Dear Friend,

The School of Prayer
starts tonight
at 7:00 here at PWC!

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!

Mark your calendars for the other Wednesday evenings: October 19, 26, November 2 and 9 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. In-Person Only.

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. It is on sale for only $22.99.

It all starts tonight Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer! Please join us each Wednesday at 6:00 pm prior to the School of Prayer October 12 through November 9 for Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Karen Klemens.

The Women’s Bible Study is this Saturday, October 15 in the church from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. The women are studying the women of the bible. These are women who were influencers during their time and how their experiences relate to our lives today. A continental breakfast will be served. Please invite your friends!

The Brothers’ Ministry will also meet on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am but in Building 4:12. The men of PWC always have great discussions about their lives and how their faith in Jesus intersects will their call to be a Christians. Breakfast will be served; this is an excellent way to invites friends who are searching for something deeper and more meaningful in their lives.

The Cross Shop is having their Annual September Anniversary Sale. We have lots of wonderful items on sale! The Cross Shop is also open during regular office hours during the week.

Bring your Bible to church this Sunday morning at 10:00 for the Blessing of the Bibles. We want you to be inspired to root your life in the Word of God!

PWC Kids is back this Sunday, October 16 at 9:30 am in Building 4:12.

Contact Rachel Freeman for more information about PWC Kids at 480-649-0300 [email protected]. At PWC Kids we break open the Word of God that is proclaimed at Sunday Service in a creative, inspirational way designed so young people can understand the scripture reading.

Please Note: PWC Kids is for young people grades K through Five only.

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 Rachel will contact you.

Our Shoebox Ministry begins this Sunday, October 16 as we begin to pass out shoeboxes. Please take a shoebox and find out how God can use a gift-filled shoebox given in Jesus’ name to transform a child, their family, and their community. Details will be provided on Sunday. This is our Advent project which runs through November 13. Please be generous!

Join Fr. Mike Lessard for Lab One: Active Listening Skills starting on Saturday, October 22. It is a 40-hour course in active listening skills. Please see Fr. Mike for more information.

Check out our New 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. P.S. You can print the calendar if you would like. Or just check out just October’s calendar that is online: PWC October Calendar.

Our website reflections inspire every week! We are back with a new set of reflections and writers! This week check out Rachel Freeman’s reflection, Rachel is our new children’s coordinator. Next week will be Dawn Paschke. Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

Your tithing allows The Praise and Worship Center to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our community and the greater community in the East Valley. THANK YOU! From pastoral counseling, to grief support, to Bible Study, 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.

A Reflection on Divine Forgiveness
from Henri Nouwen
I have often said, “I forgive you,” but even as I said these words my heart remained angry or resentful. I still wanted to hear the story that I was right after all; I still wanted to hear apologies and excuses; I still wanted the satisfaction of receiving some praise in return—if only the praise for being so forgiving!

But God’s forgiveness is unconditional; it comes from a heart that does not demand anything of itself, a heart that is completely empty of self-seeking. It is this divine forgiveness that I have to practice in my daily life. It calls me to keep stepping over all my arguments that say forgiveness is unwise, unhealthy, and impractical. It challenges me to step over all my needs for gratitude and compliments.

Finally, it demands of me that I step over that wounded part of my heart that feels hurt and wronged and that wants to stay in control and put a few conditions between me and the one whom I am asked to forgive. Only when I remember that I am the Beloved Child can I welcome those who want to return with the same compassion as that with which the God the Father welcomes me.

Let us continue to pray for peace in our hearts, in our community and in our world.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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