Enotes Calendar Easter Week

Activities for Holy Week & Easter at the Camas UMC!
(Please scroll below for important information about our Easter hunt.)

Last call for home-decorated Lent Crosses is Sunday March 29th!11071422_10155281171610464_6683113500199917967_nPlease bring your decorated cross to the church so they can be displayed Easter Sunday. Last chance also to donate items for our Easter hunt! We need small toys and stickers, cans of tuna, and socks also by Sunday, March 29th!

banner with Easter Morning by Laurence OP Flickr 2014 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Easter arrives April 5!  A list of Holy Week and Easter celebrations are below:

Palm Sunday March 29th. Palm Sunday is a favorite morning service,  at 10:00am, held on the Sunday before Easter. This is theTraveler's palm 2187 by Rosa Say 2012 Flickr Sunday Christians celebrate the arrival of Jesus and his followers into the city of Jerusalem. At his arrival, the people of the city lined the streets to welcome him and raise palm branches in his honor.  Our celebration will include singing and waving palm branches. We will also have a few members of the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra with us for this fun Sunday.

Wednesday April 1st: “Maundy Wednesday.”  This evening dinner is a casual small group gathering as we reflect on the ‘Last Supper’ Jesus celebrated together with his companions. This is a potluck meal beginning at 6pm in the downstairs fellowship hall.   This meal is Wednesday instead of the traditional Thursday to correspond with our weekly Wednesday potluck dinner.

Friday evening, April 3rd is our Good Friday service11021090_10155222715390464_660170062393408641_n in the sanctuary at 7:00pm. This solemn taize music and prayer service with the celebration of Holy Communion. Good Friday is the day Christians observe as the day Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross.   We reflect on the weight of that reality, and what it means as we await Easter.

Easter service will be Sunday April 5 at 10:00am.  Our Easter celebration is traditional and joyful with singing, prayers, a sermon, a children’s message and Sunday School. If you like, come early (at 9:00am) and bring fresh flowers! We use these flowers to decorate the Easter cross that crowns our sanctuary.

Our Easter hunt is different than other egg hunts: Our hunt event includes candy–but, it does not emphasize candy. Instead the focus is on the fun of findsmBunnyFingerPuppet by KATrinket 2007 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0ing hidden items & sharing our gifts with others.

How it works: Young children (5th grade and younger) will be invited to hunt for items hidden for the hunt. The items hidden include plastic eggs with small toys and stickers hidden inside. We also hide cans of tuna fish and pairs of children’s socks.

What happens to the toys and stickers the children find? The children get to keep them!

What happens to the tuna fish and socks the children find? The children can exchange these items for Easter candy, which the church provides. (Parents who would prefer to minimize candy can help supervise this exchange.) 

What happens to the tuna fish and socks collected overall? The tuna fish and socks are donated by our generous congregation. Thank you!! The children get to participate in a truly helpful act of giving. All the cans of tuna will be given to the local Treasure House Food Bank. All the pairs of socks will be given to Northwest Children’s Outreach for needy families.

760f3580909ee9d6c22e3eebca442c64Easter Donations: We are again asking our congregation to please donate cans of tuna fish, and new socks for children and teens, as well as small toys and stickers (must fit inside a plastic egg) for our Easter hunt. With these donations you will make the children smile, but also you will help to feed and clothe needy families!!  Please DO NOT donate candy as the church will provide the candy for the hunt. Please bring donations by Palm Sunday, March 29th.


Untitled-1oetuOur Palm Sunday Messy Church was Tuesday, March 24th and a great success. Thank you everyone who helped and celebrated! Hosanna!  (Read more about Messy Church!)


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 credits:
daffodils: Easter Morning by Laurence OP Flickr 2014 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Traveler’s palm 2187 by Rosa Say 2012 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Bunny Finger Puppet by KATrinket 2007 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Enotes Calendar March 6 – Easter

Activities through March to Easter (and more) at the Camas UMC!

Scroll down for information about Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday.

Reminder: This Sunday (March 8th) is daylight savings time! Be sure to adjust you clocks on Saturday night.

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Link for more information about:
Messy Church  with Palms Celebration, Tuesday night March 24th 5:30-7:30pm

 


Ahead on the Calendar:

March 9: Esther Rice Circle meets at 9:30am

March 10: Hospitality Meeting 12:30

March 9 & 23: Men’s Small Group 7:30pm

SarahMudgeSarahRoemerMarch 12: Young Adult Missionaries to visit Thursday, March 12th from 9-11 am. Come for coffee and conversation and hear from Sarah Mudge & Sarah Roemer, both of whom serve as US2 young adult volunteers at Tacoma Community House in Tacoma.

March 15: Admin and Teams Meeting following Sunday Worship.

March 21: Church Clean Up Day! 8:30am breakfast, clean up 9-noon.

March 30: Lost and Found Cafe at Zion Lutheran Church

Women’s Bible Study Wednesdays 10am to noon. Contact Lauralee or Dorothy D.

Wednesday Potlucks! Come enjoy fun and fellowship at our Wednesday  potluck dinners. Bring a dish of your choice, dinner starts at 6pm! March Menu:
March 11 Bring a favorite dish to share
March 18 Irish Night, St. Patrick’s Day!
March 25 Breakfast for Dinner—share a breakfast specialty


banner with Easter Morning by Laurence OP Flickr 2014 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Lent & Easter Activities! The church season of Lent begins February 18th with Ash Wednesday and it goes all the way to Easter Sunday, which is April 5th. (What is Lent?)  There are a number of special services and activities during this time. Some of what we celebrate at Camas United Methodist Church are below:

  • March 24th: Messy Church with Palms Celebration Tuesday, March 24th 5:30-7:30pm.
  • March 29th: Palm Sunday, Sunday morning service, 10:00am. On Palm Sunday we raise palms in celebration of Jesus’s arrival into Jerusalem. We hope to have members of the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra join us for this fun Sunday.
  • April 1st: “Maundy Wednesday” is a celebration of the Last Supper in Jerusalem between Jesus and his followers. This will be Wednesday instead of the traditional11021090_10155222715390464_660170062393408641_n Thursday to correspond with our weekly Wednesday potluck dinner.
  • April 3rd: Good Friday service, on Friday evening, in the sanctuary at 7:00pm. This solemn music and prayer service with Holy Communion commemorates the day Jesus died on the cross.
  • Easter service will be Sunday at 10:00am. Come at 9:00am with flowers to help decorate the cross. Service will be followed by Sunday School and an Easter hunt!
  • Easter Egg hunt for younger children (5th grade and younger) Easter Sunday at noon, with coffee and cookies for the grownups.

smBunnyFingerPuppet by KATrinket 2007 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0A word about our Easter hunt–it’s a little different than other egg hunts. Our hunt is unique because we want to have fun helping others as well as celebrating our own blessings on Easter. As such, this is what we do: In addition to hunting for small toys, stickers, and some candy, our hunt participants also hunt for small cans of tuna fish and new pairs of socks. The children get to keep the toys, stickers, and candy. The tuna fish and socks they find are placed in special baskets and go to help those in need. The tuna fish will go to the food bank at the Treasure House, and the socks to Northwest Children’s Outreach.  Our unique hunt celebrates Easter through fun and also generosity. (photo credit: BunnyFingerPuppet by KATrinket 2007 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

760f3580909ee9d6c22e3eebca442c64Easter Donations: We are again asking our congregation to please donate cans of tuna fish, and new socks for children and teens, as well as small toys and stickers (must fit inside a plastic egg) for our Easter hunt. With these donations you will make the children smile, but also you will help to feed and clothe needy families!!  Please DO NOT donate candy as the church will provide the candy for the hunt. Please bring donations by Palm Sunday, March 29th.


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.


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 of daffodils: Easter Morning by Laurence OP Flickr 2014 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Rootedness and Sanctuary

Over the last year and a half, we have as a congregation, worked with the symbol of the anchor. The anchor is an important Christian symbol. Not only was it one of the symbols used by the earliest Christ-believers, but I find that just by saying the words ‘anchored in faith’ I feel strong and weighted, my gut filled with surety that, come what may, God is with me. I am anchored in the abiding and steadfast love of God.

smRooted by Anna Levinzon 2009 Flickr CC BY 2.0Over the last few weeks, however, I find myself contemplating the concept of ‘rootedness.’ The idea of rootedness has captured a sense of strength for me, and not just strength in my gut, but strength in my toes, my limbs, the crooks of my elbows, even the long branching reach of my fingers.

We at the Camas United Methodist Church are anchored in faith, but we are also rooted, here, in this good place. Our roots are not just about our longevity, though that is part of it. Our roots are not just about our place in Camas, growing up with and alongside the city in partnership with its first citizens, but that, too, is part of it. Our roots are not just about Camas, either. Our name may begin ‘Camas’ but our members and our relationships extend far past the borders of East county and Camas-Washougal. We stretch past Green Mountain, up into Skamania and Stevenson, down to Vancouver, across to Ridgefield, Portland, and Salmon Creek. Our rootedness has supported a tall trunk with many branches. Just think of the blessings that have come of all of that!

Yet, though all of these things are important, by those standards of geography alone rootedness means only physical space. According to that measure a great many longstanding aspects of the area community can equally be considered rooted, even the long-lived Safeway at the bottom of the hill.

Our rootedness, then, is not just geographical, but also metaphysical—surpassing the material. Ours is not just a rootedness of years or a rootedness of place, ours is a rootedness of heart, a rootedness of home, of belonging, of community, and of God. Quite simply, our roots are our strength. And when you think about it that way you can think, too, that these roots are not accidental. They are wide and sturdy and knotty and deep and they were carefully grown and cultivated right here for a reason. After so many years, our branches may need a little cultivation. But, our roots are good and clean and deep and strong. We have a whole lot to offer this world, and I believe that we are being tapped by the divine to do just that. I believe we have been called for a new day and a new time. In this call we will be drawing new strength from our deep rootedness in the very Camas-Washougal-East County soil that we call home.

New Life at the Arboretum by Mr.TinDC 2010 flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

As we as a community look to what Good we are being called to do here, today, in 2015, we ask the same questions asked by those who built our own church, and those who built the first churches all over the Washington territories. We ask, ‘How is God working in our hearts to transform our troubles’? ‘How is our walk with Christ a walk toward better community’? And, ‘how have we been blessed to be a blessing to each other, and the wider community all around us’?

All of East County is growing. The population growth prediction for Camas alone predicts 14,000 new residents in the next 20 years. Those of us who live in East County share the roads with construction vehicles moving from one new housing development to the next. The people around us are moving in, and they arrive by moving van and with carloads of luggage. They are uprooted; these folks are relocated, sliding on the surface, perhaps hopeful, perhaps anxious, but certainly on the move. They have chosen Camas-Washougal and East County for a new life. And they have come in large part because they wanted to come. They chose the schools, the neighborhoods, and the natural beauty of this place. They come to live their dreams for a better life. They dream, as we all do, of living in a better world.

How can we bless them? And how can we invite them to explore the Good Christ here in this place? What will we offer them? I believe we will offer them many things, but I think our rootedness will be our first gift. A relocated people will be a people dizzy with obligation: house payments, work schedules, homework, and soccer practice. We can help center them in that storm. An unrooted people will be susceptible to stress, insecurity, and disconnection. We can help them connect to rootedness, and help them to find in our church and the community a connectedness, some stability, and a centering direction. We can model inner, steadfast strength, all the while stretching our branches and reaching out. We will offer harbor, shade, seed, fruit, and sanctuary. We can be the very centering blessing they will need to truly live their dreams.

Blessings to you!
Pastor Richenda

photo credits: 
Rooted by Anna Levinzon 2009 Flickr CC BY 2.0
New Life at the Arboretum by Mr.TinDC 2010 flickr CC BY-ND 2.0