Tuesday, January 5, 2021

TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

I never thought I'd be the kind of person
to wake up early in the morning to exercise...
I was right.

A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Lois Coady

As I contemplate the New Year, I can’t help wonder what God has in store for us? Do you ever do that as a new year beckons? Look ahead in an effort to anticipate what God might have planned just around the corner? The truth is, I can never tell. My sight is so limited but His is expansive.

After years of trying, I’ve learned not to make resolutions or get caught up in goal setting for the year ahead because when things don’t work out as I imagined, I can become disappointed and really get down on myself.

I have also learned two other things:
  • ONE, my resolutions and goals may or may not align with what God has for me
  • TWO, what God has planned for me is far better than anything I could have imagined.

The Bible speaks about this in Proverbs 16:9, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” I don’t know if this comforts you as much as it does me but I hope it does. More than anything else, I want what God wants for me.

Instead of forecasting what I believe is ahead, I have learned to let the year unfold like a beautifully wrapped package. I just untie the bow on New Year’s Eve with a prayer of openness for the upcoming year and let God do the rest. When I do this, I know what I find will be perfect for me.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
 
According to my Study Bible about Proverbs 3:6, the “Hebrew word, yashar, literally means ‘to make smooth, straight, right’ and includes the idea of removing obstacles that are in the way. God will straighten the stressful paths. He does not say when or how; He just promises that He will.”
 
I have proven this true, God will make our paths straight as we trust Him. I plan to do that this new year and challenge you to do the same; let's embrace the new year of 2021 together. 
can food
FOOD COLLECTION This Week

The first 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!
JOIN AN ONLINE BIBLE STUDY FOR THE NEW YEAR
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

The Names of God: His Character Revealed
By Melissa Spoelstra

A 7-week Video Study

First & Third Tuesday each month
Two time options: 9:30am or 7:00pm
Begins Tuesday, January 19 and ends April 20, 2021

Offered ONLINE via ZOOM

Melissa Spoelstra leads women on an exploration of the many names of our triune God—from Abba to Yahweh. As we study what God’s names tell us, our ideas about God will become more grounded and create a greater trust in Him. Through the discovery of God’s names, we will discover Him!

The cost will be $18.00 for the workbook which you can mail to the Church or bring in when you pick up your workbook the week before class.

Please RSVP to Lois at the church office, 916-771-4447, as soon as possible.
A CLOSER LOOK AT JESUS
BIBLE STUDY
Open to All

Led by the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Bennett

Offered ONLINE via ZOOM
Mondays, 1-2 pm

Email Marilyn at mbci123@aol.com to sign-up.
If you have never been on ZOOM, Marilyn or others will help you.
Grief Share provides a caring environment to find you’re not alone as you learn to walk a “new normal” after the death of a spouse, parent, sibling, child,
or friend. This course will help you find joy in life as you
walk with God through this difficult time.

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

Offered ONLINE via ZOOM
we can help you learn how to use Zoom on your computer

If interested, contact Kay Thomson at katie.thomson@yahoo.com.
SHARE YOUR ART
Water color by Christiane Fitzgerald

Share your arts and crafts with us by emailing a picture of them to 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name.
OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL FOR JAN-MAR

Available Tues-Thurs during office hours, 9:00-4:00.
Outside the east Office door by the fountain.
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
(916) 771-4447 www.pgcc.church
Email: 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com