A Note from Pastor Andrew
Raising a child who is almost three years old, there are days where I feel less like a parent and more like the manager of the complaints department within my house. Whether it’s the wrong
show on TV, or the wrong music being played, or (heaven forbid) a new kind of food being introduced, complaints can fire out of the mouth of my child at a surprising rate depending on the mood that she is in.

As a child, however, this in not unexpected. As a parent, I understand that my daughter is learning new things every day, and that sometimes it can be hard to control emotions and feelings at age three. As we grow older, we learn how to control our emotions in a way that (hopefully) allows us to better cope with the things that we do not like and are better able to manage our complaints. At least, that is how it should be.

Unfortunately, as I look out across the rather bleak state of social media these days, I am
bombarded with adults complaining left right and center about almost everything going on in life.
Whether it’s the pandemic, the protests, their neighbors, the church, or even their own family,
everyone seems to have found something to complain about. Now, I will note that there are
those out there who are raising awareness surrounding very important issues such as racial
justice and equality, and while some may write their statements off as complaints, I am not
doing so now, nor would I ever.

The de facto state of our world seems to be that if you don’t like it, complain. As Christians, we
should avoid this mindset as though it were anathema to who we are. Because it is. In
Philippians 2:14-15 Paul tells the church in Philippi that they should “Do everything without
complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children
of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

As Christians, we should be shining examples of a life free from grumbling, arguing, and
complaining. We should be beacons of God’s light to those around us who do not yet know him.
When we complain we taint the gospel message we are trying to convey. When we argue, we
can turn people away from the salvation we so desperately need. So what can we do?

Last night I gave my students a challenge to try and spend at least one day this next week free
from lying (we had been talking about truth). My hope is that they spend all seven days being honest and speaking truth, but my challenge was for them to simply spend one day in honesty. I would issue a similar challenge to all of you as well. Over the next week, try to spend one day free from complaining. My hope is that you can spend all seven days doing so, but the challenge is simply for one day. And in the moments that you feel tempted to complain, argue, or grumble,
pray instead. Turn to God and speak to Him about what’s going on. Honor Him with your words
rather than shouting into the void.

I genuinely believe that the church is in a more unique place in the world right now because of
the pandemic. We are in a place where we can show how community can still exist during
separation. We can show how real relationships can grow regardless of the circumstance. We
can show how God’s love still shines in the world even if we cannot all be together at the same
time. But first, we must stop wailing into the wind and cut back on our complaining. So join with
me this next week, and spend at least one day free from complaining and arguing. My guess is
that it will be the highlight of your week.

Choosing Christ over complaints,
Pastor Andrew

THIS SUNDAY:
Spiritual Growth
Ephesians 3:14-21
Other Updates
An Update on September 13

Pastor Jim recently posted another video update about changes coming our way beginning September 13. Click the button below to watch the video.
Still Sending Love!
We are collecting for our next delivery of encouraging cards to Vista Continuing Care! We would love to have your help in bringing hope and smiles to these who so often feel forgotten, isolated and unloved. We love them, and most of all, God loves them! Let’s keep reminding them! Just bring your cards to the church office on Sundays or any time the office is open. During the week, if you don’t want to come in or knock on the front door, we will continue having a box out front on Wednesdays if you prefer to make a “contactless” card delivery! Thank you!
Postcard Prayer Ministry

With the uncertainty facing our children and students in the 2020-2021 school year, we know what a blessing extra encouragement will be.

Our Postcard Prayer Ministry partners you with one or two (per your request) student(s) or child(ren). You'll send a postcard each month (we provide the postcard, a generous donor has provided the stamps), plus a birthday postcard, for the 2020-2021 school year. On these notes, you can write out prayers and encouraging words to the child/student you are partnered with. In addition, we ask that you pray for your student/child on a regular basis. Don't worry - we remind you to send your postcards each month via email!

This is not an anonymous relationship. We encourage you to reach out to your partner's parents and find out specific ways you can be praying. We also encourage you to say hello when you see kiddos in the halls at church or out in the community.

Our goal this year is to have a prayer partner for every child and student that regularly attends Parkgate. We're looking for approximately 100 partners.
New Community Group

We’re excited to announce that John and Cydni Choate will be launching an online-only group for those at Parkgate (or our wider community) who feel uncomfortable joining an in-person group due to our current COVID-19 environment.
 
The group will most likely begin meeting on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. but the details are still being worked out. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Kenneth (kspiller@parkgate.org

Birthdays & Anniversaries
September Birthdays
1 Ray Thomas • 2 Lillian Alvarez; Jack Mitchell; Shane McCoy • Nehiel Rojas;
Suzy Thompson • 4 Travis Votaw; Tracy Grissinger; Pat Miley • 6 Jason Castillo • 7 Olivia Nawrot; Isabella Gonzalez; Lily Phillips; Jonah Cortez •
8 Randy Shugart • 9 Vicki Junck • 10 Aiden Manning; Adelaide Johnson •
14 Mario Lopez •18 Rosemary Newman • 19 Brandee Duncan-Lovercheck; Robert Anderson; Jax Thai • 20 Lisa Phenix • 21 Charles Shafer; Daniel Barnes • 23 Tammy Hopson • 28 Caley Chavez • 29 Gayle DeBusk
September Anniversaries
2 Kenneth & Arielle Spiller • 6 Herman & Candy Moore • 7 James & Lauren Donohoe • 13 Shane & Ruby McCoy • 21 Jacob & Chelsea Haines •
23 Brian & Julie Deshotel • 24 Bill & Cassandra Kilgore • 27 Les & Becky Below • 30 George & Glenda Rehbein