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"The Power of a Grateful Heart"

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Happy Midweek Dear Church!

   What a day we had last Sunday.  Our attendance jumped by 30 precious souls.  I was so blessed by the worship and active participation of everyone.  The meeting was informative, inspiring and brief.  Many thanks to Moderator, Susan Gurriell, Past Moderator, Pat Whitacre and Treasurer, Linda England and well as Mark Holland, Jeff Wield and Vicki Holland for our sound and video.  WE have a great year ahead of us.  Continue to pray for your church leadership as they craft an efficient and meaningful budget for our 2023 ministry year. 


            This coming Sunday, we will celebrate Thanksgiving as a congregation.  Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday, in that it is a national holiday and not primarily a religious one.  Of course, we seek to be a thankful people every day of the year.  As seekers and followers of Jesus, we make an extra effort to direct our praise and thanksgiving to God, the source of all love.  The scripture passage will be  Luke 17:11-19.  It is a familiar story of the single leper who returned to thank Jesus for his healing.  It is a great reminder to us all that gratefulness is our first step in everything. I encourage you to read through this story before Sunday morning.



 Our communion service will be a bit different on Sunday.  We will approach a fully set table in groups of 10.  We will have the opportunity to truly share the elements with each other.  I am excited to experience this more intimate style of the Lord’s Supper.  Many thanks to the Worship Board for this suggestion, as well as seeing that our table is set and bountiful. 


            Looking forward to the following week, we will begin our Advent Journey toward Christmas.  The theme for Advent this year is, “There’s a Light At the End of the Tunnel.”  This past year has been a blessing and a challenge.  The light at the end of our momentary tunnel is always there, if we choose to see it and walk toward it.  I am confident that this season of darkness and reflection will make our Christmas holiday even more meaningful.  I encourage you to carve out times every day to search for your light.  Our light, the light of Christ, is always burning, if we choose to see it.  Until Sunday know that I love being your pastor.

Holding you close and lifting you high!

Pastor Greg

A Message from Pastor Debbie

Prayers to all,

I am asked “what are three things you most grateful for?” Wow, only three? As most of you who know me, I tend to talk more than that.  I am sure God thinks when I do my prayers, “OK, it is Deb again!” Always in my prayers I thank God for waking up each day.  I pray for my daughters that they are well and have strength.  And then I pray for the church.


I pray our church stays strong.  We have accomplished so much this year that I feel God is saying “Yes”! But God is leading us to do more. We can do more with our talents, our tithes, and our evangelism.


As you do your prayers, don’t just thank God, but listen to where you are being led.


Remember to complete your tithe, and the survey on where you want to contribute of yourself.


Pastor Debbie

Andy's Antiphonal Allegories

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we often shift our focus to gratitude and thankfulness. We are thankful to God for bringing us through, providing for us, and surrounding us with wonderful people to support us. We think about family and/or friends. We think about how fortunate we are to have a roof over our heads, running water, food to eat, and so much more. When I look at music in preparation for our Thanksgiving service, I try to keep all of this in mind. Our songs for this Sunday all reflect our gratitude to God for the ways we have been provided for. The selections are below. I encourage you to listen to them and focus your heart on gratitude as we prepare for this Thanksgiving season.

This song is a personal favorite for me. I am always drawn to music from the gospel style. I also enjoy the lyrics as they offer a beautiful way to express my gratitude, and I find them to be true for my own story. I could not find any background information on the song, but I hope that it will bless you as it blesses me as you hear it.

  • “Give Thanks” by Henry Smith

Click here for Give Thanks ( With A Grateful Heart )

Henry Smith wrote “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart” in 1978. He had recently graduated from college and was struggling to find work. He also suffered with a degenerative condition that led to his being legally blind. He was inspired by a pastor who referred to how Jesu made himself poor to make others rich through him. 

  • “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by William Marion Runya and Thomas Obediah Chisholm

Click here for Great Is Thy Faithfulness | Maranatha! Music (Lyric Video)

The text of this song was originally written as a poem by Thomas O. Chisholm in 1923. Chisholm was writing about how he had seen God’s faithfulness over his lifetime. He then sent the poem to William Runyon who set it to music. It was published that same year by Hope Publishing Company. 

  • “Thank You Lord” by Dennis Jernigan

Click here for Thank You Lord by Dennis Jernigan

Dennis wrote this song based on how having an attitude of gratitude brings up to a place of deep intimacy with God. This song gives us a way to express our gratitude to God. 


Brooks and family, grandson of Marlene

Prayer for Freddie, Greg and the Harmon family as Freddie’s dad, Fred, passed Saturday, 11-5-2022.

Sue Ryan

Jessica, Kristie’s niece

Lexi, friend of Kristie

Bob Wright, friend of Kristie

Jim Siltanen

Ann Davis

Sue, friend of Kristie

Tina, friend of Rosemary (We tied a prayer quilt on Oct. 16th)

Mike, brother of Susan

Joshua, friend of Rosemary

Rocelle Melone

Joanne Jonas

Elaine Lemon

Nina Melad

Felicia and Nellie-Felicia’s Sister




Not only will we be using our hands as God's hands to prepare Thanksgiving dinner baskets but we will be enjoying the most delicious homemade pies! YES! PIES! Fruit pies, custard pies, sweet pies, savory pies, pies, pies, and pies!! We will need every hand on deck to help with our baskets and every fork in hand ready to indulge! Please help us create a fantastic Sunday by bringing in your favorite homemade pies!

Remember, this Sunday, November 20th, at the Community Church of Poway after our worship service! We are still collecting donations for the Thanksgiving Baskets, if you would like to contribute you can bring them Sunday.

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Strike a Pose and Say Cheese! 

The Church will be updating our member photo board! Starting November 6th and every Sunday after, Julie Hume will be in charge of capturing a terrific photo of you and your family after Church on Sundays. If you are part of our online congregation and would like to participate, please send a 4x6 photo to!

We have so many great smiles in our congregation, let us make them shine!


Greetings From Outreach!

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We can’t believe it's November already! Hoping you are enjoying the little change in weather.

 This is a wonderful time in our Outreach Ministry. Together, we are able to meet the needs and send joy to many families by sharing God’s love with them and sharing our resources. Let’s start by making this Thanksgiving season a tasty one for our neighbors across the street at Solara.

This year we are adopting 10 families to receive our Thanksgiving Dinner baskets. We will give each family everything they need to have a Happy Thanksgiving Dinner. There will be a board in the Narthex that will have small cards of the items needed. You can choose the cards of the items you wish to purchase to create the Thanksgiving Dinner baskets.

Take them with you to the grocery store to remind you, then bring the items to church and place them in the Basket of Hope in the Narthex.

 If you are choosing a gift card for a turkey, please note the preferred stores that are nearby. Also please give the card to a member of outreach or someone in the office.

If you need one of us to do your shopping for you, you can donate $$ and give it to any of the members of Outreach. We would be happy to do that for you.

We are assembling the baskets after church on Sunday, November 20th. Please bring your donation by then.

As always thank you so much for making the Outreach of our church amazing! You are always so generous and giving with your gifts.

God’s blessings to everyone!

The Outreach Ministry



“There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel”

The advent season begins on Sunday, November 27th. This year, we will focus on the truth that, “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” The days of advent are dark; a time to ready your hearts for the glorious light of the Christ child on Christmas. As we travel together through the four weeks to Christmas, we are all called to embrace the darkness, while at the same time, striving forward toward the light at the end of our darkness

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The JOY of FOOD!

Each week there will be a “Recipe of the Week” for the Buzz!

There will be a red basket in the Narthex where you can drop off your favorite recipes or please email them to It can be any recipe from family favorites to ones recently discovered! We will be encouraging you to share your thoughts after you made the dish too. 

This week's recipe is a Blackberry Jam and Brown Sugar Shortbread Bars!

Sent in by Vicki H., thank you! 

Click Here for Blackberry Jam and Brown Sugar Shortbread Bars!

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Adult Scripture Review:

Sunday’s following worship in the fireside room!

Email Susan Gurriell

at or

call her at (619)993-4952


Who's got an upcoming BIRTHDAY?  

The Community Church of Poway wishes the following members a Happy Birthday. We hope you have a blessed day celebrating YOU! 

Jaya Kaelberer November 20

Things to Look Forward To!

The advent season begins on Sunday, November 27th.

 This year, we will focus on the truth that, “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” The days of advent are dark; a time to ready your hearts for the glorious light of the Christ child on Christmas. As we travel together through the four weeks to Christmas, we are all called to embrace the darkness, while at the same time, striving forward toward the light at the end of our darkness

 Christmas Eve Worship 2022

It is never too early to mark your calendars for Christmas Eve Worship. 

This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday. CCPUCC will offer ONE worship service on December 24th, at 4:00 p.m. Make your plans now to be with us on this amazing day. 

NOTE: There will NOT be a Sunday morning worship service on Christmas Day.

Zoom Meetings
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Books & More

 Books & More will not meet on November 22.


On Nov. 29 we'll begin our discussion of The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. 

This is a historical novel about female friendship and devastating family secrets on a small Korean island. 

Books & More will meet at our regular meeting place, the Fireside Room on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10:00am.  

All are welcome to join us.  

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Centering Prayer:

Tuesdays at 6:30 Contact Colleen Clementson

at or on

her cell at 858-663-6584, for the ZOOM invite

Your Favorite Weekly Joke 

Thank you for checking out our BUZZ! Here is what you were waiting for! If you have a favorite joke or any tips to make the BUZZ even better, please send emails to :)

Jokes of the Week:

J: Why did the apple pie go to the dentist?

A: It needed a filling...

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