Notes from Cherie O.

July 5, 2018

Good evening, Camelback members and friends!

It was/is a hot one today - 114 I believe is the official reading.

I’m trusting everyone received my email yesterday about what’s taking place on Sabbath (July 7).

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

Thursday (July 12), we will have our first Fun in July event: Thunderbird Pool Time - bring a dish to share, come out and enjoy fellowship; 5:30-9:00pm Thunderbird Adventist Academy Pool, 7410 E Sutton Dr, Scottsdale AZ 85260.

Sabbath, July 14, Stephen Ministries will meet at 8:30am in Room 1 for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education. Next on the agenda is Family Praise and Worship, 9:30-9:45am in Room 8, a time for praise music prior to breaking for Sabbath School classes. Sabbath Schools for all age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Pastor Mark Sulger will bring us the morning message, followed by Guest Luncheon in the Rotunda. That evening, at 6:30 in the sanctuary, please plan to bring a guest for the Debut Album Release FREE Concert by Cyiza Music Ministry. We have been blessed by the music of Cyiza on many occasions here at Camelback; come and enjoy yet another blessing!

Sunday, July 15, Brenda Seidel will host her Card-Making Group at her home, 10:00am - Noon. If you’re interested in learning more, just look her up at church and inquire.

Tuesday, July 17, the 2nd Fun in July event (by the way, Pastor Melanie is responsible for lining up all these events, so be sure and express your thanks the next time you see her!): As You Wish (Pottery) - Price: Studio fee of $7.50 per painter, plus the cost of pottery. 6:00-8:00pm, 2805 W Agua Fria Fwy, Phoenix AZ 85027.

After taking a summer hiatus, the Men’s Small Group Study will resume on Wednesday, July 18, 7:00pm, in Room 10.

Just a brief glimpse of what’s happening over the next two weeks. Watch next week for another “Notes from Cherie O.”

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O.

June 1, 2018

Good morning, friends!

A message from our Board Chair, Peter Okrah:

We are happy to announce our new Senior Pastor – John Stanton, and his wife, Rochelle.

The Camelback Pastoral Search committee, and Arizona Conference leadership considered approximately a dozen nominees/applicants, from both genders. We appreciate the suggestions from Camelback Church members and visitors. After several meetings, Pastor John Stanton emerged as the leading candidate.

The Search Committee, Conference, and Church Board met with the pastor and his wife for an interview on Monday, May 14. After the interview, the vote was unanimous to ask John and Rochelle to join the Camelback family. They accepted. The Conference Executive Committee agreed. We expect them to begin their Camelback ministry at the beginning of July, with Pastor Stanton’s first sermon to be delivered July 7.

Pastor Stanton comes to us from the Upper Columbia Conference, where he has been the Personal Evangelism and Discipleship Director since 2012.

Thank you, Peter, for this introduction. We realize there are those who were not in attendance on May 19, when the announcement was made to the congregation. We are all grateful to the members of the Search Committee, and the Arizona Conference, for your unwavering efforts throughout this process. We look forward to a long and mutually-blessed relationship!

Tomorrow: Stephen Ministries leaders and ministers will meet at 8:30am for Peer Supervision in Room 1. If anyone reading this is interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. No Family Praise & Worship - They’re in San Diego for the annual Surf Trip! Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. For our Spanish-speaking friends, 9:30am in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. We welcome our guest speaker, Pastor John Schachinger, AZ Conference Trust Services & Gift Planning, and Community Services Director, with his morning message entitled, “AMAZED!,” with a scripture reference of John 15:7,8. There will be a church-wide potluck following the worship service. Please bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) to share. Following potluck, at 2:00pm, we hope that many will be able to attend the Memorial Service for Travis Fuller. He was the only Adventist in his family, and it would be a very good thing if we have a good show of support, not to mention the fact that Travis was dearly loved by so many of us. A reception will be held in the Rotunda, following the memorial service. Adventurer & Discovery Clubs will meet in Rooms 3 and 6, respectively, at 2:00pm. And for you Camp Meeting Anthem Choir & Orchestra participants, rehearsal will be 4:00-6:00pm at the Glendale SDA Church.

Just a reminder, I will be gone (and the church office will be closed) from Thursday, June 7 - Friday, June 22, for my annual vacation to Indiana. During part of that time (6-6 thru 6-18), the pastors are away at Camp Meeting. They are available on their cell phones, but please keep in mind that cell coverage at Camp Yavapines is spotty at best. English Camp Meeting is Friday, June 8 - Saturday night, June 16. Hispanic Camp Meeting is Monday, June 18 - Saturday night, June 23. There are English Camp Meeting Main Pavilion Programs available at the Information Window.

Next Sabbath (June 9) and the following (June 16), the Camelback Lower Division (Children’s) Sabbath Schools will be staffed, for those who will not be away at Camp Meeting or elsewhere. On June 9, there will be an adult combined Sabbath School in the sanctuary, facilitated by Skip Farr. Then the worship service from Camp Yavapines (at 11:00) will be downlinked for viewing in the cool and comfort of the sanctuary. On June 16, Sabbath School (9:15) and the Worship Service (11:00) will be downlinked in the sanctuary.

Adventurer & Discovery Clubs will both meet on Sabbath, June 16, 2:00pm, in their respective rooms.

Please keep in mind there will be no guest luncheon or other food service on either Sabbath (6-9 & 6-16) of Camp Meeting.

Sabbath, June 23, Cyiza Music Ministry Behold the Lamb, will have the sermon time during the worship service.

A change to the June calendar that was in the bulletin last Sabbath - Pastor Mark Sulger will be bring us the morning message on June 30, instead of Pastor Melanie Cruz.

That’s all for now, folks. See you tomorrow.

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O.

Sorry for the delay, technical difficulties! This was intended to be sent out last night.

Good evening, fellow Camelback members and friends!

Here we are, another week AND another month drawing to a close. One of the best things about that is, we’re closer to our new Senior Pastor, John Stanton, and his wife, Rochelle, arriving. We learned this week that their first Sabbath with us will be July 7. So, mark your calendar and plan to be here. I know Pastor Stanton will have an outstanding message for us!

Thunderbird Christian Elementary graduations today - Kindergarten at 3:00 and 8th-Grade at 6:30. And, Thunderbird Academy’s graduation is this coming weekend. Another school year, also, drawing to a close!

We learned this week of the passing of Camelback member, Margaret Wright. Margaret hadn’t attended in a number of years, but was always under the watchful care of Hands and Feet for Jesus. And I just learned today that Terry Wilkens’ dad passed away. We are all longing for that great Resurrection morning; what a glorious day, indeed, it will be!

This Sabbath (5-26), Family Praise & Worship - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Brent & Brenda Seidel’s class, which meets in Room 2A, is on a hiatus until June 23. For our Spanish-speaking friends, a new Sabbath School class is meeting. It begins at 9:30am and is being held in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. Pastor Steve Gibson (son of our own, Paul Gibson) will bring us the morning message entitled, “STANDING AT THE END,” with a scripture reference of Romans 14:4. THE CHURCH-WIDE POTLUCK, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THIS SABBATH, HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO NEXT SABBATH, JUNE 2. We apologize for any inconvenience this creates for anyone. And to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, there will not be a visitor’s lunch this Sabbath, either. The Elementary School Ministry will be doing Nursing Home Visitation at 2:30 this Sabbath. Your contact person for this is Paullette Sanchez.

Sunday (5-27), Elementary School Ministry strikes again! It’s a lunch event at Organ Stop Pizza, 11:30am.

Monday (5-28) is Memorial Day. The church office will be closed. However you spend the day, PLEASE take at least a few moments to think about, and be grateful to, the fallen heroes (and their families), who paid the ultimate cost to assure YOUR freedom.

Tuesday (5-29) A REALLY BIG DAY for 2 SPECIAL PEOPLE, Pastors Melanie & Manny Cruz. We hope it is a truly blessed day for you!

You can tell summer is right around the corner. A lot of activities start to wind down.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study is now on break until Wednesday, July 18.

I’m not sure about the Young Women’s Bible Study. As soon as I hear from the leader, I’ll let you know their schedule.

Next Sabbath, June 2, will be a busy day, beginning with Stephen Ministries Peer Supervision at 8:30am in Room 1. If anyone reading this is interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. There will be no Family Praise & Worship on June 2. The usual Sabbath School classes will meet, except as noted. Pastor John Schachinger, AZ Conference Trust Services & Gift Planning/Community Services Director, will bring us the morning message. There will be a church-wide potluck. Please bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) to share. What better way to renew old friendships and/or make new ones, than over a meal! Following the potluck, at 2:00pm in the sanctuary, we’ll gather for Travis Fuller’s Memorial Service. I hope that many of you will be able to attend so his family can see how much Travis was loved by his church family. He was such a dear man with a caring and loving heart. The service will be followed by a Reception in the Rotunda. Two of the children’s clubs will meet at 2:00 in the afternoon, Adventurer’s in Room 3 and Discovery Club in Room 6. And last, but not least, for those who like to participate in the Camp Meeting Anthem Choir & Orchestra, their first rehearsal is 4:00-6:00 at the Glendale SDA Church.

GRADUATES: It’s that time of year again; we’re right in the midst of graduations.If your name, or that of a loved one or friend, needs to be on our list of graduates, please contact the church office.This is an important milestone, and your church family wants to recognizeyour accomplishment. You may phone (480.947.3781), FAX (480.947.8643) email (cherieo@camelbackchurch.org) or text (480.235.5153) your info. Last week we experienced some technical difficulties which prevented the graduate insert from being printed, but rest assured, all has been taken care of and it will be in this week and once more on June 2.

It’s that time of year, quickly approaching, when I will be going on vacation. The church office will be closed Thursday, June 7 - Friday, June 22, as I take my annual sabbatical to Indiana, where I can rest and get rejuvenated for another year.

English Camp Meeting, Friday, June 8 - Saturday night, June 16. Hispanic Camp Meeting, Monday, June 18 - Saturday night, June 23. I am attaching at the end of these notes, the Main Pavilion Program for English Camp Meeting.

Here at Camelback, on the 2 Sabbaths of Camp Meeting, we downlink the Worship Service so you can enjoy the happenings from Camp Yavapines here in the cool of the sanctuary.

A plug from Phil Draper’s office for Arizona Sonshine: Arizona Sonshine Volunteers Needed!The 4thannual Arizona Sonshine will take place during camp meeting on Thursday June 14thand Friday June 15th,2018 (with volunteer orientation on June 13th). We are still in need of more volunteers to make this event a success. We are especially in need of general volunteers to assist in areas such as hospitality, security, healthy living coaches, childcare, and chaplaincy. We are also in need of dentists. At this point we have 12 registered dentists and we have chairs for many more. There is still time to register. You can go to www.arizonasonshine.com and click on the “VOLUNTEERS” tab to register or call 928-636-4352. Thank you for your help with this ministry! Register by June 5thto receive a printed name badge and shirt. Registration will also take place the first weekend of camp meeting at Camp Yavapines in front of the cafeteria.

Remember, Summer Camp at Camp Yavapines is fast-approaching. Registration is open: CAMPYAVAPINES.COMOR 480.991.6777 X 114 OR 149.

My very dry and tired eyes are screaming at me to call it a day. I think I shall heed their request.

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

May 18, 2018

Good morning, friends!

Just a few things to get us up-to-speed for Sabbath and the rest of the weekend.

For all you Adventurer/Discoverer parents/children: THIS EVENING (5/18) - 6:00PM - SANCTUARY - REHEARSAL FOR TOMORROW’S WORSHIP SERVICE.

Sabbath, May 19: Stephen Ministries leaders and ministers will meet at 8:30am for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education in Room 1. If anyone reading this is interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. Family Praise & Worship - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. For our Spanish-speaking friends, 9:30am in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. We will have a special service tomorrow as the Adventurer/Discoverer clubs participate, and we welcome our guest speaker, Pastor Wendy Eberhardt, AZ Conference Young Adults Director, with her morning message entitled, “PIGPENS, MOHAWKS AND MURDER,” with a scripture reference of John 1:11-13. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. It is always helpful to our great volunteers, if a few who are attending could stay afterward and assist with clean-up. Following Visitor’s Lunch, at 2:00pm, Adventurer Club will meet in Room 3, Discoverer Club in Room 6 and Pathfinders will meet in Room 8.

Sunday, May 20: A special ministry outreach opportunity, brought to our attention by Pastor Melanie: A Community Service Project with “Operation Fix It” is scheduled for this coming Sunday May 20. We will meet at the Camelback SDA Church at 6:30 am and carpool from there to the site. We will be doing a landscape installation project - installing and spreading about 10 tons of rock. All tools will be provided. You just need to bring work clothes and shoes. You will also receive a FREE T-shirt. We should be done around 11:00 am. Please register! We need to get a head count and to get your T-shirt size: https://goo.gl/forms/rlnmba3EVmlj2qRy1

A special message from Phil Draper, AZ Conference Communications Director: Mara Mayo is a SDA flight attendant who is looking for a “crash pad” near the airport beginning a.s.a.p. for the next 6 weeks while based in Phoenix. If you know an SDA family who can provide her a room to stay in, please call Mara at 252-515-2243 or contact her mother Mrs. Olsen at 386-479-1354.

Please remember to get graduation information in to me so it can be added to our list of graduates. The list will appear in the bulletin for another 3 weeks, including tomorrow.

See you tomorrow!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

May 10, 2018

Good evening my friends,

Here we are with another week beginning to draw to a close. I’m finally starting to feel a little better, after having taken to my bed last Friday night with a cold and fever. I stayed there until Monday morning, at which time I decided that since my temperature was back to normal, I was going to come to work. This morning it finally seemed like I turned a corner and am doing much better. I know many of you were praying for me and I certainly appreciate that.

Tomorrow night (Friday, May 11), Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship. Doors open at 7:00pm and begins at 7:30pm. It will include an open mic, fun, friends, food and faith!

This Sabbath (May 12): Family Praise & Worship - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. For our Spanish-speaking friends, a new Sabbath School class is meeting. It begins at 9:30am and is being held in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. Pastor Melanie will bring us the morning message entitled, “THE PARABLE OF THE LOST PARABLE,” with a scripture reference of Luke 16:9. NO VISITOR’S LUNCH this week, but we DO hope you will stop by the Rotunda, share in some refreshments, and, most importantly, offer your congratulations and best wishes to Beverly Noble as she has celebrated her 90th birthday. This is a BIG ONE, folks. Her family is hosting this COME N GO Reception, so please come by and join in! Saturday night, if you’re looking for some great, FREE entertainment, Great Hits of the Stage and Screen is the theme of the Thunderbird Adventist Academy Spring Concert. Music from "Star Wars", "La La Land", "Spider-Man", "Phantom of the Opera," and over 16 Broadway musicals will be presented by all of the academy groups. A great program for the entire family. And it is FREE! You won't find better free entertainment anywhere else in the city! 8:00pm in the TAA Chapel.

Sunday (May 13): I’ll bet everyone knows that it’s Mother’s Day. Camelback has been host to LaForza Chamber Orchestra for a number of years, under the umbrella of the Camelback Concert Series. They perform two FREE community concerts a year, and the first one is Mother’s Day. They are a very energetic group, performing wonderful concerts. Why not plan to attend this Sunday; bring your mom, or a friend or a neighbor! 3:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Monday (May 14): For your Thunderbird Christian Elementary Board members, Monday is your night!

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday (5-16), at 7:00pm in Room 10.

The Young Women’s Bible Study also meets on Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

GRADUATES: It’s that time of year again; graduations are right around the corner (in fact, some have already taken place). If your name, or that of a loved one or friend, needs to be on our list of graduates, please contact the church office. This is an important milestone, and your church family wants to recognize your accomplishment. You may phone (480.947.3781), FAX (480.947.8643) email (cherieo@camelbackchurch.org) or text (480.235.5153) your info.

Thursday (May 17): Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for Thunderbird Christian Elementary’s annual Spring Concert. Please don’t miss out on the amazing presentation, “Light the World with God’s Love,” a dramatic multi-cultural experience, complete with costumes, band, handbells, choir, and our adorable children. Invite your friends and family. It will be a most memorable experience!!! 6:30 pm Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church.

Friday (May 18): In preparation for Adventurer Sabbath on May 19, a rehearsal is being held Friday night, 6:00pm in the Sanctuary for Adventurers AND Discoverers. If you child is an Adventurer or Discoverer, please make every effort to be present for the rehearsal.

Sabbath (May 19) Adventuter Sabbath: The Adventurers will be doing the majority of the service responsibilities. What a joy it will be to have our young folks involved like this! Wendy Eberhardt, AZ Conference Young Adult Director, will bring us the morning message entitled, “Pig Pens, Mohawks and Murder.” Quite a title! The children’s clubs will meet in the afternoon at 2:00 as follows: Adventurers, Room 3; Discoverers Room 6; and Pathfinders, Room 8.

Thursday (May 24): Thunderbird Christian Elementary Kindergarten Graduation, 3:00pm, Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church Thunderbird Christian Elementary 8th Grade Graduation, 6:30pm, Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church

Thunderbird Adventist Academy Graduation Weekend is the Memorial Day weekend. I just haven’t received any details to share with you.

Sabbath (May 26) Church-Wide Potluck - Bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) to share. Elementary School Ministries - Nursing Home Visitation 2:30-4:00pm

Sunday (May 27) Elementary School Ministries - Lunch Event - 11:30am Organ Stop Pizza

Monday (May 28) Memorial Day The Church Office will be closed

Tuesday (May 29) The Wedding Anniversary of two of our favorite people, Pastors Manny & Melanie Cruz. Congrats, you two!

Friday, June 8 - Saturday Night, June 16 Monday, June 18 - Saturday Night, June 23 English Camp Meeting Spanish Camp Meeting Camp Yavapines Camp Yavapines

Arizona Sonshine, a two-day medical/dental/optical event, June 14 & 15, 2018. Join in an exciting opportunity to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to a community in need! Health Professionals and Volunteers needed - Dental, Vision, Primary Care, Health Screening, Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Counseling. Prescott Valley Event Center. To register or for more information: www.arizonasonshine.com or call 928.636.1884.

Registration is open for Summer Camp at Camp Yavapines: CAMPYAVAPINES.COM OR 480.991.6777 X 114 OR 149

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God. Stop in and see the beautiful new addition to the room.

Rest well, everyone! Hope to see you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

April 26, 2018

Hello, Camelback members & friends,

Notes will be extremely brief tonight; my apologies. I was called away from church today for several hours with a member emergency, so. . . . .

This Sabbath (April 28): I always look forward to meeting with my Stephen Ministry leaders and ministers. That will be at 8:30am for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education. If anyone reading this is interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. Family Praise & Worship - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. For our Spanish-speaking friends, a new Sabbath School class is meeting. It begins at 9:30am and is being held in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. Sisters of Grace will lead us in praise, Loma Linda Academy Choir will share special music, and Souls West will share a couple more testimonies at the beginning of Pastor Mark’s sermon time. Pastor Mark will bring us the morning message entitled, “OVERCOMING PREJUDICE,” with scripture references of Acts 10:1-3, 34-36. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. A big thank you to Room 7, leading out in Visitor’s Lunch this week, as we provide lunch for the Loma Linda Academy Choir. It is always helpful to our great volunteers, if a few who are attending could stay afterward and assist with clean-up.

Sunday (April 29): Elementary School Ministry Event - (For details, contact Stephanie Forgey 602.619.4140 steph4gee@outlook.com 10:30am Tempe Beach Park.

Pleasant dreams!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

April 19, 2018

Good evening, Camelback members & friends!

A couple events that begin tomorrow evening:

Mad About Marriage A FREE live seminar on family relationships, hosted by Mike Tucker, from Faith for Today television. Learn how to maximize your connection, create safety in your relationship, and avoid the negative issues that threaten marriage. Join us for Mad About Marriage - exploring ways to stay “Madly in Love” forever! Singles Welcome! Register at www.madaboutmarriage.com Pre-registration reserves your materials. Friday, April 20, 6:30pm Check In & Registration - 7:00-8:30pm Seminar
Sabbath Afternoon, April 21 - 2:00-5:30pm Afternoon Session

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22 - Hispanic Women’s and Young Ladies Retreat at Camp Yavapines. The Young Ladies will meet in English, so please don’t allow a perceived language barrier to be a deterrent. If you’re interested, please contact Pastor Melanie Cruz or the church office.

This coming Sabbath, April 21: Family Praise & Worship - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. For our Spanish-speaking friends, a new Sabbath School class is meeting. It begins at 9:30am and is being held in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. Join us for worship as Pastor Mark Sulger brings us the morning message, “THE TURNING POINT.” Sometimes, in each of our lives, it’s difficult to see when and where God will use us and our gifts. Remaining ever prayerful and hopeful, we can be assured God will reveal His purpose for each of us. The scripture reference is Acts 9:10-12. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. Since we are hosting the Mad About Marriage seminar (so far, about 50 couples have signed up), and we don’t know how many of those guests will remain for lunch, we are appealing to each of you to bring a prepared food contribution, or multiple contributions, for this week’s meal. The last time we had a need like this (in February), you came through in overwhelming fashion, and I am trusting you will do the same for this Sabbath. Thank you, in advance, church family and friends for your support of Camelback and its ministries and outreach. The children’s clubs will meet in the afternoon at 2:00 as follows: Adventurers, Room 3; Discoverers Room 6, and Pathfinders, Room 8.

For the Finance Committee and Board Meeting folks, this Monday, April 23, is our monthly meetings. As usual, Finance - 6:00pm and Church Board - 7:00pm, both in the Choir Room.

Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study will meet once more, at 7:00pm, in the Choir Room, next Tuesday (4-24). we will be studying Chapter 10 of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet next Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday (4-25), at 7:00pm in Room 10, and the Young Women’s Bible Study, at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

Thursday nights, the Children’s Choir (Grades K-8) will rehearse. They were received so well by the church family at the Easter Sabbath service that is has been decided to keep it going. They will rehearse from 6:00 - 7:00pm in the Choir Room, and parents are welcome to meet for fellowship during that time.

A fun Elementary age activity will take place on Sunday, April 29: Tempe Beach Park, at 10:30am. For more information, contact Stephanie Forgey 602.619.4140 steph4gee@outlook.com

Arizona Sonshine, a two-day medical/dental/optical event, June 14 & 15, 2018. Join in an exciting opportunity to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to a community in need! Health Professionals and Volunteers needed - Dental, Vision, Primary Care, Health Screening, Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Counseling. Prescott Valley Event Center. To register or for more information: www.arizonasonshine.com or call 928.636.1884.

There are still three (one blue and two red) pieces of stained glass available for a donation to the new Stained Glass Windows Project. See Cherie O.

Have a great rest of the day, my friends!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

April 12, 2018

Good evening, friends!

Another week on its way to winding down; I hope it’s been more on the side of good, than not-so-good, for the majority of you. There are several we need to remember in prayer - Charlie Post is recovering from foot surgery, performed yesterday; and Barbara Lay will be recovering for weeks from a fall on Tuesday. Charlie’s recovery will also be a matter of weeks. Phil Draper is also recovering from surgery last week, and please remember Sharon Kuntz recovering from her fall. Please pray for SPEEDY HEALING for each of them.

Tomorrow night (Friday, April 13), Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship. Doors open at 7:00pm and begins at 7:30pm. It will include an open mic, fun, friends, food and faith!

I’ll look forward to seeing my Stephen Ministry leaders and ministers this coming Sabbath (April 14) morning at 8:30 for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education. If anyone reading this is interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. Family Praise & Worship - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. For our Spanish-speaking friends, a new Sabbath School class is meeting. It begins at 9:30am and is being held in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. Join us for worship as we welcome The King’s Heralds back to Camelback. The quartet brings a ninety-year heritage in gospel music. The King’s Heralds perform in a variety of musical styles, making them a favorite with audiences of all ages. Their rich blend, harmony and balance, as interpreted through their well-known a’capella singing, creates a rich musical experience. Invite a family member, friend or neighbor. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. I heard from our Visitors’ Lunch team earlier this week, and they relayed the message that they would appreciate any food the church family would like to share. It would also be helpful to our great volunteers, if a few who are attending could stay afterward and assist with clean-up.

Sunday (April 15), Brenda Seidel’s Card-Making Group will meet 10am-noon at her home. If you are interested, please be in touch with her for details. Also happening this Sunday, the Adventist Book Center will hold its annual Spring Open House Sale, 10:00am - 3:00pm. The address is 13405 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85254. Vegetarian Food Samples, One-Day-Only Food Specials, HUGE Used Book Sale, Special Sale Items, PLUS, Spend $50 and you will receive a $5 coupon to use in May!

Monday, April 16, Thunderbird Christian Elementary Constituency Meeting, 6:30pm, Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church.

Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study is continuing. We meet at 7:00pm, in the Choir Room. Next Tuesday (4-17), we will be studying Chapter 9 of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet next Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday (4-18), at 7:00pm in Room 10.

The Young Women’s Bible Study, at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

Thursday night (4-19) Bible study (7:00pm) at the home of Maria Cho, for anyone who might be interested. Questions/information 360.701.3919 or mariaeden316@gmai.com. Also, next Thursday night, the Children’s Choir (Grades K-8) will rehearse. They were received so well by the church family at the Easter Sabbath service that is has been decided to keep it going. They will rehearse from 6:00 - 7:00pm in the Choir Room, and parents are welcome to meet for fellowship during that time.

Mad About Marriage A FREE live seminar on family relationships, hosted by Mike Tucker, from Faith for Today television. Learn how to maximize your connection, create safety in your relationship, and avoid the negative issues that threaten marriage. Join us for Mad About Marriage - exploring ways to stay “Madly in Love” forever! Singles Welcome! Register at www.madaboutmarriage.com Pre-registration reserves your materials. Friday, April 20, 6:30pm Check In & Registration - 7:00-8:30pm Seminar Sabbath Afternoon, April 21 - 2:00-5:30pm Afternoon Sessions

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22 - Hispanic Women’s and Young Ladies Retreat at Camp Yavapines. The Young Ladies will meet in English, so please don’t allow a perceived language barrier to be a deterrent. If you’re interested, please contact Pastor Melanie Cruz or the church office.

Sabbath, April 21, Pastor Mark Sulger will bring us the message, “THE TURNING POINT," with a scripture reference of Acts 9:10-12. Sometimes in each of our lives, it’s difficult to see when and where God will use us and our gifts. Remaining ever prayerful and hopeful, we can be assured God will reveal His purpose for each of us. Also, that Sabbath, our three children’s clubs meet: Adventurer’s 2:00pm, Room 3; Discoverer’s 2:00pm, Room 6; and Pathfinder’s 2:00pm, Room 8.

Arizona Sonshine, a two-day medical/dental/optical event, June 14 & 15, 2018. Join in an exciting opportunity to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to a community in need! Health Professionals and Volunteers needed - Dental, Vision, Primary Care, Health Screening, Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Counseling. Prescott Valley Event Center. To register or for more information: www.arizonasonshine.com or call 928.636.1884.

There are still four (one blue and three red) pieces of stained glass available for a donation to the new Stained Glass Windows Project. See Cherie O.

A message from JoAnn Bloom, regarding an Adventurer Club need: "Adventurer Club is in need of an assistant teacher to work with our lead instructor. Adventurers meet every other week. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com”

Happy, happy,my friends!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

April 5, 2018

Good evening, Camelback members & friends!

It’s April! I’m sure I’m not the only one who is in awe of the passage of time, at least I hope not. It doesn’t seem possible that yet another month has FLOWN by.

Now that Thunderbird Academy Alumni Weekend is practically upon us, I am once again attaching the weekend schedule. To those of you whom it does not apply, just ignore it, please.

We will have a full schedule at Camelback this Sabbath (4-7), in spite of Alumni Weekend. Family Praise & Worship, 9:30-9:45 in Room 8-come visit, check it out! Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to the older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Praise First will lead our hymns/songs of praise, Larry Chadwick will lead out with the Children’s Story, and Pastor Melanie Cruz will bring us the morning message, entitled, “SHARE GOD’S LOVE,” (sound familiar?), with a scripture reference of John 15:12. Pastor Melanie’s daughter, Carmen, is home on break from school in Puerto Rico, and will share a closing song with us, No Greater Love. Guest lunch returns this Sabbath, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. It would also be helpful to our great volunteers who bring us the visitor’s luncheon each Sabbath, if a few could stay afterward and assist with clean-up. And we want to thank Skip Farr’s Sabbath School class for helping out this week. Our youth clubs meet as follows: Adventurers - 2:00 - Room 3, Discoverers - 2:00 - Room 6, and Pathfinders - 2:00 - Room 8. At 5:30pm, for you Gospel fans, there will be a FREE Gospel Music Festival, featuring Neville Peter, Michael Harris, Charles Wells and Doris Cole, at the Beacon Light SDA Church.

I wanted to put in a reminder about the Come N Go Baby Shower, Sunday, April 8, 10:00am - Noon Brunch, at the Home of Joanne Harrelson. Kelly (James) Cramond and husband, Alex, were blessed with twin boys, Enzo and Luca on February 15, 2018. Kelly, daughter of Nina (deceased June, 2016) and Howard James, will be in town for the TAA Weekend, and Joanne is graciously hostessing the shower. There are those at Camelback who remember the baby shower when Kelly was born, so how fitting that we gather together for this time with her. Please join the group for brunch, baby stories and pictures. This will be a gift card party since Kelly is flying home to Reno. Target and Amazon cards we would be appreciated. Please bring a baby story book and sign it to help start the babies new library.

For you Thunderbird Christian Elementary Board members, Monday, April 9, 6:45pm.

Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study is continuing. We meet at 7:00pm, in the Choir Room. Next Tuesday (4-10), we will be studying Chapter 8 of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet next Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday (4-11), at 7:00pm in Room 10.

And a new group has been added to Wednesday night - the Young Women’s Bible Study, at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

Thursday night (4-12) Bible study (7:00pm) at the home of Maria Cho, for anyone who might be interested. Questions/information 360.701.3919 or mariaeden316@gmai.com.

Friday night, April 13, Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship. Doors open at 7:00pm and begins at 7:30pm. It will include an open mic, fun, friends, food and faith!

Sabbath, April 14, the Stephen Ministries team will meet for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education at 8:30am in Rom 1. Remember, if you have an interest or any questions regarding Stephen Ministries, there is a secure box at the Information Window. You can drop a note in and someone will respond promptly to your inquiry. Liza Garcia’s praise team will lead a couple numbers prior to our turning the worship service over to The King’s Heralds.

Sunday, April 15, Brenda Seidel’s card-making group will meet at her house, 10:00am-noon. Please contact her if you are interested. The Adventist Book Center will hold its Spring Sale, 10:00am - 3:00pm. Vegetarian Food Samples, One Day Only Food Specials, HUGE Used Book Sale, Special Sale Items! Plus – spend $50 and you will receive a $5 coupon to use in May!

Monday, April 16, Thunderbird Christian Elementary Constituency Meeting, 6:30pm, Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church.

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22 - Hispanic Women’s Retreat at Camp Yavapines.

Friday evening, April 20 & Sabbath afternoon, April 21 - Mad About Marriage, a FREE live seminar on family relationships, hosted by Mike Tucker, from Faith for Today television. Learn how to maximize your connection, create safety in your relationship, and avoid the negative issues that threaten marriage. Join us for Mad About Marriage - exploring ways to stay “Madly in Love” forever! Singles Welcome! Register at www.madaboutmarriage.com Pre-registration reserves your materials.

Arizona Sonshine, a two-day medical/dental/optical event, June 14 & 15, 2018. Join in an exciting opportunity to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to a community in need! Health Professionals and Volunteers needed - Dental, Vision, Primary Care, Health Screening, Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Counseling. Prescott Valley Event Center. To register or for more information: www.arizonasonshine.com or call 928.636.1884.

There are still a few pieces of stained glass available for a donation to the new Stained Glass Windows Project. See Cherie O.

A message from JoAnn Bloom, regarding an Adventurer Club need: "Adventurer Club is in need of an assistant teacher to work with our lead instructor. Adventurers meet every other week. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com” Another message from JoAnn Bloom: "Discovery Club (Baby Birds) Parents: Good News! We have been blessed with additional staff members. Instead of meeting only once a month, the Club will now meet on the following dates: April 7, April 21, May 4-6 (Family Camp in lieu of regular meeting), May 19, June 2, and June 16. Please watch your e-mail for additional information.”

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God. Stop in and see the beautiful new addition to the room.

That’s it for tonight folks. Except for you TAA people, I hope to see A LOT of you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

March 29, 2018

Resurrection Communion Sabbath (3-31): For those who are part of the Easter Choir, your call time is 9:00am. Family Praise & Worship, 9:30-9:45 in Room 8-come visit, check it out! Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to the older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. The Ordinance of Humility (Footwashing) will take place from 10:30 - 10:55am. Locations: Families & Couples-Rotunda; Women-Room 2A; Men-Room 2B; Easy Access-Senior Pastor’s Office. Please remember to bring a flower for Flowers on the Cross. Pastor Paul Gibson will bring us a homily, “MAKE IT A HABIT,” with a scripture reference of 1 Kings 19:1-15a. A reminder, in case you didn’t see the email earlier this week, NO GUEST LUNCHEON this Sabbath. And don’t forget the Glendale SDA Church annual concert. The full choir and orchestra along with the children’s choir will make this a festive and meaningful worship celebration. 4:00 and 7:00pm. Doors open 40 minutes prior to each concert.

Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study is continuing. We meet at 7:00pm, in the Choir Room. Next Tuesday (4-3), we will be studying Chapter 7 of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet next Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday (4-4), at 7:00pm in Room 10.

And a new group has been added to Wednesday night - the Young Women’s Bible Study, at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

Thursday night (4-5) Bible study (7:00pm) at the home of Maria Eden, for anyone who might be interested. Questions/information 360.701.3919 or mariaeden316@gmai.com.

Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8 is Thunderbird Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend. The Weekend Schedule will be available at the Information Window.

For those not involved with TAA Alumni Weekend, there will be a concert Sabbath afternoon, April 7, 5:30pm, at the Phoenix Beacon Light SDA Church, "Gospel Music Festival featuring Neville Peter, Michael Harris, Charles Wells and Doris Cole.”

Sabbath, April 14, the King’s Heralds will be with us for the worship service.

Friday evening, April 20 & Sabbath afternoon, April 21, Mad About Marriage, a FREE live seminar on family relationships, hosted by Mike Tucker, from Faith for Today television. Learn how to maximize your connection, create safety in your relationship, and avoid the negative issues that threaten marriage. Join us for Mad About Marriage - exploring ways to stay “Madly in Love” forever! Singles Welcome! Register at www.madaboutmarriage.com Pre-registration reserves your materials.

Arizona Sonshine, a two-day medical/dental/optical event, June 14 & 15, 2018. Join in an exciting opportunity to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to a community in need! Health Professionals and Volunteers needed - Dental, Vision, Primary Care, Health Screening, Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Counseling. Prescott Valley Event Center. To register or for more information: www.arizonasonshine.com or call 928.636.1884.

What a blessing it was last Sabbath when we had the unveiling of our restored stained glass windows. They are just beautiful. If you weren’t able to be here for the revealing, make a point to check them out next time you’re here. Previously, Pastor Mark made a special announcement about the windows. There are pieces of the original stained glass available for a donation. If you’d like to have a remembrance of the windows for your very own, please see me this coming Sabbath.

A message from JoAnn Bloom, regarding an Adventurer Club need: "Adventurer Club is in need of an assistant teacher to work with our lead instructor. Adventurers meet every other week. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com” Another message from JoAnn Bloom: "Discovery Club (Baby Birds) Parents: Good News! We have been blessed with additional staff members. Instead of meeting only once a month, the Club will now meet on the following dates: April 7, April 21, May 4-6 (Family Camp in lieu of regular meeting), May 19, June 2, and June 16. Please watch your e-mail for additional information.”

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God. Stop in and see the beautiful new addition to the room.

Blessings, my friends!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

March 22, 2018

Good evening, Camelback members & friends!

I want to start out this evening with some news that will be significant to some, and not so much to others. Earlier this week I received a phone call from David Kirby, inquiring if I had heard anything about Ray Mitchell (former Camelback senior pastor, for those who do not know him). I said, no, I had not heard anything. He proceeded to relate to me that he had just gotten news that Ray had suffered a massive stroke the prior week and had been left with major deficiencies. I was devastated! I had done my studying to join the SDA Church with Ray and he had baptized me right here at Camelback on May 7, 1994. David and I agreed not to jump to any conclusions, and he was going to attempt to call Ray as soon as we hung up. He called back shortly thereafter to let me know he had talked with Ray, and though, yes, he did have a stroke, it was not as dire as had been reported. Ray called me himself a few hours later, and it was really great to hear his voice. He wanted me to share with the church family that he did have a minor stroke, and though he is experiencing a few difficulties, the doctors have advised that with time things should clear up. They are departing for Australia the end of this week. Please remember Ray in your prayers for a speedy and complete healing.

This Sabbath (3-24) at Camelback: Family Praise & Worship, 9:30-9:45 in Room 8-come visit, check it out! And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to the older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. And I want to remind you Spanish-speaking folks about the class meeting in the senior pastor’s study. Pastor Mark Sulger will bring us the morning message, “THE WHY AND THE HOW OF IT,” with a scripture reference of Exodus 18:19-23. For those who want to be part of the Easter Choir on Sabbath, March 31, there will be a 30-minute rehearsal, immediately following the worship service (3-24) in the Choir Room. There will be a church-wide potluck following the worship service; what better way to get acquainted with new folks and re-connect with old friends, than over a meal. Please bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) and plan to participate. If a few could stay afterward and assist with clean-up, the help would be most welcome!

Sunday (3-25), 9:30am, the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will meet at the home of Diane Bond. I’m sure this group would welcome new attendees.

Finance Committee & Church Board take place this coming Monday night (3-26); 6:00 & 7:00pm, respectively, in the Choir Room.

Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study is continuing. We meet at 7:00pm, in the Choir Room. Next Tuesday (3-27), we will be studying Chapter 6 of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet next Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday (3-28), at 7:00pm in Room 10.

And a new group has been added to Wednesday night - the Young Women’s Bible Study, at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

Thursday night (3-29) Bible study (7:00pm) at the home of Maria Eden, for anyone who might be interested. Questions/information 360.701.3919 or mariaeden316@gmai.com.

Sabbath, March 31, we will celebrate Easter Sabbath. We will have a blending of the traditional and new, in an effort to meet the needs of a growing church body. We will have Flowers on the Cross, Communion, we’ll hear from the Middle School and Elementary Ministries, the Easter Choir under the direction of KC Moss, and some new and special happenings. Pastor Paul will have a message for us; plan to be here and be blessed! And don’t forget the Glendale SDA Church annual concert. The full choir and orchestra along with the children’s choir will make this a festive and meaningful worship celebration. 4:00 and 7:00pm. Doors open 40 minutes prior to each concert.

A very popular event last year, Ladies of the Gospel, was on our Camelback calendar for Sabbath evening/Saturday night, March 31. Due to a conflicting event in the Valley, Ladies of the Gospel will be re-scheduled to an undetermined date as of this writing. We’ll keep you posted!

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: Due to the generosity and love of many Camelback Church members and friends, a little over one-half of the necessary $35,350 for completion of the stained glass windows, has been received. This project may be speedily finished if we all continue giving as God impresses us. Pastor Mark made a special announcement last week about the stained glass windows. There are pieces of the original window glass available for a donation. If you’d like to have a remembrance of the windows for your very own, please see me this coming Sabbath. A special feature of the church service this week (3-024) will be the revealing and dedication of our beautiful new windows.

A message from JoAnn Bloom, regarding an Adventurer Club need: "Adventurer Club is in need of an assistant teacher to work with our lead instructor. Adventurers meet every other week. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com” Another message from JoAnn Bloom: "Discovery Club (Baby Birds) Parents: Good News! We have been blessed with additional staff members. Instead of meeting only once a month, the Club will now meet on the following dates: March 17, April 7, April 21, May 4-6 (Family Camp in lieu of regular meeting), May 19, June 2, and June 16. Please watch your e-mail for additional information.”

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God. Stop in and see the beautiful new addition to the room.

Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8 is Thunderbird Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend. I am attaching the Weekend Schedule, so for those of you who like to plan ahead, you can go for it!

For those not involved with TAA Alumni Weekend, there will be a concert Sabbath afternoon, April 7, 5:30pm, at the Phoenix Beacon Light SDA Church, "Gospel Music Festival featuring Neville Peter, Michael Harris, Charles Wells and Doris Cole.”

Have a great rest of the evening, and hope to see you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

March 15, 2018

Hello, my friends and a Happy Thursday to each of you!

The Pathfinders will be off tomorrow to their Camping Trip to Dead Horse Ranch. I must confess, I’m an Arizona native and have never heard of Dead Horse Ranch. Let’s remember them in our prayers for traveling mercies and a blessed weekend together, enjoying and appreciating God in his nature. Also, this is the weekend for the Youth/Young Adult Retreat (IMPRINT 2018) at Camp Yavapines in Prescott. It’s probably not too late to register; you can try at: azsdayouth.com Registration includes: Weekend Event, T-Shirt, 2 Nights Lodging (In Cabins), 5 Meals, Saturday Night Sports and Games.

This Sabbath at Camelback: Stephen Ministries will meet at 8:30 for Peer Supervision. Remember, if you have an interest or any questions regarding Stephen Ministries, there is a secure box at the Information Window. You can drop a note in and someone will respond promptly to your inquiry. Family Praise & Worship, 9:30-9:45 in Room 8-come visit, check it out! Pastor Mark Sulger will bring us the morning message, “LOVE INDEED,” with a scripture reference of Matthew 7:24-27. I know we’ll all be inspired and encouraged by his message. For those who want to be part of the Easter Choir, there will be a 30-minute rehearsal, immediately following the worship service in the Choir Room. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. It would also be helpful to our great volunteers who bring us the visitor’s luncheon each Sabbath, if a few could stay afterward and assist with clean-up. At 2:00 Adventurers and Discoverers will meet in their respective rooms, 3 and 6. Speaking of Discoverers, a message from JoAnn Bloom: "Discovery Club (Baby Birds) Parents: Good News! We have been blessed with additional staff members. Instead of meeting only once a month, the Club will now meet on the following dates: March 17, April 7, April 21, May 4-6 (Family Camp in lieu of regular meeting), May 19, June 2, and June 16. Please watch your e-mail for additional information.” Sabbath evening, for you King’s Heralds groupies, they will be in concert at 6:00pm at the Mesa Palms SDA Church.

Sunday, 10am-noon, the Card-Making Group will gather at the home of Brenda Seidel. If you would be interested in attending, look Brenda up at church on Sabbath.

Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study is continuing. We meet at 7:00pm, in the Choir Room. Next Tuesday (3-20), we will be studying Chapter 5 of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet next Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday, at 7:00pm in Room 10.

And a new group has been added to Wednesday night - the Young Women’s Bible Study, at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

Thursday night Bible study (7:00pm) at the home of Maria Eden, for anyone who might be interested. Questions/information 360.701.3919 or mariaeden316@gmai.com.

Sabbath, March 24, Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life will reveal your God-given gifts, and show you how He intends for you to use them. Join us for this one-day small-group seminar. We start at 8:30AM, break for worship and lunch, then resume until about 6:30PM. Oh, yes, you will also make some new friends! We really do have limited space, so please let us know you will be attending. Register at the lobby table or email camelbackcares@gmail.com. Pastor Mark Sulger will speak for the worship service, then plan to stay for the fellowship and food of our church-wide potluck. What better way to get acquainted with new folks and re-connect with old friends than over a meal. Please bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) and plan to participate.

Sunday, March 25, the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will meet at 9:30am at the home of Diane Bond. I’m sure this group would welcome new attendees, also.

Sabbath, March 31, we will celebrate Easter Sabbath. We will have a blending of the traditional and some new, in an effort to meet the needs of a growing church body. We will have Flowers on the Cross, Communion, we’ll hear from the Middle School and Elementary Ministries, the Easter Choir under the direction of KC Moss, and some new and special happenings. Plan to be here to praise our God, and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit for their priceless plan of Salvation.

A very popular event last year, Ladies of the Gospel, was on our Camelback calendar for Sabbath evening/Saturday night, March 31. Due to a conflicting event in the Valley, Ladies of the Gospel will be re-scheduled to an undetermined date as of this writing. We’ll keep you posted!

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: Due to the generosity and love of many Camelback Church members and friends, a little over one-half of the necessary $35,350 for completion of the stained glass windows, has been received. This project may be speedily finished if we all continue giving as God impresses us.

A message from JoAnn Bloom, regarding an Adventurer Club need: "Adventurer Club is in need of an assistant teacher to work with our lead instructor. Adventurers meet every other week. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com”

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God. Stop in and see the beautiful new addition to the room.

Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8 is Thunderbird Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend. I am attaching the Weekend Schedule, so for those of you who like to plan ahead, you can go for it!

I hope each of you has a good night, and an even better Friday, and hope to see LOTS of you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

March 9, 2018

Good morning, my friends!

Notes will be brief this morning, just to let you know about this busy, busy Sabbath & Sunday, and the Nyakondo passing.

Stephen Ministries will meet tomorrow morning at 8:30 for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education. Remember, if you have an interest or any questions regarding Stephen Ministries, there is a secure box at the Information Window. You can drop a note in and someone will respond promptly to your inquiry. Family Praise & Worship, 9:30-9:45 in Room 8-come visit, check it out! We are pleased to co-host the 2nd Annual Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Weekend Summit and Workshops event beginning tomorrow at Camelback and finishing up Sunday at the Conference Office. The day’s activities: Sabbath School 9:30 - 10:35 Attorney, Alan Reinach, “Risk, Responsibility and Reward.” We will have a regular worship service with a guest speaker, Dr. Jaime Kowlessar, Senior Pastor, City Temple SDA Church, Dallas, Texas. The Arizona Conference is graciously providing lunch for those who will be staying for the afternoon program, a Panel Discussion - R U Ready Share & Talk: Millennials - We Dare U2 Care! Adults - Will U Dare 2 Care? This will take place beginning at 3:00pm in the sanctuary. Tomorrow night, Calvin Taylor, Gospel Music recording artist, who is featured weekly on 3ABN, will present a piano concert, at 6:30pm, at the Paradise Valley SDA Church. This is a musical program you and your family will not want to miss!

Sunday, March 11: Pathfinder Fair - 9:00am - Monte Vista SDA Church - 2018 Women’s Mini-Retreat - Living Life at 37,000 Feet - NEW LOCATION: DESERT COVE SDA CHURCH - 9am-4pm - Men’s Prayer Breakfast - 9:00am - Glendale SDA Church - Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Weekend Summit - Know Your Rights! Workshops - 9:30am - 2:00pm - AZ Conference Office - Arizona Conference Phoenix Area Town Hall Meeting to update and receive input from Constituents regarding Scottsdale Property Development - 2:00pm - Paradise Valley SDA Church.

One last item. It was announced at church last Sabbath, but for those who were not in attendance, Charles Nyakondo’s daughter, Faith Moraa Nyakondo, 33, passed to her rest last Sabbath morning at University of Minnesota Medical Center. A Celebration of Her Life will be Sunday, March 11, 4:00pm, at the Minnetonka SDA Church, Minnetonka, Minnesota, with interment on Monday, March 12, 12:00pm, Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The family representative has communicated the following: "Due to time limit, those who can, please continue making your donations at Wells Fargo, account # 5839012159, in the name of Benjamin Omare, or cashapp at $bomare.” The church is no longer allowed to act as intermediary for funeral donations, so if you want to contribute, please follow one of the requested methods.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

March 1, 2018

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am in amazement that 2 months of 2018 have come and gone. At this rate, Christmas will be next week!

Just a reminder, Pathway to Life, a Christ-centered Bible seminar presented by the staff of 3ABN, at 5 different local churches, Paradise Valley, Desert Cove, Phoenix Central, Phoenix Central Valley Spanish and Chandler, continues through March 10, nightly at 6:30, except for Thursdays. See 3abnphoenix.com for speakers.

Tomorrow night (Friday, March 2), Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship. Doors open at 7:00pm and begins at 7:30pm. It will include an open mic, fun, friends, food and faith!

Sabbath, March 3, Family Praise & Worship, for all who wish to stop by and see what’s going on, 9:30 - 9:45am in Room 8 - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to the older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. This Sabbath we are adding to our Sabbath School adult classes, a Spanish-speaking class. It will meet in the main sanctuary building in the senior pastor’s study at 9:30am. Come early for a good seat; I have a feeling this is going to be a very popular class. And Brian Gertz is back, so his class will resume in the sanctuary. Thunderbird Christian Elementary will bring us the worship service, and after reviewing the run sheet for the program, I can promise everyone that there are blessings galore awaiting each one of us. I’m sure that most of you saw my email yesterday about the lunch this Sabbath. if not, here’s what it said: "As many of you may know, this Sabbath we are hosting Thunderbird Christian Elementary for the worship service. We are always blessed when Jeff and his staff bring the students and they provide the worship service for us; and this Sabbath will be no exception! In appreciation for them being here, we want to provide a nice potluck meal for them. Our visitor’s lunch team is a person short this coming Sabbath, and, in addition, this group size is way over what they are equipped to handle. So, dear Camelback members and friends, we are appealing to each of you to bring a prepared food contribution, or multiple contributions, for this week’s meal. Vonnee tells me we have all the bread we need, and quite a bit of dessert. We mostly need entrees and salads, and vegetables would be helpful. Camelback, you always come through in a crunch, and I have every reason to believe that this Sabbath will be no different. As many of you may know, this Sabbath we are hosting Thunderbird Christian Elementary for the worship service. We are always blessed when Jeff and his staff bring the students and they provide the worship service for us; and this Sabbath will be no exception! In appreciation for them being here, we want to provide a nice potluck meal for them. Our visitor’s lunch team is a person short this coming Sabbath, and, in addition, this group size is way over what they are equipped to handle. So, dear Camelback members and friends, we are appealing to each of you to bring a prepared food contribution, or multiple contributions, for this week’s meal. Vonnee tells me we have all the bread we need, and quite a bit of dessert. We mostly need entrees and salads, and vegetables would be helpful. Camelback, you always come through in a crunch, and I have every reason to believe that this Sabbath will be no different. Thank you for being the people, and church family, you are!” Adventurers will meet at 2:00 in Room 3, and Pathfinders at 2:00 in Room 8. It has warmed the hearts of many in this church to have active Adventurer & Pathfinder clubs once again. Thank you to all who have taken on leadership roles in these vital ministries! Please note a change in a Conference activity for this Sabbath. Our calendar showed the AZ Conference Town Hall Meeting at 3:00pm at the Paradise Valley Church. This week we received notice that the meeting has been re-scheduled to Sunday, March 11, same time and place.

And even though I neglected to list it on the March calendar, Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study is continuing. We meet at 7:00pm, in the Rotunda. Next Tuesday (3-6), we will be studying Chapter 3 of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday, at 7:00pm in Room 3.

Another error on the March calendar :( the Thunderbird Christian Elementary Board Meeting is NOT Thursday, March 8 at 5:30pm, but instead, Wednesday, March 7 at 5:30pm.

If you’d like to get into God’s word on Thursday nights, there's a Bible study taking place at the home of new member, Maria Eden, 3126 E Monte Vista Rd, Phoenix AZ 85008. It starts at 7:00. If there are any questions, please call Maria at 360.701.3919.

Next Sabbath, March 10, we are privileged to host the AZ Conference 2nd Annual P.A.R.L. Weekend Summit and Workshop here at Camelback. This year’s theme is, “For the Least of These.” Sabbath School time, the Worship Service, a Sabbath afternoon panel discussion, and Interactive Workshops on Sunday at the Conference Office, comprise this weekend program. For those who are staying for the Sabbath afternoon panel discussion, the Conference is providing lunch in the Rotunda. At 6:30pm, Calvin Taylor, Gospel music recording artist, will present a piano concert at the Paradise Valley Church.

Sunday, March 11 - An extremely jam-packed day! For you Pathfinders, a Fair at the Monte Vista Church. Another change by the AZ Conference of a scheduled event - The AZ Women’s 2018 Mini-Retreat has been re-located from the AZ Conference Office to the Desert Cove Church in El Mirage. As far as I know, the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at the Glendale Church is still on - that’s at 9:00am. And the Interactive Workshops, Know Your Rights, at the AZ Conference Office are from 9:30am - 2:00pm - A light lunch will be served.

Pathfinders have a camping trip March 16 - 18 to Dead Horse Ranch.

IMPRINT 2018, A Youth/Young Adult Retreat, March 16 - 18, Camp Yavapines, Prescott AZ. Registration includes: Weekend event, T-Shirt, 2 Nights lodging (in cabins), 5 meals, Saturday night sports and games. Guest Speaker: Pastor Shantel Smith, Associate Chaplain, Pacific Union College. For more information and/or to register: AZSDAYOUTH.COM or email: gcorella@azconference.org or 480.991.6777.

Pastor Mark Sulger will bring us the message on both March 17 & 24.

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: Due to the generosity and love of many Camelback Church members and friends, a little over one-half of the necessary $35,350 for completion of the stained glass windows, has been received. This project may be speedily finished if we all continue giving as God impresses us.

A message from our Adventurer Club Director, JoAnn Bloom: Adventurers and Discovery Club are in need of one assistant teacher for each group to work with our lead instructors. The Adventurers meet every other week, the Discoverer Club meets once per month. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God. Stop in and see the beautiful new addition to the room.

Signing off. Have a good rest of the evening, my friends!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

February 22,2018

Hello, my friends!

Here I am, looking in disbelief at the rapidly-approaching end of another week.

Tomorrow evening, Friday, February 23, for you parents of Elementary-age children, Pastor Melanie Cruz is extending an invitation to you and your family: 6:00pm in the Rotunda, have dinner, then the children will go and rehearse a song for the church easter Sabbath program, and the parents will stay behind for sharing time. Some of the topics of discussion will be: 1. Child/Parent Feedback. 2. Overview of Children/Youth Ministries at Camelback. 3. Elementary School Ministry/Plans for Moving Forward. 4. Safety Challenges and Solutions. 5. VBS. Please RSVP to let Pastor Melanie know if you’re attending or not attending (via email: melaniecruz4g@gmail.com or text 410.300.0930).

Beginning tomorrow night, Friday, February 23 and running through Sabbath, March 10, Pathway to Life, a Christ-centered Bible seminar presented by the staff of 3ABN, at 5 different local churches, Paradise Valley, Desert Cove, Phoenix Central, Phoenix Central Valley Spanish and Chandler. Nightly at 6:30, except for Thursdays. See 3abnphoenix.com for speakers and locations.

It’s always a pleasure to meet with my Stephen Ministry leaders and fellow-ministers. We will meet this coming Sabbath (February 24) morning at 8:30 for Peer Supervision. If anyone reading this is interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. Family Praise & Worship, for all who wish to stop by and see what’s going on, 9:30 - 9:45am in Room 8 - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to the older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Brian Gertz is still away, so his class in the sanctuary will not meet. And for those who are interested, next Sabbath (March 3), a Spanish-speaking Sabbath School class will begin. It will start at 9:30am and be held in the senior pastor’s study in the main building. Pastor Mark Sulger will speak for the worship service this week (2-24). His sermon is entitled, “What’s the Plan?”, with a scripture reference of Isaiah 12:2. In the afternoon, 2:30 - 6:00pm, come join the Vacation Bible Experience, a training and expo. FREE admission. To register call 480.991.6777 X 117 or email: gcorella@azconference.org

Sunday, February 25, the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will meet at 9:30am, at the home of Diane Bond.

For all us Finance Committee and Church Board folks, our next meetings are Monday, February 26, usual times and place.

Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study, which began this week, on the book of Luke, will continue. We meet at 7:00pm, in the Rotunda.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday, at 7:00pm in Room 3.

If you’d like to get into God’s word on Thursday nights, there's a Bible study taking place at the home of new member, Maria Eden, 3126 E Monte Vista Rd, Phoenix AZ 85008. It starts at 7:00. If there are any questions, please call Maria at 360.701.3919.

Friday, March 2, a week from tomorrow night. Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship. Doors open at 7:00pm and begins at 7:30pm. It will include an open mic, fun, friends, food and faith!

IMPRINT 2018, A Youth/Young Adult Retreat, March 16 - 18, Camp Yavapines, Prescott AZ. Registration includes: Weekend event, T-Shirt, 2 Nights lodging (in cabins), 5 meals, Saturday night sports and games. Guest Speaker: Pastor Shantel Smith, Associate Chaplain, Pacific Union College. For more information and/or to register: AZSDAYOUTH.COM or email: gcorella@azconference.org or 480.991.6777.

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: Due to the generosity and love of many Camelback Church members and friends, a little over one-half of the necessary $35,350 for completion of the stained glass windows, has been received. This project may be speedily finished if we all continue giving as God impresses us.

A message from our Adventurer Club Director, JoAnn Bloom: Adventurers and Discovery Club are in need of one assistant teacher for each group to work with our lead instructors. The Adventurers meet every other week, the Discoverer Club meets once per month. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God.

That’s it for tonight, my friends! Hope to see ALOT of you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

February 15, 2018

Good evening, friends!

As we close in on the end of another week, isn’t it nice to think about all the special blessings we receive, each and every one of us, each and every day; blessings designed by a loving and gracious God, specific to each one. Thank you, God, for the blessings you sent my way this week; may my words, my actions, even my very thoughts, reflect the gratitude in my heart for your merciful grace showered upon me. Amen

If you haven’t done so yet, this coming Sabbath (2-17) morning, drop in on Family Praise & Worship, 9:30 - 9:45am in Room 8 - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to the older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Just a heads up on a couple classes that won’t be meeting this week - Brian Gertz in the Sanctuary, and C4 (Young Adults) in Room 2B. And since Cal Baptist will be in and out of the Rotunda on Sabbath morning, Luke Skelton’s Truth Link class will meet in Room 2B. And, yes, February 17 and California Baptist University Choir & Orchestra are almost upon us. As is the case every time they are with us, we are again looking forward to their music, their energy, and their love for God and others that just exudes from their worshipful performance. And just a reminder, no Guest Luncheon this Sabbath, as we provide a meal for the Cal Baptist young people following the worship service. Adventurers & Discoverers meet this Sabbath - Adventurers Room 3 - Discoverers Room 6, both 2:00 - 3:30pm. Pathfinder Induction will take place at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary. The memorial service for Elizabeth “Liz” Stelfox will be at 2:00pm at the Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church. The Camelback Church family is invited to a Wedding Shower, 6:00pm at the home of Curtis and Teri Miller, celebrating the upcoming marriage of Aaron Jewett and Jessica Nelson. Please RSVP by calling Teri 602.290.6304. And finally, one last event for February 17, the Freedom Singers will be in concert at Mesa Palms SDA Church, at 7:00pm.

This Sunday, February 18, Brenda Seidel’s Card-making Group will meet at her home 10:00am - Noon.

There will be a memorial service for Kathy Proffitt’s son, Garron Haycock, who passed to his rest last year. It will be this Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm in the sanctuary; followed by a meal reception in the Rotunda.

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Remember to add to your calendar, Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study, beginning February 20. We can all look forward to being blessed again, as he leads out in that study at 7:00pm, in the Rotunda. You won’t want to miss this special time of fellowship and learning, as he leads us through a study of the book of Luke.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (2/20/18) evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00pm in Room 3.

If you’d like to get into God’s word on Thursday nights, there's a Bible study taking place at the home of new member, Maria Eden, 3126 E Monte Vista Rd, Phoenix AZ 85008. It starts at 7:00. If there are any questions, please call Maria at 360.701.3919.

Friday, February 23, for you parents of Elementary-age children, Pastor Melanie Cruz is extending an invitation to you and your family: 6:00pm in the Rotunda, have dinner, then the children will go and rehearse a song for the church easter Sabbath program, and the parents will stay behind for sharing time. Some of the topics of discussion will be: 1. Child/Parent Feedback. 2. Overview of Children/Youth Ministries at Camelback. 3. Elementary School Ministry/Plans for Moving Forward. 4. Safety Challenges and Solutions. 5. VBS. Please RSVP to let Pastor Melanie know if you’re attending or not attending (via email: melaniecruz4g@gmail.com or text 410.300.0930).

For our final Sabbath of February, the 24th, Pastor Mark will bring us the message, entitled, “What's the Plan?” Intriguing title, don’t you think? In the afternoon, 2:30 - 6:00pm, come join the Vacation Bible Experience, a training and expo. FREE admission. To register call 480.991.6777 X 117 or eamil: gcorella@azconference.org

Sunday, February 25, the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will meet at 9:30am, at the home of Diane Bond.

For all us Finance Committee and Church Board folks, our next meetings are Monday, February 26, usual times and place.

Pastor Melanie asked that we start promoting IMPRINT 2018, A Youth/Young Adult Retreat, March 16 - 18, Camp Yavapines, Prescott AZ. Registration includes: Weekend event, T-Shirt, 2 Nights lodging (in cabins), 5 meals, Saturday night sports and games. Guest Speaker: Pastor Shantel Smith, Associate Chaplain, Pacific Union College. For more information and/or to register: AZSDAYOUTH.COM or email: gcorella@azconference.org or 480.991.6777.

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: A huge THANK YOU to all who have contributed to our STAINED GLASS WINDOWS project. We are off to a good start and now that the yearend festivities are over, it is time we once again bring this to your attention. Please make it a matter of prayer along with continuing to contribute to this project. We are now a work in progress, so we must continue raising funds to have the balance available when the windows are complete. Again, thank you for your dedication in so many ways to the Camelback Church.

A message from Gwen Dossey, our dear Camelback member who knits the caps for our Backpacks for Christ ministry. Gwen is experiencing some health issues that are seriously interfering with her ability to knit. She is hoping that others of you out there will be able to pick up the slack until such time as she heals and is able to resume. I think we all know how much this ministry means to Gwen, so please, all who are able, please give Gwen a call (602.404.9180) and let her know you can help.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God.

See you Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

February 8, 2018

Good evening, Camelback members & friends!

It’s been yet another busy week, but great news for me yesterday; I saw my orthopedist, and no more boot! I am praising God that in 3-1/2 weeks my fractured left fibula has healed. I believe this is an awesome gift of healing from Him to me. Thank you, God!

For our Youth (High School & Collegiate age), don’t forget tomorrow night, Friday, February 9: WELCOME HOME Worship - Doors open at 7:00pm and begins at 7:30pm. It will include an open mic, fun, friends, food and faith!

I’ll look forward to seeing my Stephen Ministry leaders and ministers this coming Sabbath (February 10) morning at 8:30 for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education. If anyone reading this is interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. Family Praise & Worship - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Pastor Melanie Cruz will bring us the morning message, entitled, “ETERNAL LOVE,” with a scripture reference of John 3:16. I know I am looking forward to being blessed by this special message. There will be a special Valentine’s Day feature, Discoverer/Adventurer Induction will take place, Jerry Brizendine and KC Moss, accompanied by Carolynn Brizendine, will sing God Loves, and among other happenings, you’ll want to be here, my friends! There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. It would also be helpful to our great volunteers who bring us the visitor’s luncheon each Sabbath, if a few could stay afterward and assist with clean-up. For you Young Adults out there, Sabbath afternoon at 2:00 in Room 4, the Feedback Meeting is taking place. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard, to express what’s on your heart; please plan to be in attendance!

Speaking of Adventurers/Discovery Club, a message from your director: Adventurers and Discovery Club are in need of one assistant teacher for each group to work with our lead instructors. The Adventurers meet every other week, the Discoverer Club meets once per month. You must be willing to complete the required Verified Volunteer online training. Please contact JoAnn Bloom at (623) 523-2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 11, for our men out there, plan to attend the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at the Peoria-Sun Cities SDA Church, 9:00am. You can plan for great fellowship and a fantastic breakfast!

For our Thunderbird Christian Elementary Board Members, your meeting is Monday, February 12, 6:45pm, TCE.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (2/13/18) evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

I’m not sure if the Men’s Small Group Study will meet this coming Wednesday or not. Maybe at some point, the light bulb will come on and someone will realize that it’s VALENTINE’S DAY!

If you’d like to get into God’s word on Thursday nights, there's a Bible study taking place at the home of new member, Maria Eden, 3126 E Monte Vista Rd, Phoenix AZ 85008. It starts at 7:00. If there are any questions, please call Maria at 360.701.3919.

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I know that on Sabbath, February 17, we’ll all want to be here to welcome the California Baptist University Choir & Orchestra for the worship service. There will be no guest luncheon this Sabbath, as we provide a meal for the young people following the worship service. Pathfinder Induction, for our first Pathfinder Club in 11 years, will be held in the sanctuary at 2:00. There will be a memorial service for Elizabeth “Liz” Stelfox, at 2:00pm at the Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church. In lieu of flowers, a Scholarship Fund in her honor has been established at TAA. The Camelback Church family is invited to a wedding shower celebrating the upcoming marriage of Aaron Jewett to Jessica Nelson. The shower will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6pm at the home of Curtis and Teri Miller. Please RSVP by calling Teri 602-290-6304.

Brenda Seidel’s Card-making Group will meet at her home on Sunday, February 18, 10:00am - Noon.

There will be a memorial service for Kathy Proffitt’s son, Garron Haycock, who passed to his rest last year. It will be Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm in the sanctuary; followed by a meal reception in the Rotunda.

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Remember to add to your calendar, Pastor Paul Gibson's Tuesday night Bible study, beginning February 20. We can all look forward to being blessed again, as he leads out in that study at 7:00pm, in the Rotunda. You won’t want to miss this special time of fellowship and learning.

For our final Sabbath of February, the 24th, Pastor Mark will bring us the message. I know he will have another Spirit-filled message for us, as always.

Sunday, February 25, the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will meet at 9:30am, at the home of Diane Bond.

Pastor Melanie asked that we start promoting IMPRINT 2018, A Youth/Young Adult Retreat, March 16 - 18, Camp Yavapines, Prescott AZ. Registration includes: Weekend event, T-Shirt, 2 Nights lodging (in cabins), 5 meals, Saturday night sports and games. Guest Speaker: Pastor Shantel Smith, Associate Chaplain, Pacific Union College. For more information and/or to register: AZSDAYOUTH.COM or email: gcorella@azconference.org or 480.991.6777.

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: A huge THANK YOU to all who have contributed to our STAINED GLASS WINDOWS project. We are off to a good start and now that the yearend festivities are over, it is time we once again bring this to your attention. Please make it a matter of prayer along with continuing to contribute to this project. We will soon be sending a deposit check so that the materials can be ordered, but we must continue raising funds to have the balance available when the windows are complete. Again, thank you for your dedication in so many ways to the Camelback Church.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God.

Camelback, you are just amazing! We made a plea for the Food Pantry and you really came through, in a big way! But let’s not rest on our laurels, friends. As previously stated, the Food Pantry is serving more and more people every week. The need is just tremendous. I just want you to know how much your support of this ministry is appreciated, and what a HUGE difference it is making in the lives of many.

That’s all for tonight, folks, I’m out-a-here!

Love, Cherie

Notes from Cherie O

February 1, 2018

Good evening, my friends!

I’m certain everyone has been enjoying the milder temperatures we’ve been experiencing; I know I certainly am. And it looks as though we’ll continue to be blessed for the foreseeable future!

For you younger folks who have become accustomed to Welcome Home being held on the first Friday night of the month, not so this month. It will be Friday, February 9, a week from tomorrow night. Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship. Doors open at 7:00pm and begins at 7:30pm. It will include an open mic, fun, friends, food and faith!

Sabbath, February 3, Family Praise & Worship (formerly Family Circle Sabbath School) - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Please join us for the worship service at 10:50, as we recognize Black History Sabbath, with Dr. Leon Brown, President, Nevada/Utah Conference, as our guest speaker. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. It would also be helpful to our great volunteers who bring us the visitor’s luncheon each Sabbath, if a few could stay afterward and assist with clean-up. The Discoverers/Adventurers Club meets on Sabbath, 2:00 - 3:30pm, in Room 3. The Pathfinder Club will be in Room 8, 2:00 - 4:00pm.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (2/6/18) evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet Wednesday, February 7, 7:00pm in Room 3. There is a “3” on the door, but is in the physical location of what used to be Room 7. Please note that they have returned to the 7:00pm start time.

Friday, February 9, don’t forget Welcome Home, as outlined above.

Sabbath, February 10, Pastor Melanie will bring us the morning message, and I already know it is going to have a huge impact on many, many lives! Plan to be here.

For you guys, there is a Men’s Prayer Breakfast at the Peoria-Sun Cities SDA Church, Sunday, February 11, at 9:00am. Please plan to attend for great fellowship and a fantastic breakfast!

Don’t forget Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14. Remember that special person in your life in a REALLY meaningful way this year.

Everyone will want to be here for the worship service on Sabbath, February 17, as we welcome the California Baptist University Choir & Orchestra. There will be no guest luncheon this Sabbath, as we provide a meal for the young people following the worship service.

Brenda Seidel’s Card-making Group will meet at her home on Sunday, February 18, 10:00am - Noon.

There will be a memorial service for Kathy Proffitt’s son, Garron Haycock, who passed to his rest last year. It will be Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm in the sanctuary; followed by a meal reception in the Rotunda.

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

With the addition to the pastoral staff of Pastor Paul Gibson as our Interim Senior Pastor (seems like déjà vu, doesn’t it?), we are going to be blessed as he leads out in a Tuesday night Bible study, beginning February 20. For those who were here for his previous tenure as Interim Senior Pastor, you will recall how enriched our spiritual lives were when he led out in that study. Put the date (Feb. 20), 7:00pm, in the Rotunda, on your calendar. You won’t want to miss this special time of fellowship and study.

For our final Sabbath of February, the 24th, Pastor Mark will bring us the message.

It has come to our attention that the Food Pantry is running REALLY low on items of all kinds, in particular, quick and easy, ready-to-eat products. Thank you in advance for your continuing support of this vital ministry.

Praises to God, the church bus will FINALLY be in service this coming Sabbath. If you need a ride, please contact me in the church office (480.947.3781), so that I can get word to our driver, Fernando.

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: A huge THANK YOU to all who have contributed to our STAINED GLASS WINDOWS project. We are off to a good start and now that the yearend festivities are over, it is time we once again bring this to your attention. Please make it a matter of prayer along with continuing to contribute to this project. We will soon be sending a deposit check so that the materials can be ordered, but we must continue raising funds to have the balance available when the windows are complete. Again, thank you for your dedication in so many ways to the Camelback Church.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God.

I hope everyone has a good rest of the evening. I’m going to grab my cane and hobble on home.

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie O

January 26, 2018

Hello, friends!

Today is going to be REALLY brief Notes!

Tomorrow, our Stephen Ministries team will meet for Supervision at 8:30am in Room 1. If there is anyone reading this, and you are interested in any facet of Stephen Ministries, there is a secure receptacle at the Information Window in the the lobby. Just drop your comment/question in the box, and someone will respond promptly. Family Praise & Worship (formerly Family Circle Sabbath School) - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Guest speaker, Pastor Paul Gibson, will bring us the morning message, entitled, “SEA OF JOY,” with a scripture reference of Revelation 15:2-4. It will be good to have Pastor Paul back with us! Tomorrow is our first Church-Wide Potluck of 2018. Please bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) to share, and plan to be a part of this time of fellowship and good food! There’s no better time to get to know people than around the table, sharing a meal. In an effort to get up-to-speed, the Pathfinder Club will meet again this Sabbath, 2:00-4:00pm.

Sunday, the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will gather at 4:00 at the home of Diane Bond. And another exciting event happens Sunday. IT’S PASTOR MELANIE’S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

A couple February highlights: February 3 we will have a special guest speaker in observance of Black History Sabbath. Pastor Leon Brown, President of the Nevada/Utah Conference, will bring us the message. Pastor Melanie will speak on February 10. And, on February 17, we welcome back California Baptist University Choir & Orchestra for the worship service. Then, for our final Sabbath of February, the 24th, Pastor Mark will bring us the message. I don’t want to call it a highlight, but an event that many will have an interest in, there will be a memorial service for Kathy Proffitt’s son, Garron Haycock, who passed to his rest last year. It will be Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm in the sanctuary; followed by a meal reception in the Rotunda.

A message from our Stained Glass Window committee: A huge THANK YOU to all who have contributed to our STAINED GLASS WINDOWS project. We are off to a good start and now that the yearend festivities are over, it is time we once again bring this to your attention. Please make it a matter of prayer along with continuing to contribute to this project. We will soon be sending a deposit check so that the materials can be ordered, but we must continue raising funds to have the balance available when the windows are complete. Again, thank you for your dedication in so many ways to the Camelback Church.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God.

In light of upcoming leadership trainings for Arizona women's ministry leaders, AZ Young Women's Experience is collecting financial donations for restaurant gift cards to help our leaders build relationships with younger women and men in their church. Donate to empower the next generation! Send checks to Glendale SDA Church, 6801 North 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85019 and write "AZ Young W.E." in the memo. Thank you!

Some pianist assistance is being requested for Pre-School Sabbath School. If you could play once or twice a month, it would be a great help. Please contact Sharon Kirby if you are able to help: skirby08@msn.com or 602.717.3462.

Hope to see many here tomorrow!

Love, Cherie O

Notes from Cherie

January 18, 2018

Good evening, Camelback members and friends!

I hope this finds all doing well and praising God for everything, no matter our circumstances. It’s REALLY hard to do that at times, especially when things just aren’t going our way and the road ahead doesn’t look much better. Just remember how much our Savior loved us, to die for us, each one, YOU and ME and EVERYONE else. THAT’S ALOT TO BE GRATEFUL FOR, FOLKS! Please, let’s never lose sight of His sacrifice.

This Sabbath (January 20), Family Praise & Worship (formerly Family Circle Sabbath School) - Songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer, and more, for the kids and whole family - ROOM 8 - 9:30-9:45am. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in several locations around the facility. They are all listed on the inside cover of your bulletin when you arrive Sabbath morning. Pastor Melanie Cruz will bring us the morning message, entitled, “FAMILY SACRIFICES,” with a scripture reference of Joshua 24:15. I know Pastor Melanie will bless us to our innermost with this message. Please plan to be here for worship at 10:50, as Ed Loney and his praise team lead out, we have a baby dedication, and just all in all, have a wonderful Sabbath. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD. It would also be helpful to our great volunteers who bring us the visitor’s luncheon each Sabbath, if a few could stay afterward and assist with clean-up.

The Pathfinder and Discoverer/Adventurer clubs will meet for the first time this Sabbath. Discoverers/Adventurers 2:00-3:30 and Pathfinders 2:00-4:00. If you need to complete your Verified Volunteers training and background check, or get paperwork turned in, the deadline is almost here!

At 6:30, the Camelback Concert Series is pleased to bring us Watoto - Signs & Wonders - a Free Concert. A Vibrant Worship Experience - The Sound of a Transformed Generation By a Family of Orphans from Uganda. If you missed them the first time they were here, don’t miss them now! This is a great event to bring family, friends and neighbors. If this just isn’t “your thing,” perhaps you’d like to support Thunderbird Adventist Academy and their International Food Festival. Booths are free of charge - call 480.815.9391 to arrange for one. 10% of profits for each group go toward improving the TAA campus - 6:45pm Thunderbird Adventist Academy Gym.

Monday, January 22, 2018, the church will meet in Business Session, at 7:00pm, in the Rotunda. We will look at plans for 2018 and vote the proposed budget to underwrite these plans. We will hear reports from pastors and ministry leaders, looking back and looking ahead. All are invited to be in attendance. Please come out and show your support. This is YOUR Camelback Church, after all.

For you Thunderbird Christian Elementary Board members, your meeting is Monday, January 22, 6:45pm at TCE.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (1/23/18) evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

We continue to host two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men’s Small Group Study will meet Wednesday, January 17, 7:00pm in Room 3. There is a “3” on the door, but is in the physical location of what used to be Room 7. Please note that they have returned to the 7:00pm start time.

Sabbath, January 27, we’ll have our 1st church-wide potluck of 2018. Please bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) to share, and plan to be a part of this time of fellowship and good food! There’s no better time to get to know people than around the table, sharing a meal.

Sunday, January 28, the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will gather at 4:00 at the home of Diane Bond. And another exciting event happens Sunday, January 28. IT’S PASTOR MELANIE’S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

If you haven’t filled out the survey from last Sabbath, regarding the Mission Statement, please take the time to do it, my friends. It really is important to our future here at Camelback. Or, if you can’t find the blue form you took home, go directly to www.surveymonkey.com/r/camelbackchurch and complete it that way.

We have made available to all a place to pray, and to be prayed with, in the Parents Room. Open during SS and after the worship service, come and make your requests known to God, write your requests and place them on the Prayer Board and also your Praises, glorifying God.

In light of upcoming leadership trainings for Arizona women's ministry leaders, AZ Young Women's Experience is collecting financial donations for restaurant gift cards to help our leaders build relationships with younger women and men in their church. Donate to empower the next generation! Send checks to Glendale SDA Church, 6801 North 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85019 and write "AZ Young W.E." in the memo. Thank you!

Some pianist assistance is being requested for Pre-School Sabbath School. If you could play once or twice a month, it would be a great help. Please contact Sharon Kirby if you are able to help: skirby08@msn.com or 602.717.3462.

Good night for now friends. I’ve got to get home so I can get some sleep and come back tomorrow, to do it all over again.

I love you, each and everyone!

Cherie O