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Dear Friend,

God and Coffee is tonight, Wednesday, January 11 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the church. Mark your calendar for this interactive evening with Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark. Bring your questions for discussion. Refreshments will be served! This will be an In-Person Only event.



Join us for Contemplative Prayer tonight Wednesday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 18 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contemplative Prayer and Leccio Divina are two of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer.

January is an active month at PWC, please check out our online calendar, to see where you can get involved: Online Calendar.

PWC Kids is this Sunday, January 15 beginning at 9:30 am in Building 4:12. This interactive bible study will focus on the Gospel reading that is proclaimed to the adults at worship. This is an incredible opportunity for children ages four through fifth grade to learn about Jesus. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles: mark your calendar for this Sunday. The kids finish up at the worship service, coming back during the Lord’s Prayer. You are welcome to bring friends! Contact our children’s minister, Rachel Freeman for more information, Rachel can be reached at [email protected] or at the church office: 480-649-0300.

Upcoming Events @ PWC: Please put these on your calendar:
+ Learning to Pray with Christian Music: Wednesday, January 18 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
+ Let’s Talk About Health: A Round Table Discussion on Topics to Better Your Health: Thursday, January 19 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
+ Brothers’ Ministry and Women’s Bible Study, Saturday, January 21, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

Recovery Café will begin a Weekly Devotions Hour starting on Tuesday, January 17 at Recovery Café at Recovery Café, 2992 North Alma School Road, located at the southwest corner of Alma School and Elliot. We will meet every Tuesday at 9:30 am for the Devotions Hour. All our welcome!

The next Recovery Cafe New Member Introduction will be Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 am. If you know someone that is struggling with addiction or trauma, please invite them to contact the Recovery Cafe for enrollment.

Recovery Café is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturdays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our phone number is 480-530-7090. For more information, please contact Deacon Dennis Paschke via email at [email protected] or at the above phone number.

For the next few weeks, we will be running a series entitled, Meet the PWC Deacons, hopefully, this will give you a better opportunity to know our deacons and how they can minister to you.

Meet the PWC Deacons

Deacon Fred Pratt

My name is Fred Pratt and I’m the deacon of funerals. My life started in a small town called Baraboo, Wisconsin home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. I went on to attend the University of Wisconsin and upon graduation, I started in the hotel business managing over 20 hotels that lasted 40 years.

I am married to Priscilla Bertoglio, and we have a son, Nick, and three grandsons. You probably know that our grandsons are the joy of our lives.

When Father Dale announced the deacon program, I was hesitant to apply not knowing if I would be able to fulfill the duties. But I went ahead and applied, and that decision has been one of the best decisions I have made. I started out as deacon of the children which I really enjoyed. But as the children grew up and out of the program, I was asked to take on funerals. After some thought, I decided I could work with the grieving families and help plan their loved one’s send off. This consists of planning the rituals and the reception. I do this with the help of Jan and the rest of the dedicated staff.

I am also involved with the I-Help program that once-a-month hosts about 20-25 homeless people in building 4:12. This program provides dinner, a safe place to spend the night, breakfast the next morning and a sack lunch as they leave to their next destination. Again, this program is successful under the direction of Pastor Mark and the caring and generous people who donate money, contribute food and their time for the cause.

I am part of Feed My Starving Children program, the Saturday cleaning crew, counting the collection on Sunday and when needed, helping in the gift shop.

I have grown spiritually as well as my love for our Lord. Being a part of theses ministries has been rewarding. I am committed and honored to serve the people of this community and look forward to many more years. I am truly blessed!




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!

Are you homebound? If so, Deacon John Null can bring you communion. The best way to get in touch with Deacon John is by contacting the church office, at 480-649-0300, and leaving a message.

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: Online Prayer Request Form.

FYI, the church office will be closed next Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Day.

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 Peter Klemens’ Next week will be Deacon Peter Klemens. Both are wonderful reflections that you can apply to your life! Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

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.

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

Looking forward to seeing you tonight, Wednesday night at 7:00 pm for God & Coffee!

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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