Pleasant Grove Community Church

May 5, 2020
My wife yelled from upstairs and asked, "Do you ever get shooting pain across your body, like someone's got a voodoo doll of you and they're stabbing it?"

Sounding concerned, I replied, "No."

She responded, "How about now?"

I was chatting with one of the ladies from my Elijah Bible study this past week. She quipped, “It sure will be fun to hear everyone’s quarantine stories when we are back together too!” That made me think, we likely will have some funny stories to tell each other. Don’t you have a few? I sure do, like…
As I prepared for my first trip out to the grocery store, I knew I needed something to cover my face so I rummaged around the house (because we don’t keep surgical masks in our linen closet). Finally, I found the perfect thing! I came across one of my Dad’s old kerchiefs. As I picked up the kerchief, I was feeling melancholy reminiscing about and missing Dad. I decided to take a “selfie” and text it to our kids, my best friend, and my siblings. The reactions I got were hilarious and quickly lightened my mood.

My brother wrote, “Looks great, Lois. Especially on a former bank manager.”

Followed by our daughter who is a local Public Defender, “Gang colors? You look like a conflicted client.”

Then a follow-up response from my brother, “These are desperate times, ‘Former bank manager robs bank.’”

Then again from daughter, “Don’t forget your meatloaf gloves! … Now you are ready!” What a funny exchange of sentiments that had me laughing out loud when we were done.

And then there was our Skype call with the great-grandkids. Our daughter could not get the sound working on her laptop so they could see but not hear us. After 5-10 minutes of struggling with the audio on her computer, we finally decided to just do some “Gpa and Gma sign language.” WE – pointing to ourselves – LOVE – making the shape of a heart with our hands – YOU – pointing to the children. They caught on quickly and before we knew it, everyone was giggling with the various signs and faces we were making at each other. Even though they could not hear us, it was one of the funniest interactions we have ever had with them and I know they will remember it.

You know, God is so gracious to us. He is so ready to help us adjust to the bumps in the road we face in life and show us the humor in all of it. Just yesterday, I read I Peter 5:6-7 again,

“Humble yourselves therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

What a wonderful reminder. First, we need to humble ourselves before God. We know that He is good and only wants what is best for us, so we need to trust him to lift us up when the timing is right.

Then we need to cast all of our anxiety on Him. That means we need to toss all of it away and let go of anything that causes us to doubt and get trapped in the cycle of fear.

Why? Because He cares for you! He cares so deeply for us that even the smallest concern of ours concerns Him. Now, who can argue with that.
Have You Seen THE CHOSEN?

The Chosen is a miniseries on the life of Jesus and Pastor Phil highly recommends it. Eight episodes have been filmed so far taking us through Jesus meeting the Woman at the Well.

It was made available to watch as an app on your phone, but it is also available on You Tube. CLICK HERE for the link to the You Tube channel.

You will find a number of different videos on the channel. Look for the ones that say "The Chosen Global Livestream:Episode One"...Episode Two...etc. The video will include the director talking about the show at the beginning and the end. If you just want to watch the show, fast forward to the show.

Did you know you may be able to watch You Tube videos on your TV? Some cable or satellite providers include You Tube through their Menu button. Or, if you have a Smart TV hooked up to your Wifi, you can get to You Tube through your TV menu.
Here are 4 Ways You Can Share God's Love with the Community!

1. Neighborhood Outreach Called "NEED PRAYER?"
We are going to launch a way for people in the community to contact us and ask for prayer. We need people willing to pray   when a prayer request is received .

PLEASE CONTACT US IF INTERESTED   and we will give you the details.
We will launch this in a few days.
2. Send a Thank You Note to Our Local Grocery Store Workers!
The people who are making sure we have food available are also taking risks to do so. Let's show them God's love by expressing our gratitude.

There are 103 employees at the Raley's on Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks. We have all of their first names. Would you be willing to write a thank you note to a few of them? If enough of us do so, all 103 will be showered with appreciation, which they probably seldom receive, especially in writing.

Here's how:
  1. Contact the office at
  2. Let us know how many cards you want to write (you provide the card or stationary)
  3. We will email you a list of names to write to and give you instructions on how to send the cards or notes.

Our hope is that all of you will participate! THANK YOU to those who already have sent cards!

3. Donate to the Food Bank
The need there is unprecedented right now. We will collect food items all week long. Just drop off your nonperishable items in the grey container next to the doors on the west side of the church where the drive-thru portico is. Someone will pick up your donation each evening. Get your neighbors involved! Ask them to make donations as well and then offer to pick their donations up and bring them to the church.

4. Send a Thank You to Our Fire Fighters and Police Officers

Roseville Fire Department
Attention Station #5
316 Vernon St. Suite 480
Roseville, CA 95678

Send a separate card to Station #9 to the same address but change the "Attention" line to "#9."

Roseville Police Department
1051 Junction Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
Painting by Beverly Green

Do you have original art that you created and would like to share? It can be paintings, drawings, crafts, sewing, photography, sock puppets...If so, send a picture of the piece to us at .
Do you need help? Someone to talk to? Running out of food or supplies? Please reach out and contact us. We are trying to make sure everyone in our congregation gets a call, just to check in, from someone else in our congregation, but it's a long list and sometimes we have the wrong information. You don't need to wait for a call, you can contact us. We are here for you.

If you are at high-risk and/or not able to do your own grocery shopping, please request assistance through the PGCC Shopping Assistance Program. If you need assistance, please call the church office at 916-771-4447 and someone will contact you to make arrangements.

Call us at 916-771-4447 (If no one answers, please leave a message.)
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