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

From the March 19th meeting…..

For such a small church we sure have a lot of business to discuss, plan, and organize.  Here is a brief synopsis of what your Session is up to.

A motion was passed for Rev. Barbara to obtain (at no cost) a Baptismal Font for our church. 

Financially we have an issue.  We are still doing well, but we have to pay our per capita assessment.  This would not be a problem if this was based on our current membership, but it is based on our enrollment two years ago.  This simply must be paid.  If you have not paid the $34.22 per capita please help us.

The temperature issues in the church that we have all experienced should be cured soon.  Mead Killion has a new Honeywell thermostat that should solve the problem.  If it performs as expected all the thermostats in the church will be standardized.

The efflorescence on the east wall has been a problem for years.  It is due to moister inside the wall.  It will get cleaned, but it will keep occurring unless we find a way to stop moister from getting into the wall.   We will, again, try to solve to problem.

The Lenten study has been a roaring success.  There are 16 people attending this class.   Bob Gorsky is doing a wonderful job leading the class.  We will be letting everyone know the next class starting after Easter.

The Evangelism committee is made up of all of us.  The Session is thinking of ways we can reach out to our neighbors but we need your input.  Some of the ideas so far are, the industrial park, new GPS meetings, ways to getting young people involved.  Please put your minds to work, we need suggestions.

We will be participating in the “Feed My Starving Children” program please let Elder Helen Robles know if you or anyone you know would like to participate.  We will be reaching out to everyone who took part in this project in the past.

Reminder.   There is lots of goings on at the church over the next few weeks so be sure to check your calendar.

As we do every year, on Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 AM, we gather to clean the banners in the sanctuary and re-hang the banners in preparation for Easter.

All this is a wonderful time in the life of our church.  We hope to see everyone there.

Your Session,

Mark, Val, Rick, Mead, and Helen



Happy Spring!!!   We began collecting for One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, March 10th and will be collecting through Palm Sunday, April 14th.   We are in the process of working on a Feed My Starving Children outing followed by pizza at the church.  We will be reaching out to the families with children who have left us as the kids really enjoyed participating.  Stay tuned for more information!  

Blessings to all,


Women’s Bible Study

We have done it.  We started the new book!  We are continuing our study of the early church and studying Romans, using Wiersbe’s “Be Right” book.  Join us!  This amazing brave and very wise and of course very fun group of women meet every Tuesday at 9:30-11:00 am.  All women are welcome.  Join us.  

We are also very sad this month at the death of one of our 25+ year Bible Study ladies, Nancy Chamberlin.  She will be missed.  But her memory will go on in our hearts and often our discussions.  

Val Heller

Pastoral Care

It was a sad month for Elk Grove Presbyterian Church.  Nancy Chamberlin went to be with our Lord 3/6/19, Ash Wednesday.  Thanks to a call from Eva to Barb Britton, she was able to call Nancy’s son, Wayne, and Barbara Gorsky was able to see Nancy and we were all able to pray for her.  Monday 3/11/19 we had Memorial service that was a celebration of Nancy’s life.  Besides being in church every Sunday and special services until she got sick, Nancy was involved in so many parts of our church life from Missions (Pine Ave), to Bible Study.  She has been part of our church family since 1981.

We will be ordering Easter flowers and will have some for those who have had difficult times.  Let me know if you know of anyone.

The warmth of love in our church family is such a blessing to us all and to those who visit us.  We try to do what Jesus taught – “care for each other”.  And we love to include new people, people in our community, friends, the world.  We want to make a difference.  And we are always open to ideas about how we can add to our Pastoral Caring.  Working together is what church is all about.    

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


Christian Ed

With just a couple of weeks left of our Lenten Study, we are already thinking and talking about future studies.   The turnout and participation for this study have been so encouraging, we want to keep the momentum going!   Thank you again to Bob Gorsky for leading us in this study and thank you to both Bob and Barbara for all they do! 

Be Blessed,  




We are in lent and have some wonderful services coming up.  Don’t miss them.

Palm Sunday                4/14          10:15  (everyone gets a Palm)

Maundy Thursday         4/18      7:00PM

Good Friday                 4/19          7:00 PM

Easter Sunday Service   4/21    10:15 AM

Val Heller


Reminder –

If you are ordering anything from Amazon, please go to and follow the prompts so that EGPC receives a percentage of your purchase from them! 

Every little bit helps – Thank you!


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