WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

Worship With EGPC Online!

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10:15am via the Elk Grove Presbyterian Church website, click on the “Worship” page  and you will be able to watch a live streaming of the entire worship service. You can also view directly on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

 

 

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God Is Never Far Away!

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;  with you I am well pleased.”
12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Mark 1: 9-15

 

 

 

Dear Church Family,
Today marks the beginning of Lent. It is a time to slow down, reflect on our state of being. Lent is a time set aside for internal, spiritual preparation for Easter. For many of us it is a time to turn back to God and refocus our intentions on living and serving others. But this year we come to Lent already aware of our fragile life. The common phase “ashes to ashes and dust to dust,” hits us at our very core. We know we are fragile. We know that death can come at any time and hopefully we have learned that in the midst of our fragility and surrounded by uncertainty about what tomorrow will bring, We do know that God is here. God is never far away and this knowledge alone provides a strong foundation on which we enter this time of deep yearning to experience the living God.  What holds us back, I venture to say, are the burdens of unworthiness we carry around, and our imperfections that keep telling us that we’re not ready to know God. I can hear this self talk, “someday, yes, when I finally get it all together I can face God with peace.” Lent is the time to free ourselves of these burdens and trust that God is before us, just waiting for us to turn and face the One and only true God who gives us life. The journey into Lent begins!Winter is definitely upon us now! Please keep yourself warm and safe and check on your family members and neighbors. Don’t forget, if you know of anyone who needs assistance with securing food, our food pantry is ready to serve. It all begins with an awareness of one another and a simple greeting with a heartfelt smile. Our church is here to serve one another. Thanks be to God!With Lenten Blessings,
Pastor Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORSHIP IS NOW IN PERSON! WE WILL ALSO CONTINUE OUR LIVE STREAMING!
  The service can be viewed on our Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.

 

 

You-Tube Channel

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST SESSION MEMBERS!
BARBARA SINGELMANN & BOB RUSSOW

 

 

 

 

 

The Lenten Book Study will begin after worship on Sunday, February 28th!

 

 

 

 

WE ARE NOW COLLECTING MONEY FOR 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING!

 

 

Our Church Community is setting aside time to pray for our New Beginnings process. Wherever you are feel free to stop and join in with your church family for prayer at 7:00 am or 7:00 pm.  

 

 

The Women’s Bible Study continues to meet at church from 9:30 to 11:00 every Tuesday.  You can also join us by zoom if you are more comfortable staying home. We are studying the book titled, “An Altar in the World.” If interested in joining this study please contact me at barbara.gorsky@att.net or simply show up. All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU ELK GROVE ROTARY CLUB FOR YOUR FOOD DONATIONS!

 

 

This winter is going to be exceptionally difficult for those who are homeless. Many shelters are closed this year due to COVID. Monika Stanjiak who founded the organization “Friends on the Streets”  has compiled suggestions of what we might keep in our cars and hand out when we see a friend in need.

 

 

 

 

 

General Prayers

Prayers for our new President • Prayers for those serving in the military (Barbara Singelmann’s grandson) • Healing of our country • Prayers for shut-ins (Char Algozin, Mary Clarbour) • Prayers for all who have died •  Prayers for families grieving during this time • Healing from the coronavirus and it’s effects • Prayers for our world • Prayers for safety of all the essential workers, especially those in Healthcare and First Responders (Mel’s husband (Joanne Kahn’s daughter)) • Prayers for those who have lost their jobs • Prayers for loneliness and isolation.

Prayers for Those Who Have Died and Their Families

     Barbara Sil (friend of Jan and Jim Fall) Sara Hohe (Iris’ niece)

Prayers for Our Church Family 

Barbara Britton for healing and recovery from hip replacement surgery, George Wishon on his continued recovery, Sue Sepke, Ha Shi & Family, Eva Cameron for work safety. Patience for our church community in receiving vaccinations!

 Prayers for Family and Friends

Sue Etzel recovering from back surgery (Kay Pollack’s daughter), Bill Johnson pancreatic cancer (friend of Eric and Kim Ruud),  Marianne & Phil, Mark Okrzesik, Wendy, Mike needs better judgment and guidance (cousin of Heller’s), Marcy Lease on dialysis (cousin of Heller’s), Jean Campbell stage four colon cancer (friend of Hellers), Terry Lease diagnosis of cancer (cousin of Heller’s), Eva Cameron on the guardianship of her daughter Lyn, Eva Cameron on the robberof her home, Diana Biancalana (friend of Jan Bailey), Monique having dialysis (Helen’s niece.)

Prayers Answered
Courtney Olson on recovery from ankle surgery.
Special Celebrations!

 

Barb Singelmann’s grandson on becoming an official Marine 
Lois Thompson’s Birthday, February 21st
Eric Ruud’s Birthday, February 22nd

 

 

Elk Grove Presbyterian Church has a new YouTube channel where we are posting video clips, sermons and other visual services. You can view these postings at any time at your convenience. Just another way we are reaching out to the greater community and beyond! Thank you Helen Robles!

Check it out for yourself:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpsyZcmvJOTbaP6BkpZNP8w

 

 

 

 

Food Pantry Updates!

 

 

The EGPC food pantry continues to serve our community and our volunteers remain faithful in their service to us. We are committed to adhering to all precautionary measures to ensure no cross-contamination with clients. The Food Pantry Donation drop box always seems to be filled. As you check on your neighbors, please share with them that our food pantry is open and ready to help anyone who needs food!

Food continues to appear in our food box.  Almost daily there is something donated and many times from people we don’t even know! I want to send a special thanks to all those faithful shoppers who each week pick up the special things we need. It is an ongoing blessing to be so graciously supported by your donations and donations from our community.

Current items needed by the food pantry:
Cereal, Jello, and Baked Beans
 Thank you!
 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you faithful friends and members of
Elk Grove Presbyterian Church!

 

 

NEWS from the Session!

Here are the latest things you should know:

  • We have elected two new session members: Bob Russow and Barbara Singelmann.
  • Your session continues to study the book “Canoeing the Mountains,”  we are learning about church leadership in uncharted territory. 
  • We will begin in person worship on Feb. 17 at our Ash Wednesday Service.
  • Val Heller is working with Barbara Wilson to create a new church directory.
  • 40 Bags, 40 Days – collecting used items for WINGS!
  • Barbara Wilson is creating list of Lenten dates and events.
  • Recruiting volunteers to assist with worship.
  • Our next Session meeting will be on Tuesday, March 16th at 7pm. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 

 

 

Our online giving continues to provide a quick and easy way to give to the church! To see how easy it is and the different ways you can give to the church click here.