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Dear Friend,

Can you believe it is September already? We are starting our ninth month of 2021, where has time gone? With four months remaining in 2021, it is important for us to re-dedicate our life to allowing others to encounter Jesus through our deeds, actions, and speech. As St. Paul says, we are the Body of Christ. We are the hands, the feet, the heart, the joy, hope and peace of Jesus to our broken world!

Physical therapist, Lori Deibler, will present a workshop on how to prevent falling. This excellent workshop is designed for the elderly members of our community and those who find themselves not steady on their feet as well as their caregivers. The Fall Prevention Workshop will be on Wednesday, September 8 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm either in person or on Facebook Live. Lori, a member of the PWC community and Board Member, will explore the best practices of lessening your chances of falling and hurting yourself.

If you are in need of pastoral counseling Fr. Mike Lessard is available on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Please call the church office to make an appointment at 480-649-0300. He is a great resource!

Our next Grief Support meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 9 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am. Pastor Mark will be leading this session assisting those who have lost a loved one and seeking to help them find peace through the grief process. For more information, contact Pastor Mark at the PWC office.

Are you homebound? If so, Deacon John Null can bring you communion. The only exception is if you have or are recovering from Covid. The best way to get in touch with Deacon John is by contacting the church office, at 480-649-0300, and leaving a message.

If you are sick and in need of meals while you are sick, Dawn Paschke, Deacon Dennis’ wife, will be coordinating this ministry. To leave a message for Dawn, please call the church office at 480-649-0300.

We want to pray for you! PWC has a prayer chain committee who will lift you and your loved ones in prayer. Please go to our: Prayer Request Form.

Don’t forget about our weekly reflections that come out on Monday morning on our PWC website. Different members of our community share a reflection each week. Go to: Weekly Reflections. This week is Pastor Mark Dippre. Next Monday we look forward to reading Deacon Cheryl Armstrong’s reflection.

In September, we will be offering adult education based on the book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Now is a good time to start reading it. The book sells for $18.99; our price is only $16.00. Stop by the Cross Shop today and purchase a copy! The cost of the sessions is $15.00, and it includes another book. If there is an issue with payment, please know scholarships are available. Father Dale and members of our community will lead the class. Please put these dates on your calendar: September 22, 29, October 6, 13, and 20. You can sign up this Sunday after service.

Join the PWC Prayer Team! This is an excellent way to pray and lift of the needs of our community members. Contact Debbie Smith at [email protected] for more information or to sign up.

Feed My Starving Children is meeting Thursday, September 16 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This an excellent means to assist others who are struggling. For more information email Deacon Peter Klemens at: [email protected].

Put this on Your Saturday Morning Calendar! Our next Prayer Retreat will be Saturday, September 25. Our theme is Complete Dependence on God: Serving Others. Join several our deacons for this inspiring morning from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Building 412.

FYI, next Monday, September 6 is Labor Day and the church office is closed in honor of the holiday. As a reminder the church offices are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

It appears the Delta variant is affecting people who have been vaccinated. For Sunday service we are going to social distance the chairs in church and strongly recommend we temporarily wear masks.

Last Sunday was the second week we used our new camera system here at PWC and it was wonderful! We worked out the sound issues and now will be working on camera shots and angles. We have three cameras that will be our Sunday service on Facebook to have more of a professional feel. Thank you to the PWC Board for recognizing the need for the audio visual upgrade, providing the necessary funds and to several members of our community who have so generously responded to the need!

Thank you to all those who give so generously each week to support the ministry of PWC and all the work we seek to do in the name of Jesus. We especially appreciate those who are currently out of town who tithe to sustain the PWC ministry. If you have been remiss in your giving, ask God to guide your heart.
There are three different and easy ways to give:
Mail in your gift to: Praise and Worship Center, 2551 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225.
Donate on our web page: Donation Form
Sign up for monthly giving with a credit card or voided check. Just call the office at 480-649-0300.

We pray for those who are struggling in our world: for the U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan and their families, for those Afghans who were also killed in the blast and their loved ones, for the people in the Gulf Coast experiencing the effects of Hurricane Ida, for the people of Haiti, and for those besieged with Covid-19.

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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