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Dear Friend,

This Sunday, December 12, is the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, and we look forward to seeing you in person at Sunday Service at 10:00 am! Our scripture reading for this Sunday is Luke 3:10-18. Here is a brief summary of the reading: John the Baptist teaches the path of repentance and announces Christ.

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 or below:
Song lyrics (pdf format)
To participate in our services online, go to: PWC website and find the Facebook button at the top of our home page.

FYI, the Delta variant is affecting those who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated. For Sunday service we have socially distanced the chairs in church and strongly recommend we wear masks.

The Prayer Chain Committee has asked to share this prayer for Fr. Dale:
Dear Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for our Fr. Dale. Today we lift Fr. Dale to you along with his doctors. Lord, give his doctors your wisdom that they may determine your treatment plan for him. We also ask for your wisdom for Fr. Dale that he may know when to rest, know what to eat, and know what you are doing for him. We ask that you guide the surgeon during the upcoming procedure. May the Holy Spirit be so very present in the operating room that everyone there is aware and blessed by it. These things we pray in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Women of PWC are having a Holiday Potluck this 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!

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. This is the last bible study until after Christmas.

Check out our daily Advent reflections on our website: Advent 2021 Readings and Reflections. There is a reflection for everyday 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.

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.

Get Your Raffle Ticket!!! 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.

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 in Building 4:12 again 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.

Mark these Christmas Concerts on your calendar, either In-Person or Facebook Live from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
December 15: Christmas Concert with McKaylee Todd, Tom Young, & John Nichols
December 22: Christmas Concert with Danny Torgeson

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.

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

If you are in town, we look forward to seeing you in person on Sunday at 10:00 am, if your health permits. It is so vital we support one another in our Christian faith and gather as a community for worship every Sunday. 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.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Have a blessed weekend! We hope during this Advent Season you are growing in your relationship with Jesus.

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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