Family makes a difference

The Maas family is making a difference.

On this page we want to send love, prayer, and a shout out to a special family! Thank you to the Maas family, who has met struggle in the world with forthrightness, honesty, advocacy, and love.

Learn about their story in this video produced by the American Diabetes Association:

Every year the Maas family works to advocate for Diabetes awareness. Their advocacy has taken them to Olympia and Washington D.C., where last year they met with U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Maas TdC23While they didn’t ride bicycles all the way to the White House, they have ridden literally 100s of miles as participants in events like Tour de Cure, an awareness and fund raising event for the American Diabetes Association.

July 25th 2015 is the annual ADA event, and once again the Maas family will participate. Brad Maas, who is a pilot, has pledged to ride 104 miles, and the whole family will be part of the effort. Even as I write this and notice the sunny day, I am wondering if Brad is even now on the road getting in the practice he needs for that 100 mile ride!

The family has their own team and web page promoting the July 25th Event. The team is called ‘Paige’s Pilots,’ and anyone wishing to support the family should click over to that page to get more information. Paige Maas also has her own fundraising page–Paige Maas’ Page–centered on the event,

More information in general can be found online at the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure website.

When: July 25, 2015
Where: AmberGlen Park
Address: 20025 NW Gibbs Drive, Hillsboro, Oregon, 97006

Registration Fee: $25.00 + a Fundraising Minimum
Route Distances: 5/10M, 29M, 49M, 69M, 104M

Maas First TdC22You can support this family with a contribution of love. Add the Maas family to your prayers, and all of those who turn trial into advocacy and effort. Prayers for those who deal with Diabetes and its real effects every day.  Let us as a church family surround this family with love, that we may reflect for them great gratitude for the good work that they do, and that they may know through our care the loving touch of God.

 

Enotes Summer Calendar

Our Camas summer is starting!

There is a lot going at the church this summer, including our signature summer events, Blueberry Breakfast, Summer Musical Drama Camp, and Movies in the Park.  Please scroll down information and links!


June 23rd is Messy Church, 5:30-7:30pm

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Our theme this month for Messy Church is “Share the story.” We will we celebrate how early Christians who wanted to spread the good news about the love of God went out to meet new people, discover new places and learn new languages.  Come for activities, storytelling, with dinner provided.

Messy Church is held once a month–except for the month of July. In July we work have a lot of fun with Camas Days and Blueberry Pancakes. Please join us then! We will get Messy again in August.


Summer Sunday School begins in July

feetSchool’s out and for the summer months we plan to celebrate by journeying through a couple of big stories for the kids. First we spend time with the story of Jonah and the Whale. Whew!  Next we take on the story of the Tower of Babel. Join us for some whale watching, tower building, and Sunday fun. Learn more about our programs for kids.


July 25th is our famous Blueberry Pancake Breakfast!

10553557_10154370463980464_7403287799119076528_nAn established part of the festivities surrounding Camas Days, our blueberry pancake breakfast is the way to have fun, get fed, and share the community spirit of Camas! Our blueberry pancakes are delicious and filled with fresh berries. Our famous Rose’s sausage always packs ’em in.  Our sausage is so popular we will be selling sausage in addition to the breakfast this year for those who want to take some home.

Ticket prices for 2015 are $8 per adult and $4 for children.

Read about our pancake breakfast in last year’s Post Record!


Movies in the Park is every Friday in August!

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Bring a blanket or a lawn chair or both to Crown Park in Camas for a free family friendly movie that starts at dusk. Camas United Methodist Church is proud to sponsor this and other family and fun activities for our community. We love it here! Check out our Movies in the Park page for tips and more information.


August 1st is Drive Out Malaria!

Drive-Out-Malaria-logoOur church is part of the network of Christian Methodist Churches that are working internationally to make the world a better place (learn more about Methodists!)  Because there are so many of us across the globe, we can work together to do really big things. One of those big things is Drive Out Malaria! Our church will participate in this effort on August 1st at the Orchard Hills Golf Course in Washougal.  Everyone is invited–this is golf for a good cause you do not have to be affiliated with ours or any church. Come and have fun and celebrate the good we can all do together! Drive out Malaria is part of an even bigger Malaria eradication effort. To learn more see Imagine No Malaria.


August 10th – 14th is our Summer Musical Drama Camp! 

GoldvillePictureLast year was our first-ever Drama Camp and what a hit it was! This year we stage another show, we head out west to the town of Goldville to see what those folk have gotten themselves up to.  Join us! Registration forms and more information is online on our Summer Drama Camp page.


 Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra practices on Thursdays.

Violin-Viola by Frinck51 2006 wiki CC BY-SA 3dot0Do you love music? Do you wish you could connect with others who share that love?

Learn more about the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra which practices 5-7pm on Thursdays at the church.


Summer Camp starts now!

Our church is connected to churches and camp organizations all over the Pacific Northwest. There are camps in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that are filled with faith and fun for all ages this summer. Find out more about Summer Camp. Camp is trans-formative for young people. Please consider signing up your child for a lifetime of faith camp experience.


One more very special thing.

Maas TdC23We have a very important family at our church, the Maas family. They work together to raise awareness for diabetes with the hope that talking about it and raising funds gets us that little bit closer every day to a cure.

The Maas family tends to make a little local news with their efforts and recently their story was featured by the American Diabetes Association. Learn more about the family, their work, and view the video here.

 


Summer church hours are variable. Some of our groups will be on hiatus during the summer, but others will continue–some with a modified schedule.  To contact the church please email camasumc@comcast.net

Nesting in the Branches

The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. Though it is the tiniest of seeds, even this little itty -bitty thing that seems to contain only the teeniest potential for fruit can grow to be a plant so large it is possible for it to be at the center of the life of the kingdom—a kingdom filled with a peaceful plenty, a kingdom teeming with fruitful produce, a kingdom where there is more than enough to share. This as a beautiful, peaceable kingdom that includes many birds, birds who have spied that magnificent mustard tree and come to perch and stayed to nest.

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“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed ..the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown…. the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.” (Matt 13:31-32) Attribution below.

Even more, Jesus tells us further that this tiny seed can be likened to the tiniest amount of faith, even faith the size of a mustard seed, if it is faith in the power of God, will move mountains and uproot and transplant the mighty mulberry tree. These stories are not literal tales of actual mustard seeds, or real mountains or mulberries. These stories are far, far bigger than that. These stories in Luke and Matthew shake the small facts of life to tell the huge truths of the power of God!

This summer we will continue to explore the possibilities that even the teeniest bit of faith will bring. We continue to celebrate and rejoice in the Spirit of Pentecost. On that long ago day of Pentecost, the Jesus-followers from Galilee were gathered together in prayer. They were alone, they thought, for the man they had believed was the Messiah—the savior who would usher in the Kingdom of God—had been crucified and killed by Rome and the Judean priests. Who, now, would speak for them?

Chirping Sparrow Nestlings by Pannamoo 2008 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care (Matt 10:29) Chirping Sparrow Nestlings by Pannamoo 2008 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The death of Jesus of Nazareth had scattered those first followers. But within days hope had re-turned to them. First the women and then the men began to have experiences of seeing, touching, talking to, and sharing food and fellowship with Jesus. This began what would be thousands of years of visitations, visions, and miracles. These experiences over time helped them to understand that God was up to something no one had anticipated.

That day of Pentecost long ago, the Jesus-followers prayed together in the tent with great hope. They awaited to see what God would do next. That ‘next’ thing came in a great rush of wind! The power of the Spirit came on them and filled them with exhilaration! This was it, they realized, this was the power that God had planned, this was how the word of the kingdom of God would be spread to every hearth, every heart, the word of hope, the word of peace, and the word of power.

Pentecost was the gift of grace and power that proved that those who prayed were called to something new. That day the Jesus-followers became Christ-Believers, they became the body of

Christ in the world. And the Holy Spirit, often depicted as a dove, was right at the center of it.

This June we will explore the ways in which God communicates with us. For thousands of years the divine has filled and inspired Christian people. Gifts to help us along the way have been our communities, our churches, our prayers, our scriptures, and our stories. These stories go right back to Genesis and include the whole of the natural world all around us.

Emmaus nicopolis mosaic by emmaus CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Emmaus nicopolis mosaic by emmaus CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

As the Spirit reveals itself as a bird—a dove—we will explore other wisdom that comes to us in the stories of birds from the scripture and our tradition. For does not God love even the sparrows? Was it not the ravens who fed Elijah? Is it not the dove of peace and the peacock that shimmer for us as emblems of paradise?

God’s word is for God’s everyday people. God’s love is for all of creation. And we learn from Pentecost that by the power of the Spirit God is not restricted to one voice, one language, or one way of communicating. God reaches for everyday people, for you and for me, in the languages we hear, the languages we use, the stories we celebrate, and in the very, very good news of the kingdom of God.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Richenda

The photo above of the bluebird and the mustard flower is a compilation of two modified photographs: Mustard Flower by John Morgan 2011 Flickr CC BY 2.0 Western Bluebird by Kevin Cole 2008 Flickr CC BY 2.0