WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

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Dear Church Family,

It is starting to feel like fall isn’t’ it? And more than ever it doesn’t feel like things are slowing down, instead there seems to be such good energy right now in our church.  Women’s Bible Study has started and we are reading a heart warming book on friendships. Reading about friendships brings to mind the great significance of the fellowship we share at our church. We truly care about each other. The author of our study book, Joan Chittister says that “friendship colors the very air we breathe. It is everywhere around us.” Have you ever thought about your friends coloring the very air around you? It’s uplifting to recognize how important our friends are in our lives. One huge benefit of being a small church is that we know each other and in this knowing we can be present to each other in more intimate ways. I encourage you to take the time to foster those friendships that are surrounding you. We are truly blessed with each other!

Following worship, we will continue our adult education series called “Nooma” and this week the video we will be watching is titled: “Trees.”  The video explores important questions like, why are we here? Does our life really matter? How is religion relevant today? I hope you will join us for an answer to these questions and a lively discussion about trees!

We  are “A Church on the Move!” And we are looking for more ways to be present in our community to let them know we are here to help them and provide for their needs. One way we are becoming more visible is by opening our church doors and welcoming the community inside to see our new “walk-through” food pantry. I hope you will be able to join us on Saturday 1:00 to 3:00.

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

 

 

 

Numbers 27
Then the daughters of Zelophehad came forward. Zelophehad was son of Hepher son of Gilead son of Machir son of Manasseh son of Joseph, a member of the Manassite clans. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and they said, “Our father died in the wilderness; he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah but died for his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father’s brothers.”
Moses brought their case before the Lord. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: The daughters of Zelophehad are right in what they are saying; you shall indeed let them possess an inheritance among their father’s brothers and pass the inheritance of their father on to them. You shall also say to the Israelites, “If a man dies, and has no son, then you shall pass his inheritance on to his daughter. If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest kinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. It shall be for the Israelites a statute and ordinance, as the Lord commanded Moses.”
12 The Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim range, and see the land that I have given to the Israelites. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled with me. You did not show my holiness before their eyes at the waters.” (These are the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) 15 Moses spoke to the Lord, saying,  16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint someone over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep without a shepherd.” 18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand upon him; 19 have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and commission him in their sight. 20 You shall give him some of your authority, so that all the congregation of the Israelites may obey. 21 But he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the decision of the Urim before the Lord; at his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the Israelites with him, the whole congregation.” 22 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation; 23 he laid his hands on him and commissioned him—as the Lord had directed through Moses.

 

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

Courage to Ask and Believe!

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday I will be preaching from the book of Numbers.  I must admit this is the first time I have ever preached from this book of the Bible. But even as I say this, I know that the passage we are reading from the 27th chapter is a powerful story about women. It is about women who have the courage to ask for something that no other women have ever asked for, they ask for land to be given to them.  The “Daughters of Zelophehad” not only had to courage to ask for this land but they believed that they should be given the land. How often do we shrink back from asking for what we need? How often do we not even believe we should receive the things that are rightfully ours? The “Daughters of Zelophehad” teach us a lot about courage in asking and courage in believing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The upstairs in being transformed before our eyes!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Packing up food for Pine Street Church!

 

 

 

And the food is on its way to
Pine Street Church!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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
 
 Moses’ wife to receive traveling privileges to U.S., Sue Sepke back at Manor Care after brief hospitalization, Melodee Russow continued healing of knee, George Wishon recovering at home.

Prayers for Those Who Have Died and Their Families

George Mantis, friend of Eva Cameron

Prayers for Family and Friends

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
Mark Okrzesik  radiation treatments  finished.
Rebecca Reynoso cancer free
Special Celebrations!

Barbara Britton’s Birthday – September 24th
Leslie McKillop Birthday – September 28th
John Olson’s Birthday – September 29th
Derek Oswald’s Birthday- September 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:
Kleenex, Jello, or Pudding, Toilet Paper !
 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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