Autumn Musicale

Pumpkins by Nick Klein 2011 Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Prepare yourself for an Autumnal Halloween Celebration (but not too spooky!) of world-class classical music on strings and piano:  (Download a Flyer)

Grazioso Duo

Tatiana Kolchanova & Nilda Curtis

& Special guest Marc Bescond

Hear the music of

Copland, Schostakovich, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev & more.

Join us Saturday, October 24th at 3pm in the upstairs sanctuary,   no tickets necessary. Recommended donation of $10 or more at the door to benefit our Children’s Ministries at the Camas United Methodist Church.

Thank you for your support!


Photo credit: Pumpkins by Nick Klein 2011 Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Symposium Tuesday

Camas United Methodist Church will host two events on Tuesday, October 27th to coincide with the Bishop’s Symposium at the Red Lion in Vancouver.

Fossil Fuels Awareness Presentation & Conversation

SW Washington is at the center of the latest ambitions of the Oil Industry. The Red Lion in Vancouver, the site of this year’s Bishop’s Symposium, is literally at Ground Zero in the conversation between industrialists and environmentalists as to what kind of future we want for our country.  (See the Creation Care page on our site for more information about this issue for Southwest Washington.)

There are two parts to this event, a driving tour (14 person limit) and a presentation at the Church (no limit). Please scroll down for more.

Driving Tour: Join us for a short Driving Tour of affected areas in Vancouver (followed by a presentation and conversation at Camas United Methodist Church). The Driving Tour will be led by members of the Sierra Club and we will drive by sites affected by the ongoing and proposed Oil and Coal Transit in Southwest Washington. This portion begins at 1:00 at the Red Lion at the Quay. Our transportation is limited to 24 participants. (There is no limit for those who have their own transportation who wish to join us at the church at 2:45-5pm for the presentation.)

Presentation and Conversation: The tour will end at the Camas United Methodist Church where experts, activists, and community leaders will addressing the issue of Oil and Coal By Rail and proposed shipping terminals in Vancouver, Longview, and Gray’s Harbor. Of interest to church leaders and clergy in particular is what role the church at the parish level might play for an issue such as this that affects our local, national, and global community. This portion begins at approx 2:45pm and runs to approx 5pm. Those with their own transportation who wish to attend just this portion are very welcome to do so!

Presenters: Presenters include: Don Steinke and Laura Stevens of the Sierra Club, Ryan Rittenhouse of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Rev. Jenny Phillips of Fossil Free UMC, Rev. Bill Gates of EcoFaith Recovery in Oregon, and a member of the Vancouver Firefighters Union tba. Learn what this issue is about and how it affects our communities, learn how to listen and inspire people to take action, learn about what the citizen process of public comment and testimony looks like, and talk about how all this relates to the local church and people of faith.

To Register: United Methodist participants are asked to register on the Bishop’s Symposium Registration page, other interested clergy/leaders please contact Jan Carter at the Camas Church office. You do not have to register if you are participating in the Presentation portion at the church only.

Transportation: For those beginning with the tour, transportation by van will be provided from the Red Lion at 1:00 and ride by van along the tour sites and to the Camas United Methodist Church. Vans will return participants to the Red Lion at 5:15pm.

Food Provision: A snack will be provided at the church.

Cost: A charge $10 per person will allow us to fund transportation for this event. Please come even if you are unable to contribute funds at this time.

Event runs from 1-5:15pm.


Love and Logic Offering

loveandlogicLove and Logic: Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!

A five module parenting program designed by the Love and Logic Institute

Solutions to:

  • How to handle disruptions during meal times
  • How to get children to stay in their own bed
  • How to end temper tantrums
  • How to discipline your toddler in public without creating a scene
  • How to get children up and out in the mornings
  • How to stop whining and bickering
  • And many other day-to-day parenting challenges…

 This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!

Tuesday Evenings  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Camas United Methodist Church
706 NE 14th Ave. Camas, WA 98607

Session 1: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 — Handling Misbehavior without breaking a Sweat

Session 2: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 — Teaching Kids to Listen the first time

Messy Church – Tuesday, October 27

Session 3: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 — Avoiding Power Struggles

Session 4: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 — Limits to Create Happier Parents, Happier Kids and Happier Families

Session 5: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 — What to Do When Your Kids Leave You Speechless

Cost: $55 per family (financial assistance available)
Included: Dinner and care for your child(ren), Love and Logic Parent Workbook
Please call (360) 834-2976 or email to register

We Give Back

Summer camp season draws to a close, and we know that fall is fast approaching! Students, teachers, and parents are gearing up for back-to-school, and we are all looking ahead and wondering what kind of weather autumn will bring us. When I was at Freddy’s last week, I saw that they already had every conceivable color of rain boot on the shelf. This is good news for the kid in all of us who still likes to splash around in puddles now and again.

As we move into September I rejoice for the success of our summer ministries: Movies in the Park, Camas Days, Blueberry Breakfast, and Summer Drama Camp. We are actively working to engage our neighbors and neighborhoods, and East County, Camas & Washougal, are great places to be.

One of the most important things we have done together as a church family these last number of months is work through a good chunk of our visioning process. Our goal was to try to get to the nut, the kernel, the DNA of our church.We worked to figure out who are we as a people of goodwill and faith called to serve God, here, in this good place.

Who are we?
Where are we?
What has God called us to do?

We wanted to answer this question of who we are right now, but also we needed to think of ourselves as a part of a great cycle of family and community, including in our thoughts those who are now our saints and angels, and also considering the people we will one day be. The truth is that a future lies ahead of us, and it will be a church filled with people we do not yet know. Who are we?

Our resulting statement is succinct, clean, and, I believe, matches us wonderfully: We are the Camas United Methodist Church—We give back.

We give back. We give back. We are a people with the strength of many generations. We have a heart for others and are involved in all kinds of ways to make this world a better place, both in the church and in our community. We sincerely care about the mission of Christ in the world.

We have strong roots, deep connections, and broad branches. We care about reaching out and transforming lives, for children and families from infants to great-grandparents. We are a people who know the value of a sturdy core and fruitful branches. We are a people who give back.

Blessings to all of you as another school year begins. As the cycle of another year moves into fall, I encourage you to seek the large and small ways you can live who we are and give a little something every day, from a smile, to a word of encouragement, a prayer for a stranger, or the donation of food or even a pair of rubber boots. Each of us has a gift to give, each of us is a blessing in this world, and each of us benefits every day from the love of others.

Blessings to each of you,
Pastor Richenda