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Dear Church Family,

I am back at church after a wonderful vacation; a time of relaxing, reading and taking lots of naps! A big thanks goes out to Barbara Singelmann and Helen Robles for covering the pulpit for me. It is a true blessing to know that we have such dedicated people who can step up and fill a need.

This past week has also been a difficult week and has left me pondering again about mental health issues, gun control and gun legislation. The shootings at Highland Park brings these important social issues so much closer to home. We experience again this numbing pain and fear of what is next. And it leaves me convinced that things must change or perhaps a better word to be transformed. I happen to read a devotion by Richard Rohr about change and the ways we try so hard to avoid change at all costs.  I’ve included this devotion in this newsletter and if you have time please read it over and see how it might speak to you.

Don’t forget to reach out to your neighbors and friends to see if anyone is in need. We have plenty of food in our food pantry and lots of clothes waiting to find a home. Our food pantry is open on Thursdays from 11:00 to 2:00pm. and the clothing ministry is open by appointment only. 

Summer Blessings,
Pastor Barbara 

Job 1:13-22

13 One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the eldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, ‘The oxen were ploughing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.’ 16 While he was still speaking, another came and said, ‘The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.’ 17 While he was still speaking, another came and said, ‘The Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.’ 18 While he was still speaking, another came and said, ‘Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.’
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshipped. 21 He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’
22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing.
Job 2:11-13
11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They met together to go and console and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him, and they raised their voices and wept aloud; they tore their robes and threw dust in the air upon their heads. 13 They sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

So what do you think…are you a Zealot or a Pharisee? (fight or flight?) I like how Richard Rohr challenges us to recognize how we naturally respond to change with resistance by fighting the change or fleeing and leaving not engaging with the change. He then offers us a third option; an option that includes fighting in a new way from a God-centered place within, and fleeing from the quick, egocentric response.”

 BAGS ARE AVAILABLE TO PICK UP AND CARRY IN YOUR CAR TO PASS OUT!

To keep our prayer list up-to-date, we will keep people on the prayer list for three weeks. If after three weeks you would like them to remain on the prayer list, just let Barbara Wilson, Val Heller or Pastor Barbara know! 

Prayers for our Church Family

Melodee Russow continued healing of knee
Helen
Robles searching for a new job

Prayers for those who have Died
The family of Bill, the brother of Nancy Clarbour

Prayers for Family and Friends
Dorothy Straub for benign results from pancreatic surgery on 6.10, (friend of Val Heller), prayers for Earl Sepke healing from loss of leg due to diabetes and on dialysis (brother of Susannah Swift),  prayers for Liz Costa being treated for Multiple Myeloma, (colleague of Helen Robles), prayers for Ashley Chernikovich for courage, peace and joy as she endures ALS, (friend of Cindy Goodwin), prayers for Scott and guardianship, Carrie’s pregnancy and healing of her surgery to replant finger nail, Lynn for guardianship (family of Eva Cameron), Teri diagnosed with cancer, (friend of Jo Grey),  John V having dialysis, and Bud Hyett with multiple myeloma (friends of the Hellers), Gary Parker for healing (friend of Mead), Naomi having health issues (the wife of Moses), Wendy for sobriety (niece of Barbara Singelmann), Brad Thompson for healing (son of Lois and brother of Val), Debbie, diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and starting chemo (friend of Christi Thompson), Scott (son of Eva Cameron), Monique going through dialysis (niece of Helen), Sarah Helfand diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer (daughter of Helen’s co-worker.)

General Prayers
Prayers for Highland Park Community • our country and the war between Ukraine and Russia • Prayers for the people of Ukraine • Prayers for homebound • Houseless and hungry • Prayers for our church • Prayers for our Food Pantry • Prayers for our Clothing Ministry • Prayers for our President and Leaders at all levels •Prayers for those serving in the military (Barbara Singelmann’s grandson Peter). 

Answered Prayers

Darla had successful surgery for cancerous tumor on the colon (daughter of Barbara Wilson’s friend)

Special Celebrations!

Lauren Oswald’s Birthday – July 17th
Christi Thompson’s Birthday – July 18th

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.

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 are evaluating our financials.
  • Church wide potluck brunch on July 17th
  • Our next Session meeting will be on Sunday, July 24th. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 
  • Rally Day is scheduled for September 11th.

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