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Dear Friend,

Join us tonight at 7:00 pm in the church for our adult education series entitled: Seeking to Listen! It feels 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 tonight for the first session to help us 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 the other dates: July 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.

A Spiritual Director or Companion provides support and listens for the signs of the Spirit at work in your life. He/she is there to assist the seeker in discovering their deepest identity in Christ and as a sounding board as one searches for meaning and purpose in life. Deacon Karen is a fellow seeker who has been formed, rooted, and trained in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. She is available to meet Wednesday afternoons by appointment. If interested, please contact her at 602-677-4027.

Here is the last opportunity for now to help with Recovery Café: volunteer for Barista & Kitchen work. The training is tomorrow, Thursday, July 14: 1:30-3:00pm, at PWC. Please RSVP to enroll to Dawn Paschke: [email protected] or Cafe Admin: [email protected]

Join the Brothers Ministry for our “Men’s Annual Steak Fry” this 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 this 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!

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 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.

PWC Kids: Get this on your calendar! Taiko Back to School Event, Saturday, August 20: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Details are coming!

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 Mindy Greene and next week is a member of our community Mary Jo West.

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.

As you know many in our community go away for the summer to cooler climates! Thank you to those who are faithful in their giving. Your tithing allows the ministry of the Praise and Worship Center to continue during our hot summer months here in Arizona. Thank you for your commitment to the Praise and Worship Center.
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.

In Memoriam: Sandy Thiernau
As many of you heard on Sunday, Sandy passed away on Friday afternoon. Sandy, a fixture at the Praise and Worship Center, was committed to making PWC a better and holier place for all who entered our doors and worshipped here. Sandy “volunteered” or the proper word would be “ministered” at PWC, Sundays through Thursdays, and sometimes coming in on Fridays and Saturdays if needed. You could always find her in the office proofing email blasts or website reflections, cutting up communion bread in the kitchen, arranging food for an event, ordering supplies from Costco or a variety of other stores, or assisting with Sunday worship. Sandy’s funeral is scheduled for Monday, July 25 at 5:00 pm in the church. As Matthew 25:23 says: Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Our sincerest condolences go out to Sandy’s daughter and her family. Sandy, you will be missed; it already feels so strange not to have you around the office.

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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