Enotes Feb 23-March-5

Activities for this week (and more) at the Camas UMC!

Link for more information about:
Messy Church is Tuesday night! Feb 24th 5:30-7:30

This Thursday: Women’s Special Advocacy DinnerThurs, Feb 26th at 5:30pm.  All women in our church are invited to the parlor for a soup dinner and special presentation from East County Family Resource Center [ECFRC] Director Renee Law. ECFRC offers crisis counseling and emergency support for families in the East County area. Sponsored by Lydia Circle, contact Linn or Marilyn.


 Messy Church:

PufferMessyChurchOur next Messy Church is Tuesday, February 24th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Our Lent theme is Honesty:Bringing your real self to God.” We will talk about authentic prayer, and our story will be of the puffed-up Pharisee who thought he had everything handled yet missed the mark. Activities include making prayer beads’ shawls, and crosses, a relay race, finger painting, storytelling, and more.  Dinner is Submarine Sandwiches. Mmmm!

Help needed for Messy Church:
We need kitchen helpers especially at the moment. Do you feel called to make a difference for people of all ages? Want to participate in finding fresh ways to bring the stories of faith to our community? This is the goal of Messy Church. It is an active, playful celebration of faith. Please talk with Vicki D. if you can lend a hand with the meal, or DiAnne H. for other ways to contribute.
We also need shoe boxes for a Messy Church project, please bring to church by Feb 22nd. Contact Karen Z.

Women’s Bible Study—Wednesday Feb 22nd we begin a study on the book of James by Wesley Bible Series. Books are available and the study begins at 10:00am in the church parlor. Contact Dorothy D.

Wednesday Feb 25th—Soup and Salad for our potluck dinner!

Women’s Special Advocacy DinnerThurs, Feb 26th at 5:30pm.  All women in our church are invited to the parlor for a soup dinner and special presentation from East County Family Resource Center [ECFRC] Director Renee Law. ECFRC offers crisis counseling and emergency support for families in the East County area. Sponsored by Lydia Circle, contact Linn or Marilyn.


Lent has begun! (What is Lent?) The next few Sundays we walk the stories of Jesus of Nazareth on the journey toward Easter.  Special services during and around Holy Week (March 29th-April 4):

  • Messy Church with Palm Celebration Tuesday, March 24th 5:30-7:30pm.
  • Palm Sunday, Sunday morning service, March 29th 10:00am. Palm Sunday we raise palms in celebration of Jesus arrival into the city of Jerusalem.
  • “Maundy Wednesday” celebration of the Last Supper in Jerusalem between Jesus and his followers. This will be Wednesday instead of the traditional Thursday to correspond with our weekly Wednesday potluck dinner.
  • Good Friday service, on Friday evening, in the sanctuary at 7:00pm. This music and prayer service with Holy Communion commemorates the day Jesus died on the cross.
  • Easter service, a celebration of the first resurrection appearances, will be Sunday at 10:00am. Service will be followed by an Easter Egg hunt for elementary age children, and a coffee and treats.

District Training Day Saturday, February 21st—This was a terrific training, so much great information was shared and discussed and there was a lot of celebration, too! Thank you to all who participated.


 

For more information contact:

Message telephone 360 834 2976
Camas United Methodist Church
706 NE 14th Ave
Camas, WA 98607
Office 360 834 2976

(photo: Pancake by Brandon Martin-Anderson 2005 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Lent 2015: Worship & Activities

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Lent Observances—Lent activities take us all the way from February 18th to Easter Morning, April 5th, at Sunrise.  Lent services and celebrations include: a Fat Wednesday (a Pancake Supper), Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, ‘Maundy Wednesday’ (a potluck supper), Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

See Pastor Richenda’s blog post “What is Lent?

Lent begins Wednesday, February 18th .

Ash Wednesday Prayer & Smudging: We will have two observances an Ash Wednesday with two opportunities for prayer and smudging of ashes. Both services will be in the chapel. The first prayer and smudging service will be from 12:00-12:30 pm, and the second one will be from 7:15 to 7:45pm (the chapel will be open at 7pm).

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Fat Wednesday—You may have heard of “Fat Tuesday” or “Shrove Tuesday.” Fat Tuesday is a pancake feast tradition held to celebrate the last day before lent begins. We will turn Fat Tuesday into Fat Wednesday to coincide with our weekly Wednesday potluck dinners!  Our Fat Wednesday begins at 6pm February 18th with delicious hot pancakes provided. Bring your favorite pancake topping to share! Our evening Ash Wednesday service (at 7:15pm) follows. You do not have to attend the 7pm service to come and enjoy the pancakes! Pancakes topping ideas include fruit, whipped cream, ice cream, or whatever! (photo credit: Pancake by Brandon Martin-Anderson 2005 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Lent and Messy Church: We will have two opportunities to celebrate Lent at Messy Church. On February 24th, we will celebrate the prayerful aspect of Lent, and on March 24th, we will celebrate a procession of the Palms. Read more about Messy Church.

Check back for information about Palm Sunday, March 29; our Last Supper observance as “Maundy Wednesday” April 1st at 6pm; “Good Friday” service at 7pm on April 3rd; and Easter Sunday service and egg hunt on April 5th.

What is Lent?

What is Lent?

During the time leading up to Easter, lent is an opportunity for Christian people to remember the work and walk of the man Jesus of Nazareth who started a movement based on love, justice, and the sacred worth of every person before God. Jesus lived 2000 years ago in the Middle East during in a time of Roman occupation and civil unrest. He was a prophet, teacher, and miracle worker and as he gained followers it was clear that he and the movement were divinely inspired, blessed, and empowered.

Jesus was open and vocal about the changes that were needed to make society a more just and peaceful place. His activities led to his arrest by the Jerusalem authorities during the time of the Judean Passover. Jesus worked to feed and heal people. He demanded an end to exploitation and led a call for justice for those who suffered. ,His popularity and power meant Jesus was was seen the awaited Messiah to those who were calling for a savior to bring justice. For the high priests of Jerusalem, however, he was seen as a threat to political stability and their claim to religious power. As a result, Jesus was arrested and beaten. He died by crucifixion, a punishment designed to inflict terrible fear and suffering on him and all would-be followers.

Jesus died that day on the hill at Golgotha. During Holy Week, the week right before Easter, Christians remember these terrible events with remembrance rituals and services. They include ‘Palm Sunday,’ the day Jesus and his followers rode into Jerusalem mocking the Roman governor and challenging the authorities to recognize the rights of the poor; the ‘Last Supper,’  the last time Jesus and his followers shared a meal together, and the evening that Jesus spoke of his coming death, betrayal, and true servant ship of one human to another, and the day of his arrest; and ‘Good Friday,’ when Jesus was interrogated, tortured, brutally and publically killed, and died. There are also many other rituals and remembrances during this important week.

On the Saturday of Holy Week, the day before Easter Sunday, Christians remember the day when Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross and placed in a tomb. Burial rites were to begin on the following day, the day we now celebrate as Easter morning. That morning a few female followers closest to Jesus went to the tomb to wash, anoint, and wrap his body. But when they arrived, his body was gone.What followed were visions of angels and Jesus himself. These vision experiences helped humans understand the ongoing work of God. Christians came to understand the divinity that was part of Jesus and his resurrection as the “living Christ.”

Christians the world over celebrate Easter as a joyful occasion. God had done something of great witness. God had determined that love and justice were mightier than hate and violence, and that life was more powerful than death itself. In Jesus the Christ we see that God reaches for us and abides within us, no matter how greatly we suffer or how others might try to harm or oppress us or those we love. We get that there is good and bad in the world and that God is firmly on the side of Good and that God affirms Life. We get that God reaches for us, blesses us, and, when we are broken, heals and lifts us up.

Blessings to you,
Pastor Richenda

Weekly Update: February 12-19 2015

Activities for this week (and more) at the Camas UMC!

Link for more information about:
District Training Day (Feb 21st)
Lent Activities (starts Feb 18th)
Messy Church (Feb 24th)


Admin Team meeting this Sunday, following service.

Newsletter deadline Monday, February 16th. Please send all news and articles for the March Messenger to DiAnne H.

sol2015District Training Day Saturday, February 21st—This is a key annual event with workshops, conversations, and training for all local church leaders and more. The event this year includes both the Vancouver and Columbia (Portland) districts. Learn more about it!

Men’s Brotherhood and Small Group will be Meeting locations—Monday, February 23, 7:30pm at the home of Stan Smith.  For additional information please contact Stan.

Women’s Bible Study—Wednesday Feb 18th join us as we will view the video “In the Footsteps of Paul” at 10:00am in the church parlor. Contact Dorothy D.

Wednesday, February 18th Lent begins with Ash Wednesday Services and “Fat Wednesday” pancakes. Read more about these and other Lent activities.

pancake-by-brandon-martin-anderson-2005-flickr-cc-by-sa-2-0sm Wednesday Potluck—Come enjoy fun and fellowship at our weekly Wednesday evening potluck dinners. Bring a dish of your choice, dinner starts at 6pm!
Feb 18th—‘Fat Wednesday’ (See activities for Lent)
Feb 25th—Soup and Salad

A Special Thank you—Thank you to Jean J. & Sandra L. for helping with the 2013 audit. We are now up to date with our district & the conference. Great work, nicely done.


Messy Church:
PufferMessyChurchOur next Messy Church is Tuesday, February 24th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Our Lent theme is Honesty:Bringing your real self to God.” We will talk about authentic prayer, and our story will be of the puffed-up Pharisee who thought he had everything handled yet missed the mark. Activities include making prayer beads’ shawls, and crosses, a relay race, finger painting, storytelling, and more.  Dinner is Submarine Sandwiches. Mmmm!

Help needed for Messy Church:
We need kitchen helpers especially at the moment. Do you feel called to make a difference for people of all ages? Want to participate in finding fresh ways to bring the stories of faith to our community? This is the goal of Messy Church. It is an active, playful celebration of faith. Please talk with Vicki D. if you can lend a hand with the meal, or DiAnne H. for other ways to contribute.
We also need shoe boxes for a Messy Church project, please bring to church by Feb 22nd. Contact Karen Z.


Our Community:

Chinese New Year—Many Blessings to our Brothers and Sisters of the Living Water Fellowship as they celebrate the Chinese New Year next Sunday! All are invited to  share  in their potluck lunch, following their service, next Sunday, February 22nd, at @11:30-12:00.  For more information contact Daniel Ho.

 Valentines Day Concert—Pianist Thomas Rheingans and Ensemble will play a special free concert of American music, including Gershwin, jazz, tango, and Christian music at the Mill Plain United Methodist Church, Saturday Feb 14th at 7 pm . Click to the church page to download a brochure.


 

For more information contact:

Message telephone 360 834 2976
Camas United Methodist Church
706 NE 14th Ave
Camas, WA 98607
Office 360 834 2976

(photo: Pancake by Brandon Martin-Anderson 2005 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Here we go!

Here we go! Are you curious about who we are? Things are changing for us in the best ways. Below is a brand new introductory video featuring  Pastor Richenda. Give us a chance to share who we are,  what we care about, how we worship, and what we imagine for the future. You are invited to share with us our joy, our celebration, and Messy Church.

 

 

Weekly Update: February 6th – 12

PufferMessyChurchOur next Messy Church is Tuesday, February 24th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Our Lent theme is Honesty:Bringing your real self to God.” We will talk about authentic prayer, and our story will be of the puffed-up Pharisee who thought he had everything handled yet missed the mark. Activities include making prayer beads’ shawls, and crosses, a relay race, finger painting, storytelling, and more.  Dinner is Submarine Sandwiches. Mmmm!  Help needed for Messy Church: We need kitchen helpers especially at the moment. Do you feel called to make a difference for people of all ages? Want to participate in finding fresh ways to bring the stories of faith to our community? This is the goal of Messy Church. It is an active, playful celebration of faith. Please talk with Vicki D. if you can lend a hand with the meal, or DiAnne H. for other ways to contribute.

Groundhog’s Day Dinner! The Washougal United Methodist Church has invited Camas United Methodist Church to their annual “Ground Hog Dinner”, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm at their church.  Cost is $9.50 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and under.

Hospitality Team Meeting is February 10th at noon at the church.

District Training Day Saturday, February 21st—This is a key annual event with workshops, conversations, and training for all local church leaders and more. The event this year includes both the Vancouver and Columbia (Portland) districts. Learn more about it!

Men’s Brotherhood and Small Group will be Meeting locations—Monday, February 9, 7:30pm, at the church. They will meet again on Monday, February 23, 7:30pm at the home of Stan Smith.  For additional information please contact Stan.

Wednesday Potluck—Come enjoy fun and fellowship at our weekly Wednesday evening potluck dinners. Bring a dish of your choice, dinner starts at 6pm!
Feb 11th—Chinese Food theme!
Feb 18th—Special ‘Fat Wednesday’ Celebration
Feb 25th—Soup and Salad

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Lent, Ash Wednesday, and Pancake Supper

Lent ObservancesLent begins February 18th on Ash Wednesday. We will have two prayerful observances that day. We will smudge ashes and say prayers in the chapel from 12:00-12:30, and again at 7:15 to 7:45pm (chapel will be open from 7-8pm for quiet prayer).

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Fat Wednesday—We continue our Fat Wednesday tradition Wednesday, February 18th, at our Wednesday potluck! Fat Tuesday is a pancake feast celebrating the last day before lent begins. We will turn Fat Tuesday into Fat Wednesday and invite people to come for a feast of pancakes at 6pm prior to our evening Ash Wednesday service, which follows. You do not have to attend the service to come and enjoy the pancakes! Pancakes will be provided, bring a pancake topping (fruit, whipped cream, ice cream, or whatever!) to share. (photo: Pancake by Brandon Martin-Anderson 2005 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

For more information contact:

Message telephone 360 834 2976
Camas United Methodist Church
706 NE 14th Ave
Camas, WA 98607
Office 360 834 2976

District Training Day

District Training Day–Upcoming! 

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District Training Day this year is Saturday, February 21st, 9am – 4pm. Registration is now open. Keynote speaker this year is Rev. Duane Anders, Senior Pastor of the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise, ID.

WORKSHOPS

Workshop Title:  A Knock at the Door This workshop will explore how to make use of the assets you have in your church. It will help you begin re-imaging how to see what you have and make use of it to revitalize your church and its ministries. Presenters: Rev. Jeremy Hajdu-Paulen, Rev. Lee Hunefeld & Members of Tigard UMC

Workshop Title: Leading Beyond Sunday As a former Greek Orthodox priest and the founder and executive director of New City Initiative, a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness, Paul will bring a special perspective to this workshop. The workshop will focus on how congregations can draw upon their natural assets– their social capital, deeply held values, and commitment to seeing and healing the whole person—and bear upon larger social problems as they exist in our neighborhoods and communities. Presenter: Paul Schroeder, Executive Director, New City Initiative

Workshop Title: Crossing Denominational Lines Hear about the successes and struggles of one community’s experiment in organic unity. In Hood River, Asbury UMC and Our Redeemer Lutheran (ELCA) are now one congregation with two denominations. Congregational leaders will share how they got to where they are and what they are hoping to do in the future. Presenters: Rev. David King and members of Asbury-Our Redeemer Partnership, A Lutheran-Methodist Cooperative Parish, ELCA/UMC

 Workshop Title:  The Transforming Power of Mission Field Engagement As leaders we search for ways to revitalize our churches and often the answer lies right outside our very doors.  We will be sharing the practical steps of narrowing our mission focus, building trust with our neighbors, and intentional companioning with our schools to finally bring about a ministry that has transformed our church and our community. Presenter: Rev. David Tinney, Senior Pastor at Vancouver First UMC

Workshop Title: Discipleship in a Reimagined Church How do you grow disciples in this world we found ourselves in today? How do we imbed disciple-making into everything we do as a congregation?  We are exploring age old methods and finding new insights.  Come explore with us. Presenters: Rev. Joyce Emery & members of Salmon Creek UMC

Workshop Title: Leading Change Without Losing Your Job (Offered in the AM ONLY) This is a workshop for clergy and will look at how to be a leader that institutes change in ways that vitalize a congregation but also keep from tearing a church and pastor apart. Presenter: Rev. Duane Anders, Boise First UMC

CONVERSATION ZONES

Conversation Zone Subject: “Reimagining Our Assets: Can We Do Something New and Creative with What We Already Have? Many of our congregations are rich in assets…both in terms of funds and facilities, as well as talents. How can we look at these resources in new ways and create a different future based on assets rather than on burdens? Join this conversation in which we will look at old things in new ways. Facilitator: Lowell Greathouse, Columbia District Superintendent

Conversation Zone Subject: “Is it possible to make up for past mistakes?” We have all done things we regret and wish we could forget/make up for.  The church has also done harm for which we might want to “make up for.”  Do you think it is possible to make up for our past mistakes? Facilitator: Alta Smith, Certified Mediator Vancouver District

Conversation Zone Subject: “Is There a Place for Us in the Re-imagined Church?”  This conversation zone will focus on concerns, fears, and hopes for the future of our congregations.  As we “re-imagine” church, how does fear of the future impact many local churches and dominate an ability to dream and imagine?  How do we as leaders assist congregations to imagine and/or re-image?  How do we lead from fear to faith as we move into the future? Facilitators: Rev. Anna Cho Epworth UMC & Rev. Dr. Steve Lewis Gresham UMC

Conversation Zone Topic: Listening in on a Conversation with Young Adults Today: What are they saying to our churches? Join this opportunity to hear what young adults are thinking about in terms of spirituality, current life concerns, and the role of the church. You may be surprised by what you learn! Facilitator: Jeremy Smith, Portland First UMC….and guests

Conversation Zone Topic: “Why does mission matter? Why are Imagine No Malaria and other efforts like it in far off places so important for us as individuals and for our communities of faith?” This conversation will focus on the importance of mission – personally and spiritually – and how it can bring a spark to a church. We will also talk about how both hands-on and donating money and goods are essential to a healthy spirituality. Join this conversation and deepen your sense of being the hands and hearts of Christ to the world. Facilitator: Julia Frisbie – Greater NW Episcopal Area Imagine No Malaria Coordinator

To register for this training go to the registration page.

Enotes January 29 – Feb 6 2015

FrogMessyChurchLast Tuesday’s Messy Church was a hopping success!

We explored the problems of temptation–who doesn’t want to eat cookies before dinner–and asked the question, can you resist temptation?Thank you to all who volunteered time to lead activities and share in a meal and prayer and storytelling all together.

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Thanks also to those who performed in our storytelling skit & celebration, including Erika O. and DiAnne H. (pictured) who played frog buddies Hop & Bop!

(Remember when trials come, be sure to FROG! Fully Rely On God!)

Our next Messy Church is Tuesday, February 24th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The theme will be ‘Honesty: Bringing your real self to God!”

This Sunday there will be a Worship Team meeting following Sunday Service.

Men’s Brotherhood and Small Group will be Meeting locations—United Methodist Men’s Brotherhood will meet at the church on Tuesday, February 3, 7:00pm.The Men’s Small Group will meet on Monday, February 9, 7:30pm, at the church. They will meet again on Monday, February 23, 7:30pm at the home of Stan Smith. For additional information please contact Stan.

Groundhog’s Day Dinner! The Washougal United Methodist Church has invited Camas United Methodist Church to their annual “Ground Hog Dinner”, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7th, 4:00pm – 7:00pm at their church. Cost is $9.50 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and under.

Lent Observances—Lent begins February 18th on Ash Wednesday. We will have two prayerful observances that day. We will smudge ashes and say prayers in the chapel from 12:00-12:30, and again at 7:15 to 7:45 (chapel will be open from 7-8pm for quiet prayer).

pancake-by-brandon-martin-anderson-2005-flickr-cc-by-sa-2-0smFat Wednesday—We continue our Fat Wednesday tradition Wednesday, February 18th, at our Wednesday potluck! Fat Tuesday is a pancake feast celebrating the last day before lent begins. We will turn Fat Tuesday into Fat Wednesday and invite people to come for a feast of pancakes at 6pm prior to our evening Ash Wednesday service, which follows. You do not have to attend the service to come and enjoy the pancakes! Pancakes will be provided, bring a pancake topping (fruit, whipped cream, ice cream, or whatever!) to share. (photo: Pancake by Brandon Martin-Anderson 2005 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Reach for God!

Hold me by amanda tipton 2010 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2What does it mean when the bible tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life”? Can we really believe in this Good News? Sometimes it seems that this wide-open statement of God’s love is used to exclude instead of to reach out with confidence and joy. But the very verse itself negates any limiting interpretation, for, can you really ‘believe in him’ if anyone is excluded from God’s declared love and Christ’s act of salvation?

Local Woman in Timor-Leste Village United Nations Photo 2011 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2When Christ died on the cross all creation shuddered, every atom, every stone, every cell, and every microorganism. God’s act to save humanity and the world through love was so big, that even those people viewed as accursed, sinners, and condemned, such as the criminal crucified alongside Jesus himself, even they reaching maximum stretch flight by torbakhopper 2012 Flickr CC BY 2were declared by Jesus himself as saved—and not saved at some later time or date or place, but saved right now. This salvation in Christ is not some kind of salvation churches or humans can dole out; this is something God has done.

Reach by RBerteig 2005 Flickr CC BY 2As we move into Lent this February, as we remember our vulnerability, our frailty, our mistakes, our woundedness and stubbornness, let us also remember the depth of God’s Love.

Leap, detail by Chris Doyle 2008 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2Because of what God has done, any crevasse between ourselves and the possibilities of deep connection to all that is Good is gone. We can reach out unafraid. We are not accursed! If separateness and error were a pit, God filled it up. If separateness and error were a raging sea, God calmed the water. If this separateness and error were a forest engulfed in flame, God sent a deluge. God sees us for what we were and are, broken and beautiful, stubborn and full of longing, hopeful and afraid. God sees us and God has reached for us because ‘God so loved’ us. That is all. There are no mitigations, no qualifiers, and no exclusions.

A young brown Benjamin Button by Asim Bharwani 2010 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2We are broken, yes. We can be angry, true. We are hurting, this is real. But no brokenness, no pain, no anger, no powers, no height, no depth, no human judge will keep us from the Love of God. The pit is filled and we are freed from bondage to it. We are freed to reach as deeply for God as God has reached for us. This Lent, as we await the resurrection of Eastertime, dare to reach! Reach! Reach for God!

Blessings to you all,
Pastor Richenda

Photo credits:
A young brown Benjamin Button by Asim Bharwani 2010 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Hold me by amanda tipton 2010 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Leap, detail by Chris Doyle 2008 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Local Woman in Timor-Leste Village United Nations Photo 2011 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Reach by RBerteig 2005 Flickr CC BY 2.0
Reaching maximum stretch flight by torbakhopper 2012 Flickr CC BY 2.0

Brand New Site

It’s a brand new website for us—Almost.

Our website was hacked in January this year and in order to clean out the malicious code we lost pretty much everything we had posted. Please be patient with us as we rebuild.

The good news is that we learned a lot about how to salvage what we could (which wasn’t much) and how to patiently pray during the long recovery process. (Shout out to our webmaster and malicious code exterminator who donated his time and expertise to get ‘er done!)  We will need to reassemble and rewrite, but we are a resurrection people!

In the meanwhile the very best way to learn more about us is to visit on a Sunday Morning or to come to Messy Church!  We love our Camas-Washougal community and as a church we are in a phase of renewal, renewing our commitment to being the light of Christ in this good place.