A Message from Cherie

Camelback Church family & friends,

It’s been WAY too long since you’ve heard from me in the form of “Notes from Cherie O,” and for that I extend my apologies. I am going to do my very best, going forward, to make them happen weekly. I know it is a valuable communication tool, and so many of you have told me how much you miss receiving them. Well here goes. . . . .

Today is the National Day of Prayer (I just noted that I showed Friday, May 5, as the date on our May calendar-that’s a big OOPS!).

Please remember several in prayer - my dedicated and loyal volunteer assistant, Parveen, learned of the passing of her maternal uncle in Pakistan. He went to sleep in Jesus this past Sabbath, April 29. And Mary Ellen Hogan is in Banner Desert Hospital with two blood clots in her right lung. And Larry Chadwick will have heart bypass surgery a week from tomorrow. These are only a few of the payer needs we are aware of, and I can’t even imagine how many there are that we don’t even know about! Pray for one another, my friends; it is a precious gift that costs us nothing, and can have such an impact!

Tomorrow evening, 7:00 at the Chandler SDA Church, the youth/young adults there begin a weekend of prayer with speaker, Pastor Jonathan Henderson of California.

Family Circle Sabbath School is back in full force this month. The location has moved from the Rotunda to Room 8, still 9:30 - 10:00am. Come and enjoy songs, testimonies, scripture, prayer and more - for the kids and whole family!

This coming Sabbath (5-6) Pastor Mark will speak for the worship service; his message is entitled, “ADVENTISTS’ GREATEST NEED — ENCOUNTERING THE HOLY SPIRIT.” There will be a Thunderbird Adventist Academy feature, a Children’s Story, and we will welcome a new member to the Camelback family through Profession of Faith. A church-wide potluck will follow the worship service. Please plan to attend and bring plenty of your favorite dish(es). We want to provide abundantly for our guests and one another. Among our guests this week will be members of the Burgeson family, here for Don's memorial service at 2:00 in the sanctuary. Please plan to be in attendance to show your support for this precious family. A reception will follow in the Rotunda.

For those who wish to avail themselves, Caring for the Emotionally Damaged Heart, meets on Tuesday nights, 7:00pm, in Room 5. The facilitator, Duane Andersen, has gotten rave reviews for his kindness, compassion and ability to lead out in this kind of a group. If you feel you could benefit from your involvement in this kind of a setting, please come and test out the waters!

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

Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm in Room 7, the Men’s Small Group Study meets. Pastor Lou primarily leads out in this group, but next week (5-10), it will be Pastor Mark. Check it out, guys; you may hear something you like!

We are blessed to have Sarah Sykora returning with her Breath of Life worship/exercise class. They will meet twice this month, Thursday, May 11 and Thursday, May 18, both dates at 7:00pm in Room 5.

Sabbath, May 13, Pastor Lou will bring us the morning message. Plan to be in attendance for a special surprise on this Mother’s Day Sabbath!

Sunday, May 14, 3:00pm, the Camelback Concert Series is pleased to bring La Forza Chamber Orchestra in FREE concert to the Camelback sanctuary. This is a good concert to share with neighbors and friends. The group is one of the premier classical ensembles in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, presenting unique music by well-known classical composers.

The Thunderbird Christian Elementary Spring Concert will take place Thursday evening, May 18, 6:30pm at the Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church. Come and enjoy “Who Am I? CHOSEN,” an evening of music and drama. Groups will include children choirs, instrumental ensemble, hand chimes and bell choirs.

Sabbath, May 20, our monthly community service project to Scottsdale Nursing & Rehab happens. You can plan to meet in the parking lot at 2:45 and go in as a group at 3:00. The address is 3293 N Drinkwater Blvd. Participants are blessed, and bring a blessing to the residents there.

At 6:30pm on May 20, the Camelback Concert Series brings the Sonoran Desert Chorale to our sanctuary. This highly regarded and artistically sophisticated choral organization performs music spanning time from the ancient folk music of Mongolia to the premier of modern compositions such as Prelude to Glory by Russell Wilson. The Chorale performs a repertoire meant to demonstrate that music is a language that transcends our differences and accentuates our commonality.

We all love our Backpacks for Christ Christmas outreach. If you knit, or would like to learn, and want to play in integral role in Backpacks, now is your chance. Beginning Sunday, May 21, 10am-noon, plan to be in Room 9 of the Sabbath School wing. Cathie Worth and Gwen Dossey want you to bring # 7 knitting needles and show up!

It’s hard to believe that another school year is winding down. Graduations are upon us. 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.

That’s all for today, my friends. I look forward to seeing you on Sabbath.

God’s richest blessings to you and yours.

A Message from Cherie

Christmas Season Greetings, my friends!

As many are consumed with the gifting process at the present time, here’s a different spin, as we take a moment for a devotional thought:

GIFT-GIVING SOLUTIONS Trying to find gifts for certain people - or letting others know what you want - can be quite challenging. After all, most of us don’t need anything. Realizing that the best gifts aren’t material items, offers a new perspective on giving and receiving. Consider these insights from author Charles Swindoll: “Some gifts you can give this Christmas are beyond monetary value: Mend a quarrel, dismiss suspicion, tell someone ‘I love you.’ Give something away - anonymously. Forgive someone who has treated you wrong. Turn away wrath with a soft answer. Visit someone in a nursing home. Apologize if you were wrong. Be especially kind to someone with whom you work. Give as God gave to you in Christ, without obligation, or announcement, or reservation, or hypocrisy.”

GOO FOOD FOR THOUGHT, WOULDN’T YOU SAY?

The Men of God Accountability Group and its study of The Resolution for Men wrapped up last night. Rhett tells me they will resume with a new study on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. We’ll let you know as details become available. Also, last night, Rhett and his team finished packing up hygiene kits, sorting knitted caps, counting candy canes, etc., etc., etc.; all the steps that combine to make up our Backpacks for Christ ministry outreach. Check in the foyer on Sabbath to see if volunteers are still needed at the various Backpack sites. One of the important aspects of Backpacks is the prayer ministry. The following is from Susan Skelton:

Volunteers needed on Backpacks Prayer Team!

We still need 4 more volunteers on the PRAYER team for Backpacks for Christ. Join Pastor Charles White and the team early Christmas Morning to connect with folks as they wait in line to receive their backpacks. The prayer team will pray with people INSIDE the building where it's warm. Be blessed and be a blessing as you spend a few moments getting to know the heart and hopes of a homeless person, and give them the priceless gift of prayer. To sign up, you MUST call/text to volunteer - Luke/Susan 480-888-6983. A bilingual (Spanish) speaking volunteer is one of the greatest needs!

For those who find themselves in the midst of a separation or divorce, PLEASE understand, there is Hope for the Hurting. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. A 13-week program meeting once a week for 1-1/2 hours. The program includes a DVD and workbook. Please visit divorcecare.org for more info. Kids are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help with this program To learn more, sign up or volunteer, please call Lela Lewis 623.329.0078. Tuesday nights, 7:00 - 8:30, Room 2B.

A reminder to those who can benefit, the Camelback Church now hosts two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

A reminder for you choir folks out there, rehearsal tomorrow night, 7:00pm in the sanctuary.

This coming Sabbath (12-17), Family Circle Sabbath School resumes, beginning with refreshments for the kiddos at 9:15 in the Rotunda. I understand everyone has a great time during this program from 9:30 - 10:00; drop in and check it out! Pastor Jackie will bring us what will be his last sermon as Associate Pastor here at Camelback. It is entitled, “ REVISIONIST HISTORY,” and his scripture is Matthew 21:42-44. And following the worship service, we’ll feast together at our church-wide potluck and participate in a farewell “roast” for Jackie and Lauryl. The roast is more for Jackie, Lauryl, so don’t get nervous! The church will gift Jackie and Lauryl, but anyone wishing to privately gift them may do so, also! Please bring extra portions of your favorite dishes so that we may also provide nicely for our guests. Our monthly community service project to fellowship with the residents at Scottsdale Nursing & Rehab also takes place this Sabbath, for those who would like to participate. And later in the afternoon (4:00) & Saturday night (7:00), “O Come Emmanuel,” a concert of worship featuring the Glendale Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, Kid’s Choir, and Bell Choir. Doors open 40 minutes prior to each concert. Glendale SDA Church, 6801 N 43rd Ave, Phoenix AZ 85019. For more information, go to gschoir.org or glendaleazsda.org

Another farewell to the Arizona Conference is taking place Sunday (12-18) at the Mesa Palms SDA Church Fellowship Room, 2:00-5:00pm, for Terry & Debbie Darnall as they conclude 26-1/2 years of ministry at Mesa Palms and 28 years in Arizona. They will be transitioning to the Joshua Crossroads Fellowship Church (“The Cowboy Church”) in Joshua, Texas. All are invited.

Sabbath, December 24, is our annual Homecoming. This is always a special service, with lots of beautiful music, and concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus, a tradition here at Camelback. Please plan to be in attendance on this Christmas Eve. Pastor Lou will bring us a homily and we will all be abundantly blessed by the entire service. That evening, from 6:00-7:00 we will have our intimate Candlelight Communion, another Camelback tradition, in the sanctuary.

And what has come to be yet another tradition here at Camelback is the Marty Goetz concert, New Year’s Eve, beginning at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. Marty is a Messianic Christian praise and worship musician. He has been at Camelback almost every New Year’s Eve for the past 14 or 15 years. The sanctuary is always jam packed; people just love him. If you’d like to enjoy a special FREE treat, check it out!

As you think about your giving for this week, keep in mind that the offering is for Camelback Church Ministries. We are almost to year-end now, and we all need to be thinking about how we are going to contribute to the deficit, so that we can end the year in the black.

Every Young Person Deserves a Christian Education As an Arizona taxpayer, you are eligible to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit when you make a donation subject to the state allowed maximum. Support quality Christian education through your tax credit donation. Visit us at www.AzAdventistScholarships.com or give us a call at 480-519-1379. Search for “Arizona Adventist Scholarships” on YouTube to see a video on how the program works.

Don’t forget, there are MANY needs in our church family and the community. As you pray, lift up these needs to the throne of God; He hears, and answers, every prayer.

As you welcome in the Sabbath tomorrow evening, may it be with thankfulness to God for His love and mercy and grace. And may your gratitude just overflow onto everyone with whom you come in contact.

I look forward to seeing you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

Good evening, my Camelback Church family and friends!

A devotional thought to start us out on the right foot:

FORGIVE AND LET GO Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was said to never hold grudges. One day someone reminded her of an offense that another person had committed against her. “Don’t you remember?” the friend pressed. “No,” Barton replied. “I distinctly remember forgetting that.” Forgiving and forgetting are not precisely the same. While God declares that he’ll “remember (our) sin no more,” (Jeremiah 31:34), it’s tough for humans to completely forget harm done to us, even when we want to forgive. On the other hand, like Barton, we can consciously choose not to ruminate on an offense, as a cow does its cud. We can opt not to bring up past hurts during present disagreements, and we can intentionally not recount someone’s sin to a third party, hoping they’ll take our side. In the process of “choosing to forget” the wrong done to us, surely we’ll also find it easier to forgive. What’s that one little/big thing you’re holding on to that’s making it difficult to move forward? Perhaps it's time. . . . . . . . . .

If you weren’t in attendance last night at Chef Mark Anthony’s presentation, you missed quite an evening, complete with a scrumptious dinner! He’ll be back on Monday, January 9, 2017. Please make plans now to be here - you won’t be disappointed!

A reminder to those who would benefit, the Camelback Church now hosts two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

The Men of God Accountability Group is meeting 7:00 - 8:30pm, in Room 7. The book they are using is The Resolution for Men, written by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick and Randy Alcorn. We are asking that you purchase your own book, and read 1 chapter per week. In the back of the book you will find study questions. The Resolution for Men strategically inspires men to reconcile with their past, re-engage in the present by taking full responsibility for their wives and children, and then move forward with a bold and clear resolution for the future. The group will be taking off Thanksgiving week and finishing the week before Christmas. Though they are beginning to close in on the end of the group, any of you men out there who would still be interested are certainly welcome to join.

The Sanctuary Choir will rehearse this coming Friday (11-18) night at 7:00, to sing for church on Sabbath, November 19. For you young adults out there, Pastor Alicia Johnston will speak for the Faith Hope Love Project, 7:00pm at AMC Deer Valley: Awaken to Love.

This coming Sabbath (November 19), the Family Circle Sabbath School begins in the Rotunda at 9:15 with refreshments, and the program runs from 9:30 - 10:00. Kara Fitting will lead the children in craft time and the Candyman will have a little talk for our young folks. The regular Sabbath School classes follow the Rotunda service from 10:00 - 10:30. Cathie Worth will be facilitating a new adult Sabbath School class (Encountering Jesus Through Full Surrender) beginning this week, at 9:30 in Room 2A. They will be using two specific books for the class. Please contact Cathie (cheyer63@gmail.com or 480.290.1323) to obtain your copies. At the beginning of the Worship Service, Cathie will also bring us a report on our Love Your Community Health Fair, held last Sabbath at the Paiute Neighborhood Center. What a blessing it was for everyone who was there! Don’t forget our annual Procession of Thanks. We are very blessed here at Camelback with members, friends, visitors and guests who have the biggest hearts in the world! For those who have not yet brought your donation for the Procession of Thanks, as you think about and prepare your gift(s), please keep in mind that your church has committed to provide meals for 15 community families (some with as many as 10-14 children in the home) this Thanksgiving. We’ve done a good job in what has been brought in so far, but we have a LONG WAY to go! Please, friends, open your hearts and let your generosity spill out all over the place so that we can have plenty - and this year can be no different than years past! A sampling of needed items: Instant mashed potatoes, gravy, juices, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, soups/broths, canned sweet potatoes, canned corn/green beans, canned fruit, jello/pudding mix, toilet paper, paper towels, bath soap, laundry detergent, shampoo. Remember, NO expired items, open items or glass containers. Or if you would like to donate to the fresh food/Turkey fund, just mark your tithe envelope accordingly. Pastor Lou will bring us our message this Sabbath. It is entitled, “OUR BENEVOLENT FATHER” and is based on Luke 11:1-13. And last, but not least, our monthly Community Service project to Scottsdale Nursing & Rehab takes place this Sabbath - 3:00pm, 329\3 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale. Please remember Don Burgeson in your prayers, and the many others who have needs, including Bev Noble as she continues with her rehab, and Charlie Post as he recovers from foot surgery yesterday.

The offering this Sabbath is for Camelback Church Ministries. As we get nearer and nearer to year end, please may our hearts be nudged by the Holy Spirit so that we can end the year in the black.

I’ll be away this Sabbath, but my church family is always near and dear in my heart. Have a blessed Sabbath and a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Love, Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

Let’s begin with a devotional thought, to open our minds and our hearts to the indwelling of the Spirit:

About two-thirds of Americans say eating Thanksgiving leftovers is more important than eating the actual holiday meal. That’s one of the few times people hope food is left on the table. When it comes to giving out blessings, God doesn’t want any leftovers to remain. In Genesis 12:2, God blesses Abraham so he will be a blessing to others. Charles Stanley writes: “A hoarded blessing is never enjoyed as richly as a shared one. Using your gift to meet someone else’s need glorifies God by demonstrating his grace at work in your life. Don’t let his generous provisions end with you. Pass them on and discover the joy of a never-ending cycle of blessings.”

It’s such a blessing to each of us to be entering this season of the year when our hearts are more open to giving and helping. What a privilege it is to call ourselves children of the King, and to share our resources, big or small, physical or emotional, with those around us who are in need. Thank you, God; thank you, Jesus; thank you, Holy Spirit.

A reminder to those who would benefit, the Camelback Church now hosts two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings per week in the Rotunda; Wednesday & Friday afternoons, Noon - 1:00pm.

This past Tuesday evening, the DivorceCare group met for the 1st time. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. A 13-week program meeting once a week for 1-1/2 hours, beginning at 7:00pm in Room 2B. The program includes a DVD and workbook. Please visit divorcecare.org for more info. Kids are welcome. Please don’t let ANYTHING stand in the way of getting the help that’s available.

The Men of God Accountability Group is meeting 7:00 - 8:30pm, in Room 7. The book they are using is The Resolution for Men, written by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick and Randy Alcorn. We are asking that you purchase your own book, and read 1 chapter per week. In the back of the book you will find study questions. The Resolution for Men strategically inspires men to reconcile with their past, re-engage in the present by taking full responsibility for their wives and children, and then move forward with a bold and clear resolution for the future. The group will be taking off Thanksgiving week and finishing the week before Christmas. Though they are beginning to close in on the end of the group, any of you men out there who would still be interested are certainly welcome to join.

The Sanctuary Choir will rehearse this coming Friday (11-4) night at 7:00 in the Choir Room, and then again on November 18, to sing for church on November 19.

This coming Sabbath (11-5) will be a busy one. Pastor Mark is having great success with the Family Circle Sabbath School in the Rotunda. They begin at 9:15 with refreshments, and the program runs from 9:30 - 10:00, featuring music, testimonies, scripture reading, prayer and more. The regular Sabbath School classes follow the Rotunda service from 10:00 - 10:30.

I asked Pastor Lou to prepare an explanation of what is going to take place for the volunteers who have signed up for our Love Your Community Sabbath Health Fair, taking place on November 12: We will meet in the sanctuary this Sabbath (11-5) during Sabbath school (9:30 -10:30am) for orientation. Beginning at 9:30, we will meet as a large group to cover the NEWSTART principles and some general directions. Volunteers will then meet with their group leader for specific instructions pertaining to their area of service. We will conclude the SS time period with Q & A and prayer. Those not involved with the Health Fair are invited to join their respective SS classes for discussion of the SS lesson. Skip's class is still meeting in the overflow section, Merv's class is going to meet in Room 2A, and Brian’s class will meet in the Library.

Pastor Lou will bring us a message entitled, “Heart of Worship,” based on Luke 18:9-14, in case you want to get a little background and head-start!

Groups, including about 15 TAA students, will be going out to distribute flyers for the Health Fair after a quick bite-to-eat following the worship service. I’m sure Cathie Worth would welcome more folks to join in this effort. I went out last Sabbath afternoon, and it was a real blessing to have his experience. There will be a Guest Luncheon this Sabbath; all are welcome, just bring food!

For those who have committed to Children’s Sabbath School ministries, this Sabbath Melanie Cruz will lead out in a Leadership Workshop. Come and learn how we can understand and reach this new generation of kids. It will begin at 2:00 and run until 5:00, in the Rotunda. Please contact the church office 480.947.3781 if you have not yet signed up and wish to attend.

Saturday night (still 11-5) Faith Hope and Love Worship and Game Night, complete with bonfire rally - 7:00pm - Thunderbird Adventist Academy.

Though they are departing tomorrow for Thailand for the destination wedding of friends, Pastor Jackie and Lauryl will celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary, this coming Monday, November 7. We could all send them cards that will welcome them back home the following weekend! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, JACKIE & LAURYL - HERE YOU ARE LIVING THE DREAM!!!!

Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12 - 36th Annual Arizona Conference Regional Ministries Convocation. Friday night - 7:00pm - Tucson Sharon SDA Church Saturday morning - 9:00am - Leon Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center.

For next Sabbath, November 12, we are all really excited about our Love Your Community Health Fair. If you have not signed up yet and would like to be involved, it is of the utmost importance that you attend in the sanctuary during Sabbath School time this week (11-5). You can check with Cathie Worth or myself that morning and we can direct you, based on your choice of ministry participation. For those who do not choose to participate in Health Fair activities, Pastor Mark will have a sermon. Later that night, the Camelback Concert Series is pleased to bring Wintley Phipps in FREE Concert, to the sanctuary, beginning at 6:30. This Baritone Gospel Artist is blessed with the special gift of a voice the Lord has commissioned him to use to spread the gospel through music.

On Tuesday, November 15, as a followup to the Nutrition portion of our Health Fair, 3ABN Guest Speaker and Chef, Mark Anthony, will be with us, beginning at 6:00 in the Rotunda, for one night only. Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has been on ABC, NBC, 3ABN, and appears regularly on SmartLifestyle Worldwide television. He has done these events in every state in the country. FREE Dinner and a Message - Cooking at its Funnest!! Plant-based Health Nutrition - These Great topics: Weight Loss, Lower Cholesterol, Increase Energy.

As we talked about giving in our devotional tonight, just a reminder, our annual Procession of Thanks will take place two weeks from this Sabbath. The cart is in the foyer, we have a whole sleeve of handled grocery bags, donated generously by Trader Joe’s; now all we’re lacking is your GENEROUS donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items. We are planning to provide for 15 community families this year, and some of these families have as many as 10-14 children in them. As the Spirit impresses you, open your hearts and your wallets that we may all be blessed. If you are unable to get out to shop, and would like to make a monetary donation, that is also a welcome gift.

As we begin to prepare for Sabbath tomorrow, and you think about your giving, keep in mind that the offering this week is for Camelback Church Ministries. We are coming up on year-end now, and we all need to think about how we are going to contribute to the deficit. More on that later.

Don’t forget, there are MANY needs in our church family and the community. As you pray, lift up these needs to the throne of God; He hears every prayer.

As you welcome in the Sabbath tomorrow evening, may it be with thankfulness to God for His love and mercy and grace. And may your gratitude just overflow onto everyone with whom you come in contact.

I look forward to seeing you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

Our devotional thought for today:
DO SOMETHING
God wants our work to be meaningful and satisfying. No matter what we do, it should provide a reason to get up each day and use the talents God has given us. As Benjamin Franklin said, “The man who achieves makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all: doing nothing.”
Brief, but to the point!

This Sabbath, September 10, Pastor Lou will bring us the morning message entitled, “I CHOOSE TO BE a Seventh-day Adventist NOT Seventh-day Sadventist.” I, for one, am really looking forward to his message! There will be a church-wide POTLUCK - PLEASE BRING LOTS OF FOOD. We want to make sure we have plenty for our guests. At 3:00 Sabbath afternoon, the Arizona Conference Administration team will be conducting a Town Hall meeting here at Camelback. This is in advance of the October Constituency Session. Not only will there be reports from Conference Administration, but also on education, the Adventist Book Center, Communications, Human Resources, Literature Ministries, Media Ministries (our very own Luke Skelton reporting), Trust/Stewardship, Youth Ministries, Summer Camp/Young Adult Ministries, and Asian-Pacific, Hispanic and Regional Ministries. The reports will be followed by a Q & A. Please plan to be in attendance for this informative meeting.

This Sunday, September 11, Patriot Day, and National Grandparents Day. Also, the Adventist Book Center will hold its annual Fall Open House. There will be samples of NEW food items, special sale items, and you can fill a bag of used books for only $5.00. A FREE book for the first 100 customers. 9:00am - 3:00pm, Adventist Book Center, 13405 N Scottdsale Rd, Scottsdale.

The new Men of God Accountability Group is meeting 7:00 - 8:30pm, in the Rotunda. They will meet thru December 14, so if you’re interested, please read the following (this is the content of the bulletin insert on August 27): "Men of God Accountability Group - The book we will be using is The Resolution for Men, written by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick and Randy Alcorn. We are asking that you purchase your own book, and read 1 chapter per week. In the back of the book you will find study questions. The Resolution for Men strategically inspires men to reconcile with their past, re-engage in the present by taking full responsibility for their wives and children, and then move forward with a bold and clear resolution for the future. Space will be limited to the first 20 men - first come, first serve. We will begin Wednesday, August 31, and meet the next 15 weeks, taking off Thanksgiving week and finishing the week before Christmas. We will meet in the Rotunda, 7:00 – 8:30pm. Your commitment to the next 16 weeks is of the utmost importance."

Our Choir Director (who continues commuting to Napa Valley, CA, to lead the Harlen Miller Chorale), is looking forward to teaching some exciting and lively music for the upcoming musical season at Camelback. September rehearsals will be the 16th and 23rd, singing for church on the 24th. Rehearsal on the 16th will be held in the Rotunda, and on the 23rd in the Sanctuary.
See you at 7:00pm!

If you’re interested in the Arizona Conference Couples Retreat, Great Grace, Great Marriage, please contact Family Ministries at 480.669.2879. There is still time to register. I know everyone will be blessed by the speakers, Pastor Mike and Lynn Ortel. The retreat will be held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W Dunlap Ave in Phoenix, Friday September 16 - Sunday, September 18.

As the Nominating Committee prepares to conclude its work, just a reminder for ALL who are presently, or will be with new assignments, working with children, SHIELD THE VULNERABLE is a program that ALL leaders and teachers of children are required by the Arizona Conference to participate in. This is an online education program that takes about two hours to complete. Please complete the course by going to www.shieldthevulnerable.org Our primary purpose as a church is to introduce people (including children) to Jesus and help them grow in their relationship to Him. This is possible only in a safe environment. We have a responsibility to our children to do everything we can to protect them from offenders. Your staff and leaders are committed to that safe environment. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED THE COURSE, PLEASE MAKE THIS COMPLIANCE A PRIORITY!

The offering this Sabbath is for the Fall Mission Appeal; what many of you remember as Ingathering. As you consider your giving, please remember your Camelback Church Family Ministries Budget. Summer is now officially over, so we’re hopeful that giving to the budget will soon pick up, because things are looking pretty dismal, folks!

We have a praise report on a surgery this week. Mary Olson came through her surgery with flying colors and prayers were answered. Thank you, God, for watching over Mary, and now we pray for a speedy and complete recovery!

Please remember, there are MANY needs in our church family and the community. As you pray, lift up these needs to the throne of God; He hears every prayer.

May you blessed in all your activities tomorrow, and as you welcome in the Sabbath tomorrow evening. May God’s Camelback House be filled this Sabbath.

Love,
Cherie O