July-August Update Enotes Summer Calendar

Our summer is underway! What a heat wave.

We are getting close to our signature summer events, Blueberry Breakfast, Summer Musical Drama Camp, and Movies in the Park. Please scroll down information and links!

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!

Don’t forget to renew your food worker card!

Join us at Camas Days!

We will again have a booth during Camas Days. We will be spreading the word about Movies in the Park and Drive Out Malaria. Come and stop by for a chat!

Summer Sunday School begins in July


School’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.

Movies in the Park is every Friday in August!


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 in the Northwest, and Imagine No Malaria nationally.

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.

 August 25th is our next Messy Church, 5:30-7:30pm

Messy Logo Bubbles

Our hope for this next Messy Church is to, through our Summer events, to invite the community to learn more about what we are doing. We think that for many, once they learn about Messy Church they will want to try and see!  Our theme will be Bubbles, and we will celebrate the beautiful rivers and waters of creation!   Come for activities, storytelling, with dinner provided.

Messy Church will not meet in July. In July we work have a lot of fun with Camas Days and Blueberry Pancakes.

School Supplies Drive!

Every year our congregation pitches in to purchase school supplies for Helen Baller Elementary School, helping them close the gap for those who cannot bring all the items on the list. Attached is this years list per grade, be sure to get the name brands that the teachers asked for as they are the items that last in the classroom. The list (a PDF) is online here. Key items include Tigonderoga #2 pencils, Crayola 24 pk crayons, 8 pk washable crayola markers, 24 pk crayola colored pencils, elmers glue sticks, wide-rule composition books (not notebooks),  kleenex, clorox wipes, ziplock bags and more.

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 break for orchestra–there will be no practices the last three Thursdays in August.)

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–July 25th

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.

Learn more about the family and their work toward a cure.





Annual Conference is over but if you missed it there are a number of materials online. Follow up by viewing photos, videos, and or by reading the ‘Amen Reports’ which give an overview of the goings on for conference.

We are hiring an Administrative Assistant for a few mornings a week. We are looking for someone wonderful! Please check out our posting on Craigslist. Do not email or call the church. All correspondence needs to go through our employment committee, to contact them please email through Craigslist. Thank you!

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

Thursday Dispatch: A Day at Annual Conference

It is that time of year again, the time for Annual Conference, where Methodists from all over Washington, Alaska, and parts of Idaho gather together to do the sacred and functional work of the church. We are a connectional people! We are connected to each other locally and internationally through the United Methodist Church and the great Christian and human effort.

The Legislative floor of the 2015 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. Photo by Pacific Northwest Conference.

We are also connected as part of the Pacific Northwest Conference, local church to local church, brother and sister; we are connected sanctuary, kitchen, and parlor to the living rooms and sanctuaries of faith across the globe.

Part of our great connectionalism is the works of faith we do together wherever we are gathered together in community. Our work at the Annual Conference this year as pastors and people all together was to consider and amend legislation, discuss ideas, celebrate accomplishments, mourn losses, and plan for the future.

Here is a sample of those proceedings, one day in the life of Annual Conference:

Thursday June 25:
8:30am Opening Worship: Our bishop is in residence and his banner and staff adorn the chancel. Members of the Nez Perce and Yakima Tribes share their stories of Christian witness with prayer and forgiveness as we work to understand what it means to be a people of social justice and reconciliation.

10:30am Legislative session: Information about General Conference. General Conference (The international meeting of all United Methodists around the world!) will be in Portland, Oregon, May 2016. Wow! Volunteers are needed for connectional hospitality as during this massive effort we will welcome delegates and attendees from all over the world!

Lunch Meeting Creation Care: There are a few lunch meetings scheduled and the one I choose addresses legislation action calling forma Fossil Free UMC—Petitions #GC-6; #GC-7; #GC-8! Members of the conference want to join with other conferences in petitioning General Conference to divest our financial holdings from investment in the oil industry. (Update: Friday legislative session passes these petitions!)

United Methodist Missionary Paul Jeffrey speaks at to the legislative body encouraging divestment from oil companies and a Fossil Free UMC. Photo: Pacific Northwest Conference UMC.

1:00pm Committee Meetings: The conference body disperses and attendees go to committee meetings. I serve on the Leadership Development Team and served as a teller (counting the votes). Our room is packed, we need more chairs! Reports are read from seminaries and youth and adult leadership development teams. All reports are affirmed! There is discussion on a resolution banning discrimination against people with disabilities. Resolution is affirmed and is now headed to the Legislative body! (Update: Friday legislative session amends then affirms this also.)

3:30pm break: Quick trip to Starbucks!

4:00pm Training: I attend the Earth Ministries training dealing with the Oil Train Terminals and other Creation-conscious ministry initiatives locally and nationally. We learn the value of telling our story (why do we care?), identifying our legislators (we are in the 18th district, Anne Rivers, Liz Pike, Brandon Vick); and how to spread the word and safeguard the beauty of the Pacific Northwest!

Pastor Richenda speaks during the legislative discussion surrounding divestment from companies who profit from destruction of communities and militarization. She speaks here for all—despite disagreement—to make time for listening to each other on the legislative floor. Image by Pacific Northwest Conference UMC Pastor Richenda speaks during the legislative discussion surrounding divestment from companies who profit from destruction of communities and militarization. She speaks here for all—despite disagreement—to make time for listening to each other on the legislative floor. Image by Pacific Northwest Conference UM
Pastor Richenda speaks during the legislative discussion surrounding divestment from companies who profit from destruction of communities and militarization. She speaks here for all—despite disagreement—to make time for listening to each other on the legislative floor. Image by Pacific Northwest Conference UMC

6pm Dinner: Yum!

Dinner as connection!: I choose to sit at a table with people I don’t know and soon I find I am surrounded by young delegates and pages. These young people were a joy to share a meal with–bright, interested, engaged, honest, and smart as heck. They are already leading ministries, of course! I am buoyed for our future!

7pm Awards: Whew! So many great things! Camas has paid 100% of our apportionments to date (Yes!). Camas is the #1 contributor to UMCOR from our District (Yes!). In our district wee Winlock UMC wins the ‘Risk Award,’ a top prize, for their work with at-risk youth. Their winning ministry is brand new: they host a dinner, vocational training, encouragement and school support to 20 high schoolers. All their seniors graduated and are headed to college. I cried with joy to hear this, this is church!

8:30pm District Meeting: Meeting with Vancouver District clergy and congregational leaders led by our District Superintendent Rev. David Nieda. Three churches are asked to share the work of their churches, Camas UMC, Rochester UMC, and Winlock UMC. We have a candidate for Ordination to be Commissioned from our District, Nico Romeijn-Stout. Commissioning is done during the closing worship service, and is an important step in the Ordination process.

Following the news of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, Bishop Hagiya took a moment to address the conference body. He acknowledged that Methodists are still divided about how to proceed faithfully. He asked for all to listen and care for one another, and he read from 1 Corinthians 12:24-27 “God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the part with less honor so that there won’t be division in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it. You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.” Photo by Pacific Northwest Conference.

Tomorrow are more legislative sessions as we debate important new petitions and resolve good things for our future!

Blessings to you,
Pastor Richenda