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Dear Friend,

Happy Advent! We hope it is off to a great start!

The PWC Advent Prayer Devotional is a wonderful way to spiritually prepare yourself during the Advent Season. We are asking you to spend at least 10 minutes a day; reading, praying, journaling, and contemplating each reflection. The prayer book was created by members of our church community. Additional copies can be purchased in The Cross Shop for $4.00. The PWC Advent Prayer Devotional is also available on our website:
Advent Prayer Devotional 2020

Don’t forget about our Weekly Reflections on the PWC website: PWC website > Weekly Reflections. During December we will be writing on the Season of Advent Christmas and how they are spiritually linked together.

Our PWC Christmas Concert is Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Please mark your calendar and tell your family members and friends. It will be in-person or on Facebook Live.

Check out our new outside Prayer Garden with the statue of St. Francis. It is beautiful! With the weather becoming so nice now in Arizona, this is a wonderful opportunity to stop by and spend some time in quiet prayer or pray with scripture!

Our Fall 50/50/50 Raffle is up and running and we are close to $10,000 with two weeks to go! The pot is split 50/50 between the winner of the raffle and PWC. Each ticket is $50.00 or you can buy three tickets for $100.00. You can purchase tickets here at church or at the PWC website. Here is the link if you want to purchase tickets online: Fall 50/50/50 Raffle Online Form. The drawing is scheduled for Sunday, December 13.

It’s Christmas in the Cross Shop! We have lots of new Christmas items on sale now and a wide selection of Nativity scenes. PWC is officially selling See’s Candy! We have Christmas candy, peanut brittle, and lollipops. Supplies are limited. Come by and browse all the inspirational books and gifts we have. There is plenty of space during the week in the Cross Shop to socially distance.

Your generosity through your continued tithing allows many ministries to continue during Covid-19. It is through your giving that allows us to minister to those in need, especially the sick and homebound, and those who are poor or food insecure. You can tithe in one of three ways:
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.

Join us for Contemplative Prayer during Advent on Zoom. We will gather together via Zoom for Contemplative Prayer each Wednesday evening during Advent: December 2, 16 and 23 at 6:30. Please Note: on December 9 we will be meeting at 6:00 pm due to the Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm. We will use scripture passages from the PWC Advent Prayer Devotional for our Leccio and follow with a 30-minute sharing of our experience from the week’s passages and reflections. Deacon Karen Klemens will be leading the evening and it is open to all. Join us for the Zoom meeting here at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81269805749

Volunteers are needed for Feed My Starving Children on Tuesday, December 15 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Contact Deacon Peter Klemens at deaconpeter@pwcaz.net for more information.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 20 from 11:30 am –1:00 pm for our “Christmas Drive By.” See our new Outdoor Nativity Scene, greet our pastors, receive a Christmas gift from the community, and have the opportunity to drop off your Christmas Tithing.

Here is our updated Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas 2020 Schedule:
Saturday, December 5: Brothers’ Ministry: 9:00 am: Live
Saturday, December 5: Women’s Bible Study: 9:00 am: Zoom
Sunday, December 6: Second Sunday of Advent: 10:00 am Service: Live & Facebook
Wednesday, December 9: Christmas Concert with PWC Music Ministry: 7:00 pm: Live & Facebook
Sunday, December 13: Third Sunday of Advent: 10:00 am Service: Live & Facebook
Tuesday, December 15: Feed My Starving Children: 3:00-5:00 pm
Saturday, December 19: Women’s Bible Study: 9:00 am: Zoom
Saturday, December 19: Brothers’ Ministry: 9:00 am: Live
Sunday, December 20: Fourth Sunday of Advent: 10:00 am Service: Live & Facebook
Sunday, December 20: Drive By: See Our New Outdoor Nativity Scene: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Greet our Pastors, Receive Christmas Gift, Drop off Christmas Tithing
Thursday, December 24: Christmas Eve: 5:00 pm Service: Live & Facebook
Friday, December 25: Christmas Day: 10:00 am Service: Live & Facebook

Even though “lots of stuff” is going on in our world, as Christians we are called to be a light in a society surrounded by so much darkness. As difficult as it may be, seek to focus on gratitude, and how your life is blessed by God. When you are able to do that, it will add to your quality of life and you will grow in your relationship with Jesus!

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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