A Message from Cherie

Greetings, my friends, on Thanksgiving Eve!

This Thanksgiving week is always an extra busy one for me, starting with Sunday, when a group of us gather in Room 7 to sort and box up the donations of our generous Camelback Church. We also go that day to purchase all the fresh items, and Fry’s was most gracious to us, in that they had everything all carted up and ready when our shoppers arrived. A big THANK YOU to Bill Frazier for arranging all this with them before he left on his vacation. Monday morning the turkeys were purchased, and we were ready to start distributing very generous Thanksgiving food boxes. Over the course of Monday, Tuesday and today, we provided Thanksgiving dinner+++ to 15 community families. Another big THANK YOU to former Camelback member, Gary Bowman. Last year and yesterday, Gary made deliveries for me to families who were unable to come to Camelback and pick up. Thank you, Camelback Church and friends, for your non-perishable items and cash donations which make this vital outreach possible each year. And a big THANK YOU to each one who was here Sunday; the group was comprised of some VERY organized individuals, which made it flow very smoothly.

We got a little taste last Sabbath of Jeff Forgey’s Middle School Ministry which takes place in Room 8 every Sabbath, beginning with Family Praise and Worship (formerly Family Circle Sabbath School) at 9:30. Drop by and see what they’re up to; I’m sure they’d love to see you there! Then, for Youth/Collegiate age, there’s Welcome Home, taking place in Room 5, for Bible study, fun and friends. For the Worship Service, we will be blessed with our musical guest, Dawn of Hope Ministry (Stephanie Dawn). Stephanie, blind since birth, is a soprano who was singing at the age of one, and had performed her first solo in church by age three. By the age on nine, she was singing solo concerts across the U.S. and had recorded her first album. Stephanie appeared on her first 3ABN program and recorded her third album at age eleven. There is no Guest Luncheon this Sabbath. It’s important that we be kind to our Luncheon Coordinators, and give them a Sabbath off occasionally, especially around holiday time when family-time is on everyone’s mind.

For those involved in the Camelback Christmas Play, your next rehearsal is this coming Sunday (Nov. 26) at 5:00pm in the Sanctuary.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (11/28) evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

The Men’s Small Group Study is taking a break tonight, but will resume on November 29.

DivorceCare will not meet tomorrow night, but will resume next Thursday, November 30.

High School/Collegiate Welcome Home will hold their monthly get-together on Friday, December 1, at 7:30pm in the Rotunda. I understand their first was well-attended and a meaningful event for all who were there. There will be music, an open mic, food and friends.

Sabbath, December 2, will be our Mission Statement Sabbath. I didn’t catch all the details on that, but I’ll be able to share more informatively in my notes next week. That Saturday night, please join us at 6:30 in the Sanctuary for our annual community Christmas concert, Songs in the Air.

For the ladies of the Camelback SDA Church Women’s Breakfast Club (that’s quite a mouthful!), Sunday, December 3, 10:00am, home of Diane Bond, your Holiday meeting potluck brunch.
Also, on December 3, the annual Arizona Conference Retiree’s Christmas Luncheon is at 11:30am in the AZ Conference seminar room. The deadline for reservations is Friday, November 24: 480.991.6777 X 150 or kmoss@azconference.org

Jaime Jorge, world-class violinist, will be with us on Saturday night, December 9, 6:30pm in the sanctuary, as part of the Camelback Concert series.

Sabbath, December 16, for the Worship Service, the Thunderbird Adventist Academy Music Dept will be our special musical guests. We are always blessed when they bring us their music, under the direction of Ben Purvis.

Saturday night, December 16, please come out for our Celebration of Christmas play, 6:00pm, in the sanctuary. A lot of Camelback family and friends are working very hard to make this an event to remember. Please be here to support their efforts!

Homecoming will be December 23. This is always such a special day, with lots of music, and, of course, the day we distribute the backpacks (Backpacks for Christ) to the congregation so we can pray over them and attach the bag tags. Speaking of Backpacks, December 2, baskets will appear in the foyer to begin collecting the travel-size hygiene items you have been gathering all year. So be preparing to bag them up and bring them in soon!

May we all be largely blessed tomorrow, and may our gratefulness be lifted up to our Father in heaven.

Love, Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

Hello, friends!

Just a few brief notes today about upcoming events, etc.

We heard from Pastor Lou & Kara that they arrived safely, along with the moving van, at 6:15pm yesterday. And they thanked us all for our love and prayers. We will miss them, but also are trusting that God will bless them in their new church home and surroundings.

This coming Sabbath, November 18, for our Stephen Ministers, we will have our Peer Supervision/Continuing Education, 8:30am, in Room 1. I look forward to seeing you all there! For the kiddos (and the young at heart, if you’re so inclined), don’t forget Family Circle Sabbath School, 9:30am, in Room 8. I understand it really is a fun place to be. And for the Youth/Collegiate age, don’t forget about our new Welcome Home Sabbath School in their newly-decorated quarters, Room 5, beginning at 9:30, for Bible study, fun and friends. I hope many will be here for the worship service as our very own Camelback Middle School Ministry leads out. The kids are excited to share their God-given talents with you. As I reminded in my email last night, this week is our 19th annual Procession of Thanks. If you have not yet brought your contribution to this vital ministry, just bring it along this Sabbath. Pastor Melanie will bring us a message entitled, “AN UNFORGETTABLE RECIPE.” Following the worship service, we’ll have our Guest Luncheon, and remember, we’re all invited, JUST BRING FOOD! And last, but certainly not least, the Camelback Concert Series is pleased to bring The Blackwood Brothers Quartet to our sanctuary for a FREE concert this Saturday night. It will begin at 6:30. This group is celebrating 83 years, and has become the best-known name in gospel quartet history. This would be a GREAT concert to bring a friend and/or neighbor and/or relative to! It seems like just about everyone has heard of them!

This Sunday (November 19), we will meet in Room 7 of the Sabbath School wing at 9:00am to prepare the Thanksgiving baskets for our community families. If you have never come out for this event, you might want to try it and receive a rich blessing. A lot of the young adults, and a lot of some more seasoned folks participate. You may want to come out and give it a try!

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (11/21) evening at its usual time of 7:00pm in Room 5.

The Men’s Small Group Study will take a break Thanksgiving week, but will resume on November 29.

DivorceCare will not meet on Thanksgiving day, but will resume Thursday, November 30.

I want to make a special plea for our Seventh-day Adventist Community Services annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This outreach to their community is a vital mission field. I hope and pray that some of you folks will call Denise Sanderson, director of the Center, and see how you can help. It is held on Wednesday, November 22, the day before Thanksgiving, so as not to interfere with peoples’ plans on Thanksgiving day. The hours are noon to 3:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to serve guests, or you may be able to prepare a dish or two and deliver it there. Food items needed: turkeys, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, punch. Needed: a setup team and a cleanup team. Questions, or to volunteer please call Denise Sanderson, 480-272-5024.

Sabbath, November 25, Dawn of Hope Ministry (Stephanie Dawn) will be our musical guest for the worship service. Stephanie, blind since birth, is a 20 year-old soprano who was singing at the age of one, and had performed her first solo in church by age three. By the age on nine, she was singing solo concerts across the U.S. and had recorded her first album. Stephanie appeared on her first 3ABN program and recorded her third album at age eleven.

Members of the Camelback Christmas Play will have a Sunday off this coming week (11/19), as everyone is preparing for Thanksgiving.

I am including at the end of this email a flyer we received today from our SDA Church State Council office in Sacramento, regarding House of Representatives’ Tax bill, HR 1.

I think it’s time to go home now, I’ve had all the fun I can stand for today.

Blessings to each of you, and I hope to see you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

Good evening, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

Beginning tomorrow night, Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm and continuing all day Sabbath and into Saturday night, the Regional (African-American) Ministries Convocation will take place at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. The Adult guest speaker will be Pastor Gamal Alexander, Southern California Conference. The Young Adult guest speaker is Pastor Baron Sovory, SE California Conference.

This Sabbath, November 11, don’t forget Family Circle Sabbath School, 9:30am in Room 8, with Jeff Forgey and his team. The music is great and I know they have a lot going on in there. And for the youth and collegiate-aged, don’t forget Welcome Home, 9:30am, in Room 5. For the worship service, we will celebrate Communion. Pastor Mark will lead out in this meaningful and important remembrance of Jesus. Rhett Laufenburger will bring us a Backpacks for Christ ministry feature to kick off the Backpacks season. For this communion service we will dismissed for Footwashing during the worship service, instead of going on our own prior to worship. We will then return to the sanctuary to partake of the Emblems. It is a blessing that some of our elders, and Pastor Mark, will be taking communion to seven of our members and friends who are unable to attend. Thank you for this important service to those who are unable to be with us each week. There will be a visitor’s luncheon this week - if you’d like to contribute a dish(es), please feel free. And remember, EVERYONE can come to the visitor’s luncheon, you just need to bring an edible contribution(s).

JoAnn Bloom had a great response last Sabbath at her sign-up table for Adventurer-aged children. If you weren’t here last Sabbath, or missed the sign-up, and are interested in the following clubs: (Discoverers ages 1-3, Adventurers ages 4-9), please contact JoAnn Bloom so she can add your child(ren) to the lists of potential members. Her contact info is: 623.523.2541 or joann.bloom1113@gmail.com

Sunday, November 12, those involved in the Camelback Christmas Play will be meeting 5:00-7:00pm in the Sanctuary for rehearsal.

Caring for the Emotionally Damaged Heart/Learning the Language of Healing, meets on Tuesday nights, 7:00pm, in Room 5. If you feel you could benefit from your involvement in this kind of a setting, please come and test out the waters! The combined classes will run until 8:30pm.

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 still is meeting on Wednesday nights. They meet at 6:00pm in Room 7.

DivorceCare started a new 13-week program here at Camelback. They are meeting in Room 5 at 7:00pm. Registration fee is $20 and Includes a workbook. Please visit divorcecare.org for more information. Volunteers are needed to help with the program. To help or participate, call Ugonna Woods, 602-793-1704. Tonight was their first night to meet. I will find out what date they will close the group and advise.

Remember to bring your nonperishable food donations for our Procession of Thanks which will take place next Sabbath, November 18. Our collection bins are ready and waiting in the foyer, crying out, “Fill me up, fill me up!!” We will, once again, be providing very generous Thanksgiving boxes to 15 community families, and your donations make this possible.

You won’t want to miss our Camelback Concert series offering on Saturday night, November 18, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. This group is celebrating 83 years, and has become the best-known name in gospel quartet history. The concert starts at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 22, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner takes place at our Seventh-day Adventist Community Service Center, 1320 N 15th St., Phoenix, AZ. Noon to 3:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to serve the guests, or if you could contribute a food item(s): turkeys, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, punch. Needed: a setup team and a cleanup team. Questions or to volunteer call Denise Sanderson, 480-272-5024. I understand that so far, they have not had ANY CALLS offering assistance for this meal. I know a number of you have helped in the past; perhaps you could help again with this vitally important outreach.

Sabbath, November 25, Dawn of Hope Ministry (Stephanie Dawn) will be our musical guest for the worship service. Stephanie is a 20 year-old soprano who was singing at the age of one, and had performed her first solo in church by age three. By the age on nine, she was singing solo concerts across the U.S. and had recorded her first album. Stephanie appeared on her first 3ABN program and recorded her third album at age eleven. Stephanie has been with us once before and everyone in attendance was especially blessed, as will be the case again at the end of November.

Significant December dates: December 4 - Songs in the Air, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary; December 9 - Jaime Jorge in Concert 6:30pm in the Sanctuary; December 16 - Camelback is having a Christmas play! 6:00pm in the Sanctuary; December 23 - Homecoming. And don’t forget, Your Best Pathway to Health is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center, December 25 - 27. Everyone is encouraged to register to help with hospitality, registration, food service, medical and non-medical volunteers are all welcome! We are especially in need of Arizona licensed barbers and beauticians. Please register today to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the city of Phoenix. More information: http://www.yourbestpathwaytohealth.org/ That’s it for tonight, folks. My love to all! Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

It’s hard to believe it’s Thursday again, ALREADY. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way!

Tomorrow night, Friday, November 3, Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship and Bible Study. Music, Open Mic, Food, Friends! 7:30pm in the Rotunda. This will be a monthly event, the first Friday night of every month, 7:30 in the Rotunda. Then join the group Sabbath morning as they meet in their newly-decorated quarters, Room 5, beginning at 9:30, for Bible study, fun and friends.

This coming Sabbath, November 4, 8:30am, Stephen Ministries Peer Supervision/Continuing Education, Room 1. For the young and young at heart, Family Circle Sabbath School, 9:30am, Room 8. For the worship service, we will have a guest speaker, Lynn Martell. He will be speaking on prayer, “THE INVISIBLE GORILLA AND THE MUSTARD SEED,” with a scripture reference of Matthew 17:14-21. The visitor’s luncheon will follow. Saturday night, you might want to drop by the TAA/TCE Fall Festival, 6:00 - 9:00pm, to enjoy food, games, and much more.

If you have Adventurer-aged children, ages 4 - 9, please plan to attend Adventurer Fun Day 2017, this Sunday, November 5, 8:00am - 1:35pm, at Enchanted Island Theme Park, 1202 W Encanto Blvd (Encanto Park), Phoenix. More information is available at azsdayouth.com Also, tomorrow, 9:30am - 3:00pm - the Prayer Ministries Training Seminar at the Arizona Conference Office, 13405 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. This seminar will make for an effective personal or church prayer ministry. All welcome! Trainer: Karen Martell, Prayer Ministries Director, Pacific Union. FREE! RSVP appreciated for class materials and lunch: 480.888.6983 or azprayers@gmail.com For those involved in the Christmas play, rehearsal will be Sunday, 5-7pm in the Rotunda.

Caring for the Emotionally Damaged Heart/Learning the Language of Healing, meets on Tuesday nights, 7:00pm, in Room 5. If you feel you could benefit from your involvement in this kind of a setting, please come and test out the waters! The combined classes will run until 8:30pm.

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 still is meeting on Wednesday nights. They meet at 6:00pm in Room 7.

Thursday, November 9, DivorceCare will start a new 13-week program here at Camelback. They will meet in Room 5 at 7:00pm. Registration fee is $20 and Includes a workbook. Please visit divorcecare.org for more information. Volunteers are needed to help with the program. To help or participate, call Ugonna Woods, 602-793-1704.

Beginning Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm and continuing all day Sabbath and into Saturday night, the Regional (African-American) Ministries Convocation will take place at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. The Adult guest speaker will be Pastor Gamal Alexander, Southern California Conference. The Young Adult guest speaker is Pastor Baron Sovory, SE California Conference.

Sabbath, November 11, and Veterans Day, we will celebrate Communion. Pastor Mark will lead out in this meaningful and important service. If you know of a home-bound individual who would appreciate having communion brought to them, please contact the church office.

That’s all for now, folks. Pastor Mark, Rhett Laufenburger, and I are meeting with St. Vincent de Paul this afternoon to start our plans for Backpacks for Christ. It will be here before we know it!

Hope to see ALOT of you this Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

Two weeks in a row - I’m on a roll!

Happy Thursday, Camelback members & friends,

As the day winds down and I have a moment to gather my thoughts, I just want to share with each of you, what a blessing my work here at the church is in my life. Not only does it give me purpose, it satisfies that longing in my heart to serve and to (hopefully) be a blessing to all with whom I come in contact. I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I am not blessed in some way, be it large or small or many of each! I thank God for leading me to Camelback Church!

This coming Sabbath, October 28, for our Stephen Ministers, we will have our first Peer Supervision/Continuing Education, 8:30am, in Room 1. I look forward to seeing you all there!

For the kiddos, don’t forget Family Circle Sabbath School, 9:30am, in Room 8. Thank you, Jeff Forgey, for all you are doing to make this a welcoming and fun place to be.

Our final Sabbath with Pastor Lou & Kara Fitting has arrived, folks! Please plan to be here for Pastor Lou’s sermon, Know, Grow, and Show. I know his final message here at Camelback will be a meaningful one for each of us. Following the worship service, please plan to come over to the Rotunda as we have a Come n Go Farewell. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to share a card or remembrance with them, this would be a good time for doing so. Our regular visitor’s luncheon will be served this Sabbath, also; like to help out, bring a dish!

For those of you who enjoy being a part of the Glendale SDA Church Christmas Concert, this Sabbath afternoon kicks off the rehearsal season for the concert. 3:00 - 5:00pm at the Glendale SDA Church.

Sunday (October 29), the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will meet at 9:30am in Room 7. Plan on dropping in if you’d like to see what they are all about! Also on Sunday, Glenview Adventist Academy is holding their Fall Festival - Games, Prizes, Inflatables, Food - 2-6PM, 6801 N 43rd Avenue, Phoenix. The first organizational meeting/rehearsal for the Camelback Christmas play will be Sunday at 5:00pm in the Sanctuary. If you have already been contacted, have committed to a role, or are thinking bout taking part in the play, on stage or behind the scenes, please plan to attend. Pizza will be provided. This is a family-friendly event. Questions, contact CJ Horton 480.399.7916, Barbara Lay 480.238.8504 or Jeff Forgey 602.550.0904.

Caring for the Emotionally Damaged Heart/Learning the Language of Healing, 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! The combined classes will run until 8:30pm.

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 still is meeting on Wednesday nights. They have changed their beginning time to 6:00pm, and that’s in Room 7.

Beginning Friday, November 3, Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship and Bible Study. Music, Open Mic, Food, Friends! 7:30pm in the Rotunda. This will be a monthly event, the first Friday night of every month, 7:30 in the Rotunda. Then join the group Sabbath morning as they meet in their newly-decorated quarters, Room 5, beginning at 9:30, for Bible study, fun and friends.

Next Sabbath, November 4 (can you believe it, November is here already!), we will have a guest speaker, Lynn Martell, for church. Lynn is a former Hawaii Conference president. He is in town for his wife, Karen’s, seminar on prayer being held at the AZ Conference office on Sunday, November 5. He will bring us the Sabbath morning message on prayer. Plan to be here and be blessed. Also, we’ll be starting to hear about Backpacks for Christ next Sabbath. Saturday night, the TAA/TCE Fall Festival will take place, beginning at 7:30pm.

Sunday, November 5, for your Adventurer-aged children, please plan to bring them to the Adventurer Fun Day at Encanto Park in Phoenix, 8:00am - 1:30pm. Also on Sunday, as mentioned previously, learn how to improve your prayer life, pray with others more effectively, foster and culture a house of prayer in your church, resources for an effective personal or church prayer ministry and much more. Trainer: Karen Martell, Prayer Ministries Coordinator, Pacific Union. RSVP appreciated for class materials/lunch. 480-888-6983 or azprayers@gmail.com.

Beginning Thursday, November 9, 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 at 7 pm in Room 5. Registration fee is $20 and Includes a workbook. Please visit divorcecare.org for more information. Volunteers are needed to help with the program. To help or participate, call Ugonna Woods, 602-793-1704. Beginning Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm and continuing all day Sabbath and into Saturday night, the Regional (African-Americanj) Ministries Convocation will take place at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. The Adult guest speaker will be Pastor Gamal Alexander, Southern California Conference. The Young Adult guest speaker is Pastor Baron Sovory, SE California Conference. Sabbath, November 11, and Veterans Day, we will celebrate Communion for the worship service. Please plan to be here as Pastor Mark leads out in this meaningful and important service. If you know of a home-bound individual who would appreciate having communion brought to them, please contact the church office.

Sabbath, November 18 will be our annual Procession of Thanks during the worship service. Beginning this Sabbath, collection bins will be available in the foyer for your donations. As we use these donations to prepare Thanksgiving baskets, following are some suggested items: Stuffing mix, Gravy Mix, Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Canned Vegetables, Cranberry sauce, Canned pumpkin/yams, Cornbread mix, Broth or Mushroom soup, Brown or granulated sugar, salt/pepper/pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon, and/or any other traditional Thanksgiving fixin’s that come to mind. Cash donations are welcome and will be used to purchase perishables.

Saturday night, November 18, the Camelback Concert Series brings us The Blackwood Brothers Quartet in concert. This group is celebrating 83 years, and has become the best-known name in gospel quartet history. The concert starts at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 22, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner takes place at our Seventh-day Adventist Community Service Center, 1320 N 15th St., Phoenix, AZ. Noon to 3:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to serve the guests, or if you could contribute a food item(s): turkeys, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, punch. Needed: a setup team and a cleanup team. Questions or to volunteer call Denise Sanderson, 480-272-5024.

Sabbath, November 25, Dawn of Hope Ministry (Stephanie Dawn) will be our musical guest for the worship service. Stephanie is a 20 year-old soprano who was singing at the age of one, and had performed her first solo in church by age three. By the age on nine, she was singing solo concerts across the U.S. and had recorded her first album. Stephanie appeared on her first 3ABN program and recorded her third album at age eleven. Stephanie has been with us once before and everyone in attendance was especially blessed, as will be the case again at the end of November.

So you can start getting things on your calendar for the balance of the busy Holiday season: December 4 Songs in the Air 6:30pm in the Sanctuary December 9 Jaime Jorge in Concert 6:30pm in the Sanctuary December 16 Camelback is having a Christmas play! 6:00pm in the Sanctuary December 23 Homecoming And don’t forget, Your Best Pathway to Health is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center, December 25 - 27. Everyone is encouraged to register to help with hospitality, registration, food service, medical and non-medical volunteers are all welcome! We are especially in need of Arizona licensed barbers and beauticians. Please register today to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the city of Phoenix. More information: http://www.yourbestpathwaytohealth.org/ I’m looking at the time and thinking, I better be getting home, so I can come back tomorrow and do it all over again! Sweet dreams, my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Love, Cherie O