Category Archives: Special Events

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.


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.


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.

Valentine’s Benefit Concert



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 Saturday, February 13th at 2pm, come for a world class concert featuring modern and classical music on Violin, Oboe, and Piano.

Concert will be in the main sanctuary at the Camas United Methodist Church, 706 NE 14th Street, Camas, WA 98607.

No tickets required, donations are gladly accepted at the door.

All donations will benefit the children & family community ministries at the Camas United Methodist Church. Ministries such as Drama Camp and Movies in the Park.

tatianasmDr. Tatiana Kolchanova is a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra, a sub with Oregon Ballet and the Oregon Symphony. A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she was a violinist for the USSR Radio and Television Orchestra and was first violinist for the Glinka State (Russia) Quartet. She is founder and director of Music & Arts Academy, teaches at her studio in Camas, WA, and is the conductor of the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra.

NildaCurtisCuban born Nilda B. Curtis is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Camaguey, Cuba, studied Musicology at the Superior Institute of Arts in Havana, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Portland State University. She has performed and taught locally and internationally, and lives in Vancouver, WA, with her husband and three children.

AnnVanBeverAnn van Bever plays oboe, English horn and oboe d’amore in a number of Portland area ensembles, including the Portland Columbia Symphony and the Bach Cantata Choir Orchestra, and is the principal oboist of the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton. She is a founding member of The Mousai and has a private oboe studio of 11 students. She has bachelors and masters degrees in music from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and has a law degree from Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee, WI). She practiced law in Florida, Texas, California and Oregon before returning to music as a full time profession in 2000. She is an active freelance player throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, and regularly plays in Vancouver, Newport, Astoria, Eugene and Salem.

Ann and her husband, Peter, are avid supporters of music in Portland. Both have served on the board of Chamber Music Northwest, Peter has served on the Portland Opera board and Ann is currently president of the Portland Columbia Symphony board.

Thank you to Kent Place, our Sponsor!

Enlivant Sponsor

Photo image top: Red Roses by Kicki Zeilon 2015 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 ; Old Violin by Nicki Mannix 2015 Flickr CC BY 2.0

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

Summer Drama Camp

Preparations for this year’s Summer Musical Drama Camp are under way! Dates for this year are August 8-12th.

DSP_7395Drama Camp this year will feature storytelling, song, dance, and on Friday, August 12th at noon we will put on a show!

The drama program welcomes preschoolers (must be potty trained) through fifth graders (going into sixth). Older children can sign up to be camp leaders. Cost is $10.00 per child, $20.00 per family.  Register Online!

Or register at the door (max 50 campers), or by email or call the office 360 834 2976

camp garner

Help us prepare for Drama Camp! We need to upgrade our stage facilities while keeping our camp affordable for all families. Please consider supporting our efforts with a donation to the camp (see our edonation page).

Ours is a community of joyful celebration. We look always toward the truth that God is loving and deeply, deeply Good.