Two weeks in a row - I’m on a roll!
Happy Thursday, Camelback members & friends,
As the day winds down and I have a moment to gather my thoughts, I just want to share with each of you, what a blessing my work here at the church is in my life. Not only does it give me purpose, it satisfies that longing in my heart to serve and to (hopefully) be a blessing to all with whom I come in contact. I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I am not blessed in some way, be it large or small or many of each! I thank God for leading me to Camelback Church!
This coming Sabbath, October 28, for our Stephen Ministers, we will have our first Peer Supervision/Continuing Education, 8:30am, in Room 1. I look forward to seeing you all there!
For the kiddos, don’t forget Family Circle Sabbath School, 9:30am, in Room 8. Thank you, Jeff Forgey, for all you are doing to make this a welcoming and fun place to be.
Our final Sabbath with Pastor Lou & Kara Fitting has arrived, folks! Please plan to be here for Pastor Lou’s sermon, Know, Grow, and Show. I know his final message here at Camelback will be a meaningful one for each of us. Following the worship service, please plan to come over to the Rotunda as we have a Come n Go Farewell. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to share a card or remembrance with them, this would be a good time for doing so. Our regular visitor’s luncheon will be served this Sabbath, also; like to help out, bring a dish!
For those of you who enjoy being a part of the Glendale SDA Church Christmas Concert, this Sabbath afternoon kicks off the rehearsal season for the concert. 3:00 - 5:00pm at the Glendale SDA Church.
Sunday (October 29), the Camelback SDA Women’s Breakfast Club will meet at 9:30am in Room 7. Plan on dropping in if you’d like to see what they are all about! Also on Sunday, Glenview Adventist Academy is holding their Fall Festival - Games, Prizes, Inflatables, Food - 2-6PM, 6801 N 43rd Avenue, Phoenix. The first organizational meeting/rehearsal for the Camelback Christmas play will be Sunday at 5:00pm in the Sanctuary. If you have already been contacted, have committed to a role, or are thinking bout taking part in the play, on stage or behind the scenes, please plan to attend. Pizza will be provided. This is a family-friendly event. Questions, contact CJ Horton 480.399.7916, Barbara Lay 480.238.8504 or Jeff Forgey 602.550.0904.
Caring for the Emotionally Damaged Heart/Learning the Language of Healing, meets on Tuesday nights, 7:00pm, in Room 5. The facilitator, Duane Andersen, has gotten rave reviews for his kindness, compassion and ability to lead out in this kind of a group. If you feel you could benefit from your involvement in this kind of a setting, please come and test out the waters! The combined classes will run until 8:30pm.
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 still is meeting on Wednesday nights. They have changed their beginning time to 6:00pm, and that’s in Room 7.
Beginning Friday, November 3, Camelback Church Youth presents WELCOME HOME, High School-Collegiate Youth Worship and Bible Study. Music, Open Mic, Food, Friends! 7:30pm in the Rotunda. This will be a monthly event, the first Friday night of every month, 7:30 in the Rotunda. Then join the group Sabbath morning as they meet in their newly-decorated quarters, Room 5, beginning at 9:30, for Bible study, fun and friends.
Next Sabbath, November 4 (can you believe it, November is here already!), we will have a guest speaker, Lynn Martell, for church. Lynn is a former Hawaii Conference president. He is in town for his wife, Karen’s, seminar on prayer being held at the AZ Conference office on Sunday, November 5. He will bring us the Sabbath morning message on prayer. Plan to be here and be blessed. Also, we’ll be starting to hear about Backpacks for Christ next Sabbath. Saturday night, the TAA/TCE Fall Festival will take place, beginning at 7:30pm.
Sunday, November 5, for your Adventurer-aged children, please plan to bring them to the Adventurer Fun Day at Encanto Park in Phoenix, 8:00am - 1:30pm. Also on Sunday, as mentioned previously, learn how to improve your prayer life, pray with others more effectively, foster and culture a house of prayer in your church, resources for an effective personal or church prayer ministry and much more. Trainer: Karen Martell, Prayer Ministries Coordinator, Pacific Union. RSVP appreciated for class materials/lunch. 480-888-6983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Thursday, November 9, DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. A 13- week program meeting once a week at 7 pm in Room 5. Registration fee is $20 and Includes a workbook. Please visit divorcecare.org for more information. Volunteers are needed to help with the program. To help or participate, call Ugonna Woods, 602-793-1704. Beginning Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm and continuing all day Sabbath and into Saturday night, the Regional (African-Americanj) Ministries Convocation will take place at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. The Adult guest speaker will be Pastor Gamal Alexander, Southern California Conference. The Young Adult guest speaker is Pastor Baron Sovory, SE California Conference. Sabbath, November 11, and Veterans Day, we will celebrate Communion for the worship service. Please plan to be here as Pastor Mark leads out in this meaningful and important service. If you know of a home-bound individual who would appreciate having communion brought to them, please contact the church office.
Sabbath, November 18 will be our annual Procession of Thanks during the worship service. Beginning this Sabbath, collection bins will be available in the foyer for your donations. As we use these donations to prepare Thanksgiving baskets, following are some suggested items: Stuffing mix, Gravy Mix, Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Canned Vegetables, Cranberry sauce, Canned pumpkin/yams, Cornbread mix, Broth or Mushroom soup, Brown or granulated sugar, salt/pepper/pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon, and/or any other traditional Thanksgiving fixin’s that come to mind. Cash donations are welcome and will be used to purchase perishables.
Saturday night, November 18, the Camelback Concert Series brings us The Blackwood Brothers Quartet in concert. This group is celebrating 83 years, and has become the best-known name in gospel quartet history. The concert starts at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.
Wednesday, November 22, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner takes place at our Seventh-day Adventist Community Service Center, 1320 N 15th St., Phoenix, AZ. Noon to 3:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to serve the guests, or if you could contribute a food item(s): turkeys, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, punch. Needed: a setup team and a cleanup team. Questions or to volunteer call Denise Sanderson, 480-272-5024.
Sabbath, November 25, Dawn of Hope Ministry (Stephanie Dawn) will be our musical guest for the worship service. Stephanie is a 20 year-old soprano who was singing at the age of one, and had performed her first solo in church by age three. By the age on nine, she was singing solo concerts across the U.S. and had recorded her first album. Stephanie appeared on her first 3ABN program and recorded her third album at age eleven. Stephanie has been with us once before and everyone in attendance was especially blessed, as will be the case again at the end of November.
So you can start getting things on your calendar for the balance of the busy Holiday season: December 4 Songs in the Air 6:30pm in the Sanctuary December 9 Jaime Jorge in Concert 6:30pm in the Sanctuary December 16 Camelback is having a Christmas play! 6:00pm in the Sanctuary December 23 Homecoming And don’t forget, Your Best Pathway to Health is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center, December 25 - 27. Everyone is encouraged to register to help with hospitality, registration, food service, medical and non-medical volunteers are all welcome! We are especially in need of Arizona licensed barbers and beauticians. Please register today to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the city of Phoenix. More information: http://www.yourbestpathwaytohealth.org/ I’m looking at the time and thinking, I better be getting home, so I can come back tomorrow and do it all over again! Sweet dreams, my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Love, Cherie O