Thursday, December 10, 2020
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Linda and Phil Sommerville

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
 I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7
 
A key component of the Advent season is waiting. It is a season of anticipation as we await Christmas day to celebrate the birth of Immanuel, God with us. It is a season of waiting on God to enter the hearts and lives of our loved ones and those we don’t even know. It is also a season to remember that we are waiting for the ultimate return of Jesus, the King of Kings.
 
Often, when in a season of waiting, we are waiting for a change to happen in our circumstances or in us personally. During this year of Covid, we’ve all experienced change and waiting in our daily lives. The changes Covid brought has made life feel chaotic and out of balance. So, we wait. We wait for a vaccine, wait to see and hug friends and family again, wait for life to change “back to normal.”
 
Waiting and change often go hand in hand. As things change, we wait to see how it’s going to turn out. We wait to see what it’s going to lead to. We seek to discern what God is up to, where he is leading and what he is preparing us for.
 
Think of a caterpillar in a cocoon. Changes are happening, but in the cocoon it’s all dark. Inside the cocoon the caterpillar must go through a waiting process, waiting for just the right moment to enter a new reality. And during the waiting, the caterpillar can’t imagine what it will be when it emerges.
 
Think of this year as a cocoon. We're waiting for Covid to be over, waiting for things to go “back” to normal. But what if God is using this time to do something new? What if God is preparing us for something we can’t imagine? What if we don’t go “back” but emerge as something new, no longer a caterpillar but a butterfly ready to soar?
 
Can God use Covid to do such a thing? Think about it for only a moment and you know the answer. Joseph was sold into slavery, betrayed and imprisoned. Moses lived in self-exile. David fled for his life and lived in caves while being hunted. Jesus went into the wilderness. Saul was blinded before he became the apostle Paul. Time and again we see that in change and waiting, even difficult change, GOD IS AT WORK!
 
Waiting can be painful, it can be uncomfortable. Waiting will stretch our patience to the limit and it will drive us to our knees in prayer. God uses the waiting. Waiting teaches us that we are not in control, that we must surrender our desire for control and instead trust in God in times of change.
 
There is a difference, though, between waiting around and waiting on God. Waiting around is a passive, “checked out” approach to getting through something. We are not engaged. We are not expectantly looking for signs of God’s appearing. We are just gritting our teeth trying to get through it.
 
Waiting on God involves intentional effort to connect with God in worship, Bible study, and prayer. Waiting on God involves:
  • paying attention for the still, small voice of God
  • recognizing the unexpected blessings in the midst of change
  • noticing the opportunities to love a neighbor
 
Waiting on God also means recognizing how you are changing. If you notice you’re changing for the worse, turn to God in confession and ask him to transform your attitude, and help you notice your blessings. If you’re changing for the better, thank God and ask him how he wants you to use these changes to accomplish his plans for you.
 
Here are a few questions for you to reflect on in your waiting:
  • What kind of change is God bringing into your life this Advent season?
  • What about that change is challenging for you?
  • How might God be using this change to direct and prepare you for the plans he has for you?
  • In the midst of change, how might God be inviting you to more actively wait on him, rather than just waiting around? 

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14
CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE
STARTS SUNDAY

Starting Sunday, we will be collecting nonperishable food for our ministry partner the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank.

Collecting food all of NEXT week!

You can drop groceries off by the church office door next to the fountain from 9-4 Monday through Thursday.
Or you can call Nelson and Bev Schmidt at 916-872-4711 and they will come to your house.

Get your neighbors involved!

Many people are willing to support a project that helps those in need and it is a way to introduce others to our church. Use the link below to get a flyer you can pass around to your neighbors, or create your own. Once you collect your neighborhood donations, you can deliver them to the church or to Nelson and Bev Schmidt's house, 7605 Timberose in Sun City. Or, call them and they'll come by and pick up donations from you.

To download a flyer you can print and hand out CLICK HERE. Add the day and time you will come by to pick up groceries and put your name and address at the bottom and possibly your phone number. Afterwards, be sure to thank those who participate with you in this important drive.
FAREWELL PLANS for Wyley Wilkin & Family

As you have heard, Wyley will be leaving us at the end of the year and will be moving to Knoxville, TN early in January to pursue his Master’s degree. To celebrate the ministry he has had at Pleasant Grove Community Church, express our appreciation and love, and give you an opportunity to say your own goodbyes, we are planning the following.

  • A conversation with Wyley and Lyndsay and an official sending off in our Sunday service on December 27th.
  • A Drive-Thru Farewell under the portico on the west side of the church on Sunday, January 3rd from 1-2 pm. This is a COVID-friendly way to say good-bye so please stay in your car and wait for your turn to drive through and briefly chat with Wyley and the family. Please be sure to wear your mask!
  • A Card Shower. You can send a card for Wyley to the church, or you can drop-off your card during the Drive-Thru. Please do NOT mail your card to Wyley’s home as he will be in transition and the cards may get lost or misplaced.
  • If you want to give a good-bye gift to Wyley, please include it in your card. Checks should be made out to Wyley Wilkin. If you are looking for a gift card idea, they love Trader Joes (and there's one near them in TN)

We are so very grateful for the ministry Wyley and Lyndsay have had here at PGCC. We have all been blessed by their presence, music and heart for the Lord. We want to make sure we send them off with all of our love.
TWO ONLINE CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
NEXT WEEK
with our own Wyley Wilkin
performing in several songs

featuring a duet with
Wyley and Lyndsay!

partially recorded at PGCC

Next Thursday or Friday
December 17 or 18
7:30 PM

How to Watch the Show
Visit www.rsvpchoir.org on show night
Click the link to your preferred viewing platform either
YouTube or Facebook
Sing along as loud as you like!
WJU CHOIR
Christmas Concert

Friday, December 18
7:00 PM

How to Watch the Show
On show night, go to www.jessupmusic.com
and follow the instructions

Hear your favorite Christmas classics
SHARE YOUR ART
Water Color by Dawn Jennings
Share your arts and crafts with us by emailing a picture of them to 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com
PICK UP AN ADVENT DEVOTIONAL
A FREE Gift for you!

We are providing a free advent devotional booklet for every household at PGCC as our gift to help you grow in faith and stay rooted in the spirit of Christmas.

You can pick up you booklet by the church office doors near the fountain during office hours Monday-Thursday, 9:00-4:00.
HOW TO GIVE TO PGCC

You can GIVE by:
  1. Mail addressed to the Church at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747.
  2. Online through our website, www.pgcc.church, or by clicking on the blue button below.

If you need assistance setting up your Online Giving, please call Cyndi at the office, Mon-Thu, 916-771-4447. Leave a message if no one answers.
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1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
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