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Dear Friend,

As we continue in the Season of Advent, we invite you to join us tonight at 7:00 for our Christmas Concert with John Nichols and Mary McMahon. It promises to be an inspirational evening as we prepare for Christmas. It will be In-Person or on Facebook Live. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies will be served! We look forward to you being a part of this evening!

After tonight we have these two Christmas Concerts planned from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, please mark your calendar, either In-Person or Facebook Live:
December 15: Christmas Concert with McKaylee Todd, Tom Young, & John Nichols
December 22: Christmas Concert with Danny Torgeson

As we move toward Winter Solstice and the warmth of hearth and home, so too are we invited to turn inward and prepare for the Lord’s coming. This inner preparation, nourished by prayer, silence, Scripture and worship, is essential to fully enter into the celebration of our Lord’s birth. Advent is a quiet, contemplative time of waiting on the coming of the Christ who lives and moves in and about our very Being. You are invited to join us for Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer via Zoom on Wednesday December 8 @ 6:00pm. Here is the link: ZOOM LINK. We look forward to seeing you.

The Women of PWC are having a Holiday Potluck on Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at 1149 W Peninsula Drive in Gilbert. Please bring a dish to share, casserole, egg dish, salad, or finger food. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Linda Lindquist & Patti Murphy will be hosting this event. It will be great fun of eating, socializing and just being together!

We have a lot going on during the Advent Christmas Season at PWC. If your health permits, we would love to have you here in person at PWC to experience these wonderful and inspiring events, here is our calendar: December and Christmas Activities at PWC. Also, you should be receiving a copy of this calendar in the mail.

Check out our daily Advent reflections on our website: Advent 2021 Readings and Reflections. There is a reflection for every day during Advent. Use the scripture reading and Advent reflection to begin your prayer time every morning. Advent is a time to spiritually prepare ourselves for the Second Coming of Christ.

Our Annual Christmas Raffle is off to a wonderful start! Tickets are $25.00 and you have the chance to win $2,000.00 and donate $2,000.00 to your favorite charity! The drawing will be held at the Christmas Eve Service on Friday, December 24 at 5:00 pm.

Bible Study with Fr. Dale will continue this Sunday, December 12 from 8:45 am to 9:30 am in Building 4:12. Our theme continues with The Real Meaning of the Miracles in John’s Gospel.

PWC Kids: Join us for Winter Festival with sledding, music, and fun from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 15. There will be cookies, elves, hot cocoa, musicians, a sing-a-long, & sled snow slide. Please RSVP by texting to 602-510-7206.

Pastoral Care Associates, which is headed up by Fr. Mike Lessard, will be hosting an open house on Saturday December 11 in Building 4:12 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served, along with an art show, books for sale and a raffle for an original oil painting. Purchases and donations help PCA continue in its ministry to serve the sick and suffering people of God. There will also be a sign-up sheet for a new Lab 1 to begin at the end of January. Cost of the training is $50.00 for the workbook and a donation for the class. Those who have taken the class before can retake it without charge if they bring their own workbook. To let us know if you are coming call the PCA office 602-841-5505 or notify the office at PWC, 480-649-0300. Everyone is welcome! Come celebrate with us!

Holidays can be particularly difficult for those who have lost loved ones. Fr. Mike Lessard will be offering a support chapel for those dealing with grief through the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. We will meet again in Building 4:12 on Monday, December 13 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the Pastoral Care Associates office. Feel free to bring friends or relatives. Bring a gift you received from your loved one that you treasure to show and talk about in chapel. Please register with the PWC office to reserve a spot. It is free and everyone is welcome.

Open to all married couples, Marriage Enrichment will meet on Friday, December 10 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Building 4:12. This will be an excellent opportunity to grow in your relationship with your spouse through the person of Jesus through a presentation and small group discussion questions. Dinner will be served, please RSVP to Pastor Mark or Terri Thompson in the church office.

There is lots of great Christmas stuff in the Cross Shop! Now is the time to start your Christmas shopping. Stop by before or after Sunday service or during the week when the church office is open.

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. We are blessed to have a wonderful resource in Fr. Mike!

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.

Thank you for your generous giving! Your consistent tithing allows PWC to effectively minister each week to so many of our community members. It also allows us to evangelize and reach out to those who are outside our community with the love of Jesus. 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

We hope your week is going well! We look forward to seeing you tonight at 7:00 pm in In-Person or Facebook Live!

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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