Dear Friend,

Learning to Pray with Christian Music is tonight, Wednesday, January 18 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the church.
Join Fr. Dale, Pastor Mark, John Nichols, and Mary McMahon for a brief history of Christian Music, spiritual insights and reflections as well uplifting Christian song! Refreshments will be served! This will be an In-Person Only event.

Join us for Contemplative Prayer tonight 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

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, January 19 for Let’s Talk About Health: A Round Table Discussion on Topics to Better Your Health from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Pastor Mark has more information, please contact him at the church office, 480-649-0300.

Men of PWC, this Saturday, January 21, is your opportunity to grow in your Christian faith and support other men in experiencing Christ through the Brothers’ Ministry. We are meeting from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in Building 4-12. Breakfast will be served!

The Women’s Bible Study is also meeting this Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in the church. Our bible study will be thought provoking, challenging and inspirational. All women in our community and their friends are welcome to attend!

PWC Kids is this Sunday, January 22 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.

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.

The Prayer Retreat with Deacon Cheryl and Deacon John is Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 am in Building 4:12. Mark your calendar for this holy and uplifting experience.

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 Elizabeth James

I am a 47-year resident of Arizona and reside in the Historic District in downtown Phoenix. I have been married to my husband David 13 years in our 25-year courtship. We have a blended family of five children, 17 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. David and I have attended the Praise and Worship Center since 2008.

I have recently accepted a new ministry for the Praise Worship Center, “Special Projects, Events and Fundraising”. I work closely with Father Dale and Pastor Mark to plan, organize, recruit volunteers, and execute events for the Praise and Worship Center and Recovery Café. I have an extensive background in event planning and project management, so I am blessed to be serving in this capacity. I have previously served as the Deacon Coordinator.

I am employed full-time at the Phoenix Art Museum as the Board of Trustees Liaison and Executive Sr. Leadership Assistant to the Museum Director.

David and I are blessed and thankful to be a part of this welcoming and spirit-filled community.

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.

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 Mary Jo West’s reflection. Next week will be Joe Sesniak. 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.

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!

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.

Henri Nouwen on
The Trap of Self-Rejection
Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” . . . My dark side says, “I am no good; I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned.”

Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight, Wednesday night at 7:00 pm for Learning to Pray with Christian Music.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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