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Gun Violence Prayer

Read the Gun Violence Prayer used at our Prayer Vigil after worship service last Sunday, February 18th.
Let us work together to make a difference…



Staff Parish Relations Committee Announcement

It is with sadness we announce the departure of Kallie Stroh as our Director of Children and Family Ministries.  Kallie has decided to spend more time with her children and pursue her interest in writing.  She has agreed to stay with us through the Lenten Season.  We have appreciated Kallie’s love for the children of our congregation. She works well with adults, too!  She will be missed.
We begin our search for a new Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, and a job description is available on the Campbell UMC website. If you or someone you know would be interested in this part-time position, please send a letter and resume to us at 



Tour Julia Morgan’s “Little Castle”

Join the Fifty-Plus group as they tour the Berkeley City Club which was designed by Julia Morgan.  The tour takes place Tuesday, February 27th.  Julia Morgan was the first female architect to be licensed in the state of California, and designed numerous buildings including Hearst Castle.  She was also a civil engineer whose knowledge of concrete-reinforced buildings was ahead of her time, and helped her buildings withstand earthquake stresses.
The “Little Castle” is designed in Romanesque and Gothic style architecture and was originally the Berkeley Women’s Club.  Morgan’s engineering skills were matched by her attention to detail in furnishings, light fixtures, and other elements.  The cost for the tour is $10, and each person will pay for lunch, available in the Berkeley City Club.  Meet in the church parking lot to carpool at 10am. Sign up after worship on February 25th.  For more information, contact Carol Griffith at 408-252-2106.



Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School class will start a new study on Sunday – Violence Divine,  Overcoming the Bible’s Betrayal of its Non-Violent God.  The presenter is John Dominic Crossan; produced by Living the Questions.
“One of the world’s foremost historical Jesus scholars helps the church and its alumni/ae rise above the greatest of Christian treasons: that everlasting peace can only be achieved through the onslaught of divine violence.”
Filmed in a workshop setting, professor and author John Dominic Crossan summarizes the essence of his book How To Read The Bible & Still Be A Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation and shows the way forward for those seeking an authentic Christianity for the 21st century.”

We have found John Dominic Crossan to be a thought-provoking speaker in previous studies.  Violence Divine designed as an 8-session series, though with discussion time, we may go longer.  No preparation is required and there is no homework!  The series will begin on February 25 and meet every Sunday except Easter.  We meet at 8:50am in the Fireside Room.

Bring a cup of coffee/tea and come in – ALL are invited and welcome!




Organ Concert – John Walker

Internationally known organist, John Walker, will perform Friday, March 23, 2018, at 7:30pm at Campbell UMC.
John Walker is currently professor of organ performance at Baltimore’s renowned Peabody Institute, and former president of the American Guild of Organists.  Walker’s repertoire ranges from baroque to modern.

This concert is brought to us by the San Jose Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).
Admission is $20, tickets available at the door.



United Methodist Summer Camps

Registration is Open!  A week at camp can be a life-changing experience for children and youth.  The Summer Camp Programs of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church are about meeting the hopes and dreams of parents, and creating lifelong, life-changing memories for young people, in a safe, fun, and caring environment.  CA-NV Annual Conf CampingYour child will discover an ever-greater love for God in their hearts – while growing in self-confidence, resourcefulness, and gratitude, as they encounter a spiritual awakening that will unfold over a lifetime.

Monte Toyon Camps:
Toyon – July 8th – 14th: youth going into 3rd through going into 9th grade.
Toyon L.I.T. – July 8th – 14th: (Leaders ITraining) 15-17 year olds, who have completed their sophomore year.

Lodestar Camps:
Lodestar – July 15th – 21st: youth going into 3rd through going into 9th grade.
Lodestar L.I.T. – July 15th – 21st: (Leaders ITraining) 15-17 year olds, who have completed their sophomore year.

Please register ONLINE at

For questions, contact Shari Sandoval at (916) 374-1528 or




Keep Saving Your Recyclables! 

There are some opportunities coming up to help support the UMYF youth attending Sierra Service Project (SSP) in Spokane this summer. Their fundraising efforts will help with covering the costs of rental vans, gas, and adult leaders. On March 25th, the youth will be collecting your recyclable cans and bottles. So start saving your aluminum cans and plastic bottles now!




Jesus in the Gospel of John

~ Worship Series for Lent: 18 February – 30 March 2018 ~

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, are the four gospels in the Bible, and John is very different in many ways from the other three (who are called Synoptic Gospels). The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are referred to as the Synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar or sometimes identical wording. They stand in contrast to John, whose content is comparatively distinct. The Jesus whom we encounter in the unique gospel of John is not the same Jesus that Matthew, Mark, and Luke portray.

You are invited to join in worship and explore together several key themes in the gospel of John, as well as read the entire book (only 21 chapters) throughout the season of Lent. It will be a very meaningful Lenten journey.




Men’s Evening Study Group

The New Year is a great time to set aside some time for intentional spiritual development. This group began a new book for a 5-session study starting Thursday, February 8th.

The book, “If the Church were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus,by Philip Gulley (a Quaker minister) is a readily accessible, thought-provoking presentation of how focusing on the positive aspects of Jesus’ values can help one to discover their own spiritual path.
Both book and e-book are available and can be previewed at

The adult men’s evening study group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 7pm – 8pm in the
Wesley Lounge.  Drop-ins welcome!  For more information, contact Dave at



Watch An Act of Love – again!

On June 24th, 2016, Campbell UMC hosted a free community screening of the documentary, An Act of Love (which was newly released at the time).  This compelling film tells the story of Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was initially defrocked & disciplined by The United Methodist Church for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage.

The film was shown in partnership with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), which hopes to inspire members of the United Methodist Church to work toward changing the Church’s official doctrine to fully include LGBTQ clergy and congregants.  It is still most timely, with the Council of Bishops still working to find A Way Forward.

We’ve just been notified that the film is now available on Kanopy  free for streaming!

If you were unable to attend our screening or would like to see it again, you are invited to watch this wonderful, yet still divisive story about the act that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his gay son.
All means ALL!  Watch the trailer.



Engaging Spirituality – New Session began January 18

Engaging Spirituality is a small group at Campbell UMC that meets for 8-10 weeks around a particular book or curriculum, rests for a time, and begins again.

Each time the group re-convenes, it is open to new participants.
A new session of Engaging Spirituality begins on January 18th .
This session will meet for 9 weeks on Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm,
in the Youth Room (3rd floor of the AMY Building).

How do we hear when God is talking to us?  How have we learned to listen to the voice of God?  John A. Sanford is a Jungian analyst and Episcopal priest.  One of his many books is Dreams, God’s Forgotten Language.  He suggests that God speaks to us through dreams and visions much like people in the Bible were visited by God and God’s angels and visions.

Join us for a small group exploration of this very readable book.  This is a not a drop-in group; participation requires some commitment for the full 9-week session.  The book is available at Amazon for $10.79; used books are less.  It does not seem to be available in an electronic version, nor local libraries.  Look for the newest edition (1989 or 1990).  Contact Sandy Snider at if you are interested in attending or have any questions.



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

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



Book Club is in full swing!

Next selection (for February 26th meeting):
The Silicon Valley Reads books:
Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong and My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach 

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. The goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives.

These two stories of families that found renewed love and commitment to one another after being thrust into caregiving roles are the centerpiece of Silicon Valley Reads 2018 and its theme, “No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion.

The Campbell UMC Book Club meets the 4th Monday at 4pm each month.
The 2017-18 Reading List is posted – find out more on our page!

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 also 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

2018 is a new year of serving food at Montgomery Street Inn, part of the “LifeMoves” network (prev. InnVision).  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 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 will bee serving is  February 18, 2018 – the menu is turkey & gravy, mashed potatoes, stir-fried vegetables, coleslaw, carrot cupcakes and iced tea.

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 exception is December, when we will not be serving.  The following are the dates we will prepare & serve meals for the folks at LifeMoves:

 January 21           July 15

February 18          August 19

March 18               September 16

April 15                   October 21

May 20                    November 18

June 17                    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 Ouk-Yean


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 have been so very blessed!



JesusOfKorea_PaulKim“Jesus of Korea, Savior of the People”

The new book by our late Pastor Paul Kim is 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 fall 2015 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 5th Sundays, (as permitting) worship will be brief (~20 minutes), joyfully led by our 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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