Newsletter- Tidings

Elk Grove Presbyterian Church

Striving as Christians to make a difference in the world by serving God and all God’s children through our faith, words, and actions

Session Update

 Your Session has been hard at work.  In addition to taking care of the daily, weekly and monthly business of the church your Session is brainstorming for ways to reach out to our community.  On February 23, we will be participating in the “Carnival of Exceptional Character” event.  Hopefully, by the time you read this article, we would have had a wonderful experience and contacted many of our neighbors.

The cost of heating our building has always been an issue.  Elder Mead Killion is in the process of standardizing all of the thermostats and programming them in the most efficient and economical way.

We are starting a Lenten Study group that will be taught by Bob Gorsky and will meet after our Sunday services at 11:45 throughout Lent.  Rev. Barbara and Bob will be providing a light lunch as well.  We are going to be posting notices around Elk Grove inviting folks to join us.

Aside from all of our usual Lenten and Easter events such as stripping the church, cleaning the sanctuary, and replacing the banners the following Saturday, we are adding a Maundy Thursday service.  Mark your calendar for April 18 at 7:00 PM.

We need EVERYONE’S help in coming up with ideas as to how we can reach out to all the people in our area.  Please let Rev. Gorsky or anyone else on the Session what you might have as a suggestion.

God’s love,

The Session


Christian Education


Please consider joining our five-week 2019 Lenten study beginning on Sunday, March 10th after church.  Led by Bob Gorsky, we will be studying Brant Hansen’s book, Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better. A sign-up sheet is posted on the CE board in Fellowship Hall.   Please invite family, friends and neighbors! Soup and dessert will be served!  So, grab some soup, dessert and coffee and join us as we begin our Lenten journey.

Lenten Blessings to all,




Beginning Sunday, March 10th and through Palm Sunday, April 14th, we will be collecting for One Great Hour of Sharing.  This year One Great Hour of Sharing celebrates 70 years!   A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief for those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.   Thanks to your generous gifts, One Great Hour of Sharing currently supports projects in over 100 countries.  

If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!

Be Blessed,


Pastoral Care

I love how our church family cares, supports and loves each other.  It warms my heart.  It feels like we’re trying to do what Jesus taught us – to care for each other.  That truly is our church.  And our caring and prayers don’t just stay within our own church walls, we reach out to others in our community, friend groups and our families.  And if you ever have ideas about how can add to our Pastoral Caring, let us know.  We love new ideas. Remember we are here to help and care for each one of you.  Let us know how we can help.  And if you want, we can help quietly.   And continue to pray for each person who is recovering, sick, grieving, or facing uncertainty.  Prayer works.  

Val Heller


Women’s Bible Study

The weather seems to have continued its trend, if it’s Sunday or Tuesday it has to be bitter cold, freezing rain or snow. This Sunday was really windy.  We have cancelled more Bible Study this year than any prior.  Enough of this weather.  That said we are still studying the book of Acts. So much good stuff to learn and great discussions.  One chapter left, then on to Romans, using Wiersbe’s “Be Right” book.  Join us!  This amazing brave (except for extreme weather- and then we practice wisdom) group of women meet every Tuesday at 9:30-11:00 am.  All women are welcome.  Join us.  

Val Heller



We are heading into lent and will be having some wonderful services coming up.  Don’t miss them.

Ash Wednesday            3/6          7:00 PM

Maundy Thursday         4/18     7:00 PM

Good Friday                  4/19          7:00 PM

Palm Sunday                 4/14         10:15 AM

Easter Sunday               4/21         10:15 AM

We will also be ordering flowers for Easter.  Look for the sign-ups in your bulletin soon.

Val Heller


Some helpful tips for upcoming Spring…………

  • After steaming vegetables, use the leftover water for houseplants.  It’s full of vitamins that make plants flourish.
  • Don’t discard shells after cracking nuts.  They work nicely in the bottom of my flowerpots for drainage.
  • Your ferns will love it if you add eggshells to the water and let them soak a short time before using it to water them.  Whenever I use an egg, I drop the shell in a container of water with a lid on it and save until it is time to water the ferns.
  • For tender rhubarb stalks be sure to water your plants well a day or two before picking.
  • Do crows get in your garden and eat things.  Tie strips of black, red or orange cloth to posts in the garden.  When the wind blows, you won’t have a crow within miles.
  • If you have trouble holding a cactus while repotting or transplanting, use kitchen tongs to hold the plant in place while putting dirt around its roots.
  • Due to arthritis, it was difficult for me to reach the bird feeders hanging from trees in my backyard.  So now I hang them lower by using bungee cords.  Filling feeders is much easier.
  • Pudding, yogurt and cream cheese cups are perfect for starting seeds in the spring.  You don’t need to bother buying seed trays. 
  • Dandelions will do a disappearing act if you spray pure white vinegar where the roots were after pulling.  Don’t worry about the grass – it will grow back fast.
  • Keep dogs and cats out of your flower beds with mothballs.  Use masking tape to reseal the open end of small, empty, vegetable cans and fill about half with mothballs.  In the closed end of the cans, punch a few small holes, and then place the cans in your gardens.  The mothballs will last longer, and the odor will keep animals away.
  • An easy and inexpensive bird-feeding tower can be made from concrete cinder blocks.  Stack the blocks with the holes facing out.  Then, place different kinds of birdseed in each compartment.  You can create your own design.  A large pan can be added to the top of the stack that serves as a birdbath.
  • Parsley makes a beautiful border around a flower garden.  It’s a convenient, practical way to have fresh parsley on hand for cooking and garnishes.  

    Submitted by:  Barbara Britton

Now my biggest goal is to go out and be loving to other people – wherever they are, whatever they’re doing.  Be happy, be friendly, have good thoughts, say good things, and help spread God’s goodness out there.  It’s a challenge.  But I am ready. 

Submitted by:  Barbara Britton

Lenten Poem

Lent is a time to take time to let the power
of our faith story take hold of us,
a time to let the events get up
and walk around in us,
a time to intensify our living unto Christ,
a time to hover over the thoughts of our hearts,
a time to place our feet in the streets of
Jerusalem or to walk along the sea and
listen to his Word,
a time to touch his robe
and feel the healing surge through us,
a time to ponder and a time to wonder….
Lent is a time to allow
a fresh new taste of God!
Perhaps we’re afraid to have time to think,
for thoughts come unbidden.
Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future
knowing our past.
Give us courage, O God,
to hear your Word
and to read our living into it.
Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven
and give us the faith
to take up our lives and walk.

         by Ann Weems




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