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 firstname.lastname@example.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