Dear Friend,

We look forward to seeing you at service this Sunday at 10:00 am.

The scripture reading for this Sunday, January 22, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is Matthew 4:12-23. Here is a synopsis of the reading: Jesus begins to preach in Galilee and calls his first disciples.

Please come to Sunday worship prepared to hear the Word of God proclaimed; we invite you to read the scripture passage before service. The music for this Sunday can be found on the top-right hand corner of our website.

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.

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.

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!

Recovery Café
News & Information

The next Recovery Cafe New Member Introduction will be tomorrow, 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’s Weekly Devotions Hour are on Tuesdays 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. All are welcome!

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.

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.

The Grief Support Group is meeting this coming Thursday, January 26 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. For more information, please contact Pastor Mark in the office, 480-649-0300.

Mark your calendar for Fr. Dale’s Sunday Morning Bible Study, on February 5, 12, and 19 in Building 4:12. It runs from 8:45 am to 9:30 am.

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.

A Reflection by Henri Nouwen:
You Belong to God
At issue here is the question: “To whom do I belong? God or to the world?” Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often, I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.

As long as we belong to this world, we will remain subject to its competitive ways and expect to be rewarded for all the good we do. But when we belong to God, who loves us without conditions, we can live as he does. The great conversion called for by Jesus is to move from belonging to the world to belonging to God.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 10:00 am for worship. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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