Monday, August 24, 2020
A Devotional Thought by Lois Coady

I recently had the honor of officiating at the gravesides of a couple of our dear women who have passed of natural causes during this pandemic. While families were disappointed to not be able to have a traditional Celebration of Life at the church, they were blessed to have a nice graveside service to honor the memory of their loved one.

I remember the pastor who officiated my parent’s services telling us of his experience at the bedside of people in their final moments. If the individual did not know Christ, there was a fear in their eyes, he said, whereas a believer had peace in their eyes. I have only been at the bedside of my parents and sister-in-law in their final moments on earth, and can affirm the calmness and peace that surround children of God.

Grieving families tell a story too. When a family without faith loses a loved one, there is deep, deep sorrow and an overwhelming sense of their loved one being lost forever. They picture their loved one suspended in this space called “death” with no hope or future. On the other hand, while Christian families still mourn their loss deeply, there is a distinct peace and even joy because their loved one has moved on to heaven. This brings a completely different feeling before, during and after the service.

In Matthew 6:19-21 we read,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy,
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

When our faith is anchored in God, we know that our future, here on earth as well as into eternity is secure. Possessions do not matter as much anymore because we possess what money cannot buy. We possess the freedom to live as God ordained us to and die surrounded by His grace.

So, how are you feeling about your final moments here on earth? Do you know where you are going when you take your last breath? If you aren’t sure, please reach out. Don’t let another sun set without taking a step in God’s direction. Let us know that you are struggling with the whole issue of heaven and hell and that you want to better understand how to ensure your eternal home is in heaven with God, your Heavenly Father. You can contact us by phone, 916-771-4447, or by email at We will get back with you.
Your neighbors may not be ready to step into our church , nor can they at the moment, but they can explore who we are and participate in our services from our website

We have created a postcard you can use to invite them to check us out online.

You can come by the office (buzz us at the east side door by the fountain) and pick some up or call and ask for some to be mailed to you. You can take them to your neighbors or mail them. The backside is blank so you can write a personal message.

We have plenty, so be generous in sharing them!
Pen and ink drawing by Christiane Fitzgerald

We all have a story to tell about our relationship with Jesus. It may be recent or from a long time ago. It may be about how you became a Christian or about some event in your life where you experienced the work of God. Sharing our stories reinforces that the God we talk about is real, and really does the things we say He does.

Your story will be a lift to so many others. You can write it, or share it with us over the phone and we will write it for you. Let us know of your willingness to share by emailing or calling us at the office: 916-771-4447.
If you have a need, don’t keep it a secret! If you need prayer, if there is an emergency, if you need help, if you need groceries, if you are going crazy and just need to chat, call or email us.

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Blessings, PGCC staff

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