Wednesday, September 2, 2020
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
A Devotional Thought by Pastor Phil

I am growing numb.
I am starting to feel like the hamster in the wheel. I’m running and going nowhere. Every day seems to just run into the next and then the next and it all feels the same.

When I stop to think objectively about it, I realize none of the things I just said are true. Every day is not the same as the last. I am doing different things, and new things each day and I am getting things accomplished. Yet, despite the objective reality that says differently, I still feel numb, going nowhere, and every day just running into the next. I’ve been wondering why?

I think I’ve stumbled onto the reason. Like everyone else, I am waiting for this pandemic to end but know it’s not going to happen this week, this month, or this year. I am confident it will happen, however, and I am longing for the day it will happen. I think it’s that longing for the end that has me feeling off in the present. Does that make sense?

It's got me thinking about the longing described by the believers in the New Testament for the return of Jesus that will make all things right. They longed because they were facing their own struggles, feeling hostility from Jews on one side and Romans on the other. They longed for it to end. Just as we long for the pandemic to end.

However, in their struggles they held onto a few truths.
  • Jesus was real, had died for their sins and had risen again
  • They were right with God because of their faith in the work of Jesus
  • They were certain of the eternal future they longed for because they knew they were right with God
  • God was with them, pouring his love into them, producing his fruit in them, accomplishing His purposes through them by the Holy Spirit.

As a result, they were able to persevere through the struggles, grow closer to Christ, and even rejoice in the struggles (not because of the struggles, but in the midst of them).

Paul says, “...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5)
 
What does all this mean for how I am feeling? It means I focus on the love being poured into my heart today by the Holy Spirit. As a result, this is not just another day just like the last day and running into the next. This is a new day that I get to experience with God. And because I am confident of my future, I can put it aside and not fret about it.

Instead, I focus on today and ask “God how do you want to bless me today and who do you want me to bless?”

Whew, I feel like I just gave myself a pep talk. I hope I have done the same for you.
DRIVE-THRU COMMUNION IS BACK

This Sunday is communion Sunday. On Sunday, you can drive through the portico on the west side of the church and we will hand you your prepackaged communion cup(s) and wafers. Then, you can take them home and take communion as you watch our video worship service. This is an opportunity to come by, see the staff, say hello, and be prayed for if you like. If you have a food donation for the food bank, we will take that from you as well.

Pick Up Your Communion Elements
this Sunday at the church
9-10 AM
and say "Hi!" to your lonely church staff.
FOOD COLLECTION

The first Sunday (and week) of every month we collect food for our 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!
NEW FALL BIBLE STUDY
“A Closer Look at the Gospel”
Taught by Marilyn Bennett

This study will focus on Peter, John and James and their writings since they are the big THREE founders in the early church, then we will study Hebrews and Romans to get an even clearer view of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the goal of being better equipped to share the Gospel with others.  

This study will be done online using Zoom which allows you to see the rest of the group through your Smartphone, iPad, or computer. If you are not familiar with Zoom we can help you get set up and learn how to use it.

Mondays, 1:00 PM, starting September 7th
Sign-up by contacting Marilyn at 510-676-9727
WOMEN'S FALL BIBLE STUDY
Every day, an invisible war rages around you. A devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this video-based study is for you. The enemy fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. 

This is an online study being offered through Zoom since our building is still closed. (See details about Zoom below.)

1st & 3rd Tuesday each month
Begins Tuesday, September 15,
Ends Tuesday, December 15
Two time options, 9:30AM or 7:00PM
Cost $18.00 (due when book is picked up the week before)

To signup, please contact Lois Coady by calling 916-771-4447 or emailing lecoadypgcc@gmail.com.

We can help you get set up and learn how to use Zoom! 
Just contact us at the office (916-771-4447) to request assistance.
SHARE CHURCH WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS!
We have created a postcard you can use to invite your neighbors and friends to check out our church online.

Please pick up some cards and share them . You can come by the office or we will mail or deliver them to you!

Just because we are not meeting doesn't mean we can't keep inviting!
SHARE YOUR ART
"Heart Cloud"
Photo by Cherie Buller
PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE!

Not only will we all have the opportunity to make and enjoy something delicious, we will also show you one of our staff members making (or trying to make) your recipe with what could be good or hilarious results.

Share by emailing us at the office and be sure to include your full name: 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com.
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
HOW TO 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
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