Notes from Cherie O

May 10, 2018

Good evening my friends,

Here we are with another week beginning to draw to a close. I’m finally starting to feel a little better, after having taken to my bed last Friday night with a cold and fever. I stayed there until Monday morning, at which time I decided that since my temperature was back to normal, I was going to come to work. This morning it finally seemed like I turned a corner and am doing much better. I know many of you were praying for me and I certainly appreciate that.

Tomorrow night (Friday, May 11), 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!

This Sabbath (May 12): Family Praise & Worship - 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. For our Spanish-speaking friends, a new Sabbath School class is meeting. It begins at 9:30am and is being held in the senior pastor’s office in the main building. Pastor Melanie will bring us the morning message entitled, “THE PARABLE OF THE LOST PARABLE,” with a scripture reference of Luke 16:9. NO VISITOR’S LUNCH this week, but we DO hope you will stop by the Rotunda, share in some refreshments, and, most importantly, offer your congratulations and best wishes to Beverly Noble as she has celebrated her 90th birthday. This is a BIG ONE, folks. Her family is hosting this COME N GO Reception, so please come by and join in! Saturday night, if you’re looking for some great, FREE entertainment, Great Hits of the Stage and Screen is the theme of the Thunderbird Adventist Academy Spring Concert. Music from "Star Wars", "La La Land", "Spider-Man", "Phantom of the Opera," and over 16 Broadway musicals will be presented by all of the academy groups. A great program for the entire family. And it is FREE! You won't find better free entertainment anywhere else in the city! 8:00pm in the TAA Chapel.

Sunday (May 13): I’ll bet everyone knows that it’s Mother’s Day. Camelback has been host to LaForza Chamber Orchestra for a number of years, under the umbrella of the Camelback Concert Series. They perform two FREE community concerts a year, and the first one is Mother’s Day. They are a very energetic group, performing wonderful concerts. Why not plan to attend this Sunday; bring your mom, or a friend or a neighbor! 3:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Monday (May 14): For your Thunderbird Christian Elementary Board members, Monday is your night!

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 (5-16), at 7:00pm in Room 10.

The Young Women’s Bible Study also meets on Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Choir Room.

GRADUATES: It’s that time of year again; graduations are right around the corner (in fact, some have already taken place). If your name, or that of a loved one or friend, needs to be on our list of graduates, please contact the church office. This is an important milestone, and your church family wants to recognize your accomplishment. You may phone (480.947.3781), FAX (480.947.8643) email ( or text (480.235.5153) your info.

Thursday (May 17): Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for Thunderbird Christian Elementary’s annual Spring Concert. Please don’t miss out on the amazing presentation, “Light the World with God’s Love,” a dramatic multi-cultural experience, complete with costumes, band, handbells, choir, and our adorable children. Invite your friends and family. It will be a most memorable experience!!! 6:30 pm Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church.

Friday (May 18): In preparation for Adventurer Sabbath on May 19, a rehearsal is being held Friday night, 6:00pm in the Sanctuary for Adventurers AND Discoverers. If you child is an Adventurer or Discoverer, please make every effort to be present for the rehearsal.

Sabbath (May 19) Adventuter Sabbath: The Adventurers will be doing the majority of the service responsibilities. What a joy it will be to have our young folks involved like this! Wendy Eberhardt, AZ Conference Young Adult Director, will bring us the morning message entitled, “Pig Pens, Mohawks and Murder.” Quite a title! The children’s clubs will meet in the afternoon at 2:00 as follows: Adventurers, Room 3; Discoverers Room 6; and Pathfinders, Room 8.

Thursday (May 24): Thunderbird Christian Elementary Kindergarten Graduation, 3:00pm, Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church Thunderbird Christian Elementary 8th Grade Graduation, 6:30pm, Scottsdale-Thunderbird SDA Church

Thunderbird Adventist Academy Graduation Weekend is the Memorial Day weekend. I just haven’t received any details to share with you.

Sabbath (May 26) Church-Wide Potluck - Bring plenty of your favorite dish(es) to share. Elementary School Ministries - Nursing Home Visitation 2:30-4:00pm

Sunday (May 27) Elementary School Ministries - Lunch Event - 11:30am Organ Stop Pizza

Monday (May 28) Memorial Day The Church Office will be closed

Tuesday (May 29) The Wedding Anniversary of two of our favorite people, Pastors Manny & Melanie Cruz. Congrats, you two!

Friday, June 8 - Saturday Night, June 16 Monday, June 18 - Saturday Night, June 23 English Camp Meeting Spanish Camp Meeting Camp Yavapines Camp Yavapines

Arizona Sonshine, a two-day medical/dental/optical event, June 14 & 15, 2018. Join in an exciting opportunity to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to a community in need! Health Professionals and Volunteers needed - Dental, Vision, Primary Care, Health Screening, Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Counseling. Prescott Valley Event Center. To register or for more information: or call 928.636.1884.

Registration is open for Summer Camp at Camp Yavapines: CAMPYAVAPINES.COM OR 480.991.6777 X 114 OR 149

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. Stop in and see the beautiful new addition to the room.

Rest well, everyone! Hope to see you on Sabbath!

Love, Cherie O