WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

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Dear Church Family,

This morning I started putting away my summer clothes and  replacing them with my winter clothes and it always becomes a time for me to consider what needs to go. What clothes didn’t I wear and will probably never wear and what things do I need to hang on to for next summer?  I rather enjoy this process, it’s good for me to take stock in my wardrobe. It’s also healthy to take stock of our spiritual lives. What spiritual practices aren’t working for us anymore? Maybe our prayer life seems dull right now, or the devotions we’re reading don’t seem to be connecting with me. This is a good time to try some new practices. What new way to pray might I try? Are there new devotions to try out? Have you ever considered what new things you might try to deepen your faith journey? It is my belief that our spiritual self changes as the seasons change. What was fulfilling and helpful earlier, might now seem dry and ineffective. If you have discovered some new spiritual resources please share with me and I will put a list in this newsletter.

We will continue our Nooma Adult Education Services following worship.  This week the video we will be watching is titled: “Rich.”

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

 

 

Judges 5
5 Then Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying: “When locks are long in Israel, when the people offer themselves willingly—blest the Lord! “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; to the Lord I will sing,  I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel. “Lord, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the region of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens poured, the clouds indeed poured water.The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel.
“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, caravans ceased and travelers kept to the byways. The peasantry prospered in Israel, they grew fat on plunder, because you arose, Deborah,
arose as a mother in Israel.When new gods were chosen, then war was in the gates. Was shield or spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel? My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the Lord.

10 “Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys, you who sit on rich carpets and you who walk by the way.11 To the sound of musicians at the watering places, there they repeat the triumphs of the Lord, the triumphs of his peasantry in Israel. “Then down to the gates marched the people of the Lord. 12 “Awake, awake, Deborah!  Awake, awake, utter a song! Arise, Barak, lead away your captives, O son of Abinoam. 13 Then down marched the remnant of the noble; the people of the Lord marched down for him against the mighty.
14 From Ephraim they set out 
into the valley, following you, Benjamin, with your kin; from Machir marched down the commanders, and from Zebulun those who bear the marshal’s staff; 15 the chiefs of Issachar came with Deborah, and Issachar faithful to Barak; into the valley they rushed out at his heels. Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. 16 Why did you tarry among the sheepfolds, to hear the piping for the flocks?
Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.
17 Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan; and Dan, why did he abide with the ships? Asher sat still at the coast of the sea, settling down by his landings.18 Zebulun is a people that scorned death; Naphtali too, on the heights of the field. 19 “The kings came, they fought; then fought the kings of Canaan, at Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; they got no spoils of silver. 20 The stars fought from heaven, from their courses they fought against Sisera. 21 The torrent Kishon swept them away, the onrushing torrent, the torrent Kishon. March on, my soul, with might. 22 “Then loud beat the horses’ hoofs with the galloping, galloping of his steeds.23 “Curse Meroz, says the angel of the Lord,
curse bitterly its inhabitants, because they did not come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.

24 “Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, of tent-dwelling women most blessed. 25 He asked water and she gave him milk, she brought him curds in a lordly bowl. 26 She put her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet;
she struck Sisera a blow, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.27 He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet; at her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell dead. 
28 “Out of the window she peered, the mother of Sisera gazed through the lattice: ‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?’29 Her wisest ladies make answer, indeed, she answers the question herself: 30 ‘Are they not finding and dividing the spoil?— A girl or two for every man; spoil of dyed stuffs for Sisera, spoil of dyed stuffs embroidered, two pieces of dyed work embroidered for my neck as spoil?’ 31 “So perish all your enemies, O Lord! But may your friends be like the sun as it rises in its might.” And the land had rest forty years.

 

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

 Deborah, The Power of a Woman!

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday I will be preaching from the book of Judges. It is a story of war and conquest and a story about a judge Deborah who shows strength and courage, wisdom and resilience. In biblical times it is unheard of for a woman to have such a prominent position, to have power and control. It causes me to wonder how many “Faces of our Faith” were never written about or never recognized. In spite of a male dominated culture, Deborah stands out as a beacon of light for all of us today.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Thank you Village Point Church for your food donations!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget our church has a Amazon Smile Account which means when you order amazon products using our account, our church gets a percentage of the money spent.  If you have questions about how to set this up just let us know and we’ll help you!

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t had a chance to see all of our video clips, try going to our YouTube channel. And help us out by “liking” us!
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Elk Grove Pres Church youtube channel

 

 

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) improved health, might not need a organ transplant!
Mark Okrzesik  radiation treatments  finished.

Rebecca Reynoso cancer free
Special Celebrations!

Sam Jasutis’ Birthday – October 21st 
Rob Lincoln’s Birthday – October 29th

 

 

 

 

 

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, jello and 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 looking for additional session members. If interested talk to Pastor Barbara.
 
  • Christmas Cantata is set for December 12th during worship time and in the afternoon.
  • Session is studying the book “Crucial Conversations.”  
  • Worship survey to be completed by October 31st. 
  • The Session agreed to start back up with movie and game nights. 
 
  • Blue Christmas Service is Saturday, December 18th.
  • Mission Committee is “on fire” and generating lists of possible new mission projects!
  • Our next Session meeting will be on Monday, November 15th. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 

 

 

 

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