Camelback closed to Sabbath services through May 30, 2020

May 14th, 2020 Facebook Twitter

Dear Camelback Church Family and Friends,

The Camelback Church leaders, in cooperation with the Arizona Conference, are working to ensure the health and safety of church members, friends, and community.

The church board met via Zoom this past Friday (5/8) night to talk about a possible schedule for reopening the church. To the very last person, all were concerned first and foremost for your safety and that of our guests. We want to be careful as we gather again for worship, as the pandemic is still considered a threat to the Phoenix area.
After a great discussion about how to proceed, we agreed unanimously to target June 6 as a possible first Sabbath to return. In the meantime, we are working on putting some guidelines in place as we plan to gather again each Sabbath. It is likely these will include a different logistic for Sabbath School, and suspending our fellowship luncheon services for a period of time. And likely, they will include similar practices that businesses in the area are implementing as they also look to reopen their doors. Please stay tuned for additional details.
We continue to seek God’s direction as we move forward. We do so with the excitement of seeing you again, along with a desire to keep everyone safe in our community of faith.
May God bless you and your family as you face the challenges that still lie ahead. The church leaders at Camelback are united in our efforts to make sure that our return to worshiping onsite will be a positive experience for all.

We also ask that you remain faithful in your financial giving to the Lord’s work through tithes and offerings. It is easy to set up through the Adventist Giving website: https://adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANP4FB/envelope/start. There is a serious possibility of falling way behind our church budget needs at a time when the church is not meeting together for worship. Please help us stay current by planning your giving in advance through this helpful online tool.

Please feel free to contact the church office or one of the pastors, if you have any questions. Pastors John, Mark, and Melanie stand ready to respond to your needs and will remain available for appointments and visitation. We ask that you help us get the word out to people that you know do not frequent social media, have access to email or have other limited communication channels.

We serve a God that has called us to share the gospel in a variety of ways, not only through word but love in action. As we keep our eyes on Jesus let’s also look out for the needs of others. We are reaching out to a few health services organizations to ask what we can do to support their work of caring for the most vulnerable. If you are interested in participating in this kind of ministry, please call Cherie to volunteer.

This is a great time to focus on your personal devotional life as well. Spending time with Jesus in prayer and the Word is more important than ever. And what better time is there than when you are at home with time on your hands. Here is some inspired counsel that may be encouraging for you today:

“We need to look constantly to Jesus, realizing that it is His power which does the work. While we are to labor earnestly for the salvation of the lost, we must also take time for meditation, for prayer, and for the study of the word of God. Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by the merit of Christ, will, in the end, prove to have been efficient for good.” (The Desire of Ages, p. 362)

Please unite with your church family here, and around the world, in praying for the work of Christ’s angelic host to fight against the forces of evil and counteract the spread of this disease. And do so claiming the promise that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

God bless you all,

Pastors John, Mark, and Melanie