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Grazioso Duo Spring 2017


Spring is a  perfect opportunity no enjoy world class music!


Join us on Saturday, April 1st 2017 at 3pm in our acoustic sanctuary for a benefit concert featuring Grazioso Duo—Tatiana Kolchanova and Nilda Curtis—and special guest, cellist Jerry Bobbe.

No ticPT-Social-Mediaket needed! The doors are open to all.

Download our concert flyer: Spring Concert 2017

Donations will benefit Project Transformation in the Pacific Northwest.


Project Transformation Pacific Northwest

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Yes, Project Transformation is that low-cost reading-boost summer camp you heard about from your school and read about in the newspaper!! Sign your child(ren) up as soon as you can, as space is limited. Send an email to We are looking forward to a great summer!!

Project Transformation is a national program with two sites in Southwest Washington: In Orchards, at Orchards United Methodist Church, and in downtown Vancouver, at Vancouver First United Methodist Church. Learn more about Project Transformation from your child’s teacher or go online to see more about the program itself.

Here are the basics:

For parents:

  • Program runs M-Th from (approx) 9am to (approx) 3pm.  Times are not finalized.
  • Parents/guardians will need to arrange transportation.
  • Lunch and snacks for the children are provided.
  • Children from Kindergarten to 5th grade who qualify for free and reduced school lunches have priority enrollment.
  • Cost is minimal.
  • Registration link:

Call or email for more information.

For volunteers–can you volunteer to read to kids? Volunteer readers and high school volunteer helpers are essential!

  • Contact us for more information.
  • Read an hour a day, once or more times a week. Or, when you can!
  • Register to be a volunteer:


Easter Sunday & Our Easter Hunt

Easter arrives April 16! Information about the activities for Easter Sunday including our Sunday Service & Easter Hunt, and our events for Holy Week.

All the info you need is on this page. Scroll through the subject headings below to find the one you need.

Important: Our Easter egg hunt is different than other egg hunts. WE try to minimize candy and celebrate giving. Please scroll down for more information.

Easter Lily by SETShots 2014 Flickr CC BY-NC 2sm

Easter service will be Sunday April 16th, 2017, 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 9:15am) and bring fresh flowers! We use these flowers to decorate the Easter cross that crowns our sanctuary.

Holy Week activities (more details below):

  • Palm Sunday, 10:00am April 9th–stay for our Birthday Sunday lunch.
  • Monday, April 10th 5:30-7:30pm, come for Messy Church, a family friendly evening with dinner and activities. We will celebrate Messy Stations of the Cross.
  • Good Friday Service, Friday, March 25th at 7:30pm.

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More about our Messy Stations of the cross, here.

Easter Sunday morning festivities (more details below):

  • 10-11:00am — Easter service
  • 10:30-11:15am — Sunday school for pre-school aged children.
  • 11-11:15am—Sunday school for elementary aged children.
  • 11-12:00am—Coffee & goodies for the grownups and the hunt for kids! Come join in the good conversation in the upstairs parlor or downstairs fellowship hall.
  • 11:15am—Easter egg and more hunt for children 5th grade and younger (Our Egg Hunt is different than other egg hunts, please scroll down for more information).
More about Messy Church

(see our Messy Church link with all the info!)

More about Good Friday

Good Friday is our most solemn service of Holy Week. It runs from 7:30-8:30pm on Friday, April 14th. ‘Good Friday’ is the traditional name for the day Christians celebrate the day Jesus was crucified and died. It seems awful to call this day ‘Good’ because it was actually a terrible day. But it is also a really important opportunity to remember a vital part of our faith–that it was Jesus’s willingness to face the worst punishment in order to take a stand against oppression, against violence, and to prove that love knows no barriers. Jesus refused to bow to hate. Jesus held on to Love no matter the cost. And in so doing, he shows us how death can be defeated and the world transformed.

More about Easter Worship

Easter is a special worship service, the most important service in the whole Christian year (Yes! Even more important than Christmas!) This service runs from 10:00am-11:00am. Following service will be an Easter Hunt! (We will have a shortened Sunday School so that we can begin the hunt around 11:15am.)

More about the Easter Hunt!

Our Easter hunt is different than other egg hunts: Our hunt event includes candy–but, it does not emphasize candy. Instead the focus is smBunnyFingerPuppet by KATrinket 2007 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0on the fun of finding 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!760f3580909ee9d6c22e3eebca442c64

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.

For more information contact:

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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

Children’s Book Drive


We are having a book drive! We need children’s books for readers k-6th.

In summer of 2017 we launch Project Transformation at our Camas church! Project Transformation is a national literacy program that helps close the reading gap for kids who need extra help. We now have a brand new chapter right here in the Pacific Northwest!

We need your help as we work to help those in our community who need it most. We want to make sure we have plenty of books to help our kids gain needed reading skills.

Please donate books this Christmas season (and  beyond!) We need books for readers grades k-6th grade. If you want to donate but are not sure what books are needed check out these two Amazon Wishlists, one from our Chapter, the other designed from our Camas Church.

Your donation is so very appreciated.

Give by check: If you would like to donate funds please write a check to Camas United Methodist Church and put ‘Project Transformation’ in the memo. To make your gift more specific, you can add ‘Project Transformation book drive’ or ‘Project Transformation Camas UMC.’ If you want your donation only to go to books, be sure to write ‘book drive.’ Mail the check to Camas United Methodist Church, 706 NE 14th Ave, Camas, WA 98607 or drop it by the office or mail slot.

To Give by Debit Card: We accept one time or recurring payments through our online bank service. Follow this link and it will take you a page with many fund options. Select the option ‘kids and families.’ Your donation to that fund will be credited to Project Transformation through December. Thank you so very much! Please follow up your gift with an email to our office ( with your name, address, and amount so we can send you a tax deductible statement and thanks!

Follow Project Transformation Pacific Northwest: On Instagram @pnwpt, Twitter (@pnwpt), or Facebook /ProjectTransformationPNW

Your contribution will make a real difference for kids right here in our Camas Washougal community and beyond. Thank you!!


December Events 2016

Christmas is coming right up! Advent—the season of expectation for the church as we await the birth of Jesus—begins Sunday, November 27th! Our theme for Advent/Christmas this year is ‘Storybook Christmas.’ Please save some important dates upcoming during the Advent/Christmas season.

Children’s Program Practice Begins at 9am November 20th. (Practice will be continue on November 27, December 4th, 11th, and 18th at 9:00am. We will perform in worship December 18th.)

storybookmarks-webSunday, November 27th—Project Transformation Christmas Book Drive begins!

Learn more about our book drive!


messy-storybearTuesday, December 6th—Christmas Messy Church, 5:30-7:30pm!


Sunday, December 11th—Christmas Brunch and Auction


Sunday, December 18th—Children’s Program and Choir perform during our 10am worship service.

Saturday, December 24th—Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7pm.

Sunday, December 25th—Christmas is on a Sunday this year. We plan a small morning Prayer & Communion Service.

Nov 27th: CAROL Tree—support this effort by our local firefighters. Bring hats, socks, gloves of all kinds to the church for the CAROL tree to spread the warmth this winter.


Storybook Christmas

storybook-christmas-bannerThis year we celebrate a very special Storybook Christmas! (Learn about our Children’s Book Drive and our December Calendar of events.)

In the 2000 years since the birth of the infant Jesus in Bethlehem, poets, storytellers, and the faithful have dreamed and imagined what those first days were like for Mary, for Joseph, for Jesus, and for all those who looked on in wonder at the baby born in such humble circumstances–a baby who would grow up to do amazing things!

BearReadingBook by SuzysGarden 2012 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
BearReadingBook by SuzysGarden 2012 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

We still tell stories about Jesus of Nazareth, our Christ, and his great work in the world. We celebrate the birth of a man we could come to understand as ‘savior,’ whose power challenges all corrupt authority, remedies injustice, and declares peace, joy, and hope for the coming Kingdom of God.

Join us a we share the stories that are part of our faith and tradition. As we imagine what it might have been like long ago, we imagine still what it means to have Jesus with us right now. What a story it is!

Come celebrate the coming of Christmas with us! We have a full calendar and you are very welcome. We have worship every Sunday at 10am, followed by Sunday school for the children. Every 2nd Sunday we have special all-family activities following the service. Our Christmas eve service is at 7pm.


Member Spotlight: Jonathan Liao

We are a Christian organization deeply rooted in the community, and we are so happy to promote and celebrate the accomplishments of those we know and love. As such we want to offer our ongoing encouragement and warmest congratulations to our own Jonathan Liao.

Mr. Jonathan Liao will perform with the Oregon Sinfonietta on May 15th.

Jonathan Liao performs May 15 at 3pm with the Oregon Sinfonietta.
Jonathan Liao performs May 15 at 3pm with the Oregon Sinfonietta. See the concert flyer for more details.

Mr. Liao is an engineering student at the University of Portland and an award winning pianist. As a senior at Camas High School he was the WMEA (Washington Music Educators Association) 2014 Regional’s Competition Winner, and in May 2014 was invited to play as one of the ‘Ten Grands‘ piano soloists in Benaroya Hall, Seattle.

This year, as the 2015 Chamber Music Society of Oregon Concerto Competition Winner, and will perform Mozart Piano Concerto no. 24 with the Oregon Sinfonietta on May 15, 2016. A flyer for the concert can be viewed here.

Jonathan shared his thoughts with us regarding his upcoming Chamber concert: “Music transcends all forms of language and expression. It’s not something that can be described or easily understood. Music is something where creativity can be readily applied and tested. But it’s also a chance to demonstrate discipline and patience. My goal is pretty basic; it’s to share my music and talent with others. But I especially look forward to sending a message to my own generation: I’ve noticed that fewer and less of my peers study music or take it seriously. I hope that as an engineering and computer science student, my dedication to my performances shows the potential that music has to offer.”

The CMSO is a non-profit organization that is devoted to promoting musical opportunities for persons of all ages. The Oregon Sinfonietta is a full symphony orchestra of community musicians, conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert. The Orchestra presents a series of four free concerts each season. The Oregon Sinfonietta traditionally offers a superb selection of classical music, as well as outstanding performances by young musicians, winners of the yearly CMSO Concerto Competition in performances of full concertos, and world-class soloists.

In addition to his musical excellence, Jonathan Liao is an accomplished science and engineering student who has interned at HP and Siegner and Company. He also gives back to the community. His volunteer efforts include working to relieve homelessness and hunger. He in an Eagle Scout and has donated time and energy at the Camas Church assisting with building repair and sharing his talents at the piano during worship.

Messy Church Training with Lucy Moore

In April, our Messy Church team had the opportunity to attend a training run by Messy Church founder Lucy Moore.

Members of our Messy Church team pose with Lucy Moore at the Portland area training.
Members of our Messy Church team pose with Lucy Moore at the Portland area training.

Lucy Moore, who works for the Bible Reading Fellowship in England, recognized the need to create an all-ages friendly kind of church. And Messy Church was born!

There are now thousands of Messy Churches in more that 30 countries. Messy Church is about sharing Christian community.

As people of faith, we know that the teachings of Jesus help us build good communities, care for each other, and recognize the presence of the Spirit in our lives. Team members Vicki Duchesneau noted at the training that at Messy Church, ‘recreation is re-creation, a place where joy is a fruit of the Spirit.’ Lauralee Harkins notices this joy, too, sharing that what she likes best about Messy Church is “seeing the joy and delight in participants who are reluctant to leave each evening.”

We know faith touches people at the deepest levels and changes lives. Knowing this, what a blessing it is to have ways to share our faith with others! Little Leaguers share baseball, Soccer players learn soccer, Dance teams teach dance, and at Messy Church, we get to talk about how to love our neighbor and the love of God.

Messy Church training in Portland Oregon, led by founder Lucy Moore, was attended by Messy Church teams from Oregon, Washington, and beyond.
Messy Church training in Portland Oregon, led by founder Lucy Moore, was attended by Messy Church teams from Oregon, Washington, and beyond.

The training was an all-day event. We listened and participated in order to deepen our understanding of how to do Messy Church, as well as to gain a sense of direction as we move forward with our own Messy Church.

There are now thousands of Messy Churches around the world. But in the United States, Messy Church is still growing. Our church has been one of the first, we have been celebrating Messy Church for a year and a half! There is another Messy Church in Yakima, and the Messy Church in Eugene, OR, is now in its third year. What an inspiration our established Messy Churches were to messychurchwebmany.

Last October,  there were clergy from our conference who were curious about Messy Church who came to see our Messy Church in action. What a joy to see church teams at the training who had visited us then, and now had assembled teams to try their own!

Thank you to our marvelous team and our marvelous congregation for your support of Messy Church! Volunteer to help if you can, more hands make the work lighter. By giving your effort to Messy Church, you are truly living the call of Christ to make disciples of all nations.

Celebrating Bob Jensvold

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Camas Church in honor of Robert “Bob” Jensvold on Saturday, February 20, at 1pm, The Rev. Gene Walters presiding.

We as a community have been so very blessed to have known and loved and served with Bob. We will gather together to celebrate his place in the everlasting. Please keep all his family and our church family in your prayers.

An obituary can be found at Brown’s Funeral Home.

Lent Activities, 2016

Lent Observances—2016 Lent activities take us all the way from February 10th to Easter Morning, March 27th, at Sunrise.

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

Our Lent services and celebrations include:

  • Ash Wednesday, February 10th
    • Ash Wednesday Prayer Service 12:00-12:30
    • ‘Fat Wednesday’ Pancake Supper, 6:00pm
    • Ash Wednesday Worship Service, 7:15pm
  • Palm Sunday Worship, March 20th, 10:00am.
  • Messy Church Palms, March 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Good Friday Service, 7:30pm
  • Easter Morning Worship, Sunday, March 27, 10:00am!

AshWednesdayAsh Wednesday Prayer & Smudging: We will have two opportunities for prayer and smudging of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. Both services will be in the chapel. The first will be a prayer and smudging service from 12:00-12:30 pm, and then at 7:15pm we will have a full Ash Wednesday Service. Come also at 6pm for a pancake supper before the evening service.


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–eat and be merry! We will turn Fat Tuesday into Fat Wednesday to coincide with our Wednesday dinners!

Our Fat Wednesday dinner begins at 6pm February 10th 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)

Untitled-1oetuMessy Church: We will have two opportunities to celebrate Lent at Messy Church. On February 23rd, we will celebrate the abundance of Jesus’s lifetime of ministry with a loaves and fishes theme. Then, on March 22nd, we will celebrate a procession of Messy Church Palms. Read more about Messy Church.