June 4,2020

The Power of Words
Jennifer Clem - Event Scheduler/Office Assistant

Words have always been very meaningful to me, as I think is true for so many of us. One of the things I do at the Chapel is to coordinate Memorial Services. It’s always so interesting and special to hear the stories of people’s lives as family and friends pay tribute to their loved ones during the services. So many heartfelt words are shared about the person and I often wonder if the loved one knew for sure how very, very deeply they were loved by the gathered crowd of people. Roger and I were once invited to a gathering at the home of a friend who was terminal during which she wanted to say goodbye to her friends. It was such a meaningful time for everyone- she was prayed over, loved well, and we all had the opportunity to share with her what she’d meant to us. It really reminded me how important it is to tell people what they mean to us and why- it makes all the difference.

Another instance when I was reminded of the power of words was when a dear friend organized a 50th birthday party for me and people read aloud things they’d written to me- it was one of my favorite days!

These days we don’t typically get a lot of personal cards in the mail. Isn’t it a treat to see something in the mail that’s personal, written just to you? I encourage you to love deeply by starting to write cards to people in your life and to describe what you love about them. It’s a simple act that can be so meaningful and is a practical way to build up the body of Christ in love, both in our church family and beyond.

1Thessalonians 5:11 says, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. What an excellent reminder and charge to love well!

The Family Gathering
This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. This week’s Family Gathering will include ministry updates from Pastor Brett and teaching from Dr. Jan Fekkes on the book of John.

Men’s 21 Day Reading Plan
Chapel men, we have an opportunity to grow in our commitment to God, family, church and community. Download the "21 day reading plan for men." Then take a few moments each day to read and pray through the daily teachings. May God lead us into a deeper walk with Him.

Virtual EYP
Junior Highers please join Pastor Matt on Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm for Virtual EYP! Come dig into the Word, play some games and win dinner for your family!  This is a great time of fellowship and growth in Christ. This time is hosted on Zoom and the password each week is EYP.

Junior High Parents- Mandatory Fireworks Training
Want your child to earn scholarships for camp? You must attend our MANDATORY fireworks training.

Wednesday June 10th at 6:30 pm on zoom. Click this link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82293198652?pwd=c2R4WnZvRUkrejFacTJuclpJemErQT09. The Meeting ID: 822 9319 8652 and the password: fireworks


Reserve Your Spot today!
Incoming 5th Graders through 8th grade, reserve your spot for camp, August 10-15th! Visit www.camanochapel.org/eyp to register today. But please note: (Due to the Coronavirus camp may not happen this year. Camp is subject to what “phase” we are in as a state, and state park regulations. Camp deposits will be collected starting July 19th)


Life Development Internship
Camano Chapel is looking for young adults seeking to build their foundation in church ministries. The applications are due Sunday, June 7, 2020, to Pastor Matt Lee and can be downloaded here: https://www.camanochapel.org/life-development-internship/

If there is anything we can do to answer any questions or concerns you may have prior to submitting the application please contact Pastor Matt Lee at 360-387-7202 or mattlee@camanochapel.org

Stories of Hope
Thank you to Edd Lawhon for sharing your story of how God always provides beauty in the midst of pain! Read his story here: https://www.camanochapel.org/ministries/stories/edd-lawhon/

This week Emily Klesick shares her encouraging story about her unexpected pregnancy as a teenager and how in the center of it all God continued to teach and grow her closer to Him! Read her story here: 
https://www.camanochapel.org/ministries/stories/

If you are interested in sharing your story of hope, please click the "Tell Your Story" button on the webpage, or to learn more contact Cassie Merritt at storiesofhope@camanochapel.org

Tonga Mission Trip
On October 8-22 Camano Chapel will be embarking on an ambitious mission trip to the country of Tonga (in the South Pacific) to serve alongside our missionaries Osi & Jennifer Halalilo. Pastor Mich and Mike McGrath are co-leading this mission team which will have five primary areas of ministry concentration. There is something for everyone to be part of:

  • Help to build staff housing for the small on-site bible training school
  • Serve one day at the local prison by feeding, teaching, and encouraging inmates
  • Putting together a four-day VBS on the campus of the local school (Monday-Thursday from 9am to noon)
  • Serve one day at a feeding program for those living on the streets
  • Serving at the Halalilo's church's marriage ministry one night with a "dinner date night/marriage encouragement event"

There will be opportunities for exploration, surfing, fishing, hiking and other adventurous things in between our work days.

Applications are now available by contacting Pastor Mich (michmichl@camanochapel.org / 360-387-7202) or Mike McGrath (mcgrathbuild@gmail.com / 360-631-9246) and to get further information about the trip. All completed applications and $1,000 deposit are due to Pastor Mich on/before June 7th to 867 S. West Camano Dr. Camano Island, WA, 98282. Total cost for the trip: $1,950.

Summer Breeze
High Schoolers- Summer Breeze registration is now open, reserve your spot today! Visit https://www.camanochapel.org/ministries/high-school-ministry/summer-breeze/ for all the details. Dates are July 20-25 at Confluence State Park in Wenatchee, WA. Due to the Coronavirus it’s possible that camp may not happen this year. Camp is subject to what “phase” we are in as a state, and state park regulations. Camp deposits will be collected starting July 10th. Cost is $275. Contact Aaron Bardon with questions or concerns at aaronbardon@camanochapel.org.

Capstone Zoom
Have your student join us for a time of fellowship, bible teaching, and games. One hour of laughter and encouragement guaranteed for all high school students! Visit www.camanochapel.org to log-in to our Zoom meeting.

May 26, 2020

God Planted You Where You Are

Pastor Mike & Cathie’s New Home
Mike & Cathie Brazeal – Connection Pastor

This is the week we will be moving into the home that we’ve had built this past year. Cathie and I are so excited and ready to plant ourselves once again. We tend to be the type of people who don’t like to move often. We’ve only owned two homes in the past 40 years and this will be our last, Lord willing. What originally prompted our interest in this area is that our daughter moved her family to Lake Stevens four years ago, so we started coming up to visit. When we visited Camano Island we were convinced it would be a great place to buy property for a future home, not knowing it would be in the near future. I remember liking the PNW ever since spending a year working on a crusade in Seattle in 2010 and even thought “I could live up here!”

About 2 years ago the Lord opened the door for me to join the Camano Chapel family as your Connection Pastor. That meant moving from the area we had called “home” all our lives. We were so predictable: forty years at the same church, the same city, and the same friends. Moving 1,300 miles away meant starting from scratch to establish a new life, a new routine, a new church family, new friends, and new habits. We take for granted just how much comfort and stability there is in routine until it’s all changed up. There’s a peace and predictability in doing the same thing in the same place for many years.

I believe God created people with the desire to have a “place” to belong, to be accepted, to be needed, to be wanted, to be included. That’s why you have a curious longing for Heaven, your forever home. He made us to need Him, and each other. He built society around the family unit and He built the family unit around a marriage and He built marriage around us belonging to Him. Break this chain in any place and the world becomes a broken place. God resides in Godly homes and blesses us when we commit our lives to Him. Cathie and I know that this new home of ours is a blessing and a gift from Him. We realize that He’s going to use it as one of the major building blocks in establishing that firm sense of belonging in our new “place.” Right here where He planted us, with all of you, Camano Chapel Family!

Joshua 24:15 says, choose this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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Camano Chapel Reopening Plan
As a church, we are seeking to be subject to our governing authorities (Romans 13:1) while moving forward with safe and healthy gatherings. We believe we have a plan that will accomplish both goals. Click See our four-phase approach that follows Washington State mandates above.

PRAISE: As of May 23, Island County has been approved for phase 2. This phase allows for gatherings of up to five people and a host family. This is what phase 2 means for us as a church family: We are able to begin church in homes throughout Camano Island. In the early church, the believers met in the temple and from house to house (Acts 5:42).


We now have the wonderful opportunity to experience House Church ministry. Please pray about hosting one of our House Churches during this phase. Invite other church family members as well as your neighbors (up to five people plus the host family). A House Church will include watching the Chapel worship service, followed by sermon application questions (provided on our church homepage), and sharing of praises/prayer requests. Let's spread the light of Christ throughout our Camano neighborhoods!
For helpful instructions on hosting a Chapel House Church please click here.

 
Petition signing opportunity
Petitions to get Referendum 90 on the state ballot are available to sign under the south overhang next to the Heritage Hall. This referendum is an ongoing attempt to repeal the new law that mandates graphic sex education starting in Kindergarten and has a comprehensive and sometimes immoral curriculum through all grades. If you wish to sign a petition, just stop by the church before Thursday 5/28. Park on the frontage road and walk up the hill to the Heritage Hall overhang. Bring your own pen, although some will also be supplied.

 
The Family Gathering
This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. This week’s Family Gathering will include ministry updates from Pastor Brett and teaching from Dr. Jan Fekkes on the book of John.


Men’s Online Bible Study
Our second online Men’s Bible Study has started. It will be a three-part study entitled, "Malachi for Men."  Each study will focus on spiritual renewal in this last prophetical book of the Old Testament. We will be challenged to set goals in our worship, our service, and our giving. If you're feeling a little flat in your walk with Christ, this is an opportunity to be renewed in your commitment to Him. Each Bible study has a personal study sheet and a corresponding video teaching by Pastor Kris. To begin, go to our church homepage and click on the Men's Online Bible study picture.


Virtual EYP
Junior Highers please join Pastor Matt on Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm for Virtual EYP! Come dig into the Word, play some games and win dinner for your family!  This is a great time of fellowship and growth in Christ. This time is hosted on Zoom and the password each week is EYP.


Save The Date for Survivor Camp!
Incoming 5th Graders through 8th grade, save the dates August 10-15th for Survivor Camp! More details and registration to come!


Life Development Internship
Camano Chapel is looking for young adults seeking to build their foundation in church ministries. The applications are due Sunday, June 7, 2020, to Pastor Matt Lee and can be downloaded here: https://www.camanochapel.org/life-development-internship/
If there is anything we can do to answer any questions or concerns you may have prior to submitting the application please contact Pastor Matt Lee at 360-387-7202 or mattlee@camanochapel.org


Stories of Hope
Thank you to Molly Christensen for sharing your Story of Hope with us this week! 
“I never thought this would be part of my story. It was something that was my worst fear. I mean, sure, it happened to other people, but not me. It just couldn't. Well, it did. I got divorced…” Read more at https://www.camanochapel.org/ministries/stories/

If you are interested in sharing your story of hope, please click the ?Tell Your Story? button on the webpage, or to learn more contact Cassie Merritt at storiesofhope@camanochapel.org


Tonga Mission Trip
On October 8-22 Camano Chapel will be embarking on an ambitious mission trip to the country of Tonga (in the South Pacific) to serve alongside our missionaries Osi & Jennifer Halalilo. Pastor Mich and Mike McGrath are co-leading this mission team which will have five primary areas of ministry concentration. There is something for everyone to be part of:
Help to build staff housing for the small on-site bible training school

  • Serve one day at the local prison by feeding, teaching, and encouraging inmates

  • Putting together a four-day VBS on the campus of the local school (Monday-Thursday from 9am to noon)

  • Serve one day at a feeding program for those living on the streets

  • Serving at the Halalilo's church's marriage ministry one night with a "dinner date night/marriage encouragement event"

  • There will be opportunities for exploration, surfing, fishing, hiking and other adventurous things in between our work days.

Applications are now available by contacting Pastor Mich (michmichl@camanochapel.org / 360-387-7202) or Mike McGrath (mcgrathbuild@gmail.com / 360-631-9246) and to get further information about the trip. All completed applications and $1,000 deposit are due to Pastor Mich on/before June 7th to 867 S. West Camano Dr. Camano Island, WA, 98282. Total cost for the trip: $1,950.

 
Summer Breeze
High Schoolers- Summer Breeze registration is now open, reserve your spot today! Visit https://www.camanochapel.org/ministries/high-school-ministry/summer-breeze/ for all the details. Dates are July 20-25 at Confluence State Park in Wenatchee, WA. Due to the Coronavirus it’s possible that camp may not happen this year. Camp is subject to what “phase” we are in as a state, and state park regulations. Camp deposits will be collected starting July 10th. Cost is $275. Contact Aaron Bardon with questions or concerns at aaronbardon@camanochapel.org

 
Capstone Zoom
Have your student join us for a time of fellowship, bible teaching, and games. One hour of laughter and encouragement guaranteed for all high school students. Visit www.camanochapel.org to log-in to our Zoom meeting.


Class of 2020
If you have a graduating senior and have not heard from Aaron Bardon please contact him this week at aaronbardon@camanochapel.org.

 
VBS
Mark your calendars to attend Mystery Island VBS this August 17th-21st! Also, be sure to grab your compass and flip-flops as we track down the one true God who is revealed in the Bible! We'll discover that God is great, almighty, the ruler of all, Emmanuel, and worthy of our complete trust.

May 18, 2020

The Answer
Nate Laun - Assistant to Facilities Director

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. - Galatians 6:9

I remember many nights as a young man approaching my high school graduation, praying and asking God, “What do you want me to do?” Should I go to bible school? Should I join the military? Do you want me to do outreach with YWAM? The silence in my bedroom was deafening, and no emotion was drawing my heart in any particular direction, it was just desperate for THE ANSWER, my purpose.

Many of you who are approaching (or are beyond) this point in life can relate to this appeal for direction. We’ve been taught about the great commission, but what exactly does God want us to do? The generation that has arrived at legal age today faces a world of great uncertainty; it seems the rug has been pulled out from under them. What were already difficult decisions and opportunities have been exchanged for “no, you can’t do that, and we don’t know when or if you ever can.”

I had no idea what God wanted for my life but now, years later, I can see His hand on the path I’ve followed through the years, and it wasn’t a simple answer; I didn’t go to bible college, or serve in the military, or do missions work. If God had responded to my plea those years ago, it would have filled a book and been a very strange read. I haven’t known what God wants me to do, but I continue to pray for His direction, with every event in life. And His reward has been the ability to look back and see His work in me and through me.

God’s calling on our life remains the same, during times of blessing and times of hardship. Though so many opportunities seem to have been lost, they are but a small portion of the abundant life God has provided us with. Troubling times bring with them opportunities of their own; to love others (John 13:34-35), and to reach hearts that would have been rock hard during times of plenty. To do good.

Whether we are just beginning adulthood, or awaiting the next mission from our Father, we do have a purpose and we can actively love one another and do good to all people in any situation.

The Family Gathering
This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. This week’s Family Gathering will include ministry updates from Pastor Brett and teaching from Dr. Jan Fekkes on the book of John.

Men’s Online Bible Study
Our second online Men’s Bible Study has started. It will be a three-part study entitled, "Malachi for Men."  Each study will focus on spiritual renewal in this last prophetical book of the Old Testament. We will be challenged to set goals in our worship, our service, and our giving. If you're feeling a little flat in your walk with Christ, this is an opportunity to be renewed in your commitment to Him. Each Bible study has a personal study sheet and a corresponding video teaching by Pastor Kris. To begin, go to our church homepage and click on the Men's Online Bible study picture.

Tonga Mission Trip
On October 8-22 Camano Chapel will be embarking on an ambitious mission trip to the country of Tonga (in the South Pacific) to serve alongside our missionaries Osi & Jennifer Halalilo. Pastor Mich and Mike McGrath are co-leading this mission team which will have 5 primary areas of ministry concentration. There is something for everyone to be part of:

  1. Help to build staff housing for the small on-site bible training school
  2. Serve 1 day at the local prison by feeding, teaching, and encouraging inmates
  3. Putting together a 4-day VBS on the campus of the local school (Monday-Thursday from 9am to noon)
  4. Serve 1 day at a feeding program for those living on the streets
  5. Serving at the Halalilo's church's marriage ministry one night with a "dinner date night/marriage encouragement event"

There will be opportunities for exploration, surfing, fishing, hiking and other adventurous things in between our work days.

Applications are now available by contacting Pastor Mich (michmichl@camanochapel.org / 360-387-7202) or Mike McGrath (mcgrathbuild@gmail.com / 360-631-9246) and to get further information about the trip. All completed applications and $1,000 deposit are due to Pastor Mich on/before June 7th to 867 S. West Camano Dr. Camano Island, WA, 98282. Total cost for the trip:  $1,950.

There is an online "informational meeting" on Sunday, May 24th, at 1pm using the app called JITSI MEET. It is a video chat room. Once you download the app, type in the word camanochapelmissions (lower case letters...one word) to the place asking for the "room name." It's very simple.  Need assistance? Call Pastor Mich at 425-308-7322.

Progress in Madrona Hall & Weekly Mowing Continues

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It is exciting to see progress being made on the new office project! The drywall is all hung and taped so we should be ready for painting in another week. It could be ready for occupancy by the time staff is able to be back at the church! We also continue to have our mowing parties each Friday morning. If you have a riding mower and can transport it, contact Mark Peterson at markpeterson@camanochapel.org.


New Story Of Hope from Marissa and Tyler.  
 April 23rd, 2019. I pulled that familiar white and purple stick out of a loud, crinkly package, took the test, and waited for results. Three minutes went by; my heart was pounding as I flipped the pregnancy test over to see two pink lines in that tiny little window. My eyes filled with tears of joy and thanksgiving to God; He had entrusted us again with another little life. You see, I had prayed for that baby, prayed for another little one to join our family. Little did I know that God had great plans for that tiny life, and that precious baby growing inside of me would grow Tyler’s and my relationship with God in ways we could not even fathom. Read more at https://www.camanochapel.org/ministries/stories/
If you are interested in sharing your story of hope, please click the “Tell Your Story” button on the webpage, or to learn more contact Cassie Merritt at storiesofhope@camanochapel.org

Summer Breeze
High Schoolers, Summer Breeze registration is now open, reserve your spot today. Visit https://www.camanochapel.org/ministries/high-school-ministry/summer-breeze/ for all the details. Dates are July 20-25 at Confluence State Park in Wenatchee, WA. Due to the Coronavirus camp may not happen this year. Camp is subject to what “phase” we are in as a state, and state park regulations. Camp deposits will be collected starting July 10th. Cost is $275. Contact Aaron Bardon with questions or concerns at aaronbardon@camanochapel.org

May 11, 2020

HOPE IN THE DARKNESS

By Joyce Kramer

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. - Psalm 43:5 (ESV)

Emotions are an interesting marvel that God has given us. We can feel excited one moment and sadness another. It is the sad emotions and particularly depression, that we will look at today and specifically the lie that says, “I can’t bear being depressed.”

Depression is real – more so for women than men. It can range from mild feelings of sadness and grief to acute debilitating feelings that you cannot “snap out of.”

How well I remember October 28, 2001, right after the 9/11 attacks. My husband, Kris, started crying that morning and could not stop. We shortly learned he was experiencing emotional exhaustion and burnout with some depression. He could not read his Bible or pray. It required him to take a six-month rest leave from serving at the Chapel.

This certainly was a time when it felt like we could not bear the depression. However, this is just what Satan wants us to believe…. that we cannot get through it! Even though Kris was the one experiencing this valley, its effects touched me. To be honest, there were many days when I would stand in the shower and cry so my girls would not know. I would pray “Lord help us!” That was all I could pray at first. Yet God was there! How did I know that? Because I chose to believe God’s Word that says, Even though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death (or depression), I will fear no evil, for YOU ARE WITH ME (Psalm 23:4, emphasis mine). And God DID bring us through that time and enabled us to bear it!!

God brought hope to our hearts through our medical doctor, a Christian counselor, the help and prayers of our wonderful church family and most of all through the powerful Word of God. As Isaiah 26:3 says, You [God] keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Heavenly Father, I pray for anyone who might be struggling with depression. May they be willing to reach out for help from others and most of all from You. You are the only One who can bring hope to our hurting hearts in times of loss, fear, disappointment, and despair…. when we are so low, we cannot even pray. Remind us that You are walking with us and promising to bring us through the dark valley. Remind us that You will keep in perfect peace those who trust in You. In Jesus name, Amen.

The Family Gathering
This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. This week’s Family Gathering will include ministry updates from Pastor Brett and teaching from Dr. Jan Fekkes on the book of John.

Men’s Online Bible Study
Our second online Men’s Bible Study will be starting on May 11th. It will be a three-part study entitled, "Malachi for Men."  Each study will focus on spiritual renewal in this last prophetical book of the Old Testament. We will be challenged to set goals in our worship, our service, and our giving. If you're feeling a little flat in your walk with Christ, this is an opportunity to be renewed in your commitment to Him. Each Bible study has a personal study sheet and a corresponding video teaching by Pastor Kris. To begin, go to our church homepage and click on the men's online Bible study picture.

Chapel Café Coffee Time with God
Visit our website each day to listen to an audio devotion, hosted by the Chapel Cafe. They are posted Monday – Saturday and run about 2 minutes each. It’s the perfect way to start your day!

EYP Online Parent Meeting
Calling all parents of Junior High Students (incoming 6th grade – 8th grade)! We will have a parent meeting on ZOOM- May 20th from 6:30-7:30pm. The link for the Zoom meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86914484880 and the meeting ID is 869 1448 4880 and the password is Parents. If you have not used Zoom before, visit www.zoom.us and click Join A Meeting at the top and enter the meeting ID, or click on the link in this e-mail to join the meeting.

Stories of Hope
Check out the Stories of Hope page, located under the ministries tab on Camano Chapel’s Website. Our goal is to fill this page with beautiful stories of how God has impacted people’s lives. We strive to have these stories reach others who need to hear of God’s love and His amazing gift of hope. If you are interested in sharing your story of hope, please click the “Tell Your Story” button on the webpage, or to learn more contact Cassie Merritt at storiesofhope@camanochapel.org

Women’s Ministry
Women’s Bible study is currently in the book of Judges studying the story of Gideon, and over 60 women have joined in! Linked together by emails, online teaching videos, and weekly Zoom calls, the ladies are growing in their faith, learning more about who God is and praying together even while separated by our circumstances. Women, if you are thinking of joining us, it is not too late! We would love to have you. Contact Ronda Clawson at rondaclawson@camanochapel.org or go to www.camanochapel.org for more details.

May 4, 2020

Great Hope
By James Headrick, Elder

Habakkuk 3:17 (ESV)

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there will be no herd in the stalls…

In these verses Habakkuk describes catastrophic events in the life of the ancient Middle East.  In that time if your crops were not producing food and you had no sheep to tend, your life would be destitute and there would be no hope for the future.  The government wasn’t there to bail you out and you couldn’t file for unemployment.  It would have been easy to complain and blame God for the circumstances.  If your family asked what the future would hold, it would have been easy to offer no hope and give no answer.

I remember watching the 1993 All-Star MLB all-star game when Randy Johnson (The Big Unit) pitched to left-handed batter John Kruk.  Randy threw his first pitch, a fast ball, well over Kruk’s head, but Kruk reacted like the ball was coming right at him.  Kruk was so scared for the rest of the at bat that he struck out swinging with the next three pitches.  Kruk must have felt that Randy was throwing directly at him, like he had a target on him.

Have you ever felt this way?  I know I have at various times in my life.  Maybe some of you feel this way now.  You see the circumstances that life has given you and it seems that there is no hope out there.  Do you feel sometimes that there is a giant target on your back saying, “Hit me here?”

There is great news however, we have great hope!

Habakkuk states in v.18, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

We have a choice to say “yet” to our crummy situations.  Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:16 (ESV), “In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.”

Remember this week that Jesus is our great hope.  He is the Author and Perfecter of Our Faith (Heb 12:2), our Deliverer (1 Thess. 1:10), our Great High Priest (Heb 4:14), the Light of the World (John 8:12), and Our Hope (1 Tim. 1:1).

Hello Camano Chapel church family,
The Elders and Administrative Board would like to give you an update on the church finances. We are truly amazed and blessed by God’s faithfulness as He has impressed on your hearts to give during this challenging time. Below are the financial numbers for the months of March and April, amount given toward or tithed to missions, and amount received and given to our church family members through our Helping Hands. We are committed to our church family and continue to help where needed. Our hope and trust is in Christ and that includes the financial portion needed for ministry. Thank you, again, for your faithfulness! If you have any questions or concerns please contact Pastor Brett, 387-7202 or brettreid@camanochapel.org.

God is good,

The Elders and Administrative Board of Camano Chapel

MTD March 2020

MTD April 2020

Helping Hands for March and April

Contributions

$110,715

Contributions

$111,289

 Received

$23,303

Expenses

$111,702

Expenses

$110,160

 Given

$16,778

Missions

$34,685

Missions

$28,764

The Family Gathering

This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. This week’s Family Gathering will include ministry updates by Pastor Brett and teaching from Dr. Jan Fekkes on the book of John.

Virtual EYP
Junior Highers please join Pastor Matt on Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm for Virtual EYP! Come dig into the Word, play some games and win dinner for your family!  This is a great time of fellowship and growth in Christ.

Save The Date for Survivor Camp!
Incoming 5th Graders through 8th grade, save the dates August 10-15th for Survivor Camp! More details and registration to come!

High School
High School students come join CAPSTONE on Zoom, Tuesday nights 7pm. Hang out with your friends and leaders and be encouraged!

Our last CAPSTONE on YouTube will be released May 5th. It will be a time of worship and a message of encouragement. Join the Premier on YouTube 6:15pm.

His Pantry
Church family, here’s a reminder that His Pantry is still open for those in need in our community and also for our congregation. The Pantry is set up drive-through style on Mondays at Camano Chapel from 11:30 am -1:30 pm for anyone who is in need of food. Questions? Contact the church office at 360-387-7202 or e-mail Pastor Mich @ michmichl@camanochapel.org.

Women’s Ministry
Women’s Bible study is currently in the book of Judges studying the story of Gideon, and over 60 women have joined in! Linked together by emails, online teaching videos, and weekly Zoom calls, the ladies are growing and learning together even while separated by our circumstances. Priscilla Shirer’s study of Gideon has proven to be written for such a time as this, even though it was published 8 years ago. The timeliness and timelessness of God’s Word to our current situation has been a frequent topic in our discussions. Women, if you are thinking of joining us, it is not too late! We would love to have you. Contact Ronda Clawson at rondaclawson@camanochapel.org or go to camanochapel.org for more details.

Men’s Online Bible Study
Our second online Bible Men’s study will be starting on May 11th. It will be a three-part study entitled, "Malachi for Men".  Each study will focus on spiritual renewal in this last prophetical book of the Old Testament. We will be challenged to set goals in our worship, our service, and our giving. If you're feeling a little flat in your walk with Christ, this is an opportunity to be renewed in your commitment to Him. Each Bible study has a personal study sheet and a corresponding video teaching by Pastor Kris. To begin, go to our church homepage and click on the men's online Bible study picture.

April 27, 2020
Becoming A Prayer Warrior
Beth Erickson – Assistant to Children & Youth Ministries, Graphic Designer/Web Master

Over the past few years and into this new and unprecedented time, God has put it on my heart to pray. To become a prayer warrior, to get up an hour before I need to in order to spend time in His word and in communication with Him. In Psalm 17:6 it says I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. God hears our every prayer; he wants communication and a relationship with us. He wants us to lean into Him when we are unsure of where life is going or what is going to happen next. We don’t know how long we will be asked to stay at home, or to social distance, but while we have extra time in our lives, since we are not cramming our calendars full of social opportunities and appointments, why not spend some extra time in the Word, in communication with our great God! Ask your friends and family how you can pray for them. Write your prayers down in a journal or a prayer notebook so that you can look back and see the ways in which he has answered.

We find encouragement to approach God’s throne with confidence that He hears in Hebrews 4:15-16 when it says, For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I have seen God answer prayers. I have seen them answered the same day that I communicated them to Him and I have seen them answered many months later. He does hear us and He does provide mercy and grace in our time of need. He understands our fears, our insecurities, and our anxieties.

Psalm 56:3-4, When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? No matter what you are struggling with today, remember to put your trust in God. He is in control of everything that happens here on this earth and he has a plan for ALL of it.

I pray that today you will approach God’s throne of grace with confidence and I remain confident of this: you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13) Just as I have seen him answer my prayers over the years. He has not always answered the way I want Him to and I am still waiting for His answer in some areas, but He has answered, and when I look back He has provided everything that I have needed, according to His will.

Dear Lord, remind me when I am afraid to put my trust in You and Your word because Your word is more powerful than a two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). I trust in You! I am not afraid! What can this earth and mere mortals do to me? They cannot remove me from Your presence! Thank you, Lord, for the gift of knowing You! Amen

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Are you a First Resonder?
If you’re a first responder and/or are on the front line in some way with Coronavirus please email Jennifer at jenniferclem@camanochapel.org or call her at 360-387-7202. We have a little project going and would like to recognize your hard work during this time. Thank you!

High School Ministries
Visit our YouTube channel Tuesday evening for this week’s episode of CAPSTONE with Zane Black from Lovin Life Ministries.

CAPSTONE Back to School Zoom, kicking off the start of E-Learning, April 27 at 7 pm. Students get the link via Remind text or DM Aaron on Instagram. Questions please contact aaronbardon@camanochapel.org

College Scholarships
College Scholarship applications for new and returning college students are now available to download from the website. To download your application today, please visit www.CamanoChapel.org/High-School. Applications are due to the church office or postmarked by May 7, 2020 at noon. If you have questions regarding our college scholarships you can contact the church office at 360-387-7202. Incomplete or late applications will be rejected, so please make sure you fill out the application completely.

Camano Chapel Women's Spring Bible Study - Online
It’s not too late to join!  Join us ONLINE and AT HOME for our Spring Women’s Bible Study:  watch the videos in the comfort of your own home and then join us via Zoom on Tuesday nights at 6pm or Thursday mornings at 9:30am. We are studying GIDEON by Priscilla Shirer and watching videos for FREE posted online by LifeWay. Here is what you need to join the group:

  1. Register online at camanochapel.org/women
  2. Purchase a “Gideon” Bible Study book by Priscilla Shirer online through Amazon, ChristianBook, or LifeWay (be sure to check delivery dates before purchasing).
  3. An email will be sent to you with further details.

Contact Ronda with any questions: rondaclawson@camanochapel.org

Men’s Retreat Update
The men’s retreat that was scheduled for May 15-17 is being moved. The tentative dates are October 9-11 and our theme will be Stand Strong! Stay tuned men for updates in the coming weeks. Contact me with any questions: mikebrazeal@Camanochapel.org Pastor Mike

His Garden Ministry

First Fruits

His Garden was the vision of Kathie and Paul Irwin 8 years ago. That 'seed' was planted years before that, and "God made it grow!" (1 Corin. 3:6) "To share and bless others with what God has created and to glorify Him through it" was and remains the purpose of this ministry. Karen Reid offered the use of her property at Driftwood Shores, and the vision became a reality. Last year (2019), as growing conditions deteriorated, the Lord, through Pastor Brett's suggestion, led His Garden to pursue building a new garden on Camano Chapel property. A schematic proposal by Karen and Jim Bruce was presented and approved by the Board in September, 2019. Wasting no time, under the project management of Jim Bruce, over 20 men of our church (including Pastor Brett and Pastor Mike) worked together to construct the new garden. From the inception of the idea, God orchestrated every last detail of the project in record time! Even the fencing, left over from the kiddie's playground, fit the garden's dimensions exactly! There were other awesome provisions we knew were "God things"! The pictured bouquet was the “first fruits” of our wonderful garden from bulbs that were planted last November when the raised beds were first built. His Garden is now fully operational and will supply the beautiful flowers at church each Sunday during the growing season. The gardens also provide floral arrangements for Peace Haven and Rest Haven stays, many weddings, memorial services, flowers for shut-ins, get well flowers and other special events throughout the year. As "Designer" Kathie and "Master Gardener and Overseer" Karen with their team plant new flowers and greenery, they look ahead with great excitement to see how the Lord will lead. He has blessed the ministry with over 20 volunteers who plant, water, weed and arrange to bless many in a wide variety of ways with what God has created!  Warm, fun fellowship always prevails! If you are interested in serving in His Garden Ministry please contact Kathie Irwin at vpirwin1@msn.com or Karen Bruce at knbruce@frontier.com. Experience not required.

Mowing at the Chapel

Mowing 11

This past Friday (4/17) we had a mowing competition between John Deere and Husqvarna here at the Chapel. Can’t say who won, but we were able to mow and weed-eat the church campus. The grass was starting to get the upper hand as our normal mowing company was not able to come out and mow. As you can see, some of us had more fun playing the blower air guitar! If you are interested in helping out in the coming weeks send an email to markpeterson@cmanochapel.org

A big thank you goes out to: George Colby, Charlie Keith, Bob Schroepfer, Steve Miner, Ray and Kathy Harrison, Kris Kramer, Carlis and Lucy Bailon-Schubert and Brett Reid

April 20, 2020

Hope

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3-5 ESV

Noun: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

Verb: want something to happen or be the case.

The Hope of the Bible, that trust in our heart where we find comfort and direction, is that noun form by which we live daily, trusting that sure expectation of God and all of the strength found in His faithfulness. In other words, our hope is not based on wanting something or wishful thinking, it is based on us living confidently in what is certain, the loving character of Jesus.
And they, that know thy name, have hope in thee; for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Ps 9:10 (Wycliffe)

We the Church need to rejoice, yes rejoice, in our suffering as it develops endurance in us with each opportunity that we face, enriching growth to expand our character. Trusting that our developing character will be reflected with increased biblical hope that directs our daily lives.  Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Yes, things happen, even bad things, but we can have hope even in the midst of tragedy.

Let your hope be the Light in dark times, let your hope be the Joy that fills our communities and let our hope be the Good News of our hearts to the world seeking for certain things that can only be found in God. As the great hymn, The Solid Rock declares, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

Tim Bardon - Elder

Family Gathering
This week’s Family Gathering will include ministry updates by Pastor Brett and teaching for Dr. Jan Fekkes on the book of John.

Men's Online Bible Study
Men, join Pastor Kris in an online Bible study with personal study worksheets and weekly teachings by Pastor Kris. The study started on April 13th but you can download the worksheets and view the videos at your own pace. Visit www.camanochapel.org and scroll down to the center of the page and click on the men’s bible study image to start today.

Camano Chapel Women's Spring Bible Study - Online
It’s not too late to join!  Join us ONLINE and AT HOME for our Spring Women’s Bible Study:  watch the videos in the comfort of your own home and then join us via Zoom on Tuesday nights at 6pm or Thursday mornings at 9:30am. We are studying GIDEON by Priscilla Shirer and watching videos for FREE posted online by LifeWay.

Here is what you need to join the group:

  1. Register online at camanochapel.org/women
  2. Purchase a “Gideon” Bible Study book by Priscilla Shirer online through Amazon, ChristianBook, or LifeWay (be sure to check delivery dates before purchasing).
  3. An email will be sent to you with further details.

Contact Ronda with any questions: rondaclawson@camanochapel.org

Going Beyond Simulcast
with Priscilla Shirer
Ladies! You can watch the Priscilla Shirer Simulcast in your home for only $20 on Saturday, April 25th from 9am to 12:30pm.  Purchase access through LifeWay.com and get a FREE pass for a friend and LifeWay provides a scholarship for a woman in need! 
Contact Ronda with any questions: rondaclawson@camanochapel.org

Online Sunday Evening Prayer Session
Each Sunday night during this time away from each other, you are invited to join Pastor Kris and our other pastors in our online prayer room. We will be using the Zoom website or app (We are able to see each other “face-to-face” via online video). This is a time of praying for our church family, community, nation, world and more. You can click in and click out whenever you desire. Please go to our church homepage at 6 PM on Sunday and click the “JOIN” button under the Sunday Evening Video Prayer Meeting.

New!! Chapel Cafe Daily Audio Devotion
The Chapel Cafe has started a new daily devotional reading for your morning coffee time. It's a 2 minute devotional from Pastor David Jeremiah read by Tammy McGraw, our cafe coordinator.

Easter Recap!
We had the most unique Easter weekend on record here at Camano Chapel. 412 views tuned in for our Good Friday service, and 759 views for our Easter Morning service. Keeping in mind that most average views represent 1-4 people, that could translate to well over 3000 people tuning in over the weekend. In addition, our special kids programs for Good Friday and Easter morning had 172 combined views. If you haven’t had a chance to see either of these services yet, you can view them anytime by clicking here. These strange times are giving us new ways of sharing the Good News, and we are doing our best to take every opportunity we can to share the hope that we have. A huge thank you to everyone working behind the scenes, as well as those who contributed to our service. A special shout out goes to those who sang or played in our small cyber-choir, to those who contributed other special music and to our tech and editing team! An Easter weekend Thank You to: Tobin Fekkes, Sam Nicholas, Jan Fekkes, George Colby, Makenzie Colby, Bo Steele, Leann Fry, Gary Payne, Steve Moll, Leanna Crawford, Natalie Bennett, Christina Harrison, Lance Curry, Heather Gregory! He is Risen-and this changes everything!

Easter Outreach
On the Saturday before Easter 130 bags of Easter encouragement were delivered to the residents of Josephine Sunset Home. Included in the bags were a Daily Bread booklet, eggs with candy, snacks, a stuffed animal (some said a prayer if you pressed a button!), and a handwritten card from the Chapel. Thank you to Joan Haidle and Renee Herigstad for your work on this, we know the residents and staff were grateful and we are too!

Capstone
Aaron had made some trips to students’ homes and gave out some free gear and food to bring smiles on their faces. Continue watching our YouTube Series and follow our Instagram for news and live sessions on Thursday’s, @cc_capstone.

Encouragement & Ministry Updates: 10:00 AM April 13, 2020

Weekly Devotional
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:1-4, English Standard Version.

This last month we have all been dealt a big hand of change. Personally, I have had to setup a home office and learn how to be a vlogging youth director, all under the watchful eye of my almost 3-year-old assistant, Millie Claire. Although the days are filled with many questions, demands, and laughter, it has directed me toward this piece of scripture from Jesus teaching his disciples. Jesus explained that in order to make it into the kingdom of heaven we would need to humble ourselves and take on a childlike faith. For many of us humility doesn’t come easily and it often occurs through a radical change. The events of this pandemic have brought me and many others to this state.

A childlike faith asks questions, a childlike faith talks to the stranger, a childlike faith relies on the Father.

I encourage you today to take the time to reflect on your childlike faith: ask your questions through prayer, seek God in scripture, share your joy in Christ with your neighbor, and most of all take time today and say: Thank You PAPA for all the love you provide.

Aaron Bardon
High School Director

Online Sunday evening prayer session: 6 PM
Each Sunday night during this time away from each other, you are invited to join Pastor Kris and our other pastors in our online prayer room. We will be using the Zoom website or app (We are able to see each other “face-to-face” via online video). This is a time of praying for our church family, community, nation, world and more. You can click in and click out whenever you desire. Please go to our church homepage at 6 PM on Sunday and click the “JOIN” button under the Sunday Evening Video Prayer Meeting or click here.

Camano Chapel Women's Spring Bible Study - Online
Join us ONLINE and AT HOME for our Spring Women’s Bible Study beginning Tuesday night, April 14th and Thursday morning, April 16th!  We will be working through GIDEON by Priscilla Shirer and watching videos for FREE posted online by LifeWay. Here is what you need to join the group:

  1. Register online at www.camanochapel.org/women
  2. Purchase a “Gideon” Bible Study book by Priscilla Shirer online through Amazon, ChristianBook, or LifeWay (be sure to check delivery dates before purchasing).
  3. An email will be sent to you with further details about how we will be “meeting” online for discussion and prayer.

Contact Ronda with any questions: rondaclawson@camanochapel.org

Operation Love Your Neighbor
During this unique season of life Camano Chapel has launched a new ministry (which cooperates with Governor Jay Inslee's edict) which allows us to deliver groceries to people in our community that can, won't, or shouldn't leave their homes because of the elevated risk to their health. This ministry PRIMARILY but not EXCLUSIVELY targets senior citizens and/or those with an underlying medical condition.

Here is how it works.

  1. If you are a senior and/or have an underlying medical condition and need groceries delivered:
  2. Call the church office at 387-7202, Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm.
  3. The deadline to get your order into the church is Wednesday by 4pm. After that, your groceries will be delivered the following week.
  4. The Camano Plaza IGA receives, fills, and totals up the cost of your groceries (You pay for your groceries, the delivery is free!).
  5. You will receive a phone call from the Camano Chapel volunteer driver "around noon" on Thursday telling you what the total cost is of your grocery order and their approximate arrival time.
  6. You will be instructed to put your check (made out to "Camano Chapel") or cash (try to get as close to it as possible as we are not able to make change) in an envelope. Put the money in the envelope, seal it, and put it on the front porch of your home with a small rock, planter, or shoe on top of the envelope so it doesn't blow away.
  7. The driver will call you one more time while in your driveway telling you that he/she has arrived with your groceries and will put them by your front door. NO NEED TO OPEN THE DOOR UNTIL THE DRIVER HAS LEFT (They are using gloves to deliver the bags of groceries to your door).
  8. The driver will knock or ring the doorbell, signifying that you can pick up your groceries after they've left your driveway.
  9. And that's it!

This outreach ministry is now open to our whole community.

Children’s Ministry
Starting this Sunday, Children's Ministries will have video lessons available for every Sunday morning. Along with the video lesson, there will be downloadable worksheets for parents to access. The lesson and the worksheets will be available on the Kid’s Cove Facebook page and www.camanochapel.org/kids.

CAPSTONE on YouTube
Join us this Tuesday evening for our episode with Greg Stier from Dare2Share Ministries. Join us Thursday night on Instagram Live at 7 pm, @cc_capstone. 
Stay Home, Stay Safe Spartans!

The Family Gathering
This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. Pastor Brett will give updates, followed by a short devotion from Pastor Mich.

Encouragement & Ministry Updates: 10:30 AM April 6, 2020

We Are God’s Masterpiece

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” NLT
The word used for Masterpiece is the Greek word “Poiema” which literally means “A thing made”, or it can also be translated Workmanship or Handiwork. It’s also the root word from which we get our English word “poem.”  Think about that for a minute…we are God’s Workmanship! We are God’s Handiwork! We are God’s Poems! We are God’s Masterpieces!
One method God uses to build our character is through times of testing and trials

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” ESV

Michelangelo is world-renowned for his 14 completed masterpieces. Lesser known are his 30 statues that remain unfinished to this day. He once was asked what he was doing as he began chipping a new piece of stone.  “Liberating an angel” he responded.
We too can sometimes feel like one of those arrested and unfinished statues. Maybe some of you feel defeated or discouraged today. We need to be patient, wait on His timing and let His work have its full effect on us. We are His unfinished masterpieces.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” ESV

EASTER MEDITATIONS

Looking for a way to focus on the events of Holy Week and what they mean in your life? Go to www.camanochapel.org and look for the Easter Meditations under the Sunday Sermon. Click “READ HERE” each day from Palm Sunday (April 5) through Easter Sunday (April 12) to read a new devotional by the late Billy Graham. It is our prayer that God will draw us close to Himself even while we are distant from each other. You can also visit this page by clicking here.

ONLINE SUNDAY EVENING VIDEO PRAYER MEETINGS 6 PM

Each Sunday night during this time away from one another you are invited to join Pastor Kris and our other pastors in our online prayer time. We will be using the Zoom website or app (we will be able to see each other “face-to-face” via online video). This will be a time of praying for our church family, community, nation, world and more. You can click in and click out whenever you desire. Please go to www.camanochapel.org at 6 PM on Sundays and click the ‘JOIN” button under the Sunday Evening Video Prayer Meeting, or click here.

HELPING HANDS

Some in our church family are financially hurting during this time. If you are able to help meet such a need please click on the link below and give a “helping hand” financial gift. Our pastors and church staff are prayerfully seeking to match these financial gifts with people in our church family. Thank you so much! Please click here to donate.

Galatians 6:10 (ESV) — “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

CANCELED OUTREACH EVENTS

Regrettably the decision to cancel the HAITI YOUNG ADULT MISSIONS TRIP (April 1-10) has been made, and also for the BOISE HARVEST CRUSADE MISSION TRIP (May 1-3). Plans are being made for our October 8-22, 2020 TONGA MISSIONS TRIP to serve alongside our missionaries Osi and Jennifer Halalilo in the South Pacific. The informational meeting for this trip at the church was scheduled for April 26th, but this meeting is postponed to a later time. Leaders Pastor Mich and Mike McGrath will be announcing a new informational meeting date in the near future.

CAMANO CHAPEL WOMEN’S SPRING ONLINE BIBLE STUDY:

Join us ONLINE and AT HOME for the Spring Women’s Bible study beginning on Tuesday night, April 14th and Thursday morning, April 16th!  We will be working through GIDEON by Priscilla Shirer and watching videos for FREE posted online by LifeWay.

Here is what you need to join the group:

  1. Register online at www.camanochapel.org/women
  2. Purchase a “Gideon” Bible Study book by Priscilla Shirer online through Amazon (check delivery dates first), ChristianBook.com, or LifeWay.com.
  3. An email will be sent to you with further details about how we will be “meeting” online for discussion and prayer.  I hope you will be “a part” of this NEW way to study God’s Word together and be in fellowship and community while we are “apart”!

MEN'S ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

Coming next week, a Men's Online Bible study with personal study worksheets and weekly teachings by Pastor Kris Kramer. More information to come on Monday, April 13, 2020.

High School

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We welcome anyone to watch our Tuesday Night YouTube videos. We are lifting up all the amazing high school students and their families in prayer during this time apart.

The Family Gathering

This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. Pastor Brett will give updates, followed by a short devotion from Pastor Mike and an update from Pastor Mich on His Pantry. Make sure to TUNE-IN and stay connected to the church body.

Encouragement & Ministry Updates: 10:30 AM March 30, 2020

Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ,
Please take encouragement from this short devotional from Elder Tim Bardon and continue reading to learn about all that is happening in Camano Chapel ministries. - Camano Chapel Staff

Devotion:
Like many of you, I wrestle with how to address this opportunity that has been presented to us. I determine how I will react by my choices. Don’t get me wrong- lots of things have changed in a short amount of time and we have many new directives on how to do this, but I believe that we have the power to choose how we share ourselves during this opportunity.
I opted to use the word opportunity because I look at it as an action word, taking action to resolve how we will react to what is presented each day. Our primary choice is to let God be in control and allow Him to bring Peace and Comfort to us rather than letting the media place apprehension and fear in our lives. I was surfing social media and ran across a post that clearly identified that God’s name is I AM. He has always been and will always be our Lord and Savior. As we approach celebrating Easter we need to share with the world His love and His perfect plan of salvation so that we can have an everlasting relationship with Him through His son Jesus. God doesn’t change. His name is not I WILL BE, or I CAN BE, rather we need to live in the knowledge that it’s I AM. Do you believe this? If so, then decide to live daily with that understanding and with joy in the good times and during challenges. We choose the opportunity to share with those around us by being encouraging and joy-filled people of the Living God.  I AM loves and cares for you. Display and share His love in your daily life and always, trusting that God is in control. 
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  Ex 3:14 ESV
- Tim Bardon


WOMEN’S MINISTRY UPDATE:

WOMEN’S WINTER BIBLE STUDY – The Camano Chapel Women’s Bible Study Facebook group is up and running!  God of Covenant video sessions 8 and 9 are posted for viewing.  Join us online on Facebook and request to be added to the group.

ALL MOMS – If you are a mother of preschoolers, join our ALL MOMS ministry online! Find us on Facebook under Camano Chapel ALL MOMS.  Every Tuesday, ALL MOMS Coordinator Ashley Zelk posts a short video with announcements and giveaways! Titus Woman Vickie Laures also posts a short, encouraging devotional video geared toward keeping Christ first in the midst of this crazy season.

OUTREACH

Operation Love Your Neighbor
During this unique season of life Camano Chapel has launched a new ministry (which cooperates with Governor Jay Inslee's edict), allowing us to deliver groceries to people in our community that can, won't, or shouldn't leave their homes because of the elevated risk to their health. This ministry targets PRIMARILY but not EXCLUSIVELY to senior citizens and/or those with an underlying medical condition. Mich has spoken about this ministry the past 1-2 weeks on our weekly Sunday morning and our Wednesday night Family Gathering videos. This new ministry is called OPERATION LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.
We had a "soft opening" last week by making it available to those on our Chapelites email list, but now we are opening it up to the entire church family...some 1,200 +/- people on our newsletter email list. So, here's how it works. 

If you are a senior and/or have an underlying medical condition and need groceries delivered:

  1. Call the church office at 387-7202, Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm.
  2. The deadline to get your order in to the church is Wednesday by 4pm. After that, you must wait to get your groceries delivered until the following week.
  3. The Camano Plaza IGA is receiving, filling, and totaling up the cost of your groceries (You pay for your groceries, the delivery is free!).
  4. You will receive a phone call from the Camano Chapel volunteer driver "around noon" on Thursday telling you the total cost is of your grocery order and their approximate arrival time.
  5. You will be instructed to put your check (made out to "Camano Chapel") or cash (try to get as close to it as possible as we are not able to make change) in an envelope. Put the money in the envelope, seal it, and put it on the front porch of your home with a small rock, planter, or shoe on top of the envelope so it doesn't blow away.
  6. The driver will call you one more time while in your driveway telling you that he/she has arrived with your groceries and will put them by your front door. NO NEED TO OPEN THE DOOR UNTIL THE DRIVER HAS LEFT (They are using gloves to deliver the bags of groceries to your door). 
  7. The driver will knock or ring the doorbell, signifying that you can pick up your groceries after they've left your driveway.
  8. And that's it!

This outreach ministry will become available to the entire community starting the following week. Please be praying for these bags of groceries that are filled with love and prayer, in the hopes that those receiving the groceries would consider that love and message of Jesus Christ as together we "Love Our Neighbors."


JUNIOR HIGH

Join Pastor Matt on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm for Virtual EYP.
To join us find the link on the website, in the email or text Pastor Matt.

This time will include games and Ask The Pastor: Ask any questions about life, relationships, the bible or whatever is on your heart!
This will be a great time of fellowship and growth in Christ.


HIGH SCHOOL

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We are lifting up all the amazing high school students and their families in prayer during this time apart.

The Family Gathering

This Wednesday tune in for the “Family Gathering” at 7 pm, www.camanochapel.org. Pastor Brett will give updates, followed by a short devotion from Pastor Mike and an update from Pastor Mich on His Pantry. Make sure to TUNE-IN and stay connected to the church body.

Encouragement & Ministry Updates: 10:00 AM March 23, 2020

Good Morning Camano Chapel Family -
We pray that each of you is healthy and doing well in these uncertain times. We’re writing to provide you with encouragement, along with ministry updates and how you can stay connected to your church family during this unprecedented season of life.

A short devotional from Pastor Matt Lee:
Five years ago I went through a very difficult time of medical issues in combination with burn out. It was a perfect storm! I remember begging God to bring me home! It was a great time of uncertainty for me and my family. But God was saying, “I have you right where I want you,” completely dependent on Him! Through the encouragement of God and others, I started focusing on what was going well instead of all the obstacles.

Colossians 3:15-16 (ESV) says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

This uncertain time in our world may have brought you to a place of fear, but God may be using this as an opportunity for you to be thankful for what you do have. Spend some time with your family talking about all that you are thankful for today and place your full trust in Him knowing He is in control. -Pastor Matt Lee

His Pantry - Drive-by Food Drive:
Friday March 27, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
In these uncertain times, we need to keep His Pantry up and running. We are having a drive-by food drive on Friday, March 27, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. During this time there will be volunteers in the parking lot of Camano Chapel to receive your food donations without you even getting out of your car. If you are out grocery shopping in the next week, please consider picking up a few of these items.

Thank you for your support,
His Pantry Volunteer Team

It’s very important that you stick to the list below so that we can easily pre-box the items for our clients:

  • Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
  • Top Ramen
  • Pasta Sauce (jars or canned)
  • Dried Pasta
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Green beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Tuna
  • Shelf Stable milk (does not need refrigeration, such as regular or almond milk)
  • Canned Chili


Children’s Ministry Update

We know that there are so many changes taking places in these last few weeks and for little ones sometimes change is hard. We just want to assure you that we are praying for you and your children in this time. We miss being able to minister to our kids in person but are doing our best to try new things to “stay connected” because we know it’s important.

Here are a couple things we are doing during this time:

Follow our Facebook Page:
Camano Chapel Kids Cove

Tristan and I are working on having helpful articles, blog posts, craft ideas and bible videos for you and your children to do or watch together. Also, please reach out to us via our Facebook page or email or give the church office a call. We want to know how you are doing and how we can pray for you.

Lifeway has produced a weekly video series which includes a video, downloadable worksheet, parent discussion guide and even a Missions themed video to correspond with the lesson. Each Sunday, we will post a link to the video on our Facebook page along with a few thoughts or discussion starters for you to have with your children. When you click the link on Sunday, Lifeway will prompt you to create a profile and will provide step-by-step instructions.

We are looking forward to being together again and having fun with your children while learning the Word of God! We are hopeful that all our summer plans can take place and are excited to for Camp Camano and VBS!


Junior High Ministry:

Junior High students join Pastor Matt on Tuesdays from 10am-11:30am for virtual EYP, which will includes a time of games and a segment called “ Ask the Pastor,” where you can ask any questions about life, relationships, the Bible or whatever is on your heart! This will be a great time to connect with each other and grow in Christ. We are using an app called “Zoom,” which you can download through your computer, phone or tablet. Each week you can get the invitation to join us through a link found on Facebook, email, on our chapel website www.camanochapel.org/eyp or you can text Pastor Matt 425-328-6078 and he will send it to your phone.


High School Ministry:

Stay connected with the High School Ministry on Instagram @cc_capstone; Facebook and the Camano Chapel YouTube Channel. We are praying for all the amazing High School students, their families and our church family.


Women’s Ministry Update:

WOMEN’S WINTER BIBLE STUDY – Ronda is working with LifeWay to be able to post the last three video sessions of the God of Covenant DVD Bible study online. Stay tuned for information on where this gets posted and how to access it. Join our bible study Facebook page here and watch for updates.

CAMANO CHAPEL WOMEN FACEBOOK GROUPS – If you are on Facebook and you are not a member of the Camano Chapel Women group or the Camano Chapel Women Prayer Group, please request to join and become part of our online community! We want to stay connected with you during this season of social distancing and separation. You will find scripture posts, encouragement, information, and a place to post prayer requests and pray for others.

Coronavirus Update: 4:15PM March 21, 2020

Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ,

The elders of Camano Chapel have decided to suspend the Sunday Prayer Group session's effective immediately. This is in keeping with recommendations from the CDC, our local government, and health professionals in our church body. In addition, the church office remains closed. Our church staff were able to migrate all essential operations to work from home where they are able to take calls on our phone number (360) 387-7202, and email.

We want to end this email with a promise from Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

:: Camano Chapel Staff

Coronavirus Update: 2:30PM March 17, 2020

Trusting God in Challenging Times

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its welling. Selah” Psalm 46:1-3

As I read these words they still ring true, today and forevermore. When I gave my heart to Christ as a teen I watched as He did the impossible first hand in my own life. He transformed everything about me. Most of all, how I perceived Him. For the past four decades He’s proven Himself faithful and true. Every time! With this current worldwide crises I am again remined that my hope is not in government, finances, science, wisdom, or any of man’s actions. My hope is still in the One that saved me and promised me a future and a hope. A hope that transcends my current circumstances and any anxiety. God is not overcome with new news, much less bad news, it’s old news to Him and He’s still on the throne. All of His plans are right on track and in their perfect timing. Our part is to just trust and obey by faith for great is your reward in Heaven.

Praying for you fellow church family,
Pastor Mike Brazeal

We continue to monitor multiple websites regarding the coronavirus. We are working to stay “connected” with each other during this difficult time. Although the office is closed, our phone is still available for any prayer needs or general questions (360) 387-7202. Please also visit our website where you can give online and also put a prayer request in as well. The website is a great place to visit to view Pastor Kris’ sermons each week. They are posted at 8:30am on Sunday mornings.

familygathering

This Wednesday, March 18th we are launching our first episode of the “Family Gathering”. This new ministry is in response to the suspending of the mid-week ministries at Camano Chapel. Each Wednesday at 7pm you will be able to access the latest episode either on our website or YouTube channel. The Family Gathering will include conversations with Pastor Kris and Pastor Brett from the previous week’s sermon, interviews with staff and members of our congregation about their faith journey, and an update on new ministries or missionaries.

Coronavirus Update: 5:00PM March 12, 2020

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

We are thankful that God has promised to be with us no matter what! That’s a promise we can live by, especially in uncertain times. Please do not forget these promises as you read the updates from our email, website, government websites, news agencies, podcasts, or wherever you might receive your updates.

Because of unfolding events this week, we are suspending worship services at this time in an effort to join with our community and region in helping to slow the coronavirus from spreading. However, we are offering a Sunday morning prayer session 10:00 am. These prayer groups will meet throughout the church building. They will have no more than 10 people, as we will be following the high standards set forth from the California Health Department that states, “Gatherings of people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10.” We encourage those who are ill, pregnant, elderly or who have compromised immune systems to remain home and join us online for our weekly sermon (www.camanochapel.org). These prayer groups will be interceding for our community, our church, our country, and other needs. If you plan on joining us, please enter through the Worship Center's east doors and you'll be directed to a prayer session.

THE ONLINE SUNDAY SERMON will be posted by 8:30 am on Sunday morning on our YouTube channel. Visit www.camanochapel.org to watch the sermon. Pastor Kris will be starting a special series called, "Our Sovereign God". In this time of need, our goal is for us to turn our focus toward our God who controls all things at all times.

Coronavirus Update: 3:00PM March 12, 2020

In following with the proclamation by Governor Inslee and out of an abundance of caution; All ministry events have been canceled through 4/24, including Pre-School & Pre-K. We will update the congregation tomorrow, regarding any potential changes to Sunday Worship.

Coronavirus Update 5:15PM March 10, 2020

In following with the closure of all Stanwood & Camano School's; All ministry events have been canceled through 3/13, including Pre-School & Pre-K. Sunday Worship Services are not affected at this time.

Coronavirus Update 11:00AM March 10, 2020

We are aware of the concern regarding the coronavirus and continue to monitor its effect on Snohomish and Island counties. According to the Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html), the coronavirus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another and through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or feeling sick in general (cold, flu), we ask that you remain at home.

This is an opportunity to show love and protect vulnerable family members and our congregation. If you are ill, get rest and worship with us on our livestream Sundays at 9:00 am and 11:15 am, at (https://camanochapel.org). You can also watch services at a later time on our YouTube channel (https://youtube.com/c/camanochapel).

Steps to Prevent the Spread of Illness

  • Are you sick or at high risk from infections? – Stay home
  • Hand hygiene – Wash your hands with soap and water often, we’ve also placed hand sanitizer throughout our campus
  • Social distancing – Be creative, find new ways to greet and welcome that don’t involve hand-to-hand contact
  • Routine cleaning – If you are using shared equipment, be sure to disinfect before and after each use
  • Serve others – Use this opportunity to help individuals access food & household supplies, medications, and maintain social connections

We will continue to monitor the Washington State, Snohomish & Island Counties, and the Stanwood Camano School District websites. Please see the bottom of this message for links to those resources.

We are thankful for the opportunity to help and serve those in our community when presented with adversity, and we pray that otherwise hardened hearts would be opened to hearing the message of God’s unfailing love.

:: Camano Chapel Staff & Elders

Resources:

Island County Public Health (https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/Pages/COVID-19.aspx)

Snohomish Health District (https://www.snohd.org/484/Novel-Coronavirus-2019)

Washington State Department of Health (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus)

Stanwood Camano School District (https://www.stanwood.wednet.edu/)

Below is an informational video about the Coronavirus: