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