Mission del Sol to host Holiday Boutique

Mission del Sol Presbyterian will host a holiday boutique November 16 from 9 a.m- 6 pm and November 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30.
The event will feature 30 vendors showcasing Quilts, Wall hangings, Ornaments, Hand
Crafted Cards, Hand Crafted Wood Toys, Shabby Chic Home Décor, Fused
Glass, Serving Pieces, Decorative Items, Dog Wreaths, Clothes for 18”
Dolls like American Girl, Ceramic Figurines, Photographs, Bottle Lights,
Holiday Wreaths, Wood Bottle Stoppers and Cheese Boards, Silk Flower
Arrangements, Acrylic Paintings, Hand Made Jewelry & much more!

Vendors * Raffles * Bake Sale
Boutique Flyer

Promoting Healthy Family Dynamics

Why do some people (including Presbyterians) hurt the very family members they profess to love? Here are some of the relationship red flags of which we should be aware: harming animals, thinking of family or dating partners as property/possessions, growing up in an abusive environment, social media  stalking and verbal abuse.

We can short-circuit these behaviors by early intervention, and stressing in faith communities that all relationships must be reciprocal and respectful. Youth groups can learn about healthy dating interactions, and also what behaviors seen in a dating partner are dangerous. Adults can experience the liberating feeling of  moving beyond abuse into the life God has planned for them.

Opportunities for Action:

Classes and workshops in Grand Canyon Presbytery cover abuse prevention and education for every age: youth, adult and older adult. Contact Joan Fenton for more information. rjfenton5@gmail.com

Resources include:

* “Broken Vows”, a video featuring counselors, pastors and victims from several faith perspectives.

* “In Her Shoes”, an interactive walk through the lives of actual victims.

* A teen version of In Her Shoes.

* Exploring gender roles with teens, and how we believe men and women should treat each other.

* Victim classes, including the issue of the effects of violence on children.

Other Resources:

loveisrespect.org (teens)

azcasav.org  (victim resources in Arizona)

ncadv.org   1-800-799-7233 (hotline)

Faith PC features pastors in Jazz Concert

Mike & Sheryl Campbell and Friends Jazz Concert
Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m.

Mike & Sheryl Campbell, pastors at Faith Presbyterian, also have another life and background in music! Prepare to enjoy an evening of jazz standards, favorite dance-type and other popular tunes from decades past, and some inspirational too!

Mike on jazz piano; Sheryl will be on the flute. And they will bring two more area music professionals to round out their combo: drummer Jack Jackino (known throughout the area!) and John Clark (Arizona Swing Kings & more) on bass. Cut-off for supper tickets, October 22.  Call 623-974-3611.

16000 N Del Webb Blvd
Sun City, AZ. 85351

Experience Our Border: Immigration and More

Thursday-Sunday, November 1-4, 2018

El Paso, Texas, USA/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MX

3 days in the heart of the US-Mexico Border Region
Hosted by the Presbyterian Border Region Outreach
Meet your sisters and brothers in the boerlands–

Share the love of Christ
Witness the commitment of binational ministry
Hear the stories of border experiences
Partner in hope and gratitude
Worship and pray at the border wall
Learn how the PC(USA) responds in the border region
Details coming soon. Questions now?  Contact carolschurr@gmail.com

Time’s Up Advent Devotional by Brad Munroe

Grand Canyon and de Cristo Presbytery Pastor Brad Munroe has written an advent devotional that helps disciples explore Biblical text around the birth of Jesus and offers ways to take the message into the world.

Permission is given for anyone to copy, duplicate, and transmit this devotional book, either electronically or as hard copy. The author asks that any funds collected from such distribution, if applicable, go to support local mission efforts in one’s community.

BOOKLET VERSION of Time’s Up Devotional
Time’s Up – Reading Version


Voices of Children

When I peered around the door to the sanctuary at Gila Crossing Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Sept. 01 to watch the children practice for their Christmas musical, they greeted me with warm smiles and big hugs.  With childlike curiosity they dove into their packages of school supply gifts brought down from Desert Palms, and examined each item with care and appreciation.  I felt greatly blessed to watch these children embrace their gifts from Desert Palms.

After prayers for the church, Gloria Sachta, Youth Minister, played Christmas hymns from her CD player as the children listened intently in preparation to sing each hymn. Barbara Bostwick and I sat among the children to offer our love, support and assistance.  When they began to sing, I was amazed at their voices in harmony as they sang the ageless hymns of Christmas. Their soft voices filled the sanctuary, and reminded me of the scripture passage in 1st Corinthians, “…the Spirit, expressed spiritual truths in spiritual words” 2:13. Truly, spiritual truths were expressed in the voices of children who sang Christmas hymns on that day.

For Him,

Suzanne Burke, Mission Elder


Mission Priority Grant Workshop

Saturday, September 29th from 9am – 1pm.

First Presbyterian Church of Peoria – 10236 N 83rd Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345.

Park in parking lot on the SW corner of 83rd Ave & Monroe. Go through gate, will be inside the double doors, labeled ‘Fellowship Hall’, look for signs.

A continental breakfast and snacks will be provided, no lunch



September is National Preparedness Month

This information is relative to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:
“September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s overall theme is: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. The theme empowers all of us to take an active role in preparing for disasters and emergencies.”

Navigating Life’s Journey- Women’s Retreat Sept 15

“Navigating Life’s Journey”, Women’s Fall Gathering, Saturday, September 15th, Orange Tree Resort, 9-4 pm, $35/$15 for students. Sign up online vpc.church/women  or email Kelly (kellyn@vpc.church). 

Transitions, adjustments, and disruptions are a part of our lives.  It is not always easy to work through these seasons and adjustments, the Women’s Fall Gathering is an opportunity to have a day “mini-retreat” with breakfast, lunch, snacks, door prizes, break-out sessions, and opportunities to hear from our speakers, Jess and Nissa, Christian Life Coaches, how to navigate these seasons effectively and in God’s strength.

In the day, we will also be hearing from Ashley Wollersheim, the Director of Young Lives for the state of Arizona.  Young Lives is a ministry of Young Life to young mothers, giving them opportunities to encounter Jesus at camp and to receive support during their difficult parenting journey.  Buy a pack of diapers (any size) to bring for our “diaper drive!” as we will send along these diapers for young moms attending camp with their babies!

What do you need to bring? Expectation for a rest-filled, inspiring day, a friend, a pack of diapers, and a yoga mat if you would like to participate in holy yoga!

Here is the schedule of events, and take a look at our speakers’ bios below!:

9-9:30 am- Register and Breakfast

9:30-10:15 am- Team-building and Icebreakers with our Speakers, Jess Parker and Nissa Moak.

10:15-10:30- Break

10:30-10:45- Worship

10:45-11:30- “Navigating Life’s Journey: Seasons, Transitions, and Mentoring” (Nissa Moak)

11:30-11:45- Break

11:45-12:45- Lunch and Service Project: “Young Lives” Director Ashley Wollersheim and Diaper Drive, with a time for questions (12:15-12:45 pm), Door Prizes.

12:45- 1 pm- Break, move to Break-Out Rooms.

1-1:45 pm- Break-Out Session One

                The Spiritual Journey (Pastor Kathy Oppenheizen)- What are the elements of developing a vital spiritual life, bringing you closer to Jesus and to others? Come and hear from Pastor Kathy how spiritual practices strengthen you from the inside out.

                Values, Part One of Two (Jess Parker)- Live a life filled with purpose, meaning, & excitement! Phoenix Life Coach Jess Parker will take you through a series of questions to get clear on the things that you value in life, and whether or not they are aligning currently with those values daily. Jess will give you a step by step process to help you reflect on the must-have’s in life and how those match up with reality. By the end of this workshop, you will have clarity on the Values that are most important to who you are and a plan for how to live them out!

                Holy Yoga (Nissa Moak)- Holy Yoga exists to take the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.  Come join us as we move our bodies, meditate on scripture and focus on Jesus. Yoga isn’t for the flexible, its for the willing. Modifications can be made for all, come and worship as we move together.  Be sure to bring your yoga mat with you!

1:45-2 pm- Break

2-2:45 pm- Break-Out Session Two

                The Spiritual Journey (Kathy Oppenhuizen)

                Priorities, Part Two of Two (Jess Parker) This workshop will build on the Values Workshop by taking it a step further! Jes will walk you through a tangible way to see if the places in your life that you place high priority on are being honored and fulfilled in your life. You will get to see in a very clear way whether the things you prioritize in life are taking a front seat, or if they are getting shoved to the back. By the end of the workshop, you will be clear on next steps and some goals to achieve to make sure you’re prioritizing your life in a healthy and fulfilling way!

                Holy Yoga (Nissa Moak)

2:45-4 pm- Drinks and Appetizers


Jessica Parker is an Arizona native who live with her husband, Luke, their 2 1/2 year old, Matthew, their 6 month old son, Sam, and their 12 year old Black Lab, Bella. Luke and Jess are planting a church in Midtown Phoenix, sent out from the Spring Church in Tempe. She has been a Life Coach for the past 7 years and loves to see people live into their purpose and calling. She loves lattes, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends and calligraphy when she has a spare moment (which is rare these days).

Nissa Moak was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She has a heart for the local church and is passionate to see the Church be a place of hope and sanctuary to others. Nissa has a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and served for ten years pastoring in the local church. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is continually seeking opportunities for growth and healing. Nissa lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband Dan and toddler son, Miles. Nissa currently enjoys coming alongside her husband in the ministry of Young Life—introducing adolescents to Jesus.

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