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Annual Christmas Program this Sunday. AJ Mendoza and Seth Martin Visit us! Learn more about A.J., Advent Credo and more.  
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

I want to let you know about what's coming up this week so you don't miss out. On Sunday, we have two special guests visiting us: A.J. Mendoza and Seth Martin.

A.J. is a young Friend and member of Westhills Friends Church who has has also served as a Quaker Voluntary Service Volunteer, and founded "Common Ground," a student group at George Fox University that creates a safe space to discuss matters of "spiritual, cultural, social and political issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community." I'm really looking forward to you having an opportunity to get to know A.J. and have him share a message with us. I think you'll find him a delightful and inspiring person to be around. 

And you all know Seth Martin. I'm glad he could make it out on Sunday to lead us in our worship through singing. He is in between his nation-wide tour and returning to Korea so I am sure he'll have some fun stories for us. I hear he is also bringing something a little extra special this Sunday so I hope you'll be here to find out what it is. :)

Finally, Sunday evening is our Christian Program for the children at 7pm. Every year it is such a delight to see the kids all dressed up and hear them sing (and watch to see who can sit still the longest). Debbie and Jessica always do a wonderful job setting this up and leading the children. Plus, as you can imagine it's parent's Instagram dream. Bring your cameras and come enjoy the program. There will be light refreshments afterwards so plan to stay and hang out. 

Blessings on the rest of your week,
Wess
It's a Christmas miracle, all.

Not only do we have a Guest Speaker Profile for this week from A.J. Mendoza, we also have a CFC Profile in the pipeline for next week from our very own Jason Twyman! 

Read below to learn more about A.J!

If you are interested in being featured in an upcoming newsletter please click here to fill out the CFC survey. 

 
 
 

Text This Week: John 1:6-8, 19-28

 

“There once was a man, his name John, sent by Godto point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.   
When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. He didn’t evade the question. He told the plain truth: “I am not the Messiah.” 
They pressed him, “Who, then? Elijah?” 
“I am not.” 
“The Prophet?” 
“No.” 
Exasperated, they said, “Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something—anything!—about yourself.” 
“I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.” 
Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. Now they had a question of their own: “If you’re neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?” 
John answered, “I only baptize using water. A person you don’t recognize has taken his stand in your midst. He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I’m not even worthy to hold his coat for him.” 
These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time.”

(John 1:6–8, 19–28 MESSAGE)

Queries:

* What do you notice about this passage?
* What word or image stands out to you most strongly?
* What part of this text is about you?

Advent Credo by Daniel Berrigan

It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss—
This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life;

It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction—
This is true: I have come that they may have life, and that abundantly.

It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last word, and that war and destruction rule forever—
This is true: Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, his name shall be called wonderful councilor, mighty God, the Everlasting, the Prince of peace.

It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of evil who seek to rule the world—
This is true: To me is given authority in heaven and on earth, and lo I am with you, even until the end of the world.

It is not true that we have to wait for those who are specially gifted, who are the prophets of the Church before we can be peacemakers—
This is true: I will pour out my spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall have dreams.

It is not true that our hopes for liberation of humankind, of justice, of human dignity of peace are not meant for this earth and for this history—
This is true: The hour comes, and it is now, that the true worshipers shall worship God in spirit and in truth.

So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice. Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ—the life of the world.

From Testimony: The Word Made Flesh, by Daniel Berrigan, S.J. Orbis Books, 2004.

Guest Speaker Profile: A.J. Mendoza


What does a typical day in your life consist of?
I do a lot of activism, drink a lot of coffee, and watch a lot of Star Trek: Voyager.

How did you first come to Camas Friends, and how long have you been attending?
I first came to Camas Friends during your 100 Year Anniversary celebration, and this Meeting was one of the first that I felt attached to outside of my own, as part of my larger NWYM spiritual family.

 What's your favorite part of being involved with Camas Friends?
I appreciated being asked to participate in Camas Friends Church's panel discussing LGBTQ people.

Explain what a Quaker is to you?
A Quaker is someone who tries to mind the Light while stumbling around in the darkness, and generally believes that Jesus meant the things he taught.

 Favorite TV show, film,  book, or graphic novel and why?
Star Trek Voyager is my favorite show because it depicts a small crew stranded in a distant part of the galaxy.  The high moral standards of their safe home in Federation space are far away, and every challenge they face tests their commitments to those morals.  The captain will do anything to protect her crew and to bring them home.

 Favorite restaurant or coffee shop?
The Coffee Cottage in Newberg

 Favorite travel destination?
I am currently gearing up to hike the Pacific Crest Trail

Video of the Week

Calendar and Events:


Saturday, December 13th: Children's Christmas Program Dress Rehearsal 10am
Sunday, December 14th: Children's Christmas Program 7pm (last practice during Godly Play)
Wednesday, December 17th: Christmas Caroling 6pm (Meet at the Meetinghouse)
Thursday, December 18th: Laundry Love 6pm
Thursday, December 18th: Theology Pub @ Amnesia Brewing 6pm

Wednesday, December 24th: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6pm
 

Sunday Sermons

Did you miss a Sunday? You can find messages from past weeks below. 
Do you want to know what you missed while you were gone? You can listen to the audio recording of the sermons on our website or download the podcast via iTunes.
 
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