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Dear Friend,

The Christmas Worship Night is tonight, Wednesday, December 21 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the church.
This inspirational evening will help to get us ready for Christmas. It promises to be an uplifting night of prayer and Christmas music. Christmas cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be served! You are most welcome to invite friends and family members to this annual spiritual event.

Christmas is Fast Approaching!
Here are the times for our Services.

Our Christmas Services will be Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 pm (In-Person & Facebook Live) and Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25 at 10:00 am (In-Person Only).

You can still buy Christmas Raffle Tickets!
We have sold over $3000 worth of tickets!

The winner will receive half of the jackpot with the other half going to the Praise and Worship Center. Tickets are only $20.00 or six tickets for $100.00. The Christmas Raffle drawing will take place on evening of Christmas Eve.

Starting Tonight: Christmas Items are now 30% off in the Cross Shop! We have lots of wonderful items in our gift shop! Check it out: wind chimes, Nativity scenes, ornaments, coffee mugs, inspirational books, bibles, and a whole lot more! The Cross Shop is open during the week during office hours and on Sunday mornings!

The church office will be closed on Mondays, December 26 and January 2.

We have a lot of wonderful activities going on at PWC in January 2023, please check out our Online Calendar.

Volunteers Needed for PWC Kids! As we move through the Christmas season and into New Year, let’s remember to show our support to our children’s community. Starting in January 2023, we need volunteers on Sundays from 9:15am – 10:45am to assist with the kids. Please sign up after church at the front desk or contact our children’s minister, Rachel at [email protected]. We truly appreciate your time and service.

Our website reflections inspire every week! This week checkout Fr. Dale’s reflection. Next week will be Rosemary Sambora. Both are excellent reflections! Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

Please consider making a year end donation to the Praise and Worship Center.

It is vital for you to know your giving allows PWC to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our community and our surrounding community as well! From pastoral counseling to grief support, to Bible Study, to Adult Education, to providing food through Matthew’s Crossing for families who are economically unstable to PWC Kids and Marriage Enrichment; your consistent giving makes a difference, a big difference!
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.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 21, 2023, this date will be the next meeting of the Brother’s Ministry and Women’s Bible Study from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

A Reflection from Henri Nouwen
on Choosing Life
“I am offering you life or death. . . . Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live in the love of Yahweh, your God, obeying his voice, holding fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:19–20).

How do I choose life? I am becoming aware that there are few moments without the opportunity to choose, since death and life are always before me. One aspect of choosing life is choosing joy. Joy is life-giving but sadness brings death. A sad heart is a heart in which something is dying. A joyful heart is a heart in which something new is being born.

I think that joy is much more than a mood. A mood invades us. We do not choose a mood. We often find ourselves in a happy or depressed mood without knowing where it comes from. The spiritual life is a life beyond moods. It is a life in which we choose joy and do not allow ourselves to become victims of passing feelings of happiness or depression.


As we close out the Season of Advent and approach Christmas Day, please continue to pray for peace in our world and peace in our hearts. May the light, joy and hope of Jesus reign in our hearts on Christmas Day and in the Christmas Season!

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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