Dear Friend,

We hope you had a restful Memorial Day Weekend; we always remember those who gave their life in service for our country and our freedoms.

Attention Women of PWC: Tonight, Wednesday, June 1 (this is a change from our usual Saturday morning gathering) we are having Kick Off for our summer series for Women’s Ministry. We will be meeting in the evening for one time only and serving dinner. Our new series, Summer in the Psalms, will be on King David’s writing in the Book of Psalms. This will be a new format for our teaching series. Since we are serving dinner, please RSVP to Deacon Carol Palmer by texting her at 206-612-1742, so we can have an accurate count and order enough food. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm, please come at 5:30 pm to socialize. Evangelize and invite other women to join us!

The Men’s Ministry will be meeting in Building 4:12 tonight, Wednesday evening, June 1, at 6:00 (this is also a change from our usual Saturday morning gathering) for a teaching and discussion on the Power of the Holy Spirit. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. Invite a friend, come enjoy getting to know each other more and delving deeper into the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You Terri Thompson!!!

Our office manager, Terri Thompson, is retiring. Terri has done an incredible job ministering to our community in the office and we thank Terri for her years of wonderful service. She will be deeply missed by the staff and the PWC community. The good news in this is that Terri and her husband John will continue to be active members of PWC!

Terri, enjoy your retirement, it is very much deserved!

This Sunday, June 5 is Pentecost Sunday. Our service is at 10:00 am, please remember to wear red. It is on Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the church.

PWC Kids is this Sunday, June 5 beginning at 9:30 am in Building 4:12. This interactive bible study will focus on the Gospel reading that is proclaimed to the adults at worship. This is an incredible opportunity for children ages four through fifth grade to learn about Jesus. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles: mark your calendar for this Sunday. The kids finish up at the worship service, coming back during the Lord’s Prayer. You are welcome to bring friends! Contact our new children’s minister, Tami Heinl for more information, Tami can be reached at [email protected] or at the church office: 480-649-0300.

Our June calendar is online, please take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities at PWC: PWC June Calendar.

Italy Trip Update Information: Spots Now Available! We have had a few cancellations for our Italy trip, September 29-October 8, 2022. If you are interested, please call Fr. Dale at the office, 480-649-0300 for more information.

Joyce Bailey invites our community to join her on Sunday, June 19 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm to celebrate African American Stories of Migration in honor of Juneteenth. It will be held at the Arizona Heritage Center, 1300 N. College Avenue, Tempe. This free event will have live performances, educational tables, food, and refreshments!

Contemplative Prayer and Leccio Divina are two of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer. Please join us second Wednesdays June 8 and July 13 via Zoom from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This is the ZOOM LINK. Contact Deacon Karen for further information.

Fr. Mike Lessard is available for pastoral counseling on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Please call the church office to make an appointment at 480-649-0300. Fr. Mike is an excellent resource!

Thank you for your dedication to the Praise and Worship Center. Your giving allows the holy work of this community to thrive and for us to be Jesus to those we encounter on the journey of faith. For example, is the work of Matthew’s Crossing and our ministry partnership with them. As inflation hits the economically vulnerable, people are being forced to make choices between food, gas, electricity, or rent. Due to your commitment, Matthew’s Crossing is available to our brothers and sisters who are struggling and provide them with food boxes.
Here are the different ways you can tithe to PWC:
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.

Our website reflections will inspire and invigorate you! On Mondays a new reflection comes out each week written by members of our community. Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: Weekly Reflections Page. This week is Deacon Rich Anlauf and next Monday, Dawn Paschke.

A Reflection from Henri Nouwen: Prayer Leads to Compassion
Prayer and action can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation. If prayer leads us into deeper unity with the compassionate Christ, it will always give rise to concrete acts of service. And if concrete acts of service do indeed lead us to a deeper solidarity with the poor, the hungry, the sick, the dying, and the oppressed, they will always give rise to prayer. In prayer we meet Christ, and in him all human suffering. In service we meet people, and in them the suffering Christ. . .

Action with and for those who suffer is the concrete expression of a compassionate life and the final criterion of being a Christian. Such acts do not stand beside the moments of prayer and worship but are themselves such moments. Why? Because Jesus Christ, who did not cling to his divinity, but became as we are, can be found where there are hungry, thirsty, alienated, naked, sick, and imprisoned people. Precisely when we live in an ongoing conversation with Christ and allow the Spirit to guide our lives, we will recognize Christ in the poor, the oppressed, and the downtrodden and will hear his cry and respond to it wherever he is revealed.

Please pray for all those who are struggling in our world, especially families who have been affected by violence and death of their loved ones.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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