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Road to Spokane 2017 / Super Bowl Tailgate Party ~

Next Sunday, February 5th, is Super Bowl Sunday. To get you ready for the big game, UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship) is hosting their Annual Tailgate Party. There will be something delicious on the barbecue, and drinks. Since this is a tailgate party, we just ask that you bring something to share: chips, salad, side dish, dessert, etc. We also have some games planned to get everyone involved.

This year we are fundraising for Sierra Service Project. This summer there are ten youth traveling to Spokane, Washington, from July 9th-15th, where they will be working on a Native American reservation. This is a great experience not only for the youth, but also the community that they serve. They can use your help getting there, though, so bring that spare change lying around the house, the car, between the couch cushions, and look for the youth with work buckets.

There will also be other opportunities to support SSP during the tailgate party.

The fun will begin right after church in the Fellowship Hall.

We hope you will invite your friends and join us!



Strategy Summit – Saturday, January 28th – 8:30am-2:00pm

The Church’s Mission is clear, and it is given to us by our tradition:  To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

But what does that mean—for us, here, now?  Do all of the activities and programs of the church align with and support that mission?  What does a disciple look like, in Campbell, California, in 2017?  How do you “make” disciples?  What part of the world are we trying to transform, and what kind of “transformation” are we talking about?

Between now and April, we’re convening a conversation will help us form an accurate snapshot of our current congregation and an understanding of the community we live in.   We’ll talk about what God’s big, bold dream for this community might be, and what God needs from us as we partner in that dream.  And then we’ll talk about what Campbell UMC will need to do to live out that partnership in the next 3-5 years.

What are the concrete next steps in our life together as a community of followers of Jesus Christ?  Who will do them?  How will we pay for them?  How will we know if we get them done?  How will we make sure that everything we do is aligned with our purpose?

If you would like to be part of this conversation, you are welcome to participate in the first of four sessions of a Strategy Summit¸ on Saturday, January 28, at Los Gatos UMC, 111 Church Street, Los Gatos.  We’ll begin with coffee and gathering at 8:30am,  done after lunch, at 2:00 pm.
Please RSVP to Pastor Kathi



Annual Christmas Concert DVDs Available!

As proclaimed by the attendees, Campbell UMC’s Annual Christmas concert was just great!  If once wasn’t enough or you were unable to attend, you can experience it again!  DVDs of this wonderful concert presented by choirs, ringers and brass are available for a fee of $25 (or $35 for high-def Blu-Ray).
Profits from sales go toward the purchase of a camera system for recording church services and special events like this.
Order forms for the DVD are available here and in the church office. Make checks payable to “Mark Shepherd” (NOT to CUMC).

Last day to order is January 29th.



Gospel Choir Sings again January 29th

Do you like singing gospel music?
January 29th is the next 5th Sunday, and the Gospel Choir will again sing under the leadership of James Creer.  Just come to the Sanctuary at 9:00am and you will quickly learn the song which will be presented during the 10:00am worship service. Those that have participated previously really enjoyed the experience. ALL are invited to come and sing!
AND – If you are a drummer or bass player and would like to accompany the Gospel Choir when they sing on 5th Sundays, please contact James Creer at



Holiday Services:

Christmas Eve Worship – December 24th

5:00pm – Children’s Christmas Pageant
9:00pm – Lessons & Carols
Both services followed by candle lighting in the courtyard


Christmas Day Worship – December 25th

10:00am – Carol Sing
Followed by Hot Cider, Christmas Cookies & (of course) Cake!


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

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


New Year’s Day Worship – January 1st, 2017!

10:00am – Service
11:00apm – Coffee & Fellowship


Epiphany Worship – Sunday January 8th, 2017

10:00am – Traditional African worship for Everyone
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 22nd. 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


Annual Alternative Gift Faire Event

Give Gifts that Give Hope

On Sunday, November 20th, Campbell UMC hosted an Alternative Gift Faire in the Fellowship Hall following worship – an opportunity to do good while Christmas and holiday gift shopping.

Were you unable to make the Gift Faire on November 20th? No Problem!
You may easily shop by mail – download and print this form. Fill out the center section, and mail the form to the church office.
We will mail the gift cards for your recipients to you!

You can find out more about the foundations we are sponsoring by viewing this document.
Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted. Prices are for information only.

Sponsored by Church in Action (CIA).


The Annual Christmas Concert – SUNDAY December 18th – 3:30pm

Nothing says Christmas like a brass fanfare, melodic voices, and… HandBells! 20161218_christmasconcert

The annual Campbell UMC Christmas Concert celebrates the sounds of the season in a musical extravaganza on Sunday, December 18th, 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!


Longest Night Service of Solace

The Longest Night of the year is right before the Winter Solstice.

Advent and Christmas are not seasons only for the joyous – there is space and a place for everyone in this sacred season. For those who need a place where they can be welcomed into the season exactly as they are–without having to put on a holiday face, for anyone who would appreciate a little calm, reflective time of peace and worship in the midst of the hectic pace of the season, and for those who are suffering in their hearts during this season,

ALL are invited to Los Altos UMC on Monday, December 19, at 7:30pm for The Longest Night, a special service conducted by Cate Noellert. God comes to us wherever we are – even in our grief, even in our pain – and there is a place for you in this season, too. Click here for more information…


The Giving Tree


Time to get those Giving Tree gifts off for Santa to distribute!

Remember to bring your UN-wrapped gift(s), with the tags attached to the Office no later than THIS SUNDAY, December 18th.

Thanks to The Wonder Workers for setting up this lovely white tree in the entrance to Fellowship Hall. And thank you for helping to make Christmas more memorable for these children!




Advent Organ Concerts ~ 201612_advent-concert-organ_1

Enjoy a respite from the holiday hustle and bustle and experience music as a reminder of what the Advent season is: preparation and expectation of the Christ Child.

On two Fridays in December, from 12:30 to 1:00pm, Campbell UMC will offer organ concerts that are free and open to the public.

On December 2nd , Carolyn Pryor, Carol Ann Parker, and Mary Ann Gee will be the featured artists.

On December 9th , Shine Kwon, Campbell UMC organist, will be the featured soloist.

Invite friends & family to take time from the “busy-ness” of their day and enjoy the music of this blessed time.


Hop Aboard the Polar Express

20161206_polarexpressMark your calendars and reserve Tuesday, December 6th, from 6-7pm for an enactment of perennial children’s favorite The Polar Express! Sponsored by Bright Days Preschool as one of their Literary Events, it’s a fun evening for the whole family, and is free and open to the public.

Come to the Fellowship Hall for an hour of fun beginning at 6pm. The evening will include crafts, games, snacks and carols, as well as the performance, and the evening will end at 7pm.

Families, Friends, Alumni, Church & School Communities are all welcome to attend! Bring your holiday cheer and welcome aboard!



Christmas Jubilations

The Bay Choral Guild will debut their holiday concert on 20161202_christmasjubilationsbaychoralguildFriday, December 2nd , at 8:00pm in the Campbell UMC Sanctuary.

Works include Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Dale Ramsey, O Magnum Mysterium by Craig Kinsbury, Gaudete by Swedish composer Anders Öhrwall, and Missa Brevis for the Refugees of War, by local Saratoga composer Henry Mollicone, a musical prayer for the millions of refugees from the conflicts in the Middle East.

There will be a preview talk about the compositions and program beginning at 7:30pm.

Buy tickets online at, or at the door the night of the concert.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID.

Other Performance Dates and Locations:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:00pm
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

Sunday, Dec 4, 4:30pm
St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
500 De Haro Street, San Francisco

There will be a preview talk about the compositions and the program 30 minutes before the start of each concert.



Merry Mayhem is Coming!


December 4th, 2:00 – 4:30pm

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

Please bring a non-perishable food item to fill up our donation bin.

Crafts for all ages: 2:00 – 4:00pm Fellowship Hall

Caroling 4:00 – 4:30pm Fireside Room

Merry Mayhem is for ALL generations; the young and the young at heart!
Hope to see you there!



Young adults (age 20-35-ish) are gathering at Pastor Kathi’s home on  Tuesday, November 29, at 7:00pm, for a Friendsgiving Dinner

If you are a young adult, you are invited.

If you know a young adult who may be interested in engaging with other folks from Campbell UMC, please pass along this invitation!




Giving Tuesday, November 29th:   Give Light ~ Give Love ~ Give Life20161127_givingtues

On November 29th , join United Methodists around the world in support of mission and ministry through gifts to “Advance Specials” — gifts made to advance the love and cause of Christ in the world. Support a project in an area you care about such as hunger, poverty, education, social justice, or in support of missionary work.

Go to to make your donation on November 29th.

Giving Tuesday was begun in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, as a response to the commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).



The Annual Church Conference of Campbell UMC will be
Wednesday, November 30, at 7:00pm, in the Fireside Room.

All members of the congregation are encouraged to come and vote on important matters before the church, including the proposal to install solar energy equipment at the church.

The Charge Conference will be followed by the Church Council meeting,
which combines the November and December meetings.


Solar Energy for Campbell UMC? You decide. solarcross

A task force commissioned by the Church Council has been working for several months to consider the possibility of installing solar panels at the church, to provide electricity in the years to come. The task force has now recommended a proposal.

The final decision will be made by a vote of the entire congregation at the Church Conference on Wednesday, November 30, at 7:00pm.


All members and friends of Campbell UMC are welcome to come and vote on this important proposal.

If you were unable to attend one of the information sessions, call the office for material.

Solar Task Force Members:
Chair: Bob Renfer, Charlie Slayman, Andy Taylor, Pamela Eades,
Ray Dyer, Gene Hill, Mary Smith, George W. Cleveland





You are invited to come and share lunch on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 24). 20161124_thanksgivinglunch

Come at 11:30am if you’d like to help prepare the meal,
or 1:00pm to eat.

Everyone welcome!

Please RSVP – on your worship attendance card or by writing



Reception for Bishop Carcaño

You Are Cordially Invited To a Reception for

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Resident Bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, was was installed at a service on Sept. 24th, in Manteca, CA.

Come to the reception and meet our new bishop!

Saturday, November 19th at 2pm

Los Altos UMC
655 Magdalena Avenue
Los Altos, CA

For Bishop Carcaño’s bio, click here.


All-Church Work Day – Saturday, November 19th, 8am – Noon

Church Work Day

Please join the Trustees for service and fellowship to help spruce up the Sanctuary & Chapel – in time for holiday season. Saturday, November 19th, from 8am to noon.  Just to entice you further, Yummy Refreshments will be served!


New Members Class

There will be a New Members Class on Saturday,  November 5, 10am-12:30pm in the Fireside Room.

If you’d like to hear more about this church, or the United Methodist Church, and to know what it means to be a member here, you are welcome—with no obligation to commit to membership.

Please RSVP at or 408-378-3472.



Autumn Festival!

Sunday, October 30th, 5-7pm 

On Sunday, October 30th, from 5 to 7pm in the Fellowship Hall, the whole family is invited to enjoy games, crafts, and refreshments, celebrating the autumn season.  Activities include a Cupcake Walk, a Photo Booth, and a Costume Parade.

Come join the fun!  Bring a friend!  All Welcome!


BBQueer!  Reconciling Community of South Bay UMCs

Sunday, October 16th, 2pmbbqueer

#ChurchComingOut is a community of United Methodist Churches in Silicon Valley that support, love, and welcome LGBTQ+ people and LGBTQ+ families. Check us out on Facebook!
RSVP to to get directions to the BBQ at our member’s home in Los Gatos.

Join Us!  ALL Welcome!



Smart Money Smart Kids

One Session: Thursdays, October 6th through November 10th, 2016;  7-8pm

Featuring America’s money experts Rachel Cruze and Dave smartmoneysmartkidsRamsey, Smart Money Smart Kids  teaches parents how to raise money-smart kids in a debt-filled world.  In six entertaining and practical lessons, you’ll learn how to teach your kids key financial principles—like working, spending, saving, giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and living in contentment.  Smart Money Smart Kids doesn’t just focus on winning with money—it teaches the character qualities that will help your kids win at life.  There is a fee of $59 for class materials.

To register, please visit:

If you will need childcare, please contact Kallie Stroh by email or phone 408-378-3472 x14 after you register.


Engaging Spirituality 20160922_sacredrhythms_sq

A new spiritual growth opportunity begins this month:
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. Nine weeks, beginning September 22nd. Thursdays 6 -8pm. Leaders are Sandy Snider and Pastor Kathi .
Sign up on a worship attendance card or write


Saturday & Sunday, August 27th & 28th – Silicon Valley Pride

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Once again, Campbell United Methodist Church will be joining other Reconciling United Methodist Churches at the Silicon Valley Pride Festival and Parade in San Jose.

We, along with our sister South Bay Reconciling UMCs –  Almaden Hills UMC, Alum Rock UMC, Good Samaritan UMC, Los Gatos UMC, and Sunnyhills UMC – will have a joint booth Saturday evening from 6-11pm and Sunday from 12-6pm.

The parade begins at 10am.
Please join us marching together in unity!
Meet up at the corner of St John and Market Streets in downtown San Jose by 9:30am on Sunday, August 28th.  All invited, ALL Welcome!


All-Church Work Day – Saturday, August 21st, 8am – Noon

Church Work Day

Please join the Trustees for service and fellowship to help spruce up the Education Building for the upcoming start of Sunday School. Saturday, August 20 from 8am to noon. Just to entice you further, Yummy Refreshments will be served!



AMDCF Summer Fundraiser – Sunday, August 21st


This Sunday August 21st from 1-8pm, join the Abdul Miracle Disabled Children’s Foundation for their Second Annual event to benefit disabled children in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Our own Sahr Moiwa began the foundation in honor of his son Abdul. Food and drinks will be sold at reasonable prices. Enjoy great food, music, and end-of- summer sunshine, while supporting a good cause.

AMDCF is a non-profit charity striving to make changes in the lives of disabled children. The foundation works to promote good health, welfare, motivation, and education and lets disabled children know their disabilities do not have to limit their lives. AMDCF has with compassionate volunteers dedicated to deliver sustainable, high impact, community-based services.

This event will also serve as a celebration of the end of the summer and kick-off the beginning of the new school year. Bring the whole family (especially the kids!) and tell your friends!

DJ Sensie in the Mix; Food/Drink ; bounce-house, and more!

The AMDCF Summer Picnic will be held at:

John D Morgan Park, 540 West Rincon Avene, Campbell, CA 95008.

Click for the Facebook Event. See & share the flyer.

ALL Invited, ALL Welcome!


Wednesdays at 7pm – Free Community Basketball Clinic for Kids

Every Wednesday at 7pm this summer, Campbell UMC & New Creation are offering a free neighborhood basketball clinic.

Open to ALL children!

Share with Friends and Neighbors.
All Children are Welcome to join in!


 Fambul Tok: A Film About the Power of Forgiveness

Please join us for this extraordinary documentary film from Sierra Leone, Fambul Tok.

FambulTok_TranslatedVictims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies.  Through reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level – succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed.  Filled with lessons for the West, this film explores the depths of a culture that believes that true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals – and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.

Two showings at Campbell United Methodist Church:

   Sunday, August 7th  at  11:30am   and     Saturday, August 13th  at  7:00pm

followed by discussion, fellowship, and lunch on  Sunday, August 14th from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Click the dates above to see & share the Facebook Events.

Click to see and share the flyer.

ALL Invited, ALL Welcome!


Bike & Build Breakfast

BikeBuild_South_Carolina_to_Santa_Cruz_MEDOn Monday, August 8th, Campbell UMC will host 35 college-age bicyclists who are bicycling across the country building homes for affordable housing programs such as Habitat for Humanity.  The program is called Bike & Build and there are eight cross-country teams plus two regional teams bicycling this summer.  Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

The team stopping at Campbell UMC is part of the South Carolina–Santa Cruz team and we are their last overnight stop before trekking over the hill to Santa Cruz.

On Tuesday, August 9th, between 6 -7am, we have been asked to provide breakfast for the team.

If you can donate breakfast supplies (bagels, bread, cereal, milk, yogurt, juice, eggs, fruit, sausage or bacon), or can loan your toaster, or want to help prepare or serve the breakfast,
please contact the church office at 408-378-3472, or email



LayetteKitThe UMW will be collecting layette items the second Sunday of the summer months (June-August).

Needed for August are:

  • baby sleepers (size 3-6 months and 6-9 months),
  • wash cloths,
  • disposable diapers for newborns.

Please look for the table in the courtyard to drop off these items with Jane LaPierre during Fellowship Time after Sunday services.


2016 Summer Camps: Registration is Still 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.

Your child will discover an ever-greater love for God in their hearts — while growing in self-confidence, resourcefulness, and gratefulness as they encounter a spiritual awakening that will unfold over a lifetime.

Any questions, contact Melinda at

Monte Toyon Camps (Aptos):

Toyon Kids – July 10th -15th: going into 3rd through going into 6th grade

Toyon L.I.T. – July 10th -15th: 14-15 year olds

Camp Quest – July 10th -15th: going into 7th through going into 9th grade

Impact L.I.T. – July 10th -15th: 16- 19 years old

Lodestar Camps (Wilseyville):

Super Kids Camp – July 17th- 22nd: going into 3rd through going into 6th grade

Super Camp – July 17th- 22nd: going into 7th through going into 9th grade

Lodestar L.I.T. – July 17th- 22nd: 14-15 year olds

Find out all the details here.
Please register ONLINE at
Download the registration form from the website and mail your payment to:
Shari Sandoval at CA-NV Annual Conference, P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798.

Make checks payable to CA-NV Annual Conference
(add the name of the camp that your child(ren) will be attending on the memo line).

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


Campbell UMC is hosting: The Parent Project ParentProjectGuide_300x383

Since 2008, nearly 1,800 parents in Santa Clara County have participated in this 12-week course. Unlike any other program, this unique series is specifically designed to address high-risk behaviors & strong-willed youth. A nationally-recognized program, the series is made possible here by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

How is this program different? It was created by parents. The Parent Project curriculum was developed by a psychologist, an educator and a police officer along with over 100,000 parents across the nation to best meet the needs of today’s parents.

Parents learn and practice specific prevention and intervention strategies that will help them:

  • Stop arguing with their child
  • Improve school attendance and performance
  • Prevent alcohol and drug use
Monday evenings, session began May 9th & run through July 25, 2016 – from 6-9pm.

Rev. Kathi McShane will be a co-facilitator of this class.
Do you know someone who might benefit from this class? Invite them to contact Pastor Kathi at or 408-378-3472, ext 12.



Annual Handbell Concert

Were you unable to come to the Handbell Concert Sunday, May 22?

Campbell UMC is blessed to have four handbell choirs who all participated in this year’s concert:
– The Carillon Choir,
– The New A’Peal Ringers,
– The Discovery Ringers, and
– The Diamond Ringers, (consisting of youth from 3rd to 8th grade).

The handbell ringers performed many different styles of repertoire: Secular, Classical, Jazz standards, & even some Afro-Cuban rhythms were among the featured songs. Handbells are very versatile instruments – if you have not heard handbells before, you should check it out!
BUT – you do not have to miss this wonderful concert!

You may order your own copy of the Handbell Concert by using this form.  All proceeds will go toward the purchase of a camera system for recording Campbell UMC’s services and events to share online.


“Esther-Ordinary Faith” – Annual Children’s Musical

This year, Campbell United Methodist Church youth20160501_ChildrensMusical_EstherOrdinaryFaith_800x1194 (and adults) have been studying the lives of faithful men and women in the Bible. One of the people they were encouraged to learn from was Esther.

In this musical, a fictional scribe, Zerox, details Esther becoming queen through God’s intervention in Haman’s plot and Mordecai’s appointment as the king’s adviser. As Zerox tells the story, he experiences the testimony of Esther and develops his own faith in God and God’s grace. All this is done through gritty songs and witty dialogue between these characters and the residents of Susa, the “Susans.” There will be an Esther-Day parade, a palace set, lots of fun dancing, even a high stakes dice roll!

While preparing this wonderful musical, singers have been learning lyrics that echo the story of Esther. Songs like “God Is in Control”, “The Eleventh Hour”, “While You Sleep”, and “In That Moment”, help us understand the confidence we can have in trusting God with our problems by displaying our own Esther-Ordinary Faith!

Come see the fun and inspiring Children’s Musical Presentation of
“Esther-Ordinary Faith”
Sunday, May 1st, at 10am worship service or at the
Second performance at 2pm. (A cookies & punch reception will follow the 2pm performance.)

Campbell UMC invites the whole community – ALL are Welcome!

Share the Facebook Event or the Flyer.

Questions? Write to:


On Sunday, May 1st
, bring to church the bottles and cans you’ve been saving for collection by the Youth. The money received for redeeming the recyclables will help to fund the Youth trip for the Sierra Service Project (SSP) 2016. (If your friends and neighbors have collected for you too, that is much appreciated!)

This is the final collection date. The Youth Fellowship (UMYF) members will be available before and after service to man the bins and take your collections. Thank You!



South Bay Crop Walk

Join in Sunday, April 24th for the South Bay’s annual CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored by Church World Service to end hunger both locally and internationally.  Sign-up sheets will be available Sunday during Fellowship time.

Sponsor the 4th/5th Grade Fellowship!  On Sunday, April 10th during Fellowship Hour, you can sponsor the 4th/5th Grade Fellowship Group, who will be participating in the CROP Walk.  The UMYF Group (6-12 grade) have a CROP Walk Team website page.  Rather than trying to decide which deserving youth to sponsor, you can sponsor the groups as a whole.

With its inception in 1969, CROP Hunger Walks are viewed by many as the granddaddy of charity walks. The walk’s legacy is deeply entrenched even in our own community; South Bay has hosted 24 CROP Hunger Walks since 1994, raising over $1.2 million as a response to hunger!

The South Bay CROP Hunger Walk is one of 1,000+ across the nation, symbolizing the walk many around the world must make for basic resources such as food, water, shelter and protection. With our combined national efforts, we raise around $10 million annually towards the shared mission of ending hunger. Money raised supports work in emergency response, as well as longer-term solutions like enhancing food security and providing sustainable safe water supplies. In addition, 25 percent of funds raised stay in the community to bolster the local responses to hunger.

CROP stands for “Christian Rural Overseas Program” and the program began after WWII so that Midwestern farm families could send food to Europe and Asia. Today, 75% of the funds raised by the walk help provide food, water, seeds, tools, wells, micro-loans and more, around the globe. Twenty-five percent of the funds stay in the local area and support local food banks.

For more information, see the CROP website – and also the South Bay Walk website.


Multi-Cultural Potluck Dinner

A Celebration of Culture and Community!  2016Apr16_MultiCulturalDinnerPlate

With the goal of building and deepening ties within our multicultural congregation, on Saturday, April 16th, from 5:30-8pm, ALL are invited to a potluck dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Facilitated activities will promote rich conversation and opportunities to connect with other members of the Campbell UMC family.  There will be fun activities for children too!

View and share the event Flyer.

       Please bring:
– Food to share that represents your cultural heritage

Stories & mementos of your childhood experiences and how they shaped you
– And feel free to wear something that represents your cultural heritage as well!
or mention it on your Sunday attendance card


Bright Days Silent Auction


The Annual Bright Days Silent Auction Fundraiser closes Tuesday, April 12th. Proceeds support the Bright Days Playground Fund, for playground improvement projects; and the Bright Days Financial Aid Fund, which assists families with tuition costs during times of financial hardship.

To bid, mark your name, phone number and bid amount on the bid sheet (available after Sunday service). The winner is the highest bidder per item at the time of auction close.

Come by the Education Building to peruse the selections and put your bids in!

On the day of the Auction Close, all are invited to a free Pasta Dinner on Tuesday, April 12th, at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Auction Closing begins at 6:15pm in the Education Building immediately after dinner.

Thank you for your support!


Holy Week & Easter



Maundy ThursdayMarch 24, 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall

An authentic Passover Seder dinner, for children and adults to experience Jesus’ tradition.  Rabbi Melanie Aaron, from Shir Haddash congregation in Los Gatos, will lead us in the Haggadah.
The Joyful Notes children’s choir will sing.

PLEASE RSVP to so we may plan for dinner and table settings.  Thank you!



Good Friday Worship March 25, 7pm in the Sanctuary

A contemplative service based on Jasus’ last words.  This joint service will include the Campbell, Los Gatos, and New Creation UMC congregations.  A reception for all follows in Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a plate of cookies to share.

Easter! – March 27

7amSunrise Service in the Courtyard
8amPancake Breakfast served by the Youth
10am  Easter Worship Celebration
11am – Easter Egg Hunt for Children




Lent 2016: “Into-Me-See” (Intimacy): Knowing and Being Known

There are many forms of intimacy. In its truest sense, intimacy is a closeness between persons that comes with familiarity, understanding and acceptance. My favorite re-phrasing of the word intimacy is “into-me-see”.

To be in relationship with Jesus is to be in relationship with other people. That relationship necessarily involves listening, asking questions that invite the other into connection, and self-disclosure that is mutual, respectful, and safe.

The practice of intimacy—exercising the heart and using the skills required to create open, authentic and loving relationships–is the spiritual discipline on which we will focus this Lent.
There are a variety of opportunities to enter this practice. Do one, two, or all of them.

  • Sunday Lenten Season Worship

Our Lent worship and sermons will focus on Gospel stories of personal encounters with Jesus, and particularly the questions Jesus asked as he invited people to open their hearts and to see differently.

  • Wednesday Soup Suppers (Feb 17 – March 16)

“When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the ‘nay’ in your own mind, nor do you withhold the ‘aye’.  And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart.”
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

On five Wednesdays during Lent (February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16), we’ll gather for a simple supper of soup and bread, and practice together how to enhance the quality of our relationships by building two essential skills: asking questions to learn rather than to judge, and listening deeply. 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fireside Room.

  • Individual Lenten Disciplines

“In the spiritual life, the word ‘discipline’ means ‘the effort to create some space in which God can act.’ Discipline means to prevent everything in your life from being filled up. In the spiritual life, discipline means to create that space in which something can happen that you hadn’t planned or counted on.” – Henri Nouwen

Traditionally Christians have thought of Lent as a season of fasting, or “giving something up”. But fasting is only a spiritual practice if it brings you closer to God; otherwise it’s a diet. This year, what if you fast from something that has stood in the way of relationship: your judgment, or fear, or anger? What if, during each of the six weeks of Lent, you commit yourself to spend time with and invite into meaningful conversation someone who has never before come into your focus? A neighbor, a work colleague, a clerk or service person who you see regularly; someone who has seemed to you very different or strange.


ReThinkChurch_Instagram_40DaysFollow and join us on Instagram as we participate again this year in the ReThink Church “Picturing Lent” project.
Another way to turn in toward this season of spiritual attentiveness…

View on the web the Campbell United Instagram feed here:

Let’s start this 40-day journey together, sharing glimpses of our lives with one another. Let this be an intentional time, even for a few minutes a day, to pause, remember and reflect.

Join in & use the tags: #hopespiritservice #cumc #Lent #photoaday #40days #rethinkphoto #RethinkChurch #unitedmethodistchurch #umc (and the tag for each day’s topic)

  • Individual or small group reading

We recommend to you as spiritual reading for this season the book Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, by John Indermark (Available at Amazon and B&N.  A limited number of copies will also be available for purchase in the church office.)


 Monthly Inn-Vision (Life Moves) Dinner

Every month, we donate our time to serve at the Life Moves homeless shelter at the Montgomery Street Inn.  On March 21st, we will be serving baked chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, mixed vegetables and carrot cupcakes.
Please sign up in Fellowship Hall after service to donate needed food items, to cook and to serve.  Plan to bring the food items on the 13th and/or the 20th.  Cooks are needed from 9-10am and from 2-5pm on the 21st.  Servers are needed at 5:30pm.  Any questions?  See Jane LaPierre after worship or call the office.


The Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser!

Online ticket sales are now Closed.
Tickets will be available at the Door.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat Crab, Pasta, Clam chowder (new this year), Salad, and Garlic bread!
Don’t skip the [now famous] Chocolate Fountain and dessert table!

We are excited to announce Michelle Pollace’s Latin Jazz Trio will provide wonderful MichellePollaceLJT
entertaining live jazz music for your listening pleasure while dining.
Check out her arrangement of this fun song!


Join the Festivities on Saturday, February 27th, 5:30-8pm!
Share this community event with friends.
The Annual Crab Feed always sells out, so be sure to get your tickets early!

2016 Prices:

  • Adults: $55
  • Youth 12-17 yrs: $15
  • Children under 12: $1
  • “Non-Crab Eaters”: $30 (new for 2016)
  • Discounted Table for Eight (price of 7): $385
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at the Crab Feed!
(FYI – Crabs sourced from Oregon/Washington)

RSVP & Share the Facebook Event!



New in 2016 – Worship at Work in the World!

Four times each year, there is a fifth Sunday of the month. In 2016, we are trying something new:
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.

We launched this effort on the first 5th Sunday of the year, January 31, with a Stop Hunger Now event in Fellowship Hall. At 10:30, all of us–adults, children, everyone—received instructions and went to the Fellowship Hall to pack 20,000 meals to be sent overseas through Stop Hunger Now.

And we completed filling, measuring, weighing, sealing, and packing over 20,000 meals by 11:58am!
Afterward, we shared lunch and a time of reflection.

This was a hands-on service project for people of every age and ability.

Don’t miss this exciting new way of worshiping God with the work of our hands.
We will have other projects on the other 5th Sundays of this year: May (29th), July (31st), and October (30th).  All are invited to join in!
(Everyone is also welcome to come at 9am to rehearse and sing with the Gospel Choir.)


Winter Soup Lunch!


On Thursday, February 18th or Thursday March 17th, join your friends for the Winter Soup Lunch. The lunch will be in the Fireside Room from noon to 1pm; Mary Ann Gee will be providing music for us on the piano. There is no cost, and transportation can be provided upon request.
RSVP to Jane LaPierre, 408-558-4831.  Everyone is welcome!


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Even if you missed it, you can view & hear the fabulous Christmas concert (held December 20th, 2015), featuring “Horns, Handbells, and Harmonies”.  DVDs are only $25.
Order forms may be found in the church office.
Last day to order is January 24th, 2016.

Nothing says Christmas like a brass fanfare, melodic voices, and… sleighbells. (Or in this case, HandBells!).
The annual Campbell UMC Christmas Concert celebrated the sounds of the season in a musical extravaganza on Sunday, December 20th, 2015 at 2:30pm in the Sanctuary.

The Los Gatos Presbyterian Brass Ensemble accompanied the Campbell UMC Vocal Choirs (including the Joyful Notes Children’s Choir) and CUMC’s Handbell choirs all rang to get everyone in the spirit. The repertoire spanned the secular as well, with arrangements of traditional carols to stirring Christmas overtures to jazzy contemporary tunes. See photos from the concert.

Happy New Year!


Advent 2015

Advent, the four weeks in which we waited together for God to be born again at Christmas,
began on Sunday, November 29, 2015.

You can read the Annual Advent Devotional‘s 28 entries (plus a couple bonus entries) which have all been written by members of the congregation. The theme of worship during the four Sundays of Advent has been
Sacred: Life Infused with Holiness. The devotionals are brief stories of where and how we have found the presence of God — holiness — in the middle of our ordinary lives; something we experienced that has taught us something about: — Sacred time — Sacred people — Sacred space —

Read the Advent Devotionals


On Sunday, December 6th, 2015, Campbell United Methodist Church hosted the annual Advent Fun workshop, Merry Mayhem.

See some photos from the event here!

Hope to see you next year!
(First Sunday in December.)


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The artwork by the inmates of Elmwood Correctional Institute, facilitated by CIC Ministries and the Art & Spirit Prison Ministry Program, (some of which was showcased at the Hall of Justice two years ago), will be on display at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles from September 12th – November 1st, 2015. There will be an Exhibition Opening Reception on Sunday, September 13th, from 2-4pm. The Museum is located at 520 S. First Street, San Jose, 95113, and easily reached using VTA Light Rail.

Also available will be an interactive weaving activity for visitors in which they can write a thought or prayer. When complete, that weaving will be displayed within the jail so the inmates will be able to view it and know that they are not forgotten.

From the program:

Transformation: Art from Within is an exhibit that affirms how art enables incarcerated men and women to tap into their humanity, their spirit and their gifts. Recognizing the dignity of their humanity, and the commonalities we share, is essential for the incarcerated. Each piece has been created in community by a diverse group of inmates. The art and writing show there is more to them than their crime. Their work exhibits introspection, spirituality, promise and hope…

When people are put in jail, they become invisible. They will, however, ultimately be part of the fabric of every community. By tapping into their creative side, they become aware of their positive assets. Having these inner resources to draw upon provides ways to better cope with their current or future situations. The inmates themselves have noted that community art has encouraged cooperation, unity and peace within the facility.”