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Dear Church Family,

Yesterday was a big day for our Presbytery! We elected a new Executive Presbyter.  Now some of you might be wondering just who is an Executive Presbyter? The person who functions in this role is the head of our presbytery. Our new leader is Rev. Dr. Craig Howard. Further down in this newsletter you will see a picture of him. Craig will set a new vision for our churches and he brings a renewed sense of energy, enthusiasm and hope for our churches of all sizes.  I am very excited about the future of our presbytery and excited about the future of our church!
Following worship, we will continue our adult education series called “Nooma” and this week the video we will be watching is titled: “Breathe.”

I always keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

God’s peace,
Pastor Barbara




Introducing our New Executive Presbyter
The Reverend Doctor M. Craig Howard



Jonah 4
4 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10 Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”





This fall we are starting a sermon series titled, “Faces of Our Faith” and we will be exploring those faithful people who are often bypassed or hidden in scripture.  





Jonah experiences God’s love and compassion!






This Sunday I will be preaching from the book of Jonah. You probably remember Jonah from the story of the whale! In the fourth chapter we find Jonah has survived the whale experience and now is listening to God and following God’s command…the command to go to Nineveh and  turn the people’s hearts back to God. The people do listen to Jonah and they change their ways and God in response to their change in heart shows compassion. But Jonah is angered…he is angered because God has chosen to save the people of Nineveh, the enemy of Israel. I think there is a little bit of Jonah in all of us. We want God to forgive us and to show us mercy but we don’t necessary what God to do the same for those who we believe are our enemies. God is gracious and compassionate whether it is deserved or not. 






Everyone is invited to this Bible Study! You do not have to attend church or be a member! 




Linda Mueller with her daughter Amy and son-in-law Matt are celebrating the birthdays of
Layla and Hailey!

Happy Birthday!



Peter Rios, Barbara Singelmann’s grandson!













Pick up your bags to carry in your car to give to the “houseless”!! It’s a way to say we care!






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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! 




General Prayers

Prayers for our President • Prayers for those serving in the military (Barbara Singelmann’s grandson Peter) • Healing of our country • Prayers for shut-ins (Char Algozin, Mary Clarbour) • Homeless in Busse Woods • Prayers for our church with God’s guidance on a bold new vision • Prayers for Elk Grove and their support of our Food Pantry.


Prayers for Our Church Family
 Ben Jasutis for complications with shunt, Susannah and Tim Swift, Lauren and Wesley on the death of their mother and grandmother, Sue Sepke.  Moses’ wife to receive traveling privileges to U.S., Melodee Russow continued healing of knee, George Wishon recovering at home.

Prayers for Those Who Have Died and Their Families

Sue Sepke, mother of Susannah Swift
George Mantis, friend of Eva Cameron
Faciano family on the death of Dominik 

(killed in a plane crash)

Prayers for Family and Friends

Brad Thompson with aggressive prostate CA (brother of Val and son of Lois) Jaden and the adjustment to Middle School and Sue his mother (Grandson of Kay Pollack), Steve suffering with depression (friend of Christi Thompson), Nick Dipietro on the death of his Dad’s cousin (Ben’s friend), Earl Sepke on dialysis (brother of Susannah Swift), Cailey Nolan hit by a car, (friend of Helen),Travis, suffering with end stage liver disease and his mother, Gloria (son of friend to Gail and Mead), Jeff Bugay prostate surgery Christine for healing from cancer (Phil Holda’s daughter), Tom for healing (friend of Val and Rick), Jean Campbell stage four colon cancer (friend of Heller’s), Monique having dialysis (Helen’s niece.)
Prayers Answered
Travis (friend of Gail and Mead) was moved to the top of the organ transplant list
Mark Okrzesik  radiation treatments  finished.

Rebecca Reynoso cancer free
Special Celebrations!

Layla & Haily’s Birthdays – October 13th 
(Linda Mueller’s Granddaughters)
Cindy Goodwin’s Birthday – October 16th
Susannah and Tim Swift’s Anniversary – October 16th
Evan Rhoads’ Birthday – October 18






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:
Canned meals and Canned fruit!
 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:

  • Session is starting to look at grant possibilities to support church outreach initiatives.
  • Session is studying the book “Crucial Conversations.”  
  • Worship survey was finalized. Coming soon! We want to hear about things you like and things you would like changed.
  • The Session agreed to start back up with movie and game nights. 
  • Mission Committee is “on fire” and generating lists of possible new mission projects!
  • Our next Session meeting will be on Tuesday, October 19th at 7pm. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 




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