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Dear Friend,

We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Check out our Fall 2022 Calendar, it contains all the events going on at PWC from September through December. Please review the calendar and see how you can get involved at PWC this fall: Fall 2022 Calendar.

Marriage Enrichment is this Friday, September 9 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The dinner will be provided! This is an opportunity for couples to grow in their relationship with one another and fellowship with other married couples. For more information, please contact Pastor Mark.

Bible Study with Fr. Dale is starting this Sunday Morning, September 11. Please get these dates on your calendar: September 11, 18, and 25 from 8:45 am t0 9:30 am. We will be studying the Book of Proverbs. What a great way to start your Sunday morning before service! We will meet in Building 4:12.

PWC Kids returns this Sunday, September 11 at 9:30 am in Building 4:12. Contact Tami Heinl for more information about PWC Kids at 480-649-0300 or [email protected]. Please Note: PWC Kids is for young people grades K through Five.

Thank you to those who signed up to minister on Sunday morning with PWC Kids. If you would like to volunteer on Sunday morning, please sign up in the church office and Tami will contact you.

Our Assisi Trip Social Meeting is Wednesday, September 14 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This is an opportunity for those of us who are going to Assisi later this month to get to know one another and receive any last minute final instructions on our exciting trip!

Men and Women of PWC! FYI, get this on your calendar! The Brothers’ Ministry and the Women’s Bible Study will meet on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. The men will meet in Building 4:12 and the women in the church. Both will be serving breakfast! You are most welcome to invite a friend!

The School of Prayer is coming this fall to PWC! Mark your calendars for Wednesday evenings: October 12, 19, 26 November 2 and 9 at 7:00 pm. The School of Prayer will explore different ways and styles of prayer and why we are called to prayer as Christians. The goal of the School of Prayer is to explain and experience how one can have an intimate relationship with God through prayer. You are most welcome to invite your friends!

Check out the book Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin in the Cross Shop. This will be the book we will be using for the School of Prayer in October. For your summer reading you can start now, have it done and be ready for the class. It is on sale for only $22.99.

If you have any prayer requests, needs or intentions, please email Debbie Smith at [email protected]. The Prayer Committee is creating a prayer chain/congregation prayer list for the month of September.

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. Fr. Mike is an excellent resource!

Our website reflections inspire every week! During the month of September we are going to take a break and give our writers a well deserved rest. In the meantime, check out past reflections to help inspire you! Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

Your generous gift of tithing each week continues the important ministry of PWC. By your giving we are able to minister to all those who walk through our doors every week. Whether it is spiritual, material or psychological needs, your generosity allows us to meet people where they are and minister to them. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! If you have been gone for the summer and have not been giving, it would be very much appreciated if you would make up your gift to help us meet our summer expenses. Our collections are always down for the summer.
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.

Inspiration from Henri Nouwen:
God is Mercy
The older we become, the more we realize how limited we are in our ability to love, how impure our hearts are, and how complex our motivations are. And there is a real temptation to want to look inside of ourselves and clean it all out, and become people with a pure heart, unstained intentions, and unconditional love. Such an attempt is doomed to failure and leads us to ever greater despair. The more we look into ourselves and try to figure ourselves out, the more we become entangled in our own imperfections. Indeed, we cannot save ourselves. Only Jesus can save us. That is why it is so important to remove your inner eye away from the complexities of your own broken heart toward the pure but broken heart of Jesus. Looking at him and his immense mercy will give you the ability to accept your own imperfections and to really let yourself be cared for by the mercy and love of Jesus.
I remember how Thomas Merton once wrote: “God is mercy in mercy in mercy.” This means that the more we come to know ourselves, the more we come to know God’s mercy, which is beyond the mercy we know. Letting go of the desire to be perfect lovers, and allowing God to love our people through us, that is the great spiritual call that is given to you and to me. There in the pure heart of God, embraced by his unconditional love, you will find the true joy and peace your heart is longing for.

We look forward to seeing in you the month of September at PWC!

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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