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: 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 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:

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: 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

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