A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Lois Coady

Have you ever found yourself blessed beyond anything you could imagine? Those times when you have been praying for direction or healing or wisdom and God answers in a way that is beyond anything you asked for? How did you feel when this occurs? Is the excitement so deep that you could hardly stand it? Was your heart so full that it felt like it might burst? Did you find yourself praising God out loud without stopping to think who is around? I have.

But not everything that happens in life is good. Sometimes we feel anything but blessed. We suffer a personal loss. We battle a debilitating disease. We can’t seem to make a “right” decision and are plagued with regret. Instead of praises rolling off our tongue, we find ourselves questioning, maybe even cursing God as if His sole purpose was to make us miserable. If that describes you, you are not alone.

Despite what is going on in and around us, Paul reminds us to: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Why is being joyful, praying continually, and giving thanks regardless of circumstances so important in our walk of faith? I think it has to do with protecting our heart and ultimately our minds.

If we allow ourselves to wallow in self-pity our faith is weakened and we open ourselves to attack. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us of this very thing. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Once Satan gets a stronghold in our heart, he gains access to our mind and emotions, and in no time our focus moves off God and onto ourselves.

This Thanksgiving, regardless of your circumstances, be intentional about thanking God for the good, and the not so good things that are happening in your life. Let Him know that while you don’t understand the challenges you face, you trust Him and are confident He knows what is best for you. Thank Him for His love and faithfulness and for everything He has blessed you with.
Being thankful will not only lift your spirits and make you a more pleasant person to be around, it will also deepen your walk of faith and protect your heart and mind from being devoured by the devil. It is truly freeing. I hope you will give it a try.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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To RSVP for 9:30 AM, Nov 1, CLICK HERE

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Those without internet access can call the church office to RSVP.
Please contact others who do not get this email to let them know.

For Everyone's Health and Safety
Please do NOT arrive sooner than 15 minutes before service.
Use the west doors (under the portico)
Face masks are required.
Keep 6' apart. No physical contact (sorry).
Leave 3 empty chairs between you and the next person on either side.
Water and refreshments will not be available.
THIS SUNDAY
All Saints Day is a special day in the traditional church calendar where we celebrate the legacy of the saints who have set the example of faith in their lives and have now gone on before us to heaven.

As part of this Sunday's service, we will be celebrating the lives of those from our own congregation who have passed on to heaven this year. You will not want to miss this special service either by coming in person or by watching the video of Sunday's service when it is posted online.
Ladies...

NOW IS THE TIME TO RESERVE YOUR ADVENT GIFT BAG!

This has been a difficult year so,
We want to liven up your
Christmas Season


AND BLESS A NON-CHURCHED FRIEND AS WELL!
Besides receiving a gift for yourself, we hope you will order one extra gift to give to a friend who does not attend church. This is a great way to share God's love during the Christmas season and reach out to our community.

GIFT BAGS INCLUDE:
  • a beautiful devotion about Candles by Elenor Kern,
  • a battery operated candle for you to enjoy,
  • biscotti and tea for two,
  • a unique Christmas ornament,
  • and many more items and activities to make your Christmas season merry.

TO RESERVE YOUR FREE GIFT(S)
Please send an email to the church at 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com. Provide your full name and phone number as well as the first and last name of the friend you wish to get an additional gift for. As always, if you do not have Internet access please call the office.

Gifts will be handed out on Saturday, November 21,
from 10:00AM -1:00PM so mark your calendar!

Merry Christmas from PGCC Women's Ministries!
Join Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse that provides a Christmas gift to children in the poorest places on earth, sharing the message of Jesus with them and creating good will with the local churches.

This Year The Process Will Be Different & We Will NOT Be Passing Out Boxes
Due to COVID-19, we will not be packing our own boxes. Instead, you have two options:

  1. You can build a box online and even choose what items go in it. Boxes cost $25. CLICK HERE to start building your box. OR
  2. You can write a check for any amount payable to PGCC and designate the funds for "Operation Christmas Child" then we will order the box or boxes for you.

Questions? Contact Bev Schmidt, she is happy to assist you 916-872-4711.
We are Starting a Group
for You!

Our first meeting
Wednesday, November 4th
6:30 PM
in the Worship Center

If you’re a Baby Boomer or Baby Boomer at heart, come join us!
OUR MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH
The North American Baptist (NAB) Conference
Joining God on Mission Requires Equipping

To effectively communicate the Gospel in word and deed, it is necessary to be properly equipped. Because of this, the NAB provides training and resources that best equip pastors and leaders.

One of the significant ways the NAB is assisting us at PGCC is by partnering with us to launch our ministry to the New Communities in Westpark led by Pastor Joe Caples. We are excited to have ministry partners like the NAB with whom we partner to launch new churches.

A New Regional Minister!
Kent Carlson is the new Regional Minister of the NorCal Association of NAB churches. His predecessor and our friend, Rick Webber, has retired. Kent was the founding pastor of Oak Hills Church in Folsom and since 2016 has served the NAB as Director of Leadership Formation.

For more insights visit the NAB websitewww.nabconference.org
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
We Need YOU!

Sunday Cleaning Team after 11 AM Service
Help with sanitizing bathrooms and other frequently touched surfaces, takes 10-15 minutes. Give Lois Coady a call at the Church office, 916-771-4447.

Emergency Response Team
Join this important team who responds to help if we have a medical emergency during a Sunday service until the Fire Department arrives. A training session is being held at the church next Thursday, Nov. 5th at 1:00. Contact Bettye Grant at 916-771-7186 to find out more.

Serve Lunch at Saint Vincent DePaul once every two months
Join our team of PGCC volunteers who, under the direction of a staff person, prepare and serve lunch to those who need a free meal the first Thursday of Nov, Jan, Mar, May, July, and Sept. We also need a new Coordinator for this team as our current Coordinator, Bob Claycomb is retiring after 10 years of rewarding service. Bob will mentor you to ensure a smooth transition. If interested in joining or leading the team, contact Bob at 916-207-3254.
1: Charlene Evans
     Lara Tarahteeff
     Darryl Huismann
 2: Shiela Lovato
 3: Bob Lane
 5: Rose Hespenhide
     Barbara Clement
 6: Margy Flentge
 7: Ken Evans
 8: Dottie Johnson
 9: Peggy Salmon
     Bill Adams
11:Rachel Herrgord
     Pam Underwood
     Conrad Lane
12:Jim Gruebele
     Peggy Reinhold
14:Virginia Lynam
15:Norma Whiting   
17:Lim Frank
     Laura Birdwell
18: Ken Peterson
      Gordon Lutz
      Peggy Buck   
20: Jean Duffin
      Suzanne Rollinson
21: Carol Nogle
      Don Andrews
      Don Wood
24: Laurie Cox
      Stephanie Wolfe
25: Barbara Baker
      Becky Balding
      Ron Ballintine
26: Merv Dirkse 
27: Tilly Schoppert
      Nelson Schmidt    
28: Jean Sadowski
29: Jim Musgrave
      Hannelore Schuermann
30: Annette Loper
6: Gene & Lillian Stuck
9: Larry & Cyndee Thomas
      Rod & Janet Elliott
10: Don & Alice Anderson
13: Karl & June Seiter
      Ron & Agnes Ballintine
17: Jack & Danelle Brown
18: Gordon & Beverly Linder
19: Ron & Carole Westlake
24: Bob & Virginia Lynam
27: Kay & Charlene Michael
GIVING SUMMARY - September 2020

GENERAL GIVING: $53,075
BUDGET: $67,500
YTD General Giving: $529,153
YTD Budget: $607,500

DEBT REDUCTION STATUS (as of October 10)
Current Loan Balance $363,292

20/20 CAMPAIGN STATUS (as of September 30)
Amount Given: $307,670
Amount Pledged: $386,368

Thank you for your faithful giving to PGCC. As you see, we are behind budget. Here is how you can help:

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.
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1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747
(916) 771-4447 www.pgcc.church
Email: 1730pgccoffice@gmail.com