Welcome to Holden Village
Holden Village is a Lutheran ministry, nestled in a forested valley at 3,200 feet in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The Village welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds, offering modest yet comfortable amenities in a wilderness setting.
Do you want to be a Thanksgiving Work Week Volunteer at Holden Village?
Beginning on Sunday, November 23 to Sunday, November 30, 2014, Holden needs approximately 30 volunteers to help the Village prepare for winter. Volunteers will work Monday through Wednesday, Friday and until noon on Saturday on projects that will prepare some buildings to be closed for the winter and others to receive winter guests. If you are willing to clean and polish, pound nails and climb ladders, and carry bundles up and down Chalet Hill, this volunteer experience is right for you.
Of course, Thanksgiving will be a day of Holden Hilarity and Hospitality, including a Thanksgiving feast. Other opportunities include Bible study, Vespers, and fun activities throughout the week. We will share our Thanksgiving festivities with the mine remediation workers who still plan to be in the Village, making every effort to complete the barrier wall between the tailings and Railroad Creek.
If you want to volunteer for Thanksgiving Work Week, please CLICK HERE to download and complete the application. Holden’s staffing office will then promptly let you know if you are one of the lucky 30 people invited for the week of Thanksgiving. Thanks!
Now Under Construction
The Village operated as a mining town from 1937-1957. It is now the site of a massive remediation project to clean up environmental problems left from those mining days. During this disruption, village infrastructure and facilities are also being upgraded. Guest visits are not possible during the summer construction season. Volunteer staff continue to live at the Village year-round, and skilled trades professionals are sought to help with Holden's infrastructure updates.
NEXT DIRECTORS CHOSEN: (September 19, 2014) It is with excitement and enthusiasm that the Holden Board announces that the next directors of Holden Village will be Chuck Hoffman and Peg Carlson-Hoffman, of Overland Park, Kansas. Read the announcement that was made at Holden Village on Friday, September 19 at 6pm by Board President, Karl Anderson, and Josh Post, Vice President.
HOLDEN IN ELLENSBURG: It wasn't exactly Railroad Creek Valley, but Holden on the Road at the Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center in Ellensburg, WA sure felt like Holden. Beautiful scenery included a creek running through and ridges to climb. Holden staff and guests came together for sessions, worship, Narnia kids' activities, crafts, and even a variety show.
FIREWOOD BLITZ DAY: In an effort to get firewood under cover before the rains returned, volunteers throughout the Village turned out on a cool, clear Sunday to chain the wood that will keep us warm this winter into the basements of several chalets and lodges.
CHIMNEY SWEEPS: With winter creeping towards us, Villagers dream of cozy nights around the fireplace. To prepare for frigid months ahead, the utilities team has been hopping from building to building as a band of chimney sweeps. Steve and Kirsten Olsen, a father-daughter team from Minnesota, worked side by side to clean the Koinonia chimney.
GO GOATS!!!: This fall, 3 Holden School students are part of the Chelan Cross Country Team and travel downlake for competitions. Though the entire village can’t attend the meets, Holdenites sure know how to host a pep rally! Embracing Chelan’s mascot, the Goats, the runners are showered with cheers upon departure and return. We hope the good vibrations can sustain them throughout their journey and echo while they race.