A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Wyley Wilkin

Fear, chaos, anxiety, hopelessness, loneliness, unrest.

Those are just a few words many of us could use to describe this last year. Between the pandemic, murder hornets, record-breaking wild fires, civil unrest—not to mention our own personal hurdles—this year has been one we’d like to forget. There has been good hidden in the craziness, but chances are it won’t be what immediately comes to mind when reminiscing on 2020 in years to come.

Those same adjectives could be used to describe the setting in which Christ came to us over 2000 years ago.

God had been silent for hundreds of years. Israel was in chaos as families traveled to the place of their birth for the census. Herod, feeling threatened by the prophecies of the coming Messiah, ordered the killing of all the Hebrew male children. God’s people were surrounded by darkness, unrest, and hopelessness.

Yet this is how Christ came to his people.

When it seemed that darkness was winning, God sent his people a bright beacon on a quiet night in Bethlehem. When sin seemed utterly pervasive and the power of death seemed unconquerable, a Savior was born as a helpless babe. When humanity’s pride and self-centeredness began reaching new heights, God humbled Himself, leaving His riches and glory in heaven and came to live among us.

He came to us. He brought the centerpiece of heaven—Himself—to our broken world and donned our imperfection. He carried within His lowly frame the joy of heaven, the love of the Godhead, the hope of the Savior of all, and the peace of His unending reign. He brought it down from His throne and deposited it in our underserving world.

He came to us.

When we are able to take a step a back and remember the circumstances in which Christ came, we can see how this year of chaos is actually a great time to be alive. That peace, love, hope, and joy abound in each and every one of His children through the life of Christ that actively lives in our hearts. Just as Christ brought himself to us all those years ago, we now bring that hope to those around us. And this world needs it more than ever.

This Advent season, let’s embrace all that Christ’s birth brought us and transcend the darkness the year has ushered in. Let’s take the peace that Emmanuel has brought near to our hearts and light the candle of hope in those around us. Let’s partner with our Lord and Savior, the Prince of Peace, spreading the grace and hope that has conquered death forever.

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice
from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
OUR ADVENT SERIES
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Christmas is about God coming to earth!
It is too momentous to be celebrated on one day.

That is why, centuries ago, Christians started the season of Advent. It is a season for drawing closer to Jesus who came to be with us.

Our brand new Stations of Advent, written by Pastor Phil, will follow the journey of the Magi. As they draw closer to Jesus, you will also. There will be four stations, one for each week of Advent and they will be sent to you each Saturday starting this Saturday. Be looking for it.
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CHILDREN'S PROGRAM STILL GOING STRONG

Since COVID, our children have not been able to have Sunday School at church, but we're excited to let you know that our Children's Program continues to be alive and well and we have a couple of exciting things to report.

First, did you know that our children's' Bible lessons are now online? With the help of our children's staff we pivoted from in-person Sunday School at church to Sunday School at home! Parents can now go to our church website, login to the Children's Program page and get each week’s lesson with handouts, stories, instructions and a video lesson for the kids. Neat, huh?

Second, we have had a change in leadership for the Children’s Program. Sara Grasmuck has done an incredible job coordinating all of our children’s activities for the past two years. But now, Sara is stepping down and Laurie Cox has stepped up! Laurie recently retired after almost 19 years as a courtroom clerk for Sacramento County doing Family Law, Domestic Violence, Child Support, Probate hearings and trials. Please join us in welcoming Laurie to this very important ministry and saying a BIG “Thank You!” to Sara for a job well done.
OUR MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH
Teen Challenge, Happy Valley Women's Center

The Teen Challenge Women’s Center in Happy Valley gives adult women a safe place to establish a new, normal life. One example is Holly who, like many, thought she had control of her life.
 
Holly smoked her first cigarette in the sixth grade. By high school she was using and selling drugs while excelling in school. By 21 she was a full-blown addict. Over the next few years, she went to jail fifteen times, tried six different rehabs and lost everything.
 
While in jail, Holly’s dad told her about Teen Challenge. Her first weeks at Teen Challenge were eye opening. She felt incredibly helpless, but Holly completed the program, gained leadership skills and today is a new person, thanking God for her new life.
 
Many of Teen Challenge's students have stories like Holly’s, stories of surrendering their lives to Jesus and experiencing a transformation.
 
This year, the Teen Challenge Women’s Center in Happy Valley has had many challenges. The was power shut off as a fire precaution. There was a brief evacuation caused by a nearby forest fire, and, of course, Covid-19 restrictions. However, God has helped them through these challenges.

They currently have 12 ladies and 2 children as residents at the Happy Valley Center. They are thankful for your prayers and financial support. Our support is changing lives!
WOMEN'S MINISTRIES GAVE AWAY 160+ GIFT BAGS
by Lois Coady, Minister to Women

Women’s Ministries passed out over 160 Christmas gift bags on Saturday, November 21, culminating a month’s long project to brighten the Christmas season for our ladies.

Traditionally, Women’s Ministries has hosted Christmas luncheons or in-home gatherings during December. But this year, because we are not able to meet together, the Women’s Ministries Leadership Team agreed that beautiful gift bags filled with items that make the Christmas season special would help our ladies know how much they are loved even though we cannot be together. In addition, the bags provided an outreach opportunity as ladies requested an extra bag to give to an unchurched family member, friend, or neighbor.

I want to say "thank you" to Kay Thomson and her team who took the lead in designing, assembling and distributing the Christmas gift bags. The ladies took special care to ensure that the assembly and distribution of bags was “pandemic friendly”. They wore gloves during assembly and masks and gloves during distribution to keep everyone safe.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this wonderful activity
Merry Christmas to all of our ladies from Women’s Ministries!
Cherie Buller, Pat Burton, Susan Mehring, Jan Percy, and Sally Leu assembling Gift Bags.
Susan Mehring, Lois Coady, Marilyn Crownover, Pat Burton, Debbie George, Kay Thomson, Sally Leu and Shirley Hannah (behind the camera) distributing the Gift Bags
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

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: Yvonne Hogan
     Kay Michael
     Sandy Quisling
3: Esther Pauls
     Bill Williams
4: Joe Sutter
5: Betty Fritsch
     Barbara Williams
8: Art Brust
9: Bryan Deason
     Roberta Mitchell
     Sharon Lein
10: Sarah Chaffin
      Dorothy McDuff
11: Lillian Stuck
12: Veronica Fletcher
      Betty Uden
14: Jo Ann Hunt
15: Bob Whiting
16: Phyllis Mays
      Jeanne Wade 
17: Shelly Trawick 
18: Dee Zaharis
19: Roberta Traynor
21: Evelyn Dack
      Dick Wolf
      Donald Williamson
23: Wanda Allard
      Blanche Place
      Debbie George
24: Loretta Broman
      Rhonda Williams
      Gilbert Mena
      Jim Scott
26: Marla Shuman
27: Tim Reinhold
28: Susan Mehring
29: JoAnn Pope
      Alice Anderson
      Bev Mumm
5:  Carl & Dorothy Thornton
7: Dale & Kim Faust
8:  Ward & Donna Loper
12: Lyn & Terri Massie
14: David & Shelly Trawick
20: Mike & Alice Rodriguez
      Bob & Jo Claycomb
24: Vic & Ruth Patkowski
25: Joseph & Patricia Flores
28: Bill & Vi Pharaoh
     Gil & Elaine Feis
    Nelson & Bev Schmidt          
31: Dale & Cathie Cripe
     Phil & Sandy Quisling
GIVING SUMMARY - October 2020

GENERAL GIVING: $53,308
BUDGET: $67,500
YTD General Giving: $582,461
YTD Budget: $675,000

DEBT REDUCTION STATUS (as of November 10)
Current Loan Balance $354,300

20/20 CAMPAIGN STATUS (as of October 31)
Amount Given: $312,393
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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