Tuesday, January 19, 2021

TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

I just paid for a 12-month gym membership.
My bank called to see if my credit card had been stolen.
Ouch!

A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Pastor Phil

Psalm 18:5-7
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.
 
For today’s devotional thought I want to try something different. Rather than sharing with you the thoughts that God impressed on me from scripture, I want you to develop the thoughts God has impressed directly on you through his word. To do this, we are going to use a short passage from Psalm 118 that is printed above.

Here are the steps I invite you take.
 
1.   Prepare yourself: Find as quiet and comfortable a spot as you can. Close your eyes and quiet your mind. Breathe in and out slowly. Focus on your breathing and not on distractions. After moment pray as you breathe. As you breathe in say something like: “Lord speak to me” and as you breathe out: “through your word.” You may even want to repeat that prayer a few times as you breathe allowing God to draw your focus on him and his word.
 
2.   Read the verses.
 
3.   Ask yourself: What seemed to jump out at me as I read?  Don’t analyze why at this point, just be aware
 
4.   Read the verses again, maybe even out loud. Our mind seems to process things a little differently when we speak the words out loud. It’s one of the interesting ways God made us. Did anything else catch your attention when you read it the second time?
 
5.   Now ask yourself why those words or phrases may have stood out to you?
What is going on in your life that these words are speaking into?
Is there a promise you need to hold on to, an encouragement you need to hear, an action you need to commit to taking?
God is speaking to you through these words of scripture. What is it he wants you to hear? And how does that make you feel?
 
6.   Read the passage one more time and allow the words to really soak in.
 
I hope you will try this exercise and pray that you will hear God’s voice and experience his presence and be strengthened. Amen.

WE NEED YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!!!

We can us contributions of:
  • Devotional thoughts (400-700 words) (Pastor Phil will edit)
  • Artwork (photos, drawings, paintings, crafts, etc.)
  • Humor
  • Recipes (for Pastor Phil to try to make while filming)

Please email your contributions to: 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com

THANKS! Our emails are a blessing because of what you contribute.
RESULTS FROM THURSDAY'S POLL

1. Did you make a New Year's resolution?
One said "Yes" and 24 said "No"

2. If so, have you already broken it?
Out of the four who said they had made a resolution, five said "no" they hadn't broken it and one said "yes." Go figure.
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
Photo taken by Christiane Fitzgerald of Sun City

Share your arts and crafts with us by emailing a picture of them to 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name.
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.
  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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