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

Notes from Cherie

January 12

I trust you are all keeping well out there. It’s a beautiful day with countless things to be thankful for!

For those who did not hear it announced last week, Paul Langston’s mother, Joanne Langston, passed unexpectedly to her rest last Sabbath morning. Please remember Paul and his family in your prayers at this difficult time.

This coming Sabbath (January 13), Stephen Ministries will meet at 8:30am in Room 1. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone after the long holiday break. In order to give the Sabbath School leaders more time with their students, Family Praise & Worship will now meet from 9:30 - 9:45; it will still take place in Room 8. Pastor Mark will speak for the worship service. The bulletin teaser from last Sabbath reminds us: Just as God promised Moses long ago, our good Lord has not only kept His promise and established His new covenant with us through the blood of Jesus, He still has plans to deliver us into His promised land. Are we prepared? Pastor Mark Sulger’s message is entitled, “Purpose,” with a scripture reference of Exodus 3:7-10. We can look forward to a survey at the end of the worship service regarding revisiting our mission statement. We are hopeful of a large volume of membership participation in this process. There will be visitor’s luncheon following the worship service, and as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD.

Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the church office will be closed.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (1/16/18) 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, 6:00pm in Room 3. There is a “3” on the door, but is in the physical location of what used to be Room 7.

Sabbath, January 20, Pastor Melanie Cruz will be our speaker for the worship service. We’ll look forward to the message she has to share with us. And, later in the evening, 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!

Just a reminder, the Pathfinder and Discoverer/Adventurer clubs will meet for the first time on Sabbath, January 20. 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!

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. All are invited to be in attendance.

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

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!

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!!!!!!!!

A message for everyone from Rose Hammond: "And He said to them, "It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.” Matthew 21:13

"It is a wonderful thing that we can pray effectually; that unworthy erring mortals possess the power of offering their requests to God. What higher power can man desire than this, to be linked with the infinite God? Feeble, sinful man has the privilege of speaking to his Maker. We may utter words that reach the throne of the Monarch of the universe." Gospel Workers 258

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 Kindergarten/Cradle Roll 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.

Many of our members and friends continue to be ill. Please pray for everyone suffering through any kind of sickness. We want each one back among us soon!

See everyone tomorrow!

Love, Cherie O

A Message from Cherie

Good evening, friends!

We are so blessed to be living here in the Valley of the Sun, aren’t we? No “Bomb Cyclone’s” for us, just highs in the mid-high 70’s this week!

I trust your New Year’s was as peaceful as you preferred it, or as exciting, whatever suited you best. 2018 stretches out before us. May it be the year we put our best foot forward for Jesus at all times; win someone to Him, shine for His glory and honor, be the example He would have you be!

As we near the starting date for our Discoverer/Adventurer clubs, JoAnn Bloom asked me to include the following in my notes today: "Please submit your children's Discoverer or Adventurer Registration materials no later than January 13. We will not be processing registrations on the January 20 start date. The Adventurer registration form must be accompanied by a notarized medical form. Registration forms can be attached and e-mailed to JoAnn Bloom at joann.bloom1113@gmail.com. If you need registration materials or have questions, please contact JoAnn at (623) 523-2541 or via e-mail. We are also in need of a pianist for the following dates for the Discovery Program: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21 and May 19 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.”

Friday night (TOMORROW), January 5, our monthly Welcome Home, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship. Open Mic, Fun, Friends, Food and Faith! 6:30pm Food and Games - 7:00pm Worship.

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This Sabbath, January 6, be with us for the 1st Sabbath of 2018; it promises to be a lively one, with Family Praise & Worship taking place in Room 8 of the Sabbath School wing, 9:30 -10:00am, with middle-school ministry leading out with music and much more. And of course, don’t forget our High School-Collegiate Youth Welcome Home Sabbath School, 9:30 - 10:30 in Room 5. And, Sabbath Schools for all other age groups, from newborn to us older folks, taking place in many various locations around the facility. Pastor Manny Cruz, AZ Conference Youth and Children’s Ministries Director, will bring us our morning message, entitled, “A New Beginning.” We always look forward to having Manny here as our guest speaker! The worship service will be followed by our Visitor’s Luncheon, and, as always, EVERYONE is welcome, you just need to BRING FOOD.

For our Board members, Monday night, January 8, 7:00pm, Choir Room - first board meeting of 2018.

The Emotionally Damaged Heart/Language of Healing will meet this coming Tuesday (1/9/18) 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 10, 6:00pm in Room 3. There is a “3” on the door, but is in the physical location of what used to be Room 7.

Next Sabbath, January 13, Pastor Mark Sulger will bring us the morning message. And remember, this is Mission Statement Sabbath. Following the worship service and lunch, we will be forming our purpose. All are invited to participate.

Sabbath, January 20, Pastor Melanie Cruz will be our speaker for the worship service. We’ll look forward to her inspiring message. And, later in the evening, 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!

Just a reminder, the Pathfinder and Discoverer/Adventurer clubs will meet for the first time on Sabbath, January 20. 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 time is drawing nigh!

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. All are invited to be in attendance.

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

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!

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!!!!!!!!

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 Kindergarten/Cradle Roll 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.

A LOT of people are REALLY sick right now; respiratory and flu are running rampant. Please remember those who are ill in your prayers, so they can soon be back among us!

This is all for tonight, my friends! Hope to see a lot of you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O

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

A Message from Cherie

Greetings, fellow Camelback members and friends!

I’m going to try, once again, to make the Notes a weekly happening. Please pray that I will be successful in this endeavor!

This coming Sabbath, October 21, for the 12 who signed up to be a part of Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life, it will be an early Sabbath. We’ll see everyone to start the class at 8:30am SHARP. This will be taking place in our Stephen Ministries classroom # 1 of the Sabbath School wing.

For all of you young and young-at-heart, Family Circle Sabbath School takes place 9:30-10:00am in Room 8 of the Sabbath School wing. I understand everyone has a great time during this program as the Forgey’s lead out. Drop in and check it out, especially the music!

Pastor Mark will bring us the message this week, “READY . . . SET . . . GO!” Sounds intriguing! We’ll hear a report on Room 7’s outreach ministry, the Diamond Street Resource Center, from Barry Wilkens; Melanie Cruz will promote the AZ Conference Adventurer Fun Day, coming up on Sunday, November 5; and Luke Skelton will share the continuing good news of Good News TV. I know it will be a blessed Sabbath for everyone in attendance.

Speaking of a blessed Sabbath, I want to offer another WARM CAMELBACK WELCOME to our folks who became official members of the church family last Sabbath. My life has certainly been enriched by becoming acquainted with each one of them over the past years and months and weeks. I hope that each one of you will make an effort to meet, or grow your friendship with Carylinda Cadamagnani, Michael & Maria Eden, Linda Navasaitis (Linda’s birthday is this Sabbath), and Jackie Skavinsky (Jackie’s birthday was October 3, and her wedding anniversary 10/5); Happy, Happy, Linda and Jackie!

There will be a visitor’s lunch this week. if you would like to bring a contribution, I’m sure it would be welcomed.

This Sunday, October 22, you are invited to a co-ed baby shower for Erika Nava, the daughter of Vickie Polina, at 2:00 p.m. Come shower Erika with love at the home of Cathie Worth, located at 6544 E. Osborn Road in Scottsdale. Erika is having a baby boy and is registered at Babies R Us, Target and Walmart.

Speaking of babies, Pastor Jackie & Lauryl James are expecting their little treasure the first days of December. I will be collecting money to purchase a gift card for them at Babies R Us, one of the sites where they are registered. If you would like to be included, just bring me your money and I will also have a card for all of us who are contributing to sign.

For you Finance Committee & Board Members, Monday (October 23) is the day - Finance 6:00, Board 7:00 - in the Choir Room.

I understand the Men’s Small Group Study is moving to Monday night, I just don’t have an effective date yet. I’ll let you know as soon as I learn when it will be.

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! Beginning this coming week, October 24, they are combining a new class, a Communication Seminar, Learning the Language of the Heart. It is a course Christians really need, to learn to listen to the heart of a person and meet their emotional needs. 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.

Next Sabbath (October 28), will be a sad day for us here at Camelback, as Pastor Lou delivers his final message to this church family. Following is his bulletin teaser: "What is it that motivates the true Christian to live the Christian life? Is it the hope of going to Heaven someday? Is it avoiding the “other” place? Next Sabbath Pastor Lou will give his benediction as he shares from Ephesians 3:13-21. The title of his sermon,'Know, Grow, and Show.’ “ Following the worship service, please plan to gather in the Rotunda as we have a Come ’n Go Farewell for the Fittings. Light refreshments will be served. If you’d like to bring a card or remembrance, this would be the opportune time.

Next Sunday (October 29), the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will gather at 9:30am in Room 7. This is a delightful group of women, and I know they would welcome new potential members.

I just want to say a few words about our Camelback Food Pantry and what a great job it is doing in supplying the needs of the community and our Camelback Church family. Today is Thursday, and just this week we have served 5 family units. Our most sincere thank you’s to all who donate so faithfully to this cause. It couldn’t exist without you!

The holiday season is nearly upon us. It’s hard to believe that 2017 will be just a memory before long! Next week, I’ll calendar the major events for the remainder of the year.

I look forward to seeing MANY of you this Sabbath. Have a blessed Thursday night and Friday!

Love, Cherie O

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

A Message from Cherie

Sharing a meal with our group.

Good afternoon, Camelback members and friends!  It’s been a while, and it’s good to be back.  

A devotional thought for today:

The Master Puzzler

In Laughing in the Dark (Howard Books), Christian comedian Chonda Pierce calls God the Master Puzzler, because “in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). In his infinite wisdom, God “can organize the colors better than anyone (Have you seen a sunset lately?) He knows where to fit every shape and size (Have you seen a mountain range?).” 

Until God places the last piece, the final picture is a mystery to us. But in the meantime, God offers order and purpose, providing his law as the puzzle’s edges. 

Pierce encourages people to let the “Master Puzzler” take over when life gets messy. Like the prophet Jeremiah, we can cry, “GOD, pick up the pieces. Put me back together again. You are my praise!” (17:14, The Message). 

Have things gotten messy in your life lately, as happens to all of us at one time or another?  Always remember, that when we keep Him in the forefront and allow Him to run things, it all goes just as it should!

A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PASTOR LOU - TODAY IS THE DAY!

Sad news to share today.  Nina James passed away Tuesday night, following her lengthy battle with cancer.  A memorial service will be held in the sanctuary on Sabbath afternoon, July 16 at 4:00pm.  Please remember Howard, Kelly, Michael and other family members and friends as they grieve the loss of their precious wife, mother, mother-in-law and friend. 

I want to encourage you to be at church this Sabbath (7-2).  I know it’s the 4th of July weekend, and there are those who will be off vacationing, but if you’re in town, please plan to be here.  Pastor Paul Gibson and Donna will wrap up their Interim Senior Pastor assignment, as he brings us the morning message, and we have a church-wide potluck to thank them for their service in our time of need.  They have been with us since last December and we have been truly blessed in that time with them here.  

Please plan to bring a dish or two for the potluck.  We will want to have plenty for our visitors, also.  Go light on desserts, as the church will provide cake and cookies.

In recognition of Independence Day, the Glendale SDA Church Sanctuary Choir will host a concert (My Country ’ Tis of Thee) Sabbath (7-2) evening, 7:00-8:30pm in the Sanctuary.

Sunday (7-3) is Pastor Mark’s birthday, which btw, he shares with his daughter, Trinity. Hope you both have a SWELL day!

Monday (7-4), Independence Day, the church office will be closed.  I hope that each of us will take some time to reflect on our independence, and to thank God for our freedom to worship Him in safety.

Some upcoming items of interest:

Camelback Women’s Ministry Stitchers’ Group will meet Sunday, July 10, 1-3pm in Room 9.

For you TCE school board members, the July meeting has been CHANGED to Monday, JULY 11. 

Camelback Women’s Ministry Literary Group will meet Sunday, July 24, 9:30am, at Paradise Bakery, Tatum and Shea.

Monday, July 25:  Finance Committee 6:00pm  Choir Room, Church Board 7:00pm  Choir Room.

For children, ages 6 - 16, think about taking advantage of $100 Camp at Camp Yavapines.  Camps remaining:  Junior Camp 2 (ages 9-12) July 3-9, Tween Camp (ages 12-14) July 10-16 and Teen Camp (ages 14-16) July 17-23.  For more info or to register:  www.azsdayouth.com 

Let’s not forget our Summer Food Drive.I see that you’re being supportive of this ministry in the amount of items that have already been brought in.  Let’s keep up the good work; we have three more Sabbaths before it ends on July 16, so keep the food and hygiene items coming, my friends!  How to Help:  (1)  Pick up a bag(s) in the foyer  (2)  Bring non-perishable food/hygiene items  (3)  Give to the Fresh Food Fund   And remember, we will pack up the donated items on Sunday morning, July 17.  We’ll let you know what time that will take place a little later in July.  It’s a great time of accomplishment and fellowship. 

As you begin to think about your giving to Tithe and Offerings for this week, please remember your Camelback Church Ministries budget.  It’s summer, and the budget always suffers this time of year due to vacations, etc., so please pray, and allow God to lead in your giving. 

Please remember those in need of prayer, within and outside the church.  The needs are many.

I look forward to seeing many of you here on Sabbath.  

Blessing in abundance to each of you!

Cherie O