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Dear Friend,

We hope you had a nice Fourth of July weekend! We are so blessed to live in America, we can never take that gift for granted, and at the same time we are called to always work for peace and justice.

There are a number of events going on where you can stay cool by participating in our “indoor and air conditioned” activities here at PWC!

Now is the Time to Help at Recovery Café! Volunteer Now! Over the next few weeks Recovery Café team will be hosting several one-hour sessions for anyone wanting to volunteer as a Café Greeter, Café Companion, Kitchen Worker, or Coffee Barista.
These are scheduled as follows:
Café Companion – Thursday, July 7: 1:30-3:00pm, at PWC
Barista & Kitchen – Thursday, July 14: 1:30-3:00pm, at PWC
Please RSVP to enroll in any of the Dive Sessions: Dawn Paschke: [email protected] or Café Admin: [email protected].

Seeking to Listen! It feels like right now we live in a world where we just talk over each other. Everyone seems to have strong opinions and they think they are always correct. In many ways we have lost the art of respectful listening. Join Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark as we take on some different and difficult issues where people have strong opinions. Our goal is not to verbally beat one another up, but to respectfully hear what people have to say. Fr. Mike is going to join us for the first session in helping us to develop listening skills. If you have an issue you would like to see discussed, please call the church office at 480-649-0300 and leave a message. Please mark your calendar for these dates: July 13, 20, & 27 at 7:00 pm. It will be in person only.

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

Join the Brothers Ministry for our “Men’s Annual Steak Fry” on Friday, July 15 at 6:00 pm in the church. Guys, this is a wonderful time for the men in our community to get together for an evening of fellowship and great food! You are most welcome to invite friends. We will be meeting in the church.

The Women of PWC will be gathering on Saturday, July 16 for our Saturday morning Bible Study as we examine Psalm 34 as part of our “Summer in the Psalms” series. We will meet in the church at 9:00 am and breakfast will be served. Our bible study is growing as more and more women have been attending our Saturday gatherings. It so exciting to see this ministry growing!

Mark your calendar for a session on “Finding Happiness” on Tuesday, July 12 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. It promises to be an insightful and inspirational morning. A continental breakfast will be served, we will be meeting in the church.

Later in July, the Prayer Retreat is Saturday, July 30 at 10:00 am in Building 4:12. Join Deacon Cheryl Armstrong and Deacon John Null of our for this inspirational and motivating morning.

We are growing PWC Kids and need your help! Calling all volunteers who have a heart for Jesus and who love kids! We want a few beautiful souls who can help on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in Building 4:12. We need one volunteer each Sunday and our goal is to have enough people to rotate every eight to 12 weeks. Please email Tami Heinl, at [email protected] or at the church office at 480-649-0300. Thank you for your support and prayers and we look forward to serving TOGETHER!

PWC Kids will not meet during the month of July.

Now is a Great Time to do Spiritual Reading! Check out the library for some valuable reading material or the Cross Shop has some new and exciting spiritual reading material. There is a new book in the Cross Shop that was just ordered called Understanding Christianity by Rosemary Drage Hale. It is an excellent read and is only $15.95

Our website reflections inspire every week! 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 Father Dale and next week is a member of our community and board member Mindy Greene.

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!

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 website: Prayer Request Form.

Were you inspired by a sermon and want to hear it again? Go to our podcast page and check it out, there you will find a years’ worth of Sunday sermons: PWC Podcast Page.

Your tithing during the summer has been incredible, thank you! As you know many in our community go away for the summer to cooler locations. Your continued giving allows the ministry of the Praise and Worship Center to continue during these hot summer months. The work of the Lord and our community does not stop during the summer; people still need to be ministered to daily. Thank you for your commitment to the Praise and Worship Center. If you have been remiss in you giving, please bring it to prayer and ask the Lord to guide you.
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 or stop by the office.

A Reflection from Henri Nouwen:
The Choice of Gratitude
Gratitude...goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.

Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. . . . The choice for gratitude rarely comes without some real effort. But each time I make it, the next choice is a little easier, a little freer, a little less self-conscious. . . . There is an Estonian proverb that says: “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” Acts of gratitude make one grateful because, step by step, they reveal that all is grace.


We remember the victims of the mass shooting in Illinois on Monday. May they and their families somehow experience the healing presence of Jesus in their lives. We pray and need to work for an end to violence in America.

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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