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April 11, 2019 - Issue 120
Dear <<First Name>>,

My life these past six weeks has been a living embodiment of the message of this worship series. I have been learning what it means to un-busy my life – in a way that I didn’t choose, but that was an opportunity for profound change. My wife Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer not even a full two months ago. I kept saying I was going to take time off to be with her for her surgery and recovery, and yet it was the beginning of the season of Lent and (I thought) I had so much to do. So I tried to do it all, which is how I often function. It quickly became apparent that trying to do it all was too much. I’m grateful that the Board of Directors noticed my way of being and the stress I was experiencing. They asked me to take a full four weeks of family leave to help care for Judy and rest. I have to be honest. I didn’t think I needed four weeks off – I (at most!) only needed maybe two.

I was wrong.

They were right.  

I did need more than two weeks to begin to rest and recover, as well as support Judy in her recovery. I also am grateful (and am aware of the privilege it is) that I pastor in an organization that allowed me to do this time of reflection and rest.

I’m learning that each season of my life offers a new and different opportunity to learn what it means to un-busy my life, to re-connect with an un-busy God. The practice of Sabbath, which is the theme of our worship this week, is a weekly way to check in about these things and make choices about the week ahead. And so I share this reading from Barbara Brown Taylor as you think about how you rest and take care of yourself.
“At least one day in every seven, pull off the road and park the car in the garage. Close the door to the toolshed and turn off the computer. Stay home not because you are sick but because you are well. Talk someone you love into being well with you. Take a nap, a walk, an hour for lunch. Test the premise that you are worth more than you can produce -- that even if you spend one whole day being good for nothing you will still be precious in God’s sight -- and when you get anxious because you are convinced that this is not so, remember that your own conviction is not required. This is a commandment. Your worth has already been established, even when you are not working. The purpose of the commandment is to woo you to same truth.”

From Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in The World

Palm Sunday Service
at 10:00am
"Give It A Rest"

Can't make our Services? 
All are live-streamed on our Facebook Page

Good Friday Service
April 19th at 7:00pm
From the Board of Directors

Board of Directors Meeting, Saturday, April 27, 9:00 am 
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Saturday, April 27 at 9:00am.  All are welcome to join in.

Save the Date!!!
PPMCC's 40th Aniversary Celebration, July 28th

Mark your calendars for July 28th and PPMCC's 40th Anniversary celebration to be held at Bear Creek Park.  Stay tuned for more details as plans are finalized.
Easter Lilies
Signup Extended Until Sunday!

If you would like to honor or remember someone with an Easter lily, please sign up on the back table in the sanctuary.  Each person of honor or remembrance will have their name printed in our Easter Sunday bulletin and lilies can be taken home after service.  The flowers are $15 each; all payments must be made in advance
by April 14th.
Temple Watch
Colorado Springs
April 20, 2019

Since 2012, Colorado Springs' Temples have been vandalized on April 20th, the anniversary of Hitler's birth.  In response, Mark Heinrich of Not In Our Town assembled a yearly interfaith group of volunteers for a Temple Watch on April 20th.  This year's "Watch" takes place at 4 local Colorado Springs Temples.  To participate, please contact Mark; he does all the organizing of the event, and can give you more details how things are set up.  
2 Easter Sunday Services:
 6:00 AM, Myron Stratton Home (community-led)
& 10:00 AM, PPMCC

All are welcome to a community-led Easter Sunrise Service, 6:00 AM, Sunday, April 21st, at the Myron Stratton Home, located 555 Gold Pass Heights.  The service is hosted by local churches including the Stratmoor Hills UMC, Pikes Peak MCC, Chapel of Our Savior Episcopal and the Broadmore Community UCC.  For more information, please call 719-473-1807.

PPMCC will also be having an Easter Sunday Service, here at PPMCC, at 10:00 AM.
Scholarship Opportunity Available
Peer Coach Academy of Colorado 

The Peer Coach Academy of Colorado is holding a 4-day intensive training at PPMCC focusing on providing any interested individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.  The training prepares participants by helping them to actively listen, ask really good questions, and discover and manage their own stuff.

The course takes place at PPMCC, April 30—May 3, 9:00am—4:30pm, and PCA is offering 2 Full Scholarships for the training to the PPMCC congregation.  

Learn more about PCA Colorado from their website or by contacting the course leader, Recovery Coach, Rod Rushing, via e-mail or phone: 720-435-5320.
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