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