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

Terri Thompson’s Reflection

Motherhood Since this is the month of May and Mother’s Day is May 14th, I decided to choose Motherhood as my topic in line with Mother’s Day. Becoming a mother has been the most generous blessing God has given to me, and one I share with so many women. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3 (NIV) “The definition of motherhood is the state of being a mother. A person enters motherhood when

May 15th, 2023|

Terri Thompson’s Reflection

November 21st, 2022|

River of Living Waters Recently while reading from one of my favorite daily devotionals, the passage “The River of Living Waters, touched me and I wanted to read more, understand this meaning and share this message in my reflection. In the Bible verse, John 7:38 (NIV) it states, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  By this he means the “Spirit” whom those who believed in him were later

Tami Heinl’s Reflection

November 14th, 2022|

The Season of Grief The season of grief is long and hard to carry…there is no timeline, no map, no check list on how to navigate through…and just when you think you have found your breath again, something else catches you off guard and you are back to being raw, weak, and completely unsure of your steps. In January, it will be three years since I witnessed Father Dale guide my sweet husband into heaven.  I felt like he

Savannah Abbott’s Reflection

November 7th, 2022|

Healing a Broken Heart At the time I am writing this, the group that went on a pilgrimage to Italy have been home for a few days, and I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what I experienced and what I learned about myself. I had a God moment that I would like to share with you, but first a little background as to why this moment was so powerful. When Father Dale baptized me in August

Jody Serey’s Reflection

October 31st, 2022|

Friendship and Faith I spent many years digging deep into the theoretical aspects of Christian belief. Fortunately, my steadily increasing age finally rescued me from this pursuit. My enthusiasm for somewhat detached intellectual considerations decreased in direct proportion to the number of candles I had on my birthday cake. Instead, I found my faith in the midst of real life and real people. Births and deaths, triumphs and tragedies, and the relentless passing of time taught me more than

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

October 24th, 2022|

What Faith Can Do At one of our God and Coffee events at church we were having discussion about what was going on in our world. There were a lot of negativity and people were losing hope in humanity for all the chaos that was happening. When I shared an unfamiliar perspective, Father Dale commented I have a Pollyanna look at life. People laughed and I had no clue what the statement meant.  So, I went and looked it

Dawn Paschke’s Reflection

October 17th, 2022|

Purpose in Life Everyone has a purpose in life, a ministry. We may be searching for it or in the middle of it. I recognize when I’m in the middle of my purpose, I feel I’m where I’m meant to be, by the sense of clarity, connection, and passion for what I am doing. I often tell others my greatest purpose in life is to be a mother to my boys, they are my greatest achievement. Ministry for me

Rachel Freeman’s Reflection

October 10th, 2022|

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1 I grew up going to church every Sunday but as a child and young teen, I never truly understood the love of God, or even what having a relationship with Him looked like. I was a high-level athlete focused

Deacon Peter Palmer’s Reflection

October 3rd, 2022|

An Old Belt My brother called from Seattle, Washington the other day, laughing so hard I could not imagine what was so funny! It seems he was working on a project around the house and needed to put on his work belt that had not been used for several years. You guessed it, the belt missed closing by four inches, which he thought was pretty funny and a little embarrassing. At that moment I decided I should check to see

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

August 29th, 2022|

Most of us are not very good when it come to prayer. Even those of us in the “God Biz” still struggle with knowing what prayer is and struggle with praying. As a child, prayer was easy enough to do at night by kneeling on the side of the bed. As a teen, I did not have a clue about prayer except to say a prayer before a big test in school. In the seminary, prayer was very routine:

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

August 22nd, 2022|

The Field of Dreams One of my favorite movies of all time is “The Field of Dreams.” It is a story of a man named Ray who hears a voice as he is walking through his cornfield that says, “If you build it, he will come.” Ray decides to listen to the voice and builds a baseball field in the middle of Iowa and the adventure begins. In the movie he begins a journey that leads him to reconcile

Joe Sesniak’s Reflection

August 15th, 2022|

I can do it myself! That has been my governing philosophy for nearly my entire adult life.   Only in the last couple of years have I begun to realize how untrue that statement is.  In fact, my pride resulted in my obdurate refusal to see God’s love for me coming through others.  But pride leads us the wrong direction (Proverbs 26:12 NAB). I am an intensely private person; slow to open up and often perceived as aloof.  In my

Mary McMahon’s Reflection

August 8th, 2022|

In a world full of hate Be a light. When you do somebody wrong Make it right. Don’t hide in the dark you were born to shine. In a world full of hate Be a light. These lyrics are so simple.  Are you a light?  How do people see you? Positive, happy, and joyful? I think PWC is a perfect example of all of us being a light. The energy, love and acceptance  we all feel when we walk

Carl Leben’s Reflection

August 1st, 2022|

This is the third reflection I have written and for some reason the most difficult. In the past when I was asked to write a reflection it seemed I always had a theme or idea that I wanted to write about. This time nothing, and the more effort I put into it the more distant the words and ideas became. I imagine those who know me probably feel this is normal operating procedure for me. At first, I was

Deacon John Null’s Reflection

July 25th, 2022|

It is an honor to share thoughts with the PWC community, which is such an integral part of my life. Over the years I have watched the spirit move and change lives in the community, including mine. I remember the day I felt drawn to the fledgling community that was born out of brokenness within the body from our previous community. I called FD for a lunch meeting, and he graciously accepted. As we ate, I shared with him

Mary Jo West’s Reflection

July 18th, 2022|

The Power of Prayer After "failing" at retiring, I decided to look for a part-time job that would help keep my mind sharp. Yet, one that would also help others. I found that perfect job over three years ago at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport. Three days a week, I work behind the information desks and get to calm passengers down and point them in the right direction. Most people are nice. A few can be bullying and abrasive! Many

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

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