Pleasant Grove Community Church

May 8, 2020
excerpted from Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church

One of the most famous Christians of the 19th century was Hudson Taylor. He was a missionary to China, a spiritual giant, and a brilliant man. In his old age, he lost his health and became quite weak. He wrote a letter to a friend that said this: "I am so weak I can no longer work. I am so weak I can no longer study. I am so weak I can no longer read my Bible. I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in the arms of God like a little child in trust."
I think a lot of us can relate to this right now. Quarantine has you feeling exhausted and weak, whether it's emotionally, spiritually, or physically. What do you do in those moments? You rest in the strength of the Lord. And in his arms, like a little child, you trust. 

Your strength is limited. But God's strength is unlimited. Your strength is finite. But God's strength is infinite. Your strength is exhaustible - that's why you get exhausted! But God's strength is inexhaustible. God never runs out of energy. God never gets tired.

That's the paradox of depending on God:
The more you're weak, the more you depend on him.
And the more you depend on God, the stronger you are.
We Need Your Help to Send 70 More Cards!
Send Thanks to Our Local Grocery Store Workers

Between you and the church staff every employee at Raleys have received at least two cards of appreciation from us. If you can help us send 70 more cards, everyone will receive three!

Besides the staff, no men have volunteered to send cards.
That's embarrassing. So, men (and women), if only 14 of you volunteer to write and send just five cards, we will have it covered. If you want to do more, that's better yet.

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.

THANK YOU to those who already have sent cards!
Painting by Stella Maynard

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 .

Can you find the names of 16 books of the Bible hidden in the following paragraph? Pastor Phil managed to find 15 (it took 3 tries). We'll share the answers next week. Good luck.

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible (merely by a fluke). It kept people looking so hard for the facts and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the name of the books were not capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now. There really are sixteen names of books in this story.
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.
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.)
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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