Dear Friend,

The scripture reading for this Sunday, June 5, Pentecost Sunday is John 20:19-23. Here is a summary of the reading: Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit. Also, please remember to wear red. It is on Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the church.

Our Sunday Service begins at 10:00 am In-Person and on Facebook Live.

Please read, reflect, and pray with the passage before Sunday. Just as our pastors prepare by reading, studying, and reflecting on Sunday’s scripture passage, so should we. The music for this Sunday can be found on the top-right hand corner of our website.

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!

Bags will be given out this weekend for Father’s Day. We will be collecting cereal for Matthew’s Crossing for the needy in honor of our fathers. Please be generous.

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.

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!

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

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.

A Reflection from Henri Nouwen: Joy
Joy is essential to the spiritual life. Whatever we may think of or say about God, when we are not joyful, our thoughts and words cannot bear fruit. Jesus reveals to us God’s love so that his joy may become ours and that our joy may become complete. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing—sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death—can take that love away.

Joy is not the same as happiness. We can be unhappy about many things, but joy can still be there because it comes from the knowledge of God’s love for us. Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us.

It is important to remember when Jesus began his public ministry, he brought people together. Jesus realized being a follower of “The Way” would not be easy and we would need the physical and spiritual support of one another as part of a community. If you are in town, we look forward to seeing you in person on Sunday at 10:00 am. It is so vital we support one another in-person in our Christian faith and gather as a community for worship every Sunday.

We are looking forward to seeing you in church on Sunday at 10:00 am.

Please pray for peace in people’s hearts and in our world, especially Ukraine. May we be instruments of God’s peace and love to all we encounter. We continue to pray for the victims and their families in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, NY.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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