Dear Friend,

The Recovery Café Grand Opening and Fund Raiser is this Friday, December 2 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Tickets are on sale now in the office and the cost is only $50.00. There are only a few tickets left, just stop by the office. Please pray as we begin the Recovery Café ministry, that it will be an instrument of healing, hope, and peace.

Fr. Dale’s Bible Study begins this Sunday, December 4 from 8:45 am to 9:30 am in Building 4:12. We will be studying the Book of Isaiah.
Mark your calendar for the two other dates: December 11 & 18. You are most welcome to invite a friend!

Men of PWC, this Saturday, December 3 is your opportunity to grow in your Christian faith and support other men in experiencing Christ through the Brothers’ Ministry. We are meeting from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in Building 4:12. Please evangelize, you are welcome to bring a friend. Breakfast will be served!

The Women’s Bible Study is also meeting this Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in the church. We will continue studying and learning about women of the bible. We also want to focus on women who have made a huge difference for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fr. Dale will be speaking about Mother Teresa and the privilege he had of knowing her and being influenced by her.

PWC Kids: This Sunday December 4: 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.

PWC Christmas Kids Night: Wednesday, December 14 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come celebrate the holiday in Building 4:12 with the entire family. Listen to a story from Santa himself on how he met baby Jesus, enjoy cookie decorating and ornament making, and finish the night with hot chocolate. Be sure to RSVP to [email protected] by December 12. Please click here for the flyer and more information.

Recovery Cafe Arizona - Our First New Member Introduction! For those interested in recovery, you are invited to our first ever New Member Introduction on Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 am at Recovery Cafe Arizona 2992 N Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ, 85224. We will talk about what we do at the Cafe and how you can become a member! If you or your loved one is interested, please have the RSVP to [email protected]

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.

It is Christmas in the Cross Shop and we have lots of great items in our gift shop! Check it out: wind chimes, Nativity scenes, ornaments, coffee mugs, inspirational books, bibles, and a whole lot more! The Cross Shop is open during the week during office hours and on Sunday mornings!

Our website reflections inspire every week! This week check out Fr. Mike Lessard’s reflection. Next week will be Deacon Sharon Trischan. Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

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!
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.

If you purchased the Advent book, Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope, please read and pray with it every day during the Advent Season. Our prayer is this Advent season will be a time of real spiritual growth in your relationship with Jesus and our community.

Our Annual Christmas Raffle has begun!
Tickets are only $20.00 or six tickets for $100.00. The winner will receive half of the jackpot with the other half going to the Praise and Worship Center. The Christmas Raffle drawing will take place on evening of Christmas Eve.

Pastoral Care Associates Present our Annual Holiday Fundraiser: Believe. Join us for an evening of music, delicious hors d’ oeuvres, cake, dancing and a little bingo on Saturday, December 10 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Recovery Café. Admission is one new unwrapped toy or a gift card for a young person aged 2 to 18. Rev. Michael Lessard’s books and artwork will be on display for purchase along with a special event painting raffle. Please see Fr. Mike for more information.

Do you need a PWC name tag? You can sign up for a name tag on Sunday morning in the office or email Tami Heinl at [email protected]. If you have a PWC name tag, we encourage you to wear your name tag so you will get to know the names of others in our PWC community.

From Henri Nouwen:
Community Makes God Visible
Nothing is sweet or easy about community. Community is a fellowship of people who do not hide their joys and sorrows but make them visible to each other as a gesture of hope.

In community we say: “Life is full of gains and losses, joys and sorrows, ups and downs—but we do not have to live it alone. We want to drink our cup together and thus celebrate the truth that the wounds of our individual lives, which seem intolerable when lived alone, become sources of healing when we live them as part of a fellowship of mutual care.”

Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. We can do little with them as individual stones except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic, portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.

May you experience peace and hope during this Season of Advent!

Father Dale and Pastor Mark

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