Friday, September 4, 2020
TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
One person willing to see past the "trouble" to recognize the potential can change everything. Click on the short video below to see what we mean.
A Devotional Thought by Susan Cosio

I work as a hospital chaplain and spend my week “gowning up” and donning a mask, gloves and goggles in order to see patients. Many of them are facing a health crisis along with financial peril and emotional disequilibrium. For some, it is also a faith crisis as they wonder where God is in the midst of their distress and disorientation.  
 
As a chaplain, I try to be a “non-anxious presence” to patients, families and staff, even in the hardest of times, but COVID-19 is something I haven’t navigated before. I’ve wondered many times in the past few months how to find peace in the midst of a pandemic.
 
Worry, anxiety and fear are a natural – and currently pervasive – response to stressful circumstances. Therapists say they have never seen so many people struggling with these issues. But I have found some comfort in turning my worries into prayer. 
 
The New Testament book of Philippians says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (Philippians 4:6). I don’t think this means that we will never worry, but that we can replace our habit of worry with the practice of prayer. 
 
Sometimes, patients and families tell me they don’t know “how” to pray. But I don’t think there is a formula. I believe “Help me God,” is just as good as any formal prayer.
 
Earlier this week, as I left the house for one of my morning walks, I was feeling tense about going into the hospital. So, I whispered, “God help me,” as my foot stepped onto the dirt path behind our home. I think what I meant was, “God, give me courage to face the day. God let me know you are with me. Assure me you have a plan.” But I couldn’t even articulate those desires. Yet, God seemed to respond to them. 
 
About a minute into my walk, I noticed a hummingbird hovering over my head, reminding me of a close friend who had died of a brain tumor. A physician, he had always inspired me with his courage and compassion, even as he faced his own death. The hummingbird stayed near me for the longest time, as if to assure me that I was not alone. 

A few minutes later, a flock of Canada geese flew in perfect formation just above me. It was a glimpse of nature’s rhythm that I don’t typically see until the fall migration. How surprising, I thought, yet how lovely and reassuring to see them now. 
 
I then heard footsteps behind me and turned to see who was approaching. As I turned, my eyes were awed by the glorious sunrise displayed in the sky, with beams of light forming the shape of a cross. While I knew it wouldn’t change the situations I would face that day, it gave me peace knowing there was someone greater than I in control.  

I don’t know what you are facing in your life right now. But if you are like most, I imagine you are feeling some anxiety and worry. Today, I invite you to transform your worries into prayers. It can be a whispered, “God help me,” or a cry from your heart, “Please protect my family.” Prayers don’t have to be fancy. They don’t even have to be put into words, but as you pray God will replace your apprehension with a sense of His presence and peace.
 
Susan Cosio is a friend of Pastor Phil’s and a hospital chaplain at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. The sunrise Susan saw that morning can be seen below in Share Your Art.
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!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Roseville Water Conservation Program is going to pay us to upgrade our church irrigation system. We need volunteers to help us convert to a surface drip system. The end result will be conservation of water and a savings on our water bills.

We plan to start in October and finish in December. Work will be done in small sections and by small groups on a day-to-day basis. There will be no digging or heavy lifting required. Some sweat may occur and will be allowed. The supervisors
promise not to be demanding, especially if bribed with cookies and coffee.

There will be something for everyone to do.
There will be no age or gender discrimination.
We cannot get this done without your help!

Please contact Jerry Mehring to learn more and find out how you can help while having a great time doing it. 916-719-4415 or folsombb@aol.com
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
The sunrise mentioned in today's devotional
Photo by Susan Cosio
PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITE SCRIPTURE!

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.
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1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
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