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
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.
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:
- Call the church office at 387-7202, Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm.
- 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.
- The Camano Plaza IGA is receiving, filling, and totaling up the cost of your groceries (You pay for your groceries, the delivery is free!).
- You will receive a phone call from the Camano Chapel volunteer driver "around noon" on Thursday telling you
whatthe total cost is of your grocery order and their approximate arrival time.
- 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.
- 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).
- The driver will knock or ring the doorbell, signifying that you can pick up your groceries after they've left your driveway.
- 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."
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.
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
- 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.
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
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: