Thursday, January 7, 2021

TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Pastor Phil

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul puts into prayer his heart, his greatest desires, the things that keep him going. It’s a prayer that captivates me because it not only expresses my desires for myself, it also expresses the reason why I do what I do, why I am a pastor, why I preach and teach and write. It captures my heart.
 
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power 
through his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
Ephesians 3:16-19
 
That’s my heart—that I, and you, and as many others as possible be filled to all the fullness of God. My head spins at the thought of being filled to the fullness of God. I cannot comprehend all of what that means. I have contemplated that one powerful phrase for years and I pray for it daily.

I want to be filled with the fullness of God. I want to be captivated by God and all of God’s glory. I want to see the world as God sees it, see others as God sees them, desire as God desires, and respond as God does. I want to be so full of God’s fullness that there is no place left for selfishness, no place for temptation to stick. So full, that people see Christ in me and experience Christ through me.

I want that for you as well.

I want you to have more than just knowledge about God. I want you to be strengthened with power by the Spirit in your inner being. I want you to intimately know God’s love that surpasses comprehension.

I want you to be so rooted in your experience of God that though the storms of life may shake you, they won’t topple you.

I want your relationship with God to be so deeply embedded in your heart, that even if your mental faculties start to slip your relationship with God will still be vibrant.

I want you to be so established in God that even when you can’t physically be with others, you are still able to nourish your faith.

I want you to be filled to all the fullness of God!

So, I spend my days thinking about what we as a church and staff can do to nourish and strengthen you as you continue to become Christ-like and filled to all the fullness of God. Towards that goal, we offer exercises that are biblical, time-tested and allow the Holy Spirit to continue God’s work of filling you to all His fullness. You will find these exercises readily available on our church website. CLICK HERE

The foundation of all spiritual formation is immersion in God’s Word. The Bible is God’s “living” word (see Heb. 4:12). God uses it to form us (see 2 Tim. 3:16-17). You need to be in God’s word daily. Not just reading it, but soaking it in, letting it challenge you, asking what God is saying to you and how God wants you to apply it today.

However, daily Bible reading can become routine and boring. So, at our first staff meeting of the year ...

Pastor Scott challenged us to change up our routines and find a daily devotional that will challenge us to think and inspire us to act.

You are invited to join us!

Here are the devotional books some of us have chosen for ourselves. I recommend them to you, or you may want to use a different daily devotional book.

Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff - Pastor Scott
Hearing God Through the Year by Dallas Willard – Pastor Phil
Unshakable by Christine Caine – Lois Coady
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – Brandon Young

Other Recommendations:
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
You are the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
A Year with CS Lewis
My Daily Pursuit by AW Tozer
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Find a good daily devotional then use it as a tool to immerse yourself in God’s word and allow God to fill you to all His fullness.

We plan to share gems of insight we gain from our daily devotions with each other. I invite you to share your discoveries with us as well by emailing them to us at 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com.
TAKE OUR ANONYMOUS POLL

We are looking for new ways to connect with you and allow you an opportunity to engage with us. Please take a moment to choose your answers to the following two questions. Your response is anonymous so you can tell the truth, not what you wish was the truth :) THANKS!
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Is a daily devotional time important to your spiritual growth?
Yes
No
How often do you spend time reading your Bible?
Daily or almost daily
2-3 times a week
Once a week
Once in awhile
can food
FOOD COLLECTION This Week
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!
FOR OUR LADIES
A VIRTUAL NEW YEAR'S EVENT

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Believe It -
God Has Confidence in YOU!

Ladies, mark your calendar for this New Year’s message just for YOU! 

This short, virtual event will include:
  • a sing-along with Jean Oas & Jan Percy
  • an inspiring devotion with Lois Coady
  • an update from Tanya Flores from Sierra Pregnancy Center 

This videotaped event will be available on Saturday, January 16. Look for the link in a special email that will be sent out that day. You will also find it posted on our church website and YouTube channel.
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 (We can help you with Zoom if you need it)

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 Dawn Jennings

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