Weekly Reflections2022-12-16T14:07:09-07:00

April Thalman’s Reflection

Community I belong to a community. Webster has a variety of examples, one being “A group of people living together as a smaller social unit within a larger one, having interests in common.” In old French it can mean ‘public spirit’ or sharing a sense of place. The Praise and Worship Center has been the first place where I have been part of a whole, one of many searching to strengthen our faith, care about each other and improve

January 30th, 2023|

Mindy Greene’s Reflection

July 11th, 2022|

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). I start every morning and every day saying this bible verse. I am a national sales director for a biopharmaceutical company, and about a year ago, I built a pulmonary division from the ground up for the organization. Being in this role has been a true blessing because it has allowed me to provide great career opportunities for over a hundred people while also helping to

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

July 4th, 2022|

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who made my 70th birthday so beautiful and not so painful.   As many of you know from your own experience, certain birthdays are significant.  Seventy always seemed significant because it meant you were officially OLD. Now that I am part of the “70 Club”, I do acknowledge that 70 is OLD.  Old, however, does not mean FINISHED!  I know there is still more work to do for

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

June 27th, 2022|

I want to pay all of you huge compliment.  You are AWESOME! I know for many compliments are very hard to accept.  We never want to boast, and we can always look for the flaws and shortcomings in our lives to overshadow the compliments given. Today, I do want to let you know that I stand by statement, when I say that you are AWESOME, and I will throw in amazing.  This is why! As you all know we

Deacon Cheryl Armstrong’s Reflection

June 20th, 2022|

To Love Like Jesus In anticipation of our upcoming trip to Italy, I’ve been reflecting on my last trip to Italy in 2019 with PWC. That was actually my first-ever international travel adventure. I packed like a first-time tourist, not sure what to expect along the way. I was amazed by the grandeur of the Vatican, captivated by the ancient art and architecture in Rome, and charmed by the hillside vineyards and olive trees filling the landscape on our

Fr. Mike Lessard’s Reflection

June 13th, 2022|

Today’s reflection is from the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel verses 19-39. The testimony of John the Baptist is recalled in this scripture. It is the first witness to the identity of Jesus as the chosen one of God. It is from this proclamation that Jesus calls the apostles. There is no baptism of Jesus as there is in the synoptic Gospels and no temptation in the wilderness.  Rather, there is an affirmation that God’s Spirit has singled him

Dawn Paschke’s Reflection

June 6th, 2022|

In the Garden Gardening, I think it is in my genetics.  My grandmother had a big garden, canned a lot of produce from it, and then shared the bounty with others.  I can remember seeing my grandmother behind the rototiller working the ground, she would put me to work pulling weeds, picking beans, digging potatoes or other jobs in the garden.  I always enjoyed when she would hand me a piece of okra, or a fresh tomato and we

Deacon Rich Anlauf’s Reflection

May 30th, 2022|

My Life is a Song! What an amazing God we have! If we would totally surrender everything to Him and let Him lead the way for every aspect of our daily lives, we could see how truly amazing He is! When I wake up in the morning, I lay very still and realize that God has gifted me with another beautiful day. So many people don’t have the blessing of another day with our amazing God. As I start

Deacon Peter Palmer’s Reflection

May 23rd, 2022|

Reflecting for the First Four Months of 2022 I am sure we will all agree that the last two years have been extremely difficult for most of the people I know. Let’s start with Covid, Ukraine, inflation, and the stock market which seems to belong on one of those bouncy things kids love to jump on. The truth is I was hoping for the world, and especially my family life to start looking like something more normal. I was

Deacon Dennis Paschke’s Reflection

May 16th, 2022|

In my own faith journey, I have come to know that following Jesus by living as he lived is not easy.During Holy Week we celebrated the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is belief in this truth that is at the heart of what defines all Christians.  We embrace the death of Jesus and His resurrection, proving He overcame death.  We live in eternal Hope that for those of us who live out our lives as Jesus did,

Deacon Carol Palmer’s Reflection

May 9th, 2022|

A reflection for me is a very personal heartfelt part of me. Sometimes when I have thought about this writing I have wavered on the subject. I was waiting on the Lord to bring to mind something that is very deep in my soul and memory. This morning Peter and I were talking and out of the blue my dearest cousin Tammy’s name came up. I knew right away that she will be my reflection. We grew up together in

Rosemary Sambora’s Reflection

May 2nd, 2022|

In one of our women’s bible study gatherings, I remember someone asking how to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us; and someone else said that it might be a thought planted in our head. After 6 months or so of attending the Praise & Worship Center (PWC), there was an occasion where I was standing in my bedroom closet and the word TRANSFORMATION came to my mind. I believe that “God moment” in my closet was the Holy Spirit

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

April 25th, 2022|

Peace Be with You… One of the most common greetings we hear from Jesus are the words, “Peace be with you.”  In every resurrection account up to His ascension into heaven Jesus always greets his friends with this beautiful salutation. The disciples needed to hear these words because they were living in fear. The world as they knew it was just turned upside down. Many ran and hid behind locked doors in fear of being attacked. Jesus wants to give

Dawn Paschke’s Reflection

April 18th, 2022|

Stretcher Bearers “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.  So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.  Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it,

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

April 11th, 2022|

The Concept of Little Easters We all know what the meaning of Easter is!   Jesus died for our sins on Good Friday, and on Easter morning he breaks forth from the tomb and conquers death.  Easter is the most important day to any Christian, indeed, to any person who hopes for eternal life. I hope and pray that the joy of Easter fills our hearts in a special way this year.  We could use a little more Easter in

Deacon Peter Klemens’ Reflection

April 4th, 2022|

Judgment As I grow older and hopefully wiser, an apparent need to address my addiction to “Judgment” has risen.  It appears to me that much of what I view goes through this filter of judging.  Let’s take a car I see while driving along or any object for that matter.  I may think I don’t like the color.  It is too big, too small, the tires too little.  Then there are even people I meet …too fat, too skinny

Deacon Sharon Trischan’s Reflection

March 28th, 2022|

Psalm 23 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me.” We sang this several weeks ago on Sunday morning giving kudos to artist Kathy Triccoli. The music has been resonating in my head and heart ever since. Coincidently, I was asked to write a reflection about that same time.  The timing was perfect. I knew Psalm 23 well from grade school when we could still

Dwight Wintriger’s Reflection

March 21st, 2022|

A Reflection From My Heart The new direction in my life has brought about a transformation in me that has awakened my soul to the Holy Spirit. As I stumbled through life, being swallowed up by indulgences and weakness, I wasn’t sure that God was there with me, so I chose to shut him out rather than allow myself to feel his presence.  Then, one frightening day, when my body was sick and life felt hopeless and my path

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

March 14th, 2022|

Thank You We gathered tonight around a hospital bed with a dear friend on hospice. We held his hand; shared words of affirmation and then began to sing songs of praise with him. John and Mary turned an ordinary living room into a piece of heaven. Angels gathered in that room, around this special man through the gift of their ministry and music. One chord at a time, one note, one lyric moved everyone in that room one step

Sylvia Monroe’s Reflection

March 7th, 2022|

I am a Friend of Jesus! Recently, I have been reflecting on “I AM A FRIEND OF JESUS” He calls me friend. What did I do to deserve to be called his friend? Am I worthy? Why? I love the song “I am a friend of Jesus.” When I first heard it sung in church by Joyce Bailey, it made me feel so special to be called a friend of Jesus. Thank you, Joyce! As I spend time in prayer

Deacon Karen Klemens’ Reflection

February 28th, 2022|

Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.  I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17 NLT Last Christmas I was honored to receive one of the most loving and tender gifts of my life.  The gift was the joy of

Deacon Dennis Paschke’s Reflection

February 21st, 2022|

Luke 4 Every time I read the Scriptures; I find new insights that help guide my life even though the written words have not changed since my last reading. There is clearly something else at play and my experiences of that create a sense of Wonder in me making me eager to surrender evermore so as to draw ever closer to this source of deep knowing of me. Behind God’s Word there is something that knows me deeply and knows

Deacon Chuck Monroe’s Reflection

February 14th, 2022|

How Jesus is Working in My Life Have you ever noticed how we act more formally when talking to someone we do not know very well? The same thing is true with God. Our understanding of what God is like, helps shape everything else in our lives, which includes our prayer lives. I want to continue to grow my relationship with our Lord and sometimes when something is on my mind, I will share it with God. Since having

Dawn Paschke’s Reflection

February 7th, 2022|

Love is in the Air Love is in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day, February 14.  Hearts, cupids, cards, and candies started appearing on the store shelves before we had completed our Christmas and New Year celebrations.  But did you know Valentine’s Day or St Valentine’s Day originated as a Christian feast day honoring early Christian martyrs named Valentine?  Only later did it become associated with romantic love. There are so many Bible verses that talk about love,

Terri Thompson’s Reflection

January 31st, 2022|

Women’s Ministry Retreat Reflection I was asked to prepare a reflection on the Women’s Ministry Retreat which was held on January 7 and 8, 2022 at the Hilton Garden Hotel in Chandler. After attending and assisting with some of the retreat preparations, I began to organize my thoughts on how to share this experience and what I thought our women took away from our retreat. A general definition of a spiritual retreat is a time set apart to be

Reverend Michael Lessard’s Reflection

January 24th, 2022|

A Sense of Belonging The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was

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