Camarillo UMC



Kids will hunt for Easter eggs during Sunday school!

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thurs

Rev.G 4/5/17

Pastoral Update 4.5.17

We’re coming to the on-ramp for Holy Week, so time to get up to speed with what’s ahead:

Pesach Next Week
After this coming Sunday’s Palm-Passion service (details in tomorrow’s Connections), we’ll have a full ‘last supper’ communion service on Maundy Thursday (6:30pm, April 13). This is the Christian version of the ancient Jewish pesach, or Passover Seder meal. I plan to attend a Passover service and meal at the home of old friends in Pasadena, and I look forward to what is probably the best-known line from that ritual: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” It’s a great question for any of our ‘high holy days’ in the church, and one we’ll touch on in our services—but for the “original” answers, check out this site:

 It’s Not About the Pen
(If you’re as embarrassed about your handwriting as I am, don’t watch this or any of his other videos.)

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“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” George Monbiot

Heads-Up: “The Strange Persistence of Guilt”
This brief essay (link below) is packed with interesting comments (if a bit tangled), such was “…We’re still driven by an inextinguishable need to feel morally justified. Our thinking is still vestigially shaped by religious categories. And yet we have no clear framework or set of rituals to guide us in our quest for goodness.” If you have comments after reading this, let me know: I’ll be exploring this as a possible basis for our Roundtable discussion group on Sunday morning(s), as well as maybe in a sermon.

Real Quotes-2
From Ann LaMott  “…About 90 percent of my theological life [is] radical self-care. Put your own oxygen mask on first…I do for myself exactly what I would do for you — make a lovely cup of tea, or a hot bath, or go buy myself a fabulous pair of socks. I believe that you take the action, and THEN the insight follows…that I am a wild precious woman, a ‘human merely being’, as e e cummings put it, deserving of respect, tenderness, protection, delight, and solidarity. And that is what Home looks like for me now.”

May you find yourself at Home.
Peace, rev. gary


A Celebration of Ventura County Composers

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Featuring the works of composers
John Biggs, Raymond Egan, Kenneth Helms,
Kyle Johnson, Ivan Shobe, Ludwig Tuman, and Judith Vander

Performed by
Gold Coast Concert Chorus, Elizabeth Helms – director
Camarillo United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Luvi Avendano – director
Simi Valley United Methodist Church Choir, Lisa Wall-Urgero – director
12 area organists, soloists, and instrumentalists

The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be gathered.

This concert is sponsored by Camarillo United Methodist Church and
The Ventura County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Parents Night Out

Saturday, April 29, 6-8:30 pm in Brooks Hall

This is a time for parents to get a little “me” time by letting the kids (K-6th grade) have fun at the church for a couple of hours! Dinner for the kids will be chicken nuggets, mac & cheese a veggie, salad and dessert.  After dinner, Cynthia Loos and Connie Halpern will entertain the kids with story time, a craft project and a movie. The nursery will be opened after dinner for children under 5 years old and they will have fun too.  Please RSVP to Cynthia by April 20 ( .


United Methodist Women (UMW)

Fellowship Group Meetings

  • Deborah – Wed. 4/19, 1 pm in the CUMC Youth Room. Nancy VanCott and Arlene Hampton will be hostesses. The program will be a UMW Book Review.
  • Esther – Thurs. 4/20, 9:30 am at Helen Faul’s home.
  • Martha – Wed. 4/19, 1 pm at Ellen Honorico’s home. Dorothy Bronzini will present a book review as the program.
  • Priscilla – Wed. 4/19 9:30 am in the CUMC Youth Room. Joan Faragher and Carol Smith will host. The program will be from the Response Magazine.
  • Lydia/Ruth – Wed. 4/19 1:30 pm at the home of Marj Deniston. The program will be led by Pat Roth describing the activities and need of RAIN.


Don’t forget: buy your tickets for the Luncheon-Fashion Show at your fellowship meetings, and the next UMW General Meeting is June 17 with a presentation by Val Rains.


Camarillo UMC is located north of Los Posas at 291 Anacapa Drive in Camarillo, CA. It’s the church with the beautiful manzanita cross in the sanctuary!

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Worship Gathering

Every week we gather in dynamic, creative worship featuring inspiring music from multiple choirs and guest musicians, plus sound teaching and preaching focused on living faithfully in the real world.

Children & Youth

CUMC Kids and Youth start in church at 9:15, then are free to go to Sunday school during worship. Nursery care is provided for toddlers and babies throughout Sunday mornings. See an usher if you have any questions or need directions!

Food & Fellowship

Arrive early on Sundays to hang out on the sanctuary patio, enjoy coffee, tea and other hot beverages and friendly conversation. Children’s time, music, news of the church and greetings begin at 9:15 am. After worship, we head down to the patio outside Brooks hall for more beverages and homemade cookies!