September 30, 2021

A Note From Pastor Dave

James’ admonition to be doers of the word is a call for integrity, to a degree. Don’t just proclaim things you have not applied to your life but put them into action. Let your words and your actions, rhythms, and patterns be in alignment. But there is another aspect of James admonition that I want to explore in our worship this week. Faith, like many things, is best learned “on the job.” We can proclaim forgiveness, but when we actually seek to forgive ourselves or others, we learn the difficulty and the nuances. When God calls us to love and to do justice, these are agreeable principles, but difficult to execute. We learn the gospel better when we seek to do it, to live it. So if you want to learn discipleship, don’t just be hearers of the Word, but doers. I hope you will join us this Sunday for worship.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Dave

Important Events This Week:

Celebrating Dana Pease: We will celebrate Dana in and after worship October 3rd, 2021. This will mark the official end of Dana’s time as Director of Music. Please plan to attend and help us remember, celebrate, and express our affirmation and appreciation.

Potluck and Appreciative Inquiry Conversation: Mark your calendars! The next potluck and Appreciative Inquiry Conversation will be October 5th at 6pm at the church! I am grateful for the 17 of us that gathered on August 31st to share a meal and tell stories of our draw to the Church, and to Providence church. We will continue that conversation on October 5th, and we hope you will plan to join us!

This Sunday:

Deacon Sunday: This Sunday October 3rd, is Deacon Sunday for the month of October. In addition to your regular giving, you are invited to give to the work of Deacons in our church. The Deacons have been reaching out to Providence Members, regular Visitors and the Community as a whole. This Fall we will be supporting our friends, family and neighbors in staying connected with one another. As providing support is important to all of the Deacons we realize we are not able to provide the support and do what we do without your generous donations. Thank you!

Upcoming Sundays:

Director of Music Search Update: We are pleased to announce that Providence has hired a new Director of Music! She will start next week and her first Sunday will be October 10th. The worship committee (John Kullman, Cassie Bennett, and Bill Bennett), along with Tara Strohm and Pastor Dave have conducted a review of the position and a search over the past few months that culminated this week with the offer and acceptance of the position by Kasia Holmes (pronounced Kasha). Kasia lives in Highlands Ranch. She brings formal training and experience as a director music. She has a love for church music, a willing spirit, a positive energy, and is excited to connect with the people of our church. The committee was unanimous in their decision, believing that Kasia is the right fit to fill this position. Please join us on October 10th to meet and greet our new director of music!

Would You Like to Be a Member? If you are interested in joining Providence as a formal member, I invite you to join us on October 10th after worship for a membership class. Plan on an hour. We will talk about what’s important about being Presbyterian, and what may be important to life at Providence, and we will entertain your questions and concerns. The formal steps to join will be 1) membership class, 2) meet the Session, 3) being welcomed as a member in a service of worship. Let me know if you have any questions, or if you want to participate but October 10th won’t work for you.

Collection for the Parker Task Force: Due to the Parker Task Force return to doing food collections at local grocery stores on Saturdays, Providence will now be doing collections once a month on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Our next collection for the Task Force is Sunday, October 17th. Donations can be brought in to the church during the week beforehand if you are participating in the service via Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. Thank you for your continued support of the Parker Task Force!

Adult Education: Our next Adult Sunday School class will be Sunday October 17th, after church. The class will start approximately 15 minutes after the church service in the sanctuary. Our overall topic will be on Bible Prophecy but before we do that we must answer all our doubts about the Bible, which we will attempt to do as long as it takes. Bring your Bibles and questions with you. Please join us as we always have a great discussion and a lot of fun. This is your class.

Upcoming Events & Announcements:

A/V Volunteers Wanted: Do you enjoy working with Audio/Video? Want to learn? It’s easier than you think. Signup to be a volunteer to help run the A/V system for Sunday Services. If interested, please contact the church office.

The next Coffee and Conversation will be held on 10/5/21 at Providence Presbyterian Church at 9am. We enjoy fellowship, and we continue conversation around the sermon, related scriptures or a poem. It is a chance to get to know each other more, and to grow together. Are you free on Tuesday morning at 9am? Then, come join the fellowship and conversation!

Ruminations: Next Ruminations will be October 11th at 7pm. Ruminations is when we read upcoming scriptures, discuss, ruminate, read along with selected poems, and such. It’s a time for engagement and conversation, sharing, and questioning. These conversations seed themes and ideas for upcoming services. We will meet in person and on Zoom. Would love to have you participate!

Coins for Christ is a program that was started several years ago to help fund Providence’s capital campaign. It encourages members to collect loose change and bring it in once a month to donate. After discussion, Session has decided that moving forward it better fits the current financial needs of Providence to have the money from Coins for Christ go towards the operating fund to help cover shortfalls in the budget exacerbated by COVID-19. The Coins for Christ donation will occur on the last Sunday of each month. On that Sunday we encourage members to bring their loose change to donate towards Providence’s operating fund. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of Session or Pastor Dave.

PPC Choir: Come sing with the Providence Choir! Rehearsals are Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:00pm. We are still looking for new members. Feel free to come join us for fun, fellowship and music! Contact The church office if you have any questions.

Providence Financial Update: At the end of August 31, 2021 the Income and Expenses are as follows:

Income Expense Variance
Month of August $6,945.14 $13,207.78 (6,262.64)
YTD $82,088.21 $106,214.32 (24,126.11)
Per Capita $1,738.00 $2,500.00 (762.00)

Clerk of Session

Lynn Hoy has served as our Clerk of Session, and we are extremely grateful for her diligence and proactive-ness. She has relocated, however, back to Florida. She is going to finish her term, continuing to the end of the year virtually. We will, in the meantime, need to identify a new Clerk of Session. If you are interested or willing, please let us know. You can contact Lynn, Pastor Dave, or a member of Session for more information. Click Here to see the job description.

Update on Office Hours

Alaina, our office admin, broke her right foot and is currently unable to drive. As a result, she will be working from home and her normal office hours will be suspended until further notice. If you need to reach her please email or call the church office and leave a message and she will return your call. Pastor Dave will continue to be in the office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We will update you along the way as we make adjustments. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time.


This week at Providence please keep the following people in your prayers:

Jim and Judy Nash, Laurie Schmidt, Paul White, Betty Holum, Ken Stabler, Phyllis Christensen, Pat Schwartz, Renee Mastriona, Gary Scott, Joyce Kessler, Lea Marot, Evan & Janell Totten, Shari Reese-Wilson, Donna Hoyt, Jacqueline Murphy, Art Wise, Erin Lamm, Renee Greico, Robert McCown, Harold Reese and Family, Catherine Buzby, Betty Lutz, Vanessa Pierce, Sherry Flohr, Cindy Roth, Patsy and Renee. We would also ask you to keep those suffering from COVID-19 in your prayers. Thank you for your prayers

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MidWeek Scripture Reflection

James 1:19-27

19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24 for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25 But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. 26 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Mark 9:38-41

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.