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"Do You Love Me?”

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THE MID-WEEK BUZZ

Happy Thursday Dear Church!


I I sure do hope you are all experiencing a peaceful and meaningful week. I want to personally thank you for your hearts, expressed so dearly to me last Sunday. Isn’t it interesting the twists and turns our lives can make and the joyful assurance of God’s presence through it all? As I looked at your faces on Sunday morning, I saw the face of Christ. I felt the compassion, the empathy, the concern and the love in a very real way. The next several months are going to be interesting. Freddie and I covet your prayers as we make this journey together. Also, pray for our church as we enter into the spring and summer months. Historically, church attendance in mainline protestant churches, goes down during these months. Of course, “butts in the pews” are just a small part of our life here at CCPUCC. Times with family are important and necessary. Times of vacation, getting away from it all, are important. Times with your church family/community are important. I want to encourage each of you to have a great spring and summer but don’t forget your church. The church needs you and I am so grateful for your spirit and drive.

Sunday morning, we are looking at another post-resurrection Jesus story. Actually, it is a continuation of our story last week. You will hear this phrase a great deal! “Do You Love Me?” Peter, in a heartfelt, loving conversation with Jesus, is beckoned to Christ’s side; a chance for Peter to re-confirm his love and dedication to Jesus. Come Sunday morning to discover what Jesus is asking you! Until Sunday, know that I am praying for you, for us, as we enter this new season, this new journey in life. I love being your pastor.


Holding you close and lifting you high!

Pastor Greg

Music Ministry

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To Participate or not to Participate?

I visited some dear friends last weekend and we were talking about worship and church hurt and one of them expressed to me how they don’t like to be told what to do in worship settings. “I want to experience God the way I want to. And I don’t want someone to tell me what to do, that just reminds me of the patriarchy and authoritarianism that often runs the church.” This of course made me think of my own worship leading style and our church. All I can offer are my thoughts of course (I don’t want to force them upon you 😉).

I want people to be free to express their worship to God in whatever way feels comfortable and appropriate. At the same time, I believe there is power in communal expressions in worship. I also believe it can be good to try new expressions sometimes push our comfortability to live into new realities. This leads me to invite us as a congregation into various communal expressions of worship. Some invitations may be to your preferred expressions, some may make you uncomfortable. Please just remember it is just an invitation. Freedom in worship is important as well and I want you to feel comfortable, but to also no you are invited to experience new freedoms and to join in the communal songs we sing each week. Both are important for the life of our community.

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEEKLY NEWS

Continues TODAY Thursday, April 25th!

“The Secret Message of Jesus” by Brian Mclaren

Lenten Book study

Began February 22nd. 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.


Note we will be meeeting AND will countinue on April 25th! See you today.


For Lent this year, Pastor Greg has offered a book study on, “The Secret Message of Jesus,” by Brian McLaren. This has been a fascinating look at how one of our leading progressive Theologians look at the life, words and actions of Jesus. Order your book today. I encourage you to not read ahead, but by sections with your group. Click on the ink below for a place to order:


https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Message-Jesus-Uncovering-Everything/dp/B002VBAXR6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3I00337P8XIGE&keywords=the+secret+message+of+jesus&qid=1706727999&sprefix=the+secret+message%2Caps%2C176&sr=8-1

New!

🎄 Save the Date! 🎄


Join us for a Christmas Dinner Party at the Community Church of Poway – a night of festive fun you won't want to miss! 🌟


Bring the whole family for a jolly good time filled with great music, delicious food, and plenty of photo booth shenanigans. 🎶


Mark your calendars for December 13th, 2024 , and stay tuned for more details as we count down to the most wonderful time of the year! 🎉🥳

The Outreach Ministry!

Blessing Bags- Last Sunday to Donate!!

Greetings from Outreach,


This is the final Sunday to collect items for our April Basket of Hope. We are gathering needed items to hand out to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to assemble 100 Blessing Bags that church members can take with them to hand out when they meet someone in need. We will be stuffing the bags after church on May 5, but ask that you bring your items no later than April 28.


Please prayerfully consider how you can help this Ministry to help our neighbors. Head to the store, or shop online with a special wish list created for this project.


Here is the Amazon Wish List Link:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2PN0OP4Y8FV94?ref_=wl_share


Below are the items that are still needed to assemble 100 bags:



Fruit cups or applesauce 100

Small water bottles 100

Travel size packs of wet wipes 60

Small size of deodorant 36

Tubes of Chapstick or lip balm 50

Pairs of socks 10

Hefty Slider Jumbo Storage Bags, 2.5-gallon size 1 box of 12



Thank you so much for all the ways you help our Outreach Ministry! Blessings to you!

Hello from Outreach!


All are welcome to join the Board of Outreach! We meet the first Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm in the Fireside room and on Zoom. Contact Linda England at LindaDEngland@gmail.com or 858-748-3304 if you are interested in getting involved.


Outreach brings forth local and global service projects, from fundraising for medical supplies in war-torn areas, to gathering and assembling supplies for our unhoused siblings in our own county. By joining Outreach, you could contribute your passions to our church by voicing your ideas for service projects, suggesting new projects, and contributing to these projects in whatever ways you feel comfortable. By joining Outreach myself, I have found tangible ways to realize my dreams for our church, community, and world.


Have a great week!

Autumn

WEEKLY BIRTHDAYS

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! 


Check back next week!

Meetings

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Adult Scripture Review:


Sunday’s following worship in the fireside room!

Every Tuesday!
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Books & More


Starting on April 30 at 10 am in the Fireside Room we will begin a new book, The Personal Librarian by Maria Bennedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation. This book was an instant New York Times Bestseller, Good Moring America Book Club Pick. It was named Best Book of the Year by NPR, and Notable Book of the Year by the Washington Post.


All are welcome to join us.

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Centering Prayer:


Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Contact Colleen Clementson at powclem@yahoo.com 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 julie@ccpucc.org :)


Joke of the Week:


What do you call a sad coffee?

A Depresso…

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