Pleasant Grove Community Church

June 11, 2020

Pick Up A Mask



You don't have to live in Sun City

Masks will be required
when we return to church

A Devotional Thought by Linda and Phil Sommerville

And now for the rest of the story.

Yesterday we shared the story of the Prodigal Son. Maybe you connected in some way this memorable story told by Jesus. But we didn't finish the story. There's one more character to introduce--the older brother.

While the party was going on inside, he stayed outside shooting hoops in the driveway. While the party goers celebrated by filling themselves with delicious food, the older brother chewed on his jealous anger.

"After bitter arguing, dad finally gave in and took out a loan so 'my brother' could take his inheritance early."

"He rejected us and left. Didn't tell us where he was going. Never heard from him again. Mom and dad have suffered for years from that rejection."

"Suddenly he shows up out of the blue and the money is gone! What did he do with all that money? Wasted it, that's what! Well, too bad. He had his money. He made his choices. Now he has to deal with the consequences."

"I have stayed home. I have been responsible. I have remained working in the family business. I haven't rejected my parents, hurt my parents or wasted their money and life's work. I have been the good son."

"But they celebrate him! He get's a party! I've never gotten a party like that and I've done everything right. I've been the GOOD SON!"

"This is WRONG!!!"

By now, he is no longer shooting baskets. He's throwing the ball against the garage door. Bang, bang, bang.

The father comes out to see what is the matter. Why is he not joining the celebration over his own brother's return? The son goes through his litany of reasons. Angry at his brother. Angry at his treatment. Angry at his father.

“My son," the father said, "you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." Luke 15:31-32

I sympathize with the old brother. I am an oldest brother myself. I understand the anger. Where is the fairness? Where is the justice? The older brother had done everything right. He was faithful, loyal, obeyed and respected his parents, worked hard, saved wisely. Yet the reprobate gets the party!

The older brother had done everything right except for one thing.

He had faithfully obeyed and done everything by the book, yet missed the things most important of all.

He failed to share the Father's heart. He did not have the Father's love.

We can get so caught up in doing everything by the book, so caught up in being "good," that we start to dislike the ones who aren't putting in the same effort. We shake our heads and our fingers at those who reject our Father, not realizing that in doing so we are failing to share our Father's heart.

If you see signs of the older brother in you, this is a cautionary tale. Confess and share the heart of our Heavenly Father who pulls up his robes and runs towards those who turn to Him, who rejoices over every person who was "dead and is alive again, was lost and is found." Let us share that heart.
Coming Sunday In Our Sunday Worship Video

Give time to reading your Bible and prayer
As we approach the reopening of our church it would be easy to forego reading the Bible and spending time in prayer because “we will be doing that together on Sunday.” Don’t kid yourself. If you don’t have a personal relationship with God and spend time with Him alone, all of the corporate worship activities in the world will not make a difference in your life! Our salvation is based on our personal acceptance of Christ and our personal nurturing of an ongoing relationship with our Heavenly Father. No one else can do it for you.

So, take some time starting today to pray and ask God to open your heart and mind to what He has to say to you. Read the Daily Devotion included in this email, then open your Bible (if you don’t have one let us know in the Church office and we will get one to you) and look up the scripture(s) included in it. Do this expectantly with an open heart and mind, then wait for God to speak to you. I expect that He will do just that. Amen. 

Give time to reach out to someone
Now that things are moving back to something “more normal,” you may find your friends and neighbors needing even more help. As people get back to their own lives, fewer will be available to pick up and deliver groceries. Fewer people will be willing to pick up prescriptions or run other errands. As a result, we will likely see an increase in the need for help with these basic activities. Be ready to help out as you can.

Phone calls and emails will continue to be important to many people who are still isolated even though the restrictions have been lifted. If you know of someone, or God directs you to someone who needs a personal touch, make that call or send that email to check in. Then, if possible, setup a time to get together for a visit on the patio or an evening walk through the neighborhood if they are able. Remember, when you bless someone else you too will be blessed.  “Freely you have received; freely give.”  Matthew 10:8b

Continue to give your offering to the Church
We appreciate each and every gift you give to support the ministry of our church and even more important, we appreciate each one of you!

Please continue to give your tithes and offerings in one of these two ways: 

  1. Mail in your offering - We are at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747. We check the mail daily.
  2. Give online - Go to our website,, select the COMMUNICATE tab at the top on the right hand side, then select the “Giving Made Easy” from the drop down menu. Start by completing the personal profile. Have your checking account number and bank routing number handy then follow the directions through the process of setting your online giving up. It is easy, fast and secure.
 We want to put together a video for Father's Day. So, men, please
send us a picture of you wearing your favorite (or wildest):
SHIRT , or HAT , or TIE
for St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank

We are collecting food all week .

You can drop nonperishable food at the west entrance of the church, under the portico. There will be a large, grey tote next to the bench.
One of Pastor Scott's favorite passages

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Colossians 2:6-7
These verses remind me of some of the essentials my faith in Christ is based upon. First, it reminds me of my life changing commitment to Christ as my Lord. Second, it reminds me of the call on my life to continue to live in Him and for Him. And third, it reminds me to have at my core an ever-joyful expression of thankfulness as His follower. 
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
Call us at 916-771-4447 (Please leave a message if no one answers.)
Email us at
Prayer Requests to
Write us at 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

Blessings, PGCC staff

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Pleasant Grove Community Church
1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
(916) 771-4447