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: 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:

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: 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