Dear Friend,

The School of Change Continues Tonight
with Fr. Dale
& Fr. Mike

Wednesday, March 15
from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Our first session had a wonderful turnout, over 100 people showed up. If you missed the first session, no problem, you are most welcome to attend tonight and March 22.

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

Before the School of Change
continues tonight, join us for
Contemplative Prayer
at 6:00 pm.

Contemplative Prayer is a great tradition of the church where we can quiet and center ourselves in the loving presence of Jesus. If you have never experienced it, why not give it a try. It is a great way to slow down and spiritually rest.

Men of PWC, this Saturday, March 18, is your opportunity to grow in your Christian faith and support other men in experiencing Christ through the PWC Men’s Ministry. We are meeting from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in Building 4-12. Refreshments will be served! You are most welcome to invite other men to this Christian gathering of men.

The Women’s Bible Study is also meeting this Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in the church. Our bible study will continue on the Book of Jeremiah and the focus will be on prayer. We will be serving a wonderful breakfast.

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday,
April 2, Service: 10:00 am

Good Friday,
April 7, Service: 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday Retreat:
April 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Easter Sunday,
April 9: Services: 7:00 am: Outdoors
& 10:00 am: Church

PWC Kids: FYI, we are taking this Sunday, March 19 off for Spring Break.

Check out the PWC Online calendar for March, lots of good stuff happening: Online Calendar

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.

Our website reflections inspire every week! This week checkout a reflection by Fr. Dale, and next week will be Pastor Mark. Both are insightful reflections that you can apply to your life! Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

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.

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 Rich Anlauf

I was born in St. Paul Minnesota to Rich and Jayne Anlauf and was blessed to be the big brother to my amazing younger sister Jacquie. My dad was a career Army officer; thus, I moved often growing up. I stopped moving with my family in the 1960’s to attend the U of Minnesota.

During my adult working career I was as a supermarket manager in St. Paul, Minnesota, a buyer at Costco Wholesale Club in Seattle, a vice president of global sales for BJ’s Wholesale Club in Boston, an executive director of several assisted living/memory care facilities, and was blessed to end my career as COO for Family Comfort Hospice.

Twenty years ago, through God’s grace I was given an incredible gift, my wife Sandy. Combined Sandy and I have five children, seven grandchildren, and will soon welcome our third great grandchild. After moving from Las Vegas to Mesa, God granted another amazing gift, when Joyce Bailey invited us to PWC. We have been members for the last 14 years. We have been blessed to have been lead on our spiritual journey by Father Dale, and Pastor Mark, and thanks to an amazing PWC community we have received an overabundance of love.

I received another special gift, as our amazing God provided me the opportunity to be ordained a deacon. This has truly been life altering, to be so spiritually filled, and blessed by serving with our other brother and sister deacons.

Although I don’t have a specific deacon ministry currently, it has been my honor to work with and support my fellow deacons in their ministries. I remain available to step in with a Servants Heart to assist my brothers, and sisters in serving the PWC community as God leads us in moving forward on His beautiful journey of serving Him in all that we do as a family of believers at PWC.

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.

A Reflection
by Ronald Rolheiser
To believe in God, one must at some point in his or her life make a deep, private act of faith. Karl Rahner says that is difficult because the very forces that help erode our cultural, communal faith also work against us making this private act of faith.

These forces are not abstract. Nor are they the product of some conscious conspiracy by godless forces. What are the forces that conspire against faith? They are all those things, good and bad, within us and around us that tempt us away from being alone, from praying privately, and from taking the time and courage to enter deeply inside of our own souls.

To make an act of faith requires an inner journey into the deepest recesses of the soul where I must face:
My weakness, my sin, my infidelities, my lies, my rationalizations, my constant avoiding of the searing truth.
My fear that ultimately, I am alone, that I will end up alone, unloved, and not worth loving.
My mortality, the fact that one day I will die and that already my body is aging, my options are narrowing down, that my best dreams will never be realized.
My jealousies and angers, my bitterness that life has not been fair to me, that others have things I don’t have, and that I never forgiven them nor made peace with my loss.
My sicknesses and addictions, the fact that I am not whole, that inside me are dark corners and dark demons that do not show up on my photographs, on my resume, and in the things my friends know about me.
My godlessness, that black hole of fear, insecurity, chaos, and emptiness within me.
To relate to God in faith means consistently sharing all our secrets and fears in those lonely, private hours when there are just the two of us and nobody else is around.

Don’t forget about the School of Change tonight at 7:00 pm in the church. Please know of our prayers for you and your loved ones.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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!

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