during the week.

Thank you for your prayers and support for CSB Ministries. Though we may have had the smallest number of campers in 75 years, the investment yielded great dividends. Pray that the guys will continue in the spiritual growth that took place during this pinnacle week of Outdoor Challenge!

Last Dinner Before the Great Outdoors
Sunday Night Campfire

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Outdoor Challenge Camp Survives COVID

2020 Outdoor Challenge - "Camping Gone Viral"
Despite the government response to COVID, Ohio Brigade Camp, Outdoor Challenge (OC) has survived. Because of the nature of this program, being an outdoor camping situation rather than resident camping, we never cancelled. Our OC leaders are having a great time ministering to 22 young men this week.

Please pray for Joe Sukosd, Andrew Smith and the team as they lead these young men in outdoor skills and in God's Word toward biblical manhood. Pray for their safety. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the discussion and will work mightily as these young men face so many obvious cultural and spiritual issues.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

CSB Introduces Brigade at Home

Let's Get Those Boys Motivated

Introducing FREE age appropriate resources for boys in K-12th grades.

Parents - are you looking for resources to help boys and teen guys get back into productive lives?
Fathers - are you looking for intentional activities to do with your sons or other boys in need of spiritual fathers?
Brigade Leaders - are you looking for resources to mentor your group while they are stuck at home?

CSB Ministries has introduced Brigade at Home. Action that helps boys grasp faith and biblical living. These resources will help get them through the COVID era and well beyond. Check it out and spread the word!

Activities; Spiritual Growth Guides; Stories; Games; More... 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Passing of Jim Dial
I'm saddened to announce the passing of Jim Dial. At 85 years of age, Jim passed into eternity April 3, 2020.

Jim's ministry to boys and men through Christian Service Brigade began circa 1974 . I (Dale Kinkade) first remember Jim as a Senior Counselor at camp in 1985. His knack for practical jokes and corny humor reciprocated the same from the Junior Counselors - creating memories for a lifetime. I also had the privilege of being Jim's assistant leader in the Battalion riflery program, and serving with him on the Regional Council. Jim served at camp for over 30 years and served on the Ohio Valley CSB Ministries board until the age of 78. Many generations of brigadiers, campers, Junior Counselors, and Brigade leaders have fond memories of Jim.

Just beyond Jim’s comical front was a man who studied God’s Word in depth as a scholar. He continually grew in his knowledge and understanding of the Scripture, and in personally living out his faith. It was Jim’s desire to share Christ and help others grow in their relationship with God and in their love of God’s Word that drove him to never stop ministering through CSB Ministries and beyond. Jim took every opportunity to share Christ. He was sharing the hope of Christ with his medical staff until he could no longer speak.

See the obituary for James A. Dial here