Dear Friend,

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent for worship at 10:00 am!

The scripture reading for this Sunday, February 26 is Matthew 4:1-11. Here is a synopsis of the reading: Jesus fasts for 40 days in the desert and is tempted by the devil. The song theme for Lent 2023 will be The In Between by Matt Maher. Check it out here:
The In Between by Matt Maher
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.

The Prayer Retreat with Deacon Cheryl and Deacon John is tomorrow, Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 am in Building 4:12. Fr. Mike Lessard will be our guest teacher. Mark your calendar for this holy and uplifting experience.

PWC Kids is this Sunday, February 26 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.

Excitement is brewing about the Guadalupe Trip to Mexico that is taking place in December 2023. Several people have already signed up and spaces are limited. For more information, please contact Fr. Dale in the office.

Mark your calendar for The School of Change Wednesdays: March 1, 8, 15 and 22 @ 7:00 pm

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.

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

A Message from Deacon Peter Klemens
about Feed My Starving Children

Our community has heard Father Dale announce opportunities to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). As the Deacon of International Outreach, I thought I should help the community understand what we accomplish at FMSC. The short explanation is we fill small bags with a combination of vitamins, dried vegetables, cups of rice, and soy.

These items are sealed in a bag, packed in a box, and sent to one of hundreds of locations around the world where children are in need. The work is very enthusiastic, satisfying, and not strenuous.

Please go to: https://www.fmsc.org/ for more information on this worthwhile opportunity to volunteer.

“I was hungry and you gave me something, to eat”
Matthew 25:35

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 Deacons

Deacon Carol Palmer

My name is Deacon Carol Palmer, but my real name is a follower of Jesus Christ.

My favorite verse in the gospel of Mathew says it all to me.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20.

You see this is the great commandment that Jesus told us just before he left this earth. In my faith I believe that verse was not a suggestion but a commandment to follow in my life. I have always felt deeply how important it is to live and tell others of the message of Jesus.

My ministry is the women’s ministry. This is such a privilege to share this faith with the women at PWC. I am the one that sees the light that shows in their lives, when they discover Jesus in a new way. I believe that every seed planted, whether I see it or not, God will take it from there.

When you get to know me you will see I am a wife, a sister, mother, grandmother of six, a great grandmother of three, an ordained pastor, and deacon; but most of all I am a Child of God. That is the real thing I pray you see in me.

Peter and I have done ministry for 34 years together and keep God in the center of our loving marriage.

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.

We hope your Lent is off to a good and holy start! We pray you have a blessed Lent and you are able to see the person of Jesus in others more deeply.

Please remember to keep the Sabbath holy, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 10:00 am!

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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