by Pastor Phil

One of the questions from the Psalm 23 Bible Study we are offering every week asked this question: In Psalm 23, David uses shepherding as an analogy to describe his experience with God. What kind of analogy would you use to describe your experience with God?  Here's my answer.

I see the ocean shore as an analogy for God. God is the ocean, vast powerful, beautiful, sometimes frightening, and stretches beyond my comprehension. I am the beach.

Just as waves wash onto the beach and then go back out, sometimes I strongly experience God's presence (the wave coming in), and sometimes I'm not sensing God's presence (the wave going out). But the ocean is always there.

Sometimes, when a wave comes in it leaves a treasure on the beach, just as God leaves blessings in my life. Sometimes as waves go out it reveals junk that was buried just under the sand. Just as God will sometimes reveal ugliness in my life. So, there's the junk, exposed for all to see. Just as the beach has no power to remove the junk lying on its sand, I have no power to remove the sin on my own. I must pray and confess that sin to God. Then the next wave comes in and washes it away.

How are you experiencing God today? Is the wave coming in or going out? Is there a blessing to give thanks for? Is there some junk that needs to be confessed and washed away?

What analogy do you have for God? Would you share it with us?

Remember, whether the wave is in or out. God is always there!

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:11-12

Photo by Phil Sommerville

I was visiting my daughter when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.

"This is the 21st century." she said.
´╗┐"We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad."

I can tell you this...that fly never knew what hit him.
The Pacific Justice Institute

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is a nonprofit legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Through their dedicated attorneys and supporters they defend the rights of countless individuals, families and churches, without charge.

Some of their current litigations include:
  • Representing a church in the Bay Area which has been unconstitutionally taxed.
  • Appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a church in Salinas, California, which has been treated unequally in seeking to move into a larger space just across the street from its current location.

In addition, PJI has now become a valuable resource for churches, including PGCC, regarding Covid-19 issues regarding shutdown orders and legal reopening guidance.

For more information about Pacific Justice Institute, or to subscribe to their e-mail updates, please visit their website at www.pji.org .

This Sunday is communion Sunday. We now have prepackaged communion sets that include a sealed communion cup with juice and a wafer. On Sunday, you can drive through the portico on the west side of the church between 9:00-10:00 AM and we will hand you your communion cup(s). Then, you can take them home and use them to take communion as you watch our worship service online.

´╗┐This is an opportunity to come by, see the staff (but not our smile as we will be wearing masks and gloves), 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 under the west side portico
and say "Hi!" to your lonely church staff.
can food
for St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank

The first week of every month we collect items for the food bank. The need continues to be great. You can bring non-perishable food items when you come to church on Sunday to pick up you communion cups or you can drop donations off in the grey tub just outside the doors under the Portico anytime NEXT week.
Study the Book of John with Pastor Joe

Pastor Joe is writing a short, "Missional Commentary" on the Book of John. Each week we will offer another installment.

Read John 12. Then,  CLICK HERE for Joe's commentary.
  1: Karl Seiter
 3: Trudi Fury
 3:  Don Woods
 4:  Dorothy Nelson
 5: Joan Ashford
 7: Patty Elson          
 8: Jan Montero
      Jan Percy
 9:  Joan Cameron
      Gil Feis
      Heather Feakes
10: Cela Armstrong
12:   Bev Woods
13:   Sena Brust
      Kay Thomson
15: Max Dodge
      Elaine Turnbull
16:   Leora Cranmer
      Jane Fainsztein
17:   Jim Dawes
      Patti Falkenberg
      Joan Woods
19:   Eileen Mulligan
20: Kent Petersen    
      Rose Marie-Schaefer
      Lois Williams
21: Beverly Linder
      Don Phinney
      Mickey Lawson
      David Trawick
22:   Pam Butts
      Maxine Gruebele
      Marci DeVorss
      Susan DeGallery-Beal
23: Dale Cripe       
24: Sandy Mogensen
      Jorene Page
      Kay Kasperik
26: Karen Beaver
      Bob Fogt
      Arnold Loper
27: Barbara Haines
29:   Mary Dobson
      Lyn Massie
      Linda Ambrunn
30:   Yoshikazu Takiya
1: Darrell & Dorothy Nelson
2: Doug & Katie Peebles  
    Roy & Karen Anderson
    Gordon & Dee Dee Lutz
4: Bill & Marilyn Taft
11: Mike & Sandee Macedo
12: Harry & Mary Dobson
     Kent & Gloria Petersen
16: Chuck & Darolyn Smith
       Al & Betty Miller
17: Myron & Rebecca Jenkins
19: Al & Anna Enos                          
27: Claude (Skip) & Marie Jenkins
28: Jeff & Elsa Rosann Garthwait

BUDGET:  $67,500
YTD General Giving: $373,335
YTD Budget: $405,000

Current Loan Balance $388,283

20/20 CAMPAIGN STATUS   (as of June 30)
Amount Given: $273,106
Amount Pledged: $386,368

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