Camden United Methodist Church

WHOLE CHURCH BIBLE STUDY COMING!

In recent months, you’ve heard some talk about a pastor Adam Hamilton and his books.  He definitely believes in the words from Isaiah 43:19 where God says, “See, I am doing a new thing”.  He and his congregation have tried many “new things” in the Lord’s name and have been greatly blessed as a result.  We want all of us to have that experience as well.  So we are going to try something new here in Camden.

Beginning on Sunday, January 7th, Camden UMC will be offering a 6-week “whole church” study based on one of Adam Hamilton’s books, “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It”.  It will operate on 3 levels, in order to accommodate participation by our whole church.

First, on each of the 6 Sundays involved, the first part of the pastor’s message will be a 10-15 minute video of the book’s author, Pastor Hamilton, speaking about one chapter of the book.  This will be followed by a commentary by Pastor Steve, using the book’s Leader’s Guide and other resources.  That way, everyone who attends worship will be participating at a basic level.

Second, those who would like a little more in-depth understanding can order a copy of the book for themselves and read a chapter during the week.  Print and ebook copies are available at Cokesbury.com, Amazon.com, Christianbooks.com, and other sites.  If you need help ordering, please let Leslie know in the office.  If you’d like to donate a copy for our library, that would be much appreciated.

Finally, our Wednesday night study group (Loaves and Fishes) will be studying this same book, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and comment on the contents.

We know that change can be difficult for some of us, but we are excited about this and ask that you do your best to be open to this “new thing” we are trying here at Camden UMC.  We pray that God will bless all of us and show us ways to use what we learn individually in our daily lives and as a church trying to reach out to the lost and lonely in our community.

Your Church Needs You!

Our church is in need of people to help in the following areas during 2017:

Staff/Parish Relations (being the link between the pastor and other paid staff and the congregation)

Trustees (managing our church property and resources)

Safe Sanctuaries  (ensuring that all – especially our children – are safe from abuse within these walls)

Sunday School Superintendent (making sure that a teacher is signed up and materials are available for children’s Sunday School every Sunday it is in session)

Christian Education (guiding and overseeing all educational opportunities for children and adults provided by our church)

Worship Planning (helping the pastor and music director plan a meaningful worship service for each Sunday during the year)

Please pray about this, and if you have questions or feel called to help in one of these areas, contact the church office. Your church needs you!

Easter Service

Our Easter Sunday service was such a beautiful service.  Our choir, with a few additional friends, performed an inspiring cantata titled Mercy Tree.  Many thanks to Barb for selecting and directing this cantata, and to those who shared it with us!

Also, the sunlight and beautiful flowers made the sanctuary so bright and full of hope.

Our pastor gave an inspiring message about what can happen when a stone is rolled away.

And the many friends and visitors helped us to really sing out in praise on the hymns.

Hallelujah!!

Christmas Cantata

On Sunday, December 20th, our choir presented us with a beautiful cantata, “Tell the World Jesus is Born!”.  The integration of the choir’s voices and images on the screen made for a thoroughly inspiring addition to the service.  We’re looking forward to hearing a small portion of it again on Christmas Eve.  Thank you, Choir members!

New Members Welcomed

On Sunday, November 1st, twelve people officially joined our church family.  Some of the folks were accepted on confession of faith; others transferred memberships from other churches.  All were recognized during the church service and welcomed during a coffee hour afterwards.  We are so blessed to have these folks among us!

Harvest Dinner Big Success

This year’s Harvest Dinner was a big success, according to all those who participated.  The food and fellowship were top notch, as always.  And several missions benefited from the proceeds, as follows:

Cluster 13, Camden Food Pantry, Camden Community Garden, Africa 360, and Samaritan’s Purse (children’s shoebox ministry).

We were also able to buy new choir music for the church and help with the cost of fuel oil.

THANKS very much to all those who helped or contributed in any way.

 

Contemporary Service Discontinued

We are sad to report that the contemporary service regularly held at 9:00 a.m. for the past several years will no longer be available.  Dan DeLaRoche, our dedicated and talented leader, and his family are moving out of the area.  They will be sorely missed!  Our church will be exploring possibilities for getting this important part of our worship and ministry reinstated.