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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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