Thursday, February 11, 2021

TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Pastor Phil

I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
 
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31-33
 
Are you familiar with these verses? I’ve been thinking a lot about them lately. Paul is dealing with questions about eating food offered to idols which doesn’t relate to our world today, but in the discussion, Paul has offered principles that can guide us in making decisions and honoring Jesus in the situations we face in today’s world.
 
I want to point out the principles and then share how the church staff have been endeavoring to apply them as an illustration of how we can allow God’s word to be a living word that transforms our lives and world, and gives God glory.
 
Principle 1: The Lost Take Priority Over the Found
“I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” The emphasis here is on our witness to non-believing neighbors. This is the foundational principle. We do NOT seek what is best for us—what will make us happiest, make us most comfortable. Instead, we seek the good of others, especially those who are not believers. We do not do things that will cause others to stumble on their way to discovering Jesus. We do not give them reasons to discount our message because our actions don’t match our message of loving our neighbor as ourselves. This is in line with Jesus’ own example and teaching when he said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17
 
Principle 2: Our Witness Takes Priority Over Our Rights
“‘I have the right to do anything,’…but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive.”  We may have the “right” to do something, but that does not mean it’s wise, beneficial or constructive. And the measurement for beneficial and constructive is not if it’s beneficial to ourselves, but if it's beneficial to others “so they may be saved.
 
Principle 3: “Do It All for the Glory of God”
It is about God’s glory, not personal glory. And what gives God glory is being a witness, living up to the message that Jesus loves others so much that he gave up his rights and sacrificed his life for them.
 
So, how are we seeking to apply these principles as a church?
 
Some have been asking why we continue to not have in person worship services, especially now that the Supreme Court has declared we have the right to meet. This is where these principles come into play. We have the right, but is it beneficial and constructive, and most importantly, is it a good witness?
 
Up until now, we have determined it is not wise to reopen. Our congregation is vulnerable to not only catching the virus, but experiencing the worst of its results. We have recently seen within our own church family how easy it is to catch the virus, even when being cautious. We know not meeting is taking its toll on you. It's taking a toll on us your pastors. However, we love you too much to risk your life and health and we would be devastated if, by coming to church, you were to become infected and suffer.
 
Just as important is our witness to our neighbors. The state and county, based on the advice of health experts who have dedicated their entire lives studying disease, along with tens of thousands of doctors and nurses, have begged people not to gather because, every time they do, infections go up, hospitals get filled, doctors and nurses get more exhausted, and people die. We have decided to honor their wisdom and their sacrifice by not meeting. We feel we would be a poor witness to the community if we were to put them at risk by choosing to meet, increasing the potential for spreading the virus. We want our neighbors to know that we love them enough to sacrifice our right to gather. Our witness takes priority over our rights.
 
So, that is how we are seeking to apply God’s word to this situation. The same principles apply to so many areas of our lives. To apply them, ask yourself:
  • Is this beneficial and constructive for others?
  • Will this be a good witness and draw people towards Christ?
  • Does this give God glory?
 
The good news, though, is that given the current downward trends in infection rates and changes in state recommendations, we believe we can safely reopen on Sunday, February 28th! This is tentative, and can change depending on trends, but for now we are planning to see you in person in just a few weeks.
In Person Services
tentatively scheduled to
BEGIN AGAIN
Sunday, February 28th

If current downward trends in infection rates continue, we plan to open
for worship on
Sunday, February 28th, at
9:30 and 11:00!

Safety precautions will be taken, including: social distancing, mask wearing at all times, RSVP, and sanitizing surfaces before and after each service.
Valentine Box Pick-up
THIS SATURDAY
between 10:00 and Noon

If you reserved a Valentine box, you can pick it up this Saturday by driving through the portico on the westside of the church between 10:00 and noon.
can food
MONTHLY FOOD DRIVE
All Week

On the first Sunday and following week of every month we collect food for the local St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank. Please bring by nonperishable food items and leave them in the grey tote by the west doors under the portico.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY!
This season will be ONLINE ONLY using Zoom. 

Even though we can't be in person yet, we can still support each other and understand the journey others are on. Whether you lost someone in death six months ago or 15 years ago, you can find help within our grief group and, in fact, you may be the person someone else needs to hear from. I have been a Grief Share Facilitator for 11 years and still learn from others experiences. 

Don't let Zoom keep you away!
We can help you learn how to use Zoom on your computer

Grief Share provides a caring environment to find you’re not alone as you learn to walk a “new normal” after the death of someone close to you. This course will help you find joy in life as you walk with God through this difficult time.

Tuesdays, 1-2 pm, starts February 16th
Workbook cost is $15.00

If interested, contact Kay Thomson at katie.thomson@yahoo.com.
SHARE YOUR ART
"Choices: Move Forward or Turn Around"
Acrylic by Yvonne Hogan

Share your art with us by emailing it to 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com.
NEED PRAYER?

Prayer and praise requests can be sent to prayerandpraisetree@gmail.com and will be sent out to our church prayer tree.

If you would like to pray for church prayer requests, please email the church and request to be added to the Prayer Tree Team.
HOW YOU CAN GIVE TO PGCC

You can GIVE by:
  1. Mail addressed to the Church at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747.
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