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Blood Drive at Campbell UMC

In this season of giving, give the best gift of all – the Gift of Life. Donate blood on Tuesday, November 28th, between 10am and 3pm in the Fellowship Hall.

To sign up, go to and enter 95008 on the home page under “Find a Blood Drive.”  Chose the event on November 28th and select the time for your appointment.




Merry Mayhem is Coming!

December 3rd, 2:00 – 5:00pm

Break into the holiday spirit with Crafting, Gifting and Caroling.

Merry Mayhem is for ALL AGES, so come one, come all, and enjoy.

Crafting for all ages: 2:00 – 4:15pm in Fellowship Hall

Caroling 4:15 – 5:00pm in the Fireside Room

There will also be an opportunity to take a holiday photo of the whole family.

You are invited to bring a canned good to fill up the food barrels to help feed those in need.


Merry Mayhem is for ALL generations; the young and the young at heart!
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Lunchtime Advent Concerts  201612_advent-concert-organ_1

Take a mid-day break and enjoy a respite from the holiday hustle and bustle to experience music as a reminder of what the Advent season is: preparation and expectation of the Christ Child.

The first three Fridays in December, from 12:30 to 1:00pm, Campbell UMC will again offer our Annual Advent Concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public, so please share & invite friends, family and neighbors to take time from the “busy-ness” of their day and enjoy the music of this blessed time.

Our first concert on December 1st will feature Brian Holmes, french horn, and Jolynda Tresner, soprano.

On December 8th , Shine Kwon, Campbell UMC organist, will be the featured soloist.

On December 15th, Carolyn Pryor, AGO organist will be the featured artist.

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Awake & Aware: Gratitude as a Form of Mindfulness

Three-Week Mini Series for Advent
Three Tuesdays, December 5, 12, 19, 2017 6:30-8:30pm
in the Wesley Lounge

Advent Scripture talks about being prepared and awake for Christ’s arrival in the world and in our hearts. Our wider culture talks about being prepared for family, friends and gift giving. Yet both calls to action can feel overwhelming, even confusing. Is there a balance between the spiritual and the social? Or is it all woven as one piece? And where is our peace to be found?

In this 3-week miniseries, we will lean on the practices of gratitude and radical hospitality while listening to the invitations from Scripture and society. Through hands-on projects, private reflection and small group discussion, we will reflect on new definitions of being awake, aware and present this Christmas season. The goal is to hold space each week to slow down and listen to the still, small voice of God so that we can cultivate a peace that we carry with us everyday.

Retreat Facilitator:  Jennifer Willhoite
Jennifer is a member of Campbell United Methodist Church and is currently studying at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA to become a licensed spiritual director. She was a student at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley and learned meditation and Christian contemplative prayer at Ignatius House, a Jesuit retreat center in Atlanta. She enjoys artwork of all kinds and using creativity as a way to address spiritual questions. And she’s a baseball fan.

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The Giving Tree
This year we will again participate in the Giving Tree sponsored by Salvation Army.

The tree is in the foyer of the Fellowship Hall, filled with tags, each representing a wish for a gift for a child in need.  Simply take a tag, shop for the gift, and bring it to the office by Monday, December 18th.  Don’t wrap the gift, but do attach the tag to the gift.

Your generosity can make the holidays truly special for a child who has little.




Holiday Services:

Christmas Eve Services – December 24th

10:00am – Regular Sunday Service
5:00pm – Children’s Christmas Pageant
9:00pm – Lessons & Carols
Both evening services followed by candle lighting in the courtyard


New Year’s Eve Sunday Morning Worship – December 31st

10:00am – Sunday Service


New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service – December 31st

10:00pm – Chapel Opens
11:00pm – Service Begins – Led by the African Fellowship


Epiphany Worship – Sunday January 7th, 2017

10:00am – Traditional worship for Everyone led by African Fellowship
11:00apm – Coffee & Fellowship



Christmas Eve Pageant 2016_childrenspageant– December 24th, 5pm.

This Christmas Eve, children have the opportunity to be part of the Christmas pageant in worship, and experience the wonder and joy of the story of Jesus’ birth.

We would love to include any child, age 4 and older, who would like to participate. There are both speaking and non-speaking roles, and children must attend both rehearsals on December 17th and 23rd. The pageant will be at 5pm Christmas Eve.

For more information, or to sign up for a role, please contact Kallie Stroh at 408-378-3472, ext. 14,
or write


The Annual Christmas Concert – SUNDAY December 17th – 3:30pm

Nothing says Christmas like a brass fanfare, melodic voices, and… HandBells!

The annual Campbell UMC Christmas Concert celebrates the sounds of the season in a musical extravaganza on Sunday, December 17th, 2016 at 3:30pm in the Sanctuary.  Featured will be:

Singers: Chancel Choir, African Choir, and Joyful Notes vocal choirs;

Ringers: Carillon Choir, New A’Peal, Diamond Ringers, & Discovery Ringers Handbell choirs; and

Brass: The LGP Brass Ensemble will also bring their joyful music to the concert.

AND we’ll have a Christmas reception after with light snacks and beverages.

The repertoire spans the secular as well as arrangements of traditional carols and stirring Christmas overtures among contemporary tunes.

All invited – ALL Welcome! Click the image to download the pdf flyer.

Invite your friends and neighbors with this Facebook Event!

See you there, and Happy Holidays!


Be Part of the Worship Arts Team!

It takes a team to create meaningful worship and your help is needed.
There are three areas of opportunity:

Running the Slide Presentation on Sunday: This is a volunteer position. You should have a good sense of the flow of worship and be able to change slides at the appropriate time. Participants offer their time on one Sunday during a 6-week period. Contact Greg Knepp at if interested in running the slides.

Running the Sound Board: This is a volunteer position. The sound tech is a very important part of worship, ensuring that all worshipers hear everything that is said or sung.  Participants offer their time one Sunday per month.  Any age is welcome to help!
If you think you could serve in this way, please contact George M. Cleveland at, or 408-296-3452.

Audio Recordist: Here is an opportunity to help record the Sunday sermons and choral anthems for the church’s website!  It’s easy, fun, and does not take much time.  You only need to start/stop each recording, file it, and you’re done!  If interested, please contact Mark Shepherd at either 408-691- 1479, or



Book Club has begun again!

Next selection (for Nov 27th meeting):
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers.
The 2017-18 Reading List is available and posted on our page!

The CUMC Book Club meets the 4th Monday at 4pm each month.

Join in the Fireside Room to discuss the books we’ll read for the 2017-18 session.

Book choices often include biographies, histories, some fiction, and soul-enriching experiences.  We’ve learned about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the way west with Lewis and Clark, stories of courage, adventure, and tragedy, and even how such enterprises as the US Post Office created America!  We enjoy new titles and discover fascinating new worlds as introduced to us by fellow readers.

We attempt to pick books that are available at local library systems (eBooks are readily available now too).
Newcomers welcome!  The previous reading list of 2016-17 is available for you to peruse.  Find out more & join in


“Feed” the Campbell UMC “Little Library” Boxes

Many children and families benefit from the books placed in the Campbell UMC Library boxes we’ve created – and supplies are running low!  Please donate books for children 0-13 years of age, in English or Spanish, new or gently-used, to keep these libraries filled.
Especially popular are the board books (printed on thick paperboard) and books for toddlers.

No adult books needed at this time.

Maybe your children can “Defy Gravity” by cleaning out their bookshelves, and donating some of their extra books to another child.

On Sundays you can take your donations to Fellowship Hall and leave them with Brook Hendershot. You can also contact her to arrange a drop-off time (408-314-6861). If you have questions, call Brook or email her at

Thank you for helping provide reading material for the children in our community!


Monthly LifeMoves Dinner

2017 is a new year of serving food at Montgomery Street Inn, part of the “LifeMoves” network.  Thank you to everyone who has helped with all the different aspects of the project throughout the past year(s).

Every 3rd Sunday of the month, (with a few exceptions) we donate our time & serve a dinner for the homeless men at the LifeMoves (prev. Inn-Vision) homeless shelter at the Montgomery Street Inn.

In 2017, Campbell UMC will not prepare meals on: Easter Sunday, Fathers’ Day or any Sunday in December.

The next dinner we are serving is November 19th – the menu is TBD.

If you can help cook from 3 to 5pm that day or deliver and help to serve the food, please contact Jane LaPierre (408 558-4831)

You can sign up in Fellowship Hall after worship service to donate needed food items, to cook and to serve.

During the first two weeks of the month at Fellowship Time (aka Coffee Hour) after service, please sign up to bring food items for the meals or to cook or serve.
You can also place monetary donations for this meal in the jar at the coffee hour food table.

Also, if you would like to help with cooking or serving the meal please call Jane at 408-558-4831.

Bring donated items (labeled “LifeMoves”) to the kitchen by the Saturday before the dinner, placing into the box (also labeled “LifeMoves”) in the kitchen or into the refrigerator as appropriate.

Cooks are needed for the 9-10am period as well as the 3-5pm period on each of these Sundays.  Dessert is made in the morning and the rest of the meal from 3-5pm.  The meal leaves the church at 5:30pm. to be served at 6:00pm at the Inn.   Please contact Jane LaPierre if you have questions and/or you can help with food or monetary donations for any of the 2017 dates (shown below).
Toiletries we have collected for the homeless will also be distributed on these dates.

The dates for serving dinner are the 3rd Sunday of the month.  The exceptions are in April, May, June and December.  The following are the dates we will prepare & serve meals for the folks at LifeMoves:

 January 15           July 16

February 19          August 20

March 19               September 17

April 2                   October 15

May 2                     November 19

June 4                    December: Not serving

Thank you for your past and future support!

Yours in Christ’s Service,
Jane LaPierre
For the Church in Action Committee




The CHEF Foundation (run by Juvenal and Erlin Castro, Campbell UMC members)  has received word from Manila that their foundation has been awarded the 7th JOLLIBEE FAMILY VALUES AWARD  this year. The award ceremony will happen on Oct 10-12, 2017.

This award comes with an all-expenses paid trip to the Philippines to receive the award, including hotel accommodations and a $6000 monetary award for future shipping expenses.  CHEF Foundation began in 2009 as an act of kindness from Juvenal Castro when he saw that children in small towns in his native Paniqui, Tarlac are without adequate books and supplies. He began asking for donations of books, text books and sacred books and our church members have helped him in his endeavor. Local libraries and schools have also assisted him.

CHEF FOUNDATION is a registered  non-profit organization and all monies donated are tax deductible.  More information can be found at
We salute you, Juven and Erlin! Congratulations!


Celebrating 105 Years!

On Sunday August 6th, we celebrated the 105th birthday of Evelyn Buck, who was also the special guest during the “Children’s Time.”  Evelyn has been a member here since April 13th, 1941 – 76 years!  See photos from the festivities.  Congratulations, Evelyn!



The Youth at Sierra Service Project

The United Methodist Youth Fellowship group were in Washington state serving their annual Sierra Service Project in July.

They stayed at the Wellpinit Reservation near Spokane, WA, and performed carpentry, painting and some home repair work.

Did you see their photos during the week on the
Campbell UMC Facebook Page?

You can also see the youth page‘s link for photos from their trip.

The UMYF led worship on July 30th & told us all about it!


Opportunities to Volunteer with Children at Rosemary School!

NOTE:  We also NEED SUBSTITUTES – please contact Brook at the email below…

Three (3!) opportunities to get involved in the church’s partnership with Rosemary Elementary School:201608_PhotoForRosemarySchool_BulletinInsert

  •  One-on-One Reading Companions are needed.  This is a one-afternoon/week commitment, 2-3pm., beginning in September.  No teaching skills required.  Training in September.
  • Asset Building Champions (ABC) Readers.  A volunteer and teacher, once a month, get together read a short book and lead a discussion in each classroom.  This program helps the entire school community to develop a common language and vocabulary about mutual respect and empathy.  This is a 2-3 hours/month, during-the-school- day commitment.  Training in September.
  • Volunteers for the School Library – assist in keeping the library open during after-school hours, so that it can be used by families for computer access and community-building.  This commitment will likely be 1-1.5 hours, once every 1-2 weeks.  Beginning in October.

Is this ministry calling to you?  Interested in finding out more?

Contact Brook Hendershot  or  Pastor Kathi


Church in Action is now collecting travel size health items including shampoo, soap, toothpaste/brushes, combs, deodorant, shaving items, pads & tampons, laundry soap and skin lotion.  They will be distributed to the homeless and those in need.  There is a bin in the hallway of Fellowship Hall designated to receive these items.
Thank you!


Bishop Melvin Talbert Award

We are SO proud of Pastor Kathi and Pastor Daniel of BishopTalbertAward_CUMCKathiDanielJustin_June2016 Campbell United Methodist Church
and Pastor Justin of New Creation United Methodist Church!

On Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, at our local conference, they were awarded and share this year’s Bishop Melvin Talbert Award.

The California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church Commission on Religion and Race makes this award annually to someone within the conference who best exemplifies a proactive stance in addressing, and working toward dismantling racism in the church and society.

Being that they work together with all the congregations at Campbell United Methodist Church, this is one time that the award was conferred to more than one person.

We are so very blessed to have them!



JesusOfKorea_PaulKim“Jesus of Korea, Savior of the People”

The new book by our late Pastor Paul Kim is now available.
Read the story, “History Lives on Through Pastor’s Mission” on the Greater New Jersey Conference website.

Pastor Paul’s book is about the extremely rapid rise of Christianity in South Korea in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Today Christian churches in Korea have memberships in the tens of thousands.  The roots of this conversion to the belief in Jesus is credited to the American Missionaries that arrived in Korea in the late 19th and early 20th century.

His book was nearly finished right before Pastor Paul’s untimely passing in 2014.  The book was published early this spring and is available through Amazon and Fortress Press.  We also have two copies available in our own library for borrowing.


New Friends, New Shoes!

Click below to watch the heart-warming video from Pastor Daniel’s trip to Sierra Leone to deliver the shoes we collected last fall for local school children. Many thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful mission!
“Tell em, tell em, tell em, tell Papa God tenki!”

Shoes from Legacy Films on Vimeo.


Trek to LunchFridays, 10:45am.TrekToLunchInCampbell

TLC is still walking, talking, and eating!
The walking group, Trekking to Lunch in Campbell, meets on Fridays at 10:45am, at the track at the Campbell Community Center.  We walk the track until 11:45, and then walk to a Campbell Avenue eatery to enjoy lunch.
All are invited to join us for Fun, Fitness, and Food.
For more information, contact Dave or Susan Sargent at




New for 2016-17 – Worship at Work in the World!

Four times each year, there is a fifth Sunday of the month. In 2016, we tried something new. So popular it was, that we are continuing!
On each 5th Sunday, worship will be brief (~20 minutes), joyfully led by our own Gospel Choir.  At the end of worship, the entire congregation will be sent out to be in service for the remainder of the morning. Over the year, we’ll have a number of opportunities for service, on and off campus, for every age and ability.

See the Worship at Work webpage.

All are invited to join in!


Now you can give to CUMC using your mobile phone!

Go to your app store to download the app from
and select “Campbell United Methodist Church” which will route offerings directly to Campbell UMC.
Special offerings will also be listed when applicable.

Download at the AppStore for iOS

Download at the Google Playstore for android

You can also easily set up recurring giving either weekly or monthly with one click. However you choose to give, you will receive an email receipt with the amount given, to what fund you gave, and have access to all your giving history for easy accounting. All information is securely encrypted.

NOTE: According to our contact at, it may be best if you download the app while in church.
It “geolocates” your phone to find the correct church in the app store.
You also may need to note that according to Google, which is used for the geo-location,
1675 Winchester Blvd is identified as San Jose, not Campbell.
Our contact at said as long as people are “sitting at the right address”, the app store will bring up the correct app even if the city is mis-identified.



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