Weekly Update: June 7, 2017

The “Responsibilities” of Life
One of the things we can better appreciate about childhood from our adult perspective is the significantly fewer responsibilities we had during those years.  The days you didn’t have to be responsible for paying the bills, keeping a job, caring for possessions, working to make relationships just simply work out, and a host of other “responsibilities”.  Responsibilities can really way you down and dry you up if you are not balancing them with some good, heavy input of meaningful relationship.  And if you don’t have the balance it is easy to find yourself looking for pleasure and intimacy in other unhealthy ways.  In fact, rebellion and resentment can drive you into those unhealthy things and take over in the form of addiction and other extremes you never imagined yourself doing.

Perhaps one of the problems is we do not know how to have meaningful relationships.  We do not know how to build intimacy in our life. Because of our ignorance on this, we want to blame others because they don’t give us what we need or we may say we are alone and no one cares. Our first tendency in any area of deficit is to blame others which keeps us from discovering what it is we really need to know. And in this picture, we really need to know how to have meaningful, satisfying, deeper intimacy with God and others.

Having a relationship with God is a big foundational first step, but so is the quality of that relationship.  Superficial relationships are very common for many in our society today and it seems to also be the case in our relationship with God often times.  Just scratching the surface and unsure how to go any deeper.

So how do you build intimacy in your relationships? It has to start with acknowledging it is relationship you were created for above responsibility. For most of us, responsibility comes easier and survival requires it.  But it simply is not enough and doesn’t get us very far into the vision of a meaningful and satisfying kind of life.

As we begin to put first things first by building an intimate relationship with God, we can then seek God’s wisdom on how to build intimacy in our relationships with others. Starting with our relationship with Him is no doubt a key to building it in relationships with others. In fact, God has made it clear that this is exactly what he wants for us when he tells us to love him and to love others as yourself. If we make an intimate relationship with God and then others our FIRST RESPONSIBILITY, then we will begin to experience the meaningful and satisfying life we were created to have.  “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Here is a good article to help with next steps about growing intimacy in your relationship with God:


The All-Church Picnic will be June 25, 2017, at 5:00 pm at Georgia Hanford Park (east of South Federal off of 22nd St SE).  Pork burgers, ice water, lemonade, plates, and utensils will be provided.  Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share and a lawn chair.  Come and celebrate the 14th Anniversary of Praise Community Church!

“Women of Praise” is sponsoring their first MYSTERY TRIP!
Destination: Mystery    Activities: Mystery
Our goal is for you to have a great time so we have planned accordingly.
Just come and sit back and enjoy the journey!

Saturday, July 22 from 8 am – 8 pm
Registration is $13 (Payable to PCC)
Registration Deadline is Sunday, July 9
See the Welcome Table for Registration Forms

Items to bring: About $25 for meals, shopping money, a baby picture of you, an umbrella if it’s rainy, sunscreen if it’s sunny, and if you have them a whistle, binoculars, and your own roll of toilet paper.

Questions? See Jenny Albrecht, Neva Ver Helst, Shawn Beery, Kim Windmuller,
Sally Wagner, or Pastor Jani.
Church Softball season starts this week!   Here is the upcoming schedule below for those who would want to come and cheer on the team!   Games happen at the ball fields west of South Monroe Ave. and south of 23rd SW. on Friday nights.
June 9 – 6:15pm
June 16 – 7:30pm & 8:45pm
June 30 – 6:15pm
July 7 – 7:15pm & 8:45pm
July 14 – 6:15pm
June’s Doers of the Word
The Caring Pregnancy Center

The Caring Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered ministry committed to sharing the gospel message and upholding the sanctity of human life by demonstrating the love of Christ to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing spiritual, physical, and emotional support.

Our center offers many services to women who are pregnant or think they might be, as well as practical assistance to families that are struggling to make ends meet. We are committed providing a loving environment free of judgment. We strive to love all of our Clients as Christ loves them. We offer free pregnancy tests, non-judgmental peer counseling for women and men, referrals and ongoing support for women and families. We also have taken on the costly task of providing free ultrasounds

Baby bottles will be available on Sundays during June. You can fill them with your loose change and bless the parents and babies that use this great service. Bottles should be returned on Sunday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 9th, between services.

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