Dear Friend,

Our Sunday Service begins at 10:00 am In-Person and on Facebook Live for those who cannot physically attend.

The scripture reading for this Sunday, October 30 is Luke 19:1-10. Please read, reflect, and pray with the passage before Sunday. Here is a synopsis of the reading: Jesus stays at the house of Zacchaeus, the tax collector.

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 Praise and Worship Center is hosting a class entitled Medicare 101 tomorrow, Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the church. The class will take an in-depth look at all three phases of Medicare to help you make informed choices when choosing coverage. Please plan on joining us for this discussion. If you have any questions, please call Pastor Mark at 480-649-0300.

PWC Kids: This Sunday October 30: 9:30 am to 10:30 am in Building 4:12

Contact Rachel Freeman for more information about PWC Kids at 480-649-0300 or [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.

The School of Prayer continues next Wednesday, November 2 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. You can still join us if you missed any classes. Mark your calendar for the last two sessions: November 2 & 9. The School of Prayer is exploring the 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!

Please join us for Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer on Wednesdays through November 9 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It is prior to the School of Prayer. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Karen Klemens.

The Praise and Worship Center Executive Board will have an opening beginning January 1, 2023. If you are willing to serve, please pick up an application this coming weekend. The term for each board member is three years. The job description of the board is to oversee the policies, annual budget, and the direction of PWC. The expectation of each board member is to attend a monthly meeting (usually on the fourth Sunday of the month), be registered at PWC, be active in ministry, and be willing to participate in special events and meetings held by the board. All names of qualified candidates will be put into a hat and in biblical tradition be drawn by lot. We currently have a very active and supportive board. If you are willing and believe you can help guide our church family, we encourage you to fill out an application.

Our Shoebox Ministry is off to an amazing start! Thank you to all who took shoeboxes, all have been taken, even the ones we received this past Sunday. The deadline to return the shoeboxes is November 13, this is the absolute last day to return them as we must deliver the shoeboxes to the drop-off site on or before November 13. PWC community members are already bringing their shoeboxes back and you can too before the deadline date. Just put them in the church by the north facing windows. Please contact Carol Palmer at 206-612-1742 or Cindie Taylor at 480-205-4272 for questions or more information.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Make sure you vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. Christians need to do their part at making the world a better place.

It is important for you to know 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. From pastoral counseling to grief support, to Bible Study, to Adult Education, 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! Thank you for your consistent giving!
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 have lots going on at PWC in November, check out our online calendar: PWC November 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.

Are you homebound? If so, Deacon John Null can bring you communion. The only exception is if you have or are recovering from Covid. The best way to get in touch with Deacon John is by contacting the church office, at 480-649-0300, and leaving a message.

If you are sick and in need of meals while you are sick, Dawn Paschke, Deacon Dennis’ wife, will be coordinating this ministry. To leave a message for Dawn, please call the church office at 480-649-0300.

The Burden of Judgment:
A Reflection by Henri Nouwen
Imagine having no need at all to judge anybody. Imagine having no desire to decide whether someone is a good or bad person. Imagine being completely free from the feeling that you have to make up your mind about the morality of someone’s behavior. Imagine that you could say: “I am judging no one!”

Imagine — wouldn’t that be true inner freedom? . . . But we can only let go of the heavy burden of judging others when we don’t mind carrying the light burden of being judged!

Can we free ourselves from the need to judge others? Yes, by claiming for ourselves the truth that we are the Beloved Daughters and Sons of God. As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to the need to put people and things in their “right” place. To the degree that we embrace the truth that our identity is not rooted in our success, power, or popularity, we can let go of our need to judge. “Do not judge and you will not be judged; because the judgments you give are the judgments you will get”
(Matthew 7:1).

Have a wonderful weekend! Please pray for peace! We will see you on Sunday at 10:00 am.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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