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In this week’s Gospel story (Mark 9:30-37) Jesus predicts the passion and his resurrection for the second time.  The disciples still do not understand.  Maybe because Peter rebuked Jesus’ idea of the Messiah and Jesus in turn rebuked Peter in last week’s story, the disciples do not question Jesus in this week’s reading.  Last week we emphasized the questions with a game of Jeopardy, but this week nobody wants to ask a question.  Fear and silence has grabbed hold of the disciples.   

Sometimes, we choose not to know.  Somehow not knowing or avoiding the truth makes life simpler, or so we think.  How does fear and silence play a part in your life?   Jesus never leaves us in the dark places we tend to put ourselves in.  Instead, he urges us to see and think like God.  And when that happens, we can begin again walking in the light of the kingdom.  

Walking with you,

Pastor Karen

CONGRATULATIONS to Dieu Nsabumwami for completing the process for U.S. citizenship at the naturalization oath ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21 at the U.S. District Court.  


ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC will be held on Sunday, October 7th immediately following worship.  Come and enjoy good food and friends.  Look for the flyer  to sign up for hamburgers and hotdogs on the table in the Narthex and put in the offering plate.  You are asked to bring a dish to share!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the HART Fundraiser on Saturday, October 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21st.  There will be a silent auction, and a craft and bake sale.


BITES & STINGS brochure by Banner is available on the table in the Narthex.  It covers prevention, myths, & treatments of venomous bites and stings of Arizona.  One per family please.


COME ALONGSIDE a child, youth or an adult to help with reading, writing, math, or homework assignments after worship.  Just a few minutes of your time can make a life-time difference in someone else’s life.  See Beverly Fletcher for more information.


TUTORING is held at 10:45 a.m. Tutors are to gather in Heritage House after worship. 


THE WIRED WORD meets at 10:45 a.m. to discuss current events alongside the Bible.   ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets at 10:45 a.m. Both classes meet in Heritage House


COFFEE sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex to order JUSTO CAFÉ from a coffee farm co-op in Mexico to support workers and their families.  Each bag is $10.00 and includes cost of shipping.  


NURSERY WORKER wanted for Heritage nursery Sunday mornings 9:15–10:15 a.m.  See David Wilson, Administration Elder.  Must be at least 19 years old and consent to a background check.  This is a paid position.


NEW OUR DAILY BREAD devotionals for Sept./Oct./Nov. are available on the information table.


JOIN WITH CAFÉ JUSTO for the 2018 Border to Border Delegation on a pilgrimage from Douglas, AZ to the Mexico/Guatemala border exploring the connections between Coffee, Migration and Faith.  The pilgrimage begins October 26th  through November 3rd.  Cost is $1700. For more information or to register contact Vicky Chaidez at 520-364-9257 or email her at vicky@fronteradecristo.org.  See the flier on the information table with more details on the tour and the activities that will be available.   


JOIN EMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH for an upcoming mission trip to build a house for a family in need in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Emmanuel is partnering with The Amor Mission Team and the Mexican government.  The trip is February 15-18,  President’s Weekend.  Volunteers are responsible for their hotel and some meals. For more information contact Melodi Bintz at 602-465-7224.


BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, a grief support group meets the first Thursday of the month.  The next gathering will be October 4th 11:30 a.m. in Heritage House.  Bring a dish to share for a light potluck lunch.


WHAT’S ON TAP TUESDAY?   Men’s fellowship meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Dubina’s Brewery, 67th Ave., just north of Bell Rd.  Bring your Bible.  Next meeting is Tuesday, October 9th.


 BIBLE & BRUNCH will meet on Wednesday, October 10th at 10:00 a.m. Bring a dish to share.  All are welcome.


THE PRAYER SHAWL GROUP HAS A NEW LOCATION at PuraTea Water, 3515 W. Union Hills Dr. #101 (SW corner of 35th Ave. & Union Hills). They will continue to meet every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to knit, crochet items for those who need to be wrapped in prayer.  Beginners are welcome.


RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS needed to take photos of events at Heritage throughout the year.  Send your photos to heritagepres@gmail.com as events at the church occur.  Mention to those in the photo the picture may be used in the annual report and should one not want their photo used, please delete it.


EYEGLASSES NEEDED for the Lions Club Foundation Eyeglass Program. Look for the box in the Narthex to make your donation.