A Message from Cherie

Our devotional thought for today:
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.

Cherie O