Pleasant Grove Community Church
July 1, 2020
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

 My husband and I went grocery
shopping with masks.
Got home, took off masks,
brought home wrong husband!
Stay alert people!

A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Don Anderson

Renewing the Mind: Part 5
God commands all Christians to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind" (Ephesians 4:23). As we have seen before, this involves the renovation of our minds by removing the programming the world has been put there over time and replacing it with God’s Word.
 
This reprogramming begins by inputting the Word of God into our hearts and minds through memorization and then retaining it there through meditation. As we saw in the illustration of the hand in a previous post, memorization and mediation are the strongest means for retaining God’s Word in our hearts and minds. Last week we looked at techniques for memorization; this post we will deal with the other half of the equation: meditation.
           
Last week I suggested a sample verse to memorize: Colossians 3:16a. If you memorized it, great! If not, why not give it a try; it’s short yet profound. Once you’ve memorized a verse or portion of scripture, it’s yours; it is now in your mind and your thinking is becoming more like that of Christ. And, once you have scripture in mind, no one can take it away from you. 
           
Assuming that you memorized Colossians 3:16a (or another verse), you now need to keep it fresh in your mind so the Holy Spirit can begin to use it. This is where meditation comes in. Like the example of charging a battery, once a verse or passage is memorized, it must be refreshed periodically to keep it “charged.” Meditation keeps the verses that you’ve memorized freshly charged and ready for the Holy Spirit’s use. This is the process of renewing the mind.
           
Once a verse is well learned and you are meditating on it regularly, begin to add additional verses to your list. Keep meditating on the older verses while learning newer ones.
           
The more scripture you take into your mind, the more the Holy Spirit will be able to teach you about its meaning and how it applies to your life. Over time, you will be amazed at how the Holy Spirit can bring verses to mind in various situations.
           
I like to make memorization/meditation a part of my daily quiet time. I do this while out walking, running, or biking. This not only provides time for exercise, but since I am alone with God during these times, I have the opportunity to meditate on His Word. As I am meditating, I ask God to teach me the meaning of my verses and apply them to my life. I also discuss with God the thoughts that flood my mind. Often I realize new discoveries of the meaning and application of my verses. I love those “ah-ha” moments when a scripture verse becomes more clear and I receive new insight. And, as I mentioned earlier, the more I do this, the easier and more rewarding it gets.
           
As you meditate, don’t be discouraged if you have to go over the passage several times before insights begin to come to mind. As God reveals an insight to you, pray it back to Him and ask Him for the grace to apply that truth in your life. If the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin in your life, confess it to the Lord and be forgiven.
           
As you begin to practice this discipline, you may find that you need to study a verse more deeply. You can check the meaning of words, the context of the verse, and any historical information. This will help give you a bigger picture concerning the verse you are meditating on.     
           
For me, the practice of memorization and meditation is one of the most rewarding parts of my Christian walk. If this is not part of yours, I urge you to give it a try. God’s Holy Spirit lives right there inside of you eager and ready to take the Word and begin to renew your mind with truth and grace. And, there is nothing more that God longs to hear from us than that of us speaking His Word back to Him!
RSVP for This Sunday
July 5 th

Each service will be limited to 100 people per CA guidelines.
RSVP required to manage attendance

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9:30 AM Service is FULL
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For Everyone's Health and Safety
Please do NOT arrive sooner than 15 minutes before service.
Face masks are required.
Keep 6' apart. No physical contact (sorry.)
Leave 3 empty chairs between you and the next person (unless you live
in the same household).

PLEASE STAY HOME IF...
You feel the least bit sick or have a fever.
You don't feel it is safe for you to be out and around others.
We love you and don't want to take any risks with your health.
COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY
WILL BE ONLINE

Because of COVID-19 protections, we will not be serving communion in person this coming Sunday. Instead, we will film a communion video as we've been doing so you can take communion at home. We will send a link to the communion video on Sunday. Have a cracker or piece of bread and a small drink of juice, water or wine ready.

THIS SUNDAY IS BENEVOLENT SUNDAY
We continue to be able to meet people's needs thanks to you benevolent giving. We will have a separate basket, next to the offering boxes for your benevolent giving, or you can give by mail or online indicating it is for the Benevolence Fund.
SHARE YOUR ART
Photo by Barbara Clement
SHARE YOUR CRAFTSMANSHIP
Segmented Wood Turning by Harry Dobson
WE NEED YOUR SHARING!
Please share with us your:
  • Artwork (painting, drawing, photography, craftwork)
  • Favorite Recipe (and if there is a story behind it, share that as well)
  • Favorite Quote (and who it's from)
  • Favorite Bible Verse
  • Garden (if you do your own gardening)
Send your contributions to  1730pgccoffice@gmail.com
FOOD COLLECTION NEXT WEEK
for St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank

This Sunday we will collect items for the food bank as we do the first Sunday of every month. With so many people still unemployed, the need is great. You can bring the non-perishable food items when you come to church on Sunday, or drop it off in the grey tub just outside the doors under the Portico any time NEXT week.
WE NEED YOU for our SUNDAY CLEAN TEAM

 Without this team we cannot have church services!

If you've been looking for something to do to help at PGCC, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

With the need to clean and sanitize restrooms and frequently touched surfaces before and after each service, we are recruiting volunteers for the Sunday Cleaning Team. It only takes 10-15 minutes and we will provide you with gloves, spray and wipes.

If you are interested, please call the office at 916-771-4447, Mo-Th 9-4, or email Lois at  lecoadypgcc@gmail.com .
OUR DAILY BREAD for July has not arrived yet.
We will let you know in this email when it arrives.

In the meantime... did you know that y ou can go to www.ODB.org to read each day's devotion? You can! Give it a try.
IN MEMORY of Phyllis Lindsay

Phyllis passed on to eternal life on Sunday, June 28. Phyllis and her husband, Richard, who are neighbors of Pastor Gene and Elenor Kern, had organized a collection for the Paradise Fire victims that our congregation contributed to. As a result, Richard and Phyllis began attending our church, committed their lives to Jesus and have been growing in faith ever since! So, we mourn her passing and celebrate her eternal life with Christ.
NEW GOOD MORNING PGCC EMAIL SCHEDULE

Our Good Morning PGCC! email will now come out as follows:
Monday: With the Sunday worship service link
Wednesday or Thursday: A midweek boost for all of us.

The Spiritual Growth Saturdays email will come out once or twice a month.
If you have a need , don’t keep it a secret! If you need prayer, if there is an emergency, if you need help, if you need groceries, if you are going crazy and just need to chat, call or email us.

Call us at 916-771-4447 (Please leave a message if no one answers.)
Send Prayer Requests to prayerandpraisetree@gmail.com
Write us at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

Blessings, PGCC staff
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1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
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