Dear Friend,

Praise and Worship Never Ends, It Must be Lived! Let us go forth to love and serve the Lord. Thanks Be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!
This was the message of Fr. Dale’s homily this past Sunday. As members of the PWC community we have a Christian responsibility to be present to one another and to support each other on our faith journey with Jesus. Being a Christian is not a “Me and Jesus Experience,” but a “We and Jesus Experience.” One of the best ways we can do this is to be present at Sunday worship.
If you have been lax in your Sunday commitment, we would ask you to bring it to prayer and ask our Lord to guide you. Our Facebook broadcast should only be for if you are sick, homebound, or out of town. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning at 10:00 am and praying as a community!

We will be singing a new song this weekend at our Sunday service called The Lord’s Prayer (It’s Yours) by Matt Maher. Here is a link to it: YouTube Video. Please listen to it a few times so you may become familiar with it. It is an incredible song for worship!

Contemplative Prayer will be held on Wednesday, February 8 at 6:00 pm on Zoom only. If you have never experienced Contemplative Prayer, this would be a great opportunity to encounter this type of prayer. Here is the link: Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 990 597 9614

What a great turnout we had for Fr. Dale’s Sunday Morning Bible Study this past Sunday. Don’t forget there are two more sessions in this series, Sunday, February 19. Both classes are from 8:45 am to 9:30 am in Building 4:12. The theme for the class is how St. Paul teaches us about the new creation.

PWC Kids is this Sunday, February 12 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.

Mark your calendar for The Guadalupe Trip Information Night on Monday, February 13 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the church.
At this meeting we will discuss the details of our trip to Mexico in December 2023.

Your giving to the PWC ministry makes a difference in how we can minister to others. Due to your tithing, we are able, many times, to meet the needs of those in our community who are experiencing spiritual, emotional, and physical concerns. From pastoral counseling to grief support, to Bible Study, to Adult Education, to providing food through Matthew’s Crossing for families who are economically struggling to PWC Kids and Marriage Enrichment and our funeral ministry; your consistent giving makes a difference, a big change in people’s lives!
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.

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

Mark your calendar for next Thursday, February 16 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for Let’s Talk about Health. We will have an interactive discussion on dealing with loneliness. If you are dealing with loneliness or know of someone struggling with this issue, this would be an excellent opportunity to address this concern.

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 20 for President’s Day.

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 22 with Ash Wednesday. There will be a service at 9:00 am. Ashes will be available in the church from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

We are 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 Deacons

Deacon Greg Fyten (Retired)

I was born in Minneapolis Minnesota to Clarence and Gladys Fyten, I am the oldest of four children. I attended K – 12 school in Minneapolis. Following my high school graduation, I attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. During my junior year at the university, I married JoAl Plumley.

Following my graduation from the University, I entered the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in pilot training. My initial military training had us living in Texas where our first daughter, Theresa, was born. We then moved to Georgia where I began my service with the U.S. Air Force as a tanker pilot. During that time, our son, Michael, and second daughter, Kathy Jo were born. Later, I was transferred to the Air Force base in Washington where our family lived on base for the next three years.

I left the Air Force and went on to become a pilot for American Airlines. We lived in the Chicago suburbs. I enjoyed flying domestic and international flight for American for 30 years before my age-related mandatory retirement.

JoAl and I retired to Arizona but maintained a summer lake home in Illinois. We enjoyed a wonderful life in Sun Lakes before JoAl passed away in 2021 due to Covid.

My spiritual journey has included many learning opportunities beyond my own personal spiritual reading and study. They included Marriage Encounter as a presenter, leading men’s retreats, and membership in several faith sharing groups.

A number of years ago, I was invited to be consecrated as a deacon at the Praise and Worship Center. My ministry was adult spirituality until my retirement from active ministry.

Praise and Worship is a loving community, and I am blessed to be a member as well as a deacon.

Our website reflections inspire every week! This week checkout reflection by Deacon Karen Klemens. Next week will be Priscilla Bergoglio. Both are great reflections that you can apply to your life! Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

The School of Change is
coming in March

Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.
Matthew 4:17 MSG

Change can be difficult, but it does not have to be. Often the difficulty is in the perspective or how we look at change. Change in behavior, outlook and attitude is a process. We don’t know where we are going and the “in between” often feels messy - like a Holy Collision.

Come and Sing a New Song
I was one way but now I’m different,
there was a clear change in a Holy collision.
Who I was and Who I’ll forever be,
and He was the in between.
(Song by Matt Maher)

March 1, 8, 15 and 22
@ 7:00 pm

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.

Recovery Café News

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 our 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.

A Reflection by Henri Nouwen:
Love Deeply
Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply. You might be afraid of the pain that deep love can cause. When those you love deeply reject you, leave you, or die, your heart will be broken. But that should not hold you back from loving deeply. The pain that comes from deep love makes your love even more fruitful. It is like a plow that breaks the ground to allow the seed to take root and grow into a strong plant. Every time you experience the pain of rejection, absence, or death, you are faced with a choice. You can become bitter and decide not to love again, or you can stand straight in your pain and let the soil on which you stand become richer and more able to give life to new seeds.

May your week be an awesome one! Please know of our prayers. It is a busy week in the Valley of the Sun with the Phoenix Open and Super Bowl! What an exciting week to be in Arizona! Enjoy and have fun!

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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